Monday, March 23, 2009

I've Been Asked

Regular readers know my philosophy on knitting for others - Don't Do It. Unless asked. As I posted here, too often have I seen 'those' looks when the hand knitting gift is presented.

Guess who read that post? My darling DIL, Kim.
That very same evening, I received a 'request' for a little bolero.
Grand daughter Abi's
first communion takes place on Mothers' Day weekend.

Her lovely little dress has no sleeves. In many parts of Ontario, a sleeveless dress on Mothers' Day weekend is appropriate attire. But in Hearst - well, let's just say (and cover your ears if you don't want to hear it) - snow.

During number one son, Charlie's
first year in Hearst, he spent Mothers' Day weekend cross-country skiing. So a sleeveless dress could be a problem.

The search was started for a child's bolero pattern, and they are not easy to find. Or at least, one that appealed to me was not easy to find. Eventually, I settled on this one from Elann -with a few modifications. The sleeves will be 3/4 length and the body will be shortened to just under the chest line.

Then the search was on for yarn. I was told 'off white'. Since that runs a pretty broad spectrum, I sent north one ball of yarn I had chosen, for approval. It was returned. And in it's place, I was sent Sirdar Snuggly.

I chose 5mm needles to make the lace 'pop' and so far, everything is looking good.
Tonight when everyone is home from school/work, I will double check some measurements, and then it should be just a short sprint to the finish line. Yea. A finished product for me. Quite rare these days.
Thanks for asking, Kim.


Anonymous said...

The bolero looks good. What a lucky girl to receive such a nice gift.

LaurieM said...

You're off to a good start!

EL said...

Looks great so far.
Are you going to have her pose in a picture like on the Elann site!?

Sandra said...

looks great - and I love that kind of knitting - you know it will be loved and appreciated.