Monday, 25 June 2012

A tale of 2 cardigans

I wasn't far from beating my previous record of "slowest crafting project that's still at the bottom of my crafting basket" which, some of you may remember, is still being held by my first (and so far only) pair of knitted socks. My 2nd pair of knitted has been on the needles since November now and will likely remain there for a long while...

Since announcing the arrival of Baby Suisse to friends and family earlier this year, I have been showered with amazing crafty gifts for me to make things for the baby. All the pattern books and supplies have been a great source of inspiration but I have been feeling so tired and overwhelmed with work in the last 8 months (Gosh, how can it be 32 weeks already??!) that I haven't been progressing very quickly (that's the understatement of the year) with my craft agenda. Back in February, Mr T's mum had sent me some wool and patterns to knit something for Baby Suisse and she had done the same for Mr T's nan who is a knitter extraordinaire. Not that we were intending to race to the finishing stitch or anything but by the time I had even plucked up the energy to knit the back panel, Mr T's nan had produced a cardigan, a hat and was 75% of the way into her 2nd cardigan...



Mr T's nan, as most 80 something ladies, has problems with her hands and fingers and find it terribly difficult to do fiddly things...and yet she produced this beautiful cardigan!!

Meanwhile, back in La Suisse, this is what I managed to finally put together after weeks of, albeit not very focused, efforts:



Yep, I am ashamed to say that, while made with love, mine does not look anywhere as nice as Baby Suisse's great nan's does... my excuse is that while I found the knitting part easy, I had never before put a garnment together and the sewing bit at the end wasn't second nature for me and a bit adventurous at times...



But still, it'll keep Baby Suisse warm if it won't win him 1st price in a beauty contest and nothing beats the feeling of having, at last, finished a project that has been in limbo for a long while...

Now, let's have a look and see what else is lying at the bottom of my craft basket...

7 comments:

Tickled Pink said...

It doesn't matter what it looks like, it's the satisfaction of seeing Baby Suisse in it and knowing that you made it. xxx

Wendy said...

Well done anyway! This baby won't be left wanting for soft, warm cardigans, which is lovely :-)

Hope you're keeping well x

Highland Monkey's said...

The baby is going to be so warm and cuddly in those cardis. How about doing the knitting and then sending them to gran to make up?

knitnrun4sanity said...

I don't think you should put yourself down like that. There is nothing wrong with it at all. Most people wouldn't know where to start, let alone finish. So take a deep breath and say well done me!

Fiddly Fingers said...

Give yourself a pat on the back for finally finishing your project. I don't think many people 'enjoy' sewing up items at the end. At least you finished it before the baby was born!!!

Picto said...

Well done on your efforts, it's a great achievement to complete something new, it looks really cosy.

Jan x

divinedebrisjewelry said...

Oh, those little cardigans are absolutely adorable! It's funny how items in smaller than normal, shoes, hats, glasses, are so much cuter!
PS- 80? I want to be able to whip up a cardigan like her when I'm even half her age.

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