Probably my last project for this year, the little bolero for my little Benny. Although it may appear small and straight forward, do not let the size of the project fool you, blink and you can find yourself following the instructions for the wrong size! I had to frog the first sleeve several times because I kept being interrupted and when I came back to it, I started on the wrong size (I need to get a copier and highlighter and highlight the size I need to follow).
Although the assembly of the set-in sleeves drove me to madness, it took me a total of 8 hours to assemble the little itty bitty bolero, I am extremelly happy to have completed this project, and just in time for her to wear it this Sunday at church. Most of her little dresses are short sleeve and I couldn't get myself to buy her a sweater when I could make her one.
She is so happy with it too! She proudly says, "Mommy made it for me. My sweater!" It makes a Momma proud! She very happily modeled it for me (isn't she just so gorgeous!) and she reluctantly let me put it away in her closet til Sunday.
The Sirdar pattern is pretty easy (as long as you mark the size you are following first) and it comes with 2 options of neckline type--round and V-neck, I did the round. It has an interesting edging that has a bind off made up of itty bitty bobbles--really interesting and not hard at all (I hope you can see it in the picture of her little hand reaching for the christmas ornament, it looks quite nice, I think I will use this type of bind off for other girly projects).
- Pattern: Sirdar Book 1514 Tiny Tots, DK
- Yarn: 2 skeins of Cotton Fleece in Victorian Pink
- Needles: As called in pattern-size 6us and 3us
- Deviations from pattern: I seamed everything up first then I picked up stitches in the round for the body edging--one less seam :).
- what I would do differently: hire someone to show me how to seam the set-in sleeves
In some sad news, stinking sickness has come to knock on our house, my little Wonderboy is sick. He has the croope (sp) and a fever, right now we have a humidifier and a vaporizer going, along with trying to make him take as much liquids as possible. If he doesn't get better by tomorrow morning, off to the doctor's we go.
Wishing you a wonderful New Year celebration--have lots of fun and be good--if you're going to be bad, be sure to invite me :).