Tuesday, May 15, 2007

more Presto

PeeWee: size 24 months; Presto Chango: size 6 months. Marvel with me at the amazing stretch of the knit. Of course the sleeves are rather short--but fashionably so, don't you think? I tossed around the idea when I was coming up with the pattern of putting buttons on the cuffs and including instructions for extender cuffs that could be buttoned on later in a child's life, but I didn't do it. Maybe I should write that up. Any opinions on that?

Yes, the two photos in the last post are of the same sweater, same yarn. The top one is of the sweater on the lid of my piano next to an east window with late morning light. I put a copy of the picture through a Photoshop warming filter before I sent it to Jimmy Beans, but the one on this blog is the unfiltered copy--It's all washed out. The second shot of Kristen's beautiful baby and today's picture of PeeWee (though a little dark) more accurately represent the color of the Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton (#82-Nut).

I think that its time to spread the love. I have two things to share today. Firstly, I saw these little critters on Sheep in the City and I couldn't help myself; I ordered two. One will stay with me and the other one shall be sent out to one of you. They're made by Clover and there are some other versions besides frogs--CUTE!

Secondly, I have a hank of 4/8s merino, hand-dyed by the nice ladies at Yarn Today. It's 560 yards of 100% merino wool in a colorway called "Autumn Twilight". If anyone would like a little froggy case or a big hank of yarn, leave me a comment saying so and I'll pick the recipients with the handy online random number generator.

ETA: I'll pick the winners on Saturday morning (May 19). Yay! I think giving prizes is as fun as winning them!

25 comments:

Rachel said...

I would I would!! I just saw the pattern at Jimmy Beans and just love it! I'm going to make a variation for my nephew with the front panel and cuffs in a complementary color (which I haven't picked yet!! I enjoyed reading through your blog.

~ Robyn said...

I just found your blog today via the link at Jimmy Beans! I LOVE the pattern. Add me to your drawing please. Thanks for a great blog!

Brynne said...

Count me in for the contests. :) Extender cuffs is such a neat idea -- you could even make a wider front panel to stretch the life of the sweater, too!

Jen said...

OMG that frog is awesome. Count me in.

I'm glad you posted about your new sweater again b/c I wanted to tell you that there's been much love for you going on at the Knitty Board today. Check it out: http://www.knittyboard.com/viewtopic.php?t=56568 (presto love starts at the bottom of the first page and continues from there!)

Congrats! If I had a wee one, I'd totally knit that. It's been bookmarked for later.

Asaknitter said...

Considering how many sweaters my 4 year old daughter has already grown out of, I like that idea of having extendible arms.

ali said...

Count me in! Prizes are fun- I agree both to receive and to give away!
Presto is adorable- one could always just pick up sts around the cuff and extend it someday... come to think of it, that would work for most kiddo sweaters, wouldn't it? Maybe in a contrast yarn if the original has long since been destashed... just a thought...
Congrats again!
Happy knitting,
ali

Yarn Thing said...

Dude, You've been tagged!

LOVE THE FROGS! But I REALLY LOVE THE YARN!!!

Marly

Tricia said...

Oh I love this sweater. My friend just had a baby and this is a great looking pattern to work on. Love the frogs...add me to your drawing also please. Thank you.

Jean said...

Yes, I think the short sleeves look very fashionable, indeed! Add me to the drawing, pleeeeease.

Nell said...

Love the frogs! Too cute. Although real frogs give me the willies.

I think making the pattern adaptable to sleeve lengths is a great idea.

Patty said...

Presto, colorful yarn and a frog. All amazing.

I'm expecting my first grandchild in a couple of weeks and I love that I can knit this sweater with an additional, wider front panel for growth. Fantastic pattern. Thanks!

Blogless Patty
pballantyne@freebornpeters.com

Kim said...

Ooh, Ooh, pick me!! Also, email me so we can get together soon! The park sounds lovely!

Mandy said...

Please add me to the drawing, too!! I would love yarn or a little froggie!

S said...

cute sweater! I really like the versatility of the front panel. I came over from JBW to explore . ..and then I saw your beautiful yarn! Sending it off to a stranger? how about me?

Stuntmother said...

I too am here via the Jimmy Beans link and LOVE that sweater. And I also love the frog and yarn so count me in on the fun!

Lisa said...

I saw your sweater this week through the Jimmy Beans newsletter - it's awesome. And I'd love to be counted in on the contests. Thanks!!

Jane said...

I haven't any babies pending, but I am still making this sweater! I am almost done with the first sleeve...don't ask me how late I stayed up to do it, though!

Sarah said...

Oh, how can a girl resist wanting something fun! Count me in :D

littlepeepsmom said...

I just saw your blog today also from the Jimmy Beans website. I can't wait to start the little sweater!

I would love to be entered in your drawing.

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered...thank you. :) Laura

5elementknitr said...

I wanna play! But I think I'm too late.... BOLLOCKS! What a gorgeous sweater! Does it come in big people size?

Romi said...

Very very cute! :)

Fancy Pants said...

I'm sure you already chose a winner but I'll give it a go. And that was just a side note, by the way. What I really wanted to say was Congratulations on winning the Jimmy Beans contest with that adorable sweater. It is definitely worthy of a win. I'm bookmarking your blog. :)

Faith! said...

This sweater is painfully cute! As is the child. Great work!

East Coast Knitter said...

I just ordered enough Blue Sky dyed Alpaca to make several "Presto" baby sweaters.
What a great idea!
East Coast Knitter