When it comes to knitting, I am usually pretty prolific and have gained a reputation among my knitting friends as a finisher. If I were to have a ‘specialty’ it would definitely be setting a schedule and sticking to it. Sure, I may have a couple irons in the fire at any given moment and I will take my time & enjoy my knits, but I don’t usually linger too long on projects. I am pretty in tune with what I have in progress and if something sits too long it tells me either I need to finish it or frog it & set it aside for a project I want to finish. My philosophy is simple; If I am not excited enough to finish a project, why am I working on it?
There was, however, one big exception to this rule: the Wispy Cardi I worked on for 8 months last year. 8 Months. Even for a fingering weight sweater 8 months is a long time for me to be stuck in the same project. It became a running joke with my knitting students because I brought it to almost every single class over that period of time and clicked a row here and a row there. Finally in December I couldn’t take it any longer and forced myself to sit down and finish the darn thing. It’s totally one of my favourite sweaters now. Hurrah for finishing!
In any case, when Hannah Fettig came out with the Little Knitbot version of the Wispy Cardi I had some mixed feelings. I was immediately inspired to make one of my favourite sweaters for my daughter yet at the same time I was painfully aware of how long it took me to make my own Wispy Cardi. I didn’t know if I could take another 8 month sweater slog. Deciding that some Malabrigo Lace in the Velvet Grapes colorway that I had stashed for a sweater for myself was better suited to my girl, I took a leap of faith while in South Dakota and started knitting my daughter her very own Wispy Cardi.
I started not once, not twice, but three times. I measured my girl obsessively — her lean frame had her fitting in the size 4 – 6, but as she wears a size 6 already in her clothes I was very wary of how that 4 – 6 would fit despite my careful measurements. For an adult it would be different, but this is a kid that grows in spurts like a weed after a rainstorm. I cast-on for the size 8-10. Then I freaked out that it would be too big so I tore it out and cast-on for the 4-6. Then I was sure the 4-6 would be too small. You know what they say, the third time’s the charm. Size 8 – 10, however baggy when I finished, was the only way I could go.
To my pleasant surprise, I flew through this sweater in a little over a month. Considering that month was over the Tour de Fleece, I am pretty pleased with that! Washed & blocked, today the weather finally cooperated so that I could take some photographs.
I snapped a couple still life versions so you could see the lovely colorway. No, there isn’t a wonky edge in the lower left. That’s just me trying to wrap things up while my 8-year-old discussed the genetic make-up of electric eels.
The fit, though big, is wearable now with plenty of room for my darling to grow into. I am so glad I went with my gut and made the bigger size. For kids, I suppose it’s always a good idea to guess big. My little lady is very excited for this very special sweater — as her mama and personal knitter, well, I couldn’t be happier either.
If you are interested in more details on this project, you can check out its Ravelry project page.