family, knitting, living

Elliot’s sweater

Some of you may remember that one of my sisters had her fourth and final baby in early January.  I had not seen Elliot until 2 weeks ago.  I had to fly in to Nashville for my nuero appointment and got to stay with Allison, Sam and all the kids.  We had a great time.   The two oldest, Chance and Emmy are turning out beautifully.  They are sweet and well mannered and quite handsome too!  Chance is 12 and Emmy is 10.  They are both a great help with the two little one.  The next up is Evans.  She is almost 3and a delight. I got several great big, heartbreakingly sweet hugs from Evans….another keeper!  And then there is little Elliot.  I have to say…she’s perfect. 

OK…back to the post, I got a little sidetracked.  So, I had started a Debbie Bliss sweater.  It was cabled and seed stitched.  I love cables, hate seed stitch.  I almost finished the back, but I just did not want to finish it.  So, the Sunday before I left to go to Nashville I bought some pink tweed yarn from Crazy Girl and busted out Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Almanac.  I sis the two-needle baby sweater….some call it the gull lace sweater.  I cast on Sunday evening.  I finished the yoke on Monday evening, started the lace on Tuesday and split for the sleeves before getting to the airport.  I knit like a maniac through two flights and a delay.  By the time I got to Allison’s house, I had knit to about an inch and a half under the arms.  This was Tuesday night. On Wednesday I got to within an inch of the bottom.  On Thursday morning I finished the border, seemed the sleeves weaved in the ends.  As soon as the ends were woven, we left for the airport….talk about the nick of time!  I cannot say enough good things about the pattern.  It was quick and easy once digested.  As with all of Zimmerman’s patterns, there is something of a leap of faith aspect.  I really believe that knitting was so much a part of her that it was intuitive.  I also think that she felt it should be intuitive to all of us and she would just help us hurry and get to that stage.  She is certainly hurrying me right along!

I think Allison likes the sweater and baby Elliot, well she seemed happy!  Here’s the photos Allison took of Elliot and the sweater. 


3 responses

  1. knittofit

    Amazing..what zeal, what fortitude what tenancity…(I could say obsession, but I’m sure that is a misplaced word!!!HA!) This sounds like something I’d do except I don’t think I’ll ever attempt a sweater, while flying to Nashville, but other than that it sounds like something I’d do!

    You are soooo impressive, girl. How did your appointment go? I feel like I haven’t seen you in weeks. I’ve been down with the crud for six days now and have just sort of “risen” today. Hope you are home safely and all went well. Your sis must have been thrilled to see you and all your lovely knitted goods!!! Catch up soon I hope. I work Knit and Wine this week if you can come in. Val

    March 9, 2008 at 10:13 am

  2. That is amazing!!! I love the color and the baby!! OMG what a cutie!!!! I still hate that I couldn’t see you while you were here.

    March 9, 2008 at 8:48 pm

  3. becca

    another beautiful knit and another beautiful “Ladd”

    March 10, 2008 at 8:43 am