Friday, November 25, 2016
Off The Needles: Fairy Flax Light
Surprise!! It's another baby knit!!
Ok, I'm pretty sure you're not surprised. And probably not surprised that it's another knit using a Tin Can Knits pattern. Or the fact that this is yet another Flax sweater since the last two baby knits that I did were also Flaxes. But did you know that this is the LIGHT version? Because it is!
The ladies of Tin Can Knits are awesome and came out with a lighter version of their mega popular (and free!) pattern, Flax, from The Simple Collection. It's absolutely perfect for those who don't wear or need a heavy-weight sweater, or for those warm Spring days when you need a light layering piece...or if you live on the West Coast!
I won't lie, the main reason why I wanted to knit Flax Light is because I have a crap ton of solo skeins of fingering weight yarn in the stash. I've faced reality a long time ago that not all of those skeins are going to turn into shawls or even socks. So what was I going to do with all those project-less skeins?
So when my good friend Hayley showed up at a beer-music bingo-knitting night pregnant (don't worry, she was there for the music bingo and knitting!), I knew exactly what I wanted to knit her wee little one. Also, note to self: must get out to knit nights more often!! Anyhoo, a friend of ours, Em, formerly of Everything Old but is now Emma Knits and the voice behind the Knitting Pretty Podcast, had long ago dyed up a colourway that I knew that Hayley loved. I just happen to have a skein of this colourway and no idea what to do with it. I now think this particular skein was sitting in my stash waiting for this day. To become a baby sweater for a dear friend.
I absolutely loved knitting this sweater. I really do think it's the perfect combo of pattern, yarn, and recipient. The yarn is just so fun and the pattern so simple that it just works. Aside from the slight flashing of colour at the bottom portion of the body, I think the flecks of colour knitted up quite evenly and not at all blotchy or weird. If that even makes sense? While I was blocking the sweater the flecks sort of reminded me of the video game, Galaga, which makes this colourway choice even more fitting as Hayley's partner is a huge gamer. I think everyone wins with this knit!
I didn't do a single mod for this pullover. The pattern is superb and just such a joy to knit. It took almost two weeks to knit this up over the summer but that's because I had a million other projects on the go at that time (what else is new?). I had knit the 6-12 month size as I wasn't sure if I would have been able to eek out the 1-2 year size. In the end I had 15g of yarn leftover, which I promptly gave to another friend who makes adorable stuffies and thought this yarn would make the cutest little stuffie ever. I'm sure if I had planned it out better by using a contrasting yarn for the ribbed parts (like I did with these Flaxes) I would have had enough to knit the next size up. Oh well. I'm sure this won't be the last time I'll be knitting this pattern!
My friend sent me a few photos of her sweet little one wearing this sweater. He looked so incredibly adorable. I don't feel comfortable posting photos of babies that aren't mine on the blog, so you'll just have to trust me when I say that he looks so cute that my ovaries hurt. Sorry, TMI?
Let's look at this cute sweater one last time:
:: Sweater Details ::
Pattern: Flax Light by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Everything Old Signature Sock (now discontinued)
Colour: Fairy Lights
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps Interchangeables in 2.75mm (US 2) and 3.75mm (US 5)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Fairy Flax Light