When you start work in the yarn & fiber business, one of the rudest awakenings (and, later, most irritating assumptions) is that one does not, in fact, spend one’s day knitting, spinning, and hazily swanning around the pastoral scene. Like everybody else, I mainly write emails, answer the phone, help customers, and solve all the problems I’m able to.
How nice, then, to be asked– no, assigned– to spend the day knitting!
We’ve had a few customers who had had trouble making the Child’s Eared Hoodie. So, my job last Thursday was to knit the pattern and, in so doing, come up with the Errata (they’re here). I made the smallest size, and it took about half of the day.
In yet another happy coincidence, one of my friends had recently asked me to knit a baby something– a cousin, I think– and so I’ll be sending this off to him.
I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. I didn’t add the ears– children suffer enough indignities without having a pair of animal ears slapped on their heads– and, of course, I fixed the mistakes and unclear portions of the pattern, but, otherwise, it’s exactly as written. I especially love the smart little i-cord ties at the front!
- Pattern: Child’s Eared Hoodie, by Tanis Gray, from Juniper Moon Farm Chadwick Booklet
- Yarn: JMF Chadwick, 2 balls, in Clear Skies
- Needles: US 7, which is a size smaller than recommended, but I’m a loose knitter (who doesn’t own US 8 needles AT ALL!)
- Dates: February 2nd, 2012
This is, incidentally, the first thing I’ve actually finished in 2012. So there’s got to be some good magic in there somewhere.