yarn: cascade sierra, 3 skeins
needles: addi natura us7 circulars and clover bamboo us5 circulars (for ribbing)
finished: february 10, 2008
notes: this is an attempt at knocking off the debbie bliss sweater on the cover of her book, special knits. I loved the ribbed placket/shawl collar and have been wanting to recreate it for a sweater for isa ever since I first saw it. and look how I finally got around to it just in time for her 3rd birthday! actually, she might outgrow this before her birthday actually rolls around, considering it fits just perfectly right now and she's been growing like crazy. anyway, I totally made this up as I went along and it came out almost exactly how I'd wanted it. my goal was to make it a little big to grow into, but I think between the time I swatched and measured isa, and when I actually finished knitting, she had already increased in size. sigh.
I didn't care too much for the yarn, actually. I have decided I really really hate knitting with cotton. my tension sucked all throughout this knit and it drove me crazy. picking up for the ribbing was no picnic either. I only did a couple big rips before I was pleased enough with the sweater to stop tinkering, so that was good.
the worst part was that isa refused to wear it for weeks. she said she liked the button, but not the sweater. what an ungrateful brat! haha, just kidding. I managed to coerce her into wearing it for a quick photoshoot (where she kept closing her eyes while smiling like a psycho) and she ended up wearing it all day. and now it's got crumbs and food stains all over it. awesome! all in all, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. :)