05 January 2010

Lesson Learned

(Pictures to come, as soon as the camera is located following the Christmas Spectacular)

I'm sometimes an optimist...I had a great idea the day after my birthday (August 21st for those who want to send presents) that I would knit Mom a sweater for her birthday (August 29th). Yeah, knit a sweater in a week? I really thought I could do it...Dad, however, was not convinced. When I told him I was knitting a sweater for Mom's birthday, he looked at me like someone looks at a small child who says, "I'm going to be Superman when I grow up!"...You know the look, right? Well, I knit and I knit like a madwoman...but alas, the week passed and I had not completed the sweater, so I gifted an alternate gift and resolved to have it done for Christmas.

Although I had originally intended this sweater to be a complete surprise, I started to get a little nervous about the fit. I am a little bigger than mom and it seemed to fit me just a wee bit snug, so I was pretty sure it would fit her, but then I started thinking, "What if it's too small and I'm just estimating wrong?!?" So, I broke down and told her that I was knitting her a gift and I thought that she'd rather have it fit than be surprised when she opened it...she agreed and tried it on. It FIT! (Which kind of makes me sorry I showed it to her, since all worked out well.) So I kept knitting , but at a more relaxed pace--after all, I had four months to finish, right? I knit a few socks (please note I did not say a pair of socks...I knit 2 socks each from a different pair), a hat, some slippers, and continued knitting the sweater. Then, December rolls around and I started to panic, just a bit. I HAD to get this sweater finished by Christmas or I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror. And so I knit...and knit...and finally finished knitting the sweater. I washed it, blocked it so the lace would expand to where it should be, and that's where I ran into a problem...buttons.

Have you ever tried to find exactly the right button to fit a specific size button hole in the perfectly matching color? Yeah, not so easy...So I scoured the stores for an appropriately sized button in just the right color. I lucked out when I hit JoAnn's and found the PERFECT buttons. They even came in a set of 3 (the number I needed) !!

So, the lesson learned here? Buy the buttons FIRST!!


JHRME said...

Whew! Note to self! I can not wait to see this sweater!

Maggie said...

This sweater is awesome! The buttoms are perfect. There could not be more perfect buttons anywhere in the world. The first is great! and it is soooo warm. Thank you very much for this beautiful sweater.