My first knitted FO of 2014. This year is already off to a good start knitting-wise. This is the Steggie pattern from Knitty.com. I didn't like the super baggy fit and the Boy is rather on the thin side so I opted for the smallest size but lengthened the sleeves and the body by an inch. I do wish I'd lengthened the body by a couple more inches, though.
My goal with this sweater was just to use up some age old acrylic in my stash (bought for baby sweaters when the Boy actually was a baby!) I stumbled across this pattern searching Ravelry and knew it had to be. As you may recall, the boy loves dinosaurs. I did manage to use up almost all of the dark blue and the turquoise, but had to buy the variegated for the spikes (doh!). Two steps forward, one step back.
He was pretty enamored with it the night I finished it (and the entire time I was knitting it) but since that night it's sat pretty much unloved. Of course, he hasn't wanted to keep his clothes on for most of that time, so apparently we're regressing to that phase. Oh good, just what we need in the middle of winter. A preschooler who lives in his socks and undies.
At least he kept it on long enough for me to snap some photos. The original motivation, now that I think of it, was to knit the boy a sweater upon which to sew these car buttons. He's been going through my big button collection to pull these out and play with and I decided it was probably time to actually use them. Big plastic car buttons are only cute up to a certain age, after all.
He really seemed to like it when I took these pictures, so hopefully I'll get him to wear it (and pants) again. I would like to see this sweater gets lots of love before it's retired to the hand-me-down pile. And of course, don't forget the Sewing for Small People Sewalong hosted by Leah over at Struggle Sews a Straight Seam. I plan on doing a round up post about the time things wrap up in May to see what all I've managed for the small people over the course of four months. And if you don't follow Struggle Sews a Straight Seam check it out, Leah's hilarious!