Show and tell time...
First, here's an American Girl Doll sweater, adaped from the All-in-One baby sweater by Marg Coe.
Last week, on the KnittingMachine yahoo group, there was alot of discussion about this sweater and Arlene Hahn's new v-neck version (both available on http://www.dfwmachineknitters.com/Patterns.html). This idea intrigued me, but I don't have any babies to knit for. What I do have is 2 little girls...with little girl dolls. So, I decided to try and adapt the pattern to fit an American Girl doll. This is a leap for me, only 3 months into my machine knitting experience, but I just kept telling myself "It's a doll", and gave myself permission to take chances and make mistakes. I think it turned out great. I'm already thinking about variations, and since I have 2 girls to knit for, I think I'll be doing alot more of these. (This one could stand to be blocked, but I'm an impatient sort. Also, please ignore my 6yo's writing on the doll's dress...you can't take your eyes off them a second ;-)
Next, is my Take-a-Turn sweater from Knitwords.
This was my first real machine knit sweater. There's a knit-along in Ravelry for this sweater. I enjoyed knitting it and learned alot along the way. It was a real challenge, and I'm happy with the outcome. The sleeves are a little short, but I'll definitely wear it. It is made out of 100% llama yarn purchased at Pasa Yarns in Uxbridge, MA (a great place for coned yarn).
...off to knit.