So it all started with this.
I was directed to The Twist Collective, a new online source for patterns (part online magazine, part pattern store), this morning. Ever since I looked through the projects I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Little Birds. I love it. Knew immediately I had to make it.
There was only one problem. I am pretty sure it would not be the most flattering style on me. You know, the deep, only attaches at the waist, cardigan look. It is adorable–but in my opinion it is more adorable on smaller busted women. I have another cardi with the same cut and I stopped wearing it because it made me uncomfortable and didn’t fall nicely.
But I still love the birds. So what am I going to do? Turn it into a pullover. I did a little drawing of what I am thinking and I am encouraged that it will still be really sweet and vintage-y. The last thing I want to do is ruin the charm and personality of the original design.
Then, on a whim, I decided to take my obsession with this sweater to a new level. Heard of ravelympics? (ravelry link) For my non-knitting readers, this is where a bunch of crazy but awesome knitters (5000 and counting) decide to knit a challenging for them project during the Olympics. You can’t cast on before the opening ceremonies and you have to finish before the flame dies. There are teams and events. It appeals to all levels of my obsessive and competitive personality and also to my geeky knitterlyness. The thing is, I wasn’t going to sign up for it because lately I have been feeling kind of meh about everything I am knitting. But then today…Little Birds!
So it is official, I am knitting Little Birds for the ravelolympics. I don’t know if I can get it done–two weeks is crazy fast considering the pace at which I have been knitting lately. But I will do my best.
The sweater is knit with Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift and thanks to a frogged Autumn Rose Pullover, I have plenty of yarn to swatch with. I will need to buy some more of the main color but I have a week to figure out what that will be and to make sure the yarn store has it. Swatching (or training) will commence this weekend. I will keep you updated.
Anyone else feeling the Little Bird love or ravelympics spirit?