So I picked it up, thinking I might tackle some self sewing for a change. However, working with Jude's plaid (same line - different colorway) convinced me that this was not the right fabric choice for my first Archer.
The fabric was so shifty and the grain lines were completely wonky and impossible to line up correctly. When I finished Jude's pajama top, the plaid stripes did not match in the front due to shifting and I had to rip the seams and re-cut the front left side. It was incredibly frustrating and nearly had me in tears (a sewing rarity for me!). So I knew this fabric was not suitable for any pattern with lots of pieces which also require plaid matching.
But it was perfect for another Mini Marthe for Indigo. It's soft, comfortable and cozy. And there are only four pieces to this pattern, making the plaid matching easy (just don't do what I did here).
Indigo said this pose was a tribute to Kristin's daughter here. :D
Indigo and I also knitted the cowl she's wearing.
Indigo and I have been bitten hard by the knitting bug.
Over winter break, we knit up a storm while I watched the entire Star Wars series for my first time ever. Jude and Indigo couldn't wait for me to finally see them all. Man, Star Wars 6, you guys! So good! I totally didn't see that ending coming!
Now that I've seen all six, I'm ready for Star Wars 7!
I was inspired to make this cowl after seeing the cowls Sophie made for her kids. She emailed me this free tutorial and then told me that she used a size 15 needle with two stands of yarn intended for a size 7 needle. (Sorry guys, I don't know how you would say that in knitters' lingo.) The entire cowl is in stockinette.
It's a really fast project, although I had to rip my first version after my two balls of yarn got tangled and my tugging to untangle them made a mess of my yarn. Dan untangled them for me and then wrapped them into one ball. That was the way to go. He's been our yarn untangler and ball winder and has gotten really good at it. I guess we all like to have something to do with our hands while watching movies. I don't really enjoy watching movies at all, so it would have been difficult for me to sit through six movies without my knitting projects by my side. Yes, even if those movies are Star Wars.
Indigo casted on (all 47 stitches!) for me. I actually don't even know how to cast on because Indigo always does it for me. And then she also casted off for me, too. It's been really fun to work on joint projects together. On other projects, we have taken turns knitting rows, which makes them come together so much faster. It's encouraging to us slow, new knitters.
Being able to do these things with her is pretty much a dream come true for me. I love it so much and so does she. I really couldn't ask for more and I look forward to more projects with her to come.