Today I was wandering in my local yarn shop looking for, believe it or not, orange colored yarn. My grandson asked me for an orange sweater. So what grandmother wouldn’t just run out to the local yarn shop and search for the perfect orange to create the perfect sweater for that sweet boy. After repeatedly wandering up and down the same aisles, I found a pumpkin spice, bright orange, pumpkin, paprika, and orange spice. What’s with all the different oranges? I just need an orange. A pretty orange. Not an in your face orange. Richard patiently followed asking, “What do you think of this color? How is this one?” I finally found one I liked.
“Check the dye lot. Is there enough of that color?”
“Yes, check the dye lot.”
“Dye lot. What am I looking for?”
“The dye lot number. The number should be the same on each skein.”
“Got it! How many do your need?”
Not wanting to be caught short, I started figuring out how many yards I will need to complete this project. Of course, a pattern would help. It is so hard to find cute sweater patterns for little boys. There are a few here and there, but not many. It’s times like this is think I should just take the time to compile my own book with boy patterns.
So I’m off the next aisle to see if there are any pattern books for boys..little boys. Poor Richard patiently followed me asking, “What are we looking for?”
“Pattern book. Knitted. Something for little boys. I don’t have any patterns with me here, and I’m not sure I have anything for a lighter weight yarn.” At Christmas, I made sweaters for both my grandsons out of a beautiful bulky weight yarn They were beautiful, but the time they can wear them is limited since they live in Florida. These sweaters can be worn throughout the year, even on a cool summer night.
Wow! I found one! Easy knits for Little Boys. Cute! Cute! There were several patterns that used a knitted worsted weight (#4). As I perused the book, I stumbled on several that I would enjoying making.
“How about a vest?” Richard suggested as he looked over my shoulder.
“I think that could work.”
“So how much do you need?”
Some quick math ensued. I would need 7 ounces or 340 yards of the main color and 3.5 ounces of the contrasting color to make the vest. Back to the yarn selection. The Pumpkin by Lion Brand Basic Stitch (anti-pilling) was the winner. Of course it took almost as long to find a nice complimentary color for the trim and strip. I found a gorgeous Turquoise Heather that looked great. OMG! I’m back to Gartor colors! Well, my grandsons do live in Gartorland. The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, is their parents alma mater.
The skeins were 3.5 ounces or 185 yards. Two skeins would equal 370 yards for the main color and one skein would equal 185 yards, which would be enough for the contrasting color. Done! Selection finished!
I’m excited to start this new project. Time to whip out those size 7 needles and get knitting!