This, my friends, is the sight of a desperate knitter. Trying to work just with my existing stash to make a complete sweater, sans known pattern or skein yardage, and with a whole lot of crossed fingers. It's the sight of a desperate knitter ever-so-carefully dividing what's left of the yarn in half to make some sleeves. Two even sleeves - in an ideal world.
And this is what was leftover from that one precious skein when all was said and done. Nerve-wracking, indeed. But these are the kinds of exciting kicks and thrills we knitters give ourselves, right? Exactly.
And with that bit of hair-raising adventure, a sweater was made for the baby (Ravelry link). A simple little sweater, using Elizabeth Zimmermann's February Sweater on Two Needles (from Knitter's Almanac). There were some tweaks to the pattern (I left out the gull pattern, most importantly) and it has an adjusted sleeve length to accommodate what you see above (a shortage of yarn), but that will work out perfectly for the summer months in which I anticipate it being worn. It's knit with a handspun from Pigeonroof Studios.
Yes, I know there's been a steady flow of crafty results around these parts of late (with even more to come). What can I say? It's winter. It's Maine. It's cold and I'm pregnant. And all I want to do is sit in front of the fire in my rocking chair. I can only convince the kids to play Scattergories or read to/with them for so long before they declare me 'boring' and find something much more interesting to do. So you see, crafting is really where it's at.
(I like it.)