I guess I did good with giving the nieces the Harry Potter sweaters for Valentine's day, as my SIL had their pictures taken wearing the sweaters recently. It made me feel wonderful to know that the sweaters are being worn and enjoyed. I'm always afraid that the things I make them are collecting dust sitting in the dresser or something. I was thrilled when they gave me these photos this weekend.
I was even happier to see that the sweaters fit them perfectly, and that the girls look absolutely adorable in them. DN1 used to refuse to wear anything if she knew someone had made it for her. Now she's proud to tell everyone that Aunt Chris made it for her. I think that she's a future knitter in the making. She's usually gets utterly fascinated with watching me knit. I've seen her pick up a few pencils and imitate me with them. (I remember doing that with pencils as a kid. I always wanted to learn to knit, but no one in my family was a knitter to teach me.)
So the pattern wrap up:
- Pattern: Harry Potter Sweater from Rowan
- Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed - Bilberry (7-8 balls), Sigh (1 Ball)
- Changes: Letter "M" instead of the letter "H"
- Final Thoughts: I really like the finished sweater for this. Perfect for a child (or and adult). It was only my second try at intarsia, and I think it came out okay. I did pull the carry along yarn a bit too tightly, but once I steam blocked the pieces it helped even the tension out. A full range of letters would have been a nice touch with the pattern, but it was easy enough to change the given "H" to a "M". It's a shame this pattern was discontinued.
I would probably make this sweater again. The only detriment would be that all that stockinette with sport yarn was a bit dull. I certainly wouldn't be knitting two of them in a row again. Both girls have the same initial, so at least the larger sweater will be getting plenty of use.