warning! sil ana – spoiler alert!

dear sil,

this post today will be of interest to you because i have a knitting project to show off (and apologies to julie, for whom knitting discussions hold no real appeal). [like me, sil ana enjoys knitting].

file photo: the brother and sil ana

however, dear sis-in-law, should you choose to continue reading, that is just fine but you will know one of cutie c‘s xmas presents, come family gift exchange time.

in order to convince you to turn your attention elsewhere, why don’t you check out the rowing canada website that i scrounged up googled for you? [sil ana’s sport of choice is rowing].

why don’t you click here now?

there. do you think that worked??


this past weekend was thanksgiving, but christmas was also on my mind. we exchanged our christmas lists at our family get-together on sunday, and i also finished knitting a sweater which will be one of cutie c’s presents. mom and i had picked up the kit for this project at the knitter’s fair last month, and i dove into it asap. here it is!

ready for christmas!

the pattern is called “fishy fun cardigan & purse” and is by sweaterkits.

as soon as i saw the kit at the fair, i knew it was perfect for c. what sold me were the fishy buttons:

too cute!

and cutie c β™₯ loves β™₯ little purses:


this was a new knitting experience! there were three colours of yarn…

yellow, fushia and coral - note the "bubbly" texture

…that you round-robin knit, one row of each colour, repeated over and over:

garter stitch is easy - knit, knit, knit!

i really enjoyed knitting this kit. it was a super-easy design, and there was no seaming at the end (the least favourite part of a project for many knitters) because you pick up stitches for the sleeves and for the button band.

i made the four year old size – the pattern is for ages 1-4 (better too big than too little, in my books), and the kit contained more than enough yarn for the project. the only improvement i would make is to switch up either the fuschia or the coral – i think the shades are a little too similar, and the garter stitch pattern would really pop with a more contrasting third hue in there.

i am excited to see cutie c in her sweater at christmas! next up: i’m going to start little e‘s knitted sweater!…

and for sil ana, for christmas, i am getting her…


just seeing if she’s still reading…


do you do your christmas shopping early or are you the last minute type? my goal this year is to be done by december 1st!

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  • Zo  On October 12, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    That is too cute! What a great job, Cathy!
    Every year I swear I’ll get the shopping dine early, but it never happens… I really should get organized considering I have family in the uk and California to get gifts for!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      thanks, zo! yes, you need to mail holiday gifts so early when they’re going across the country or overseas…but it’s hard to think “christmas” when it’s not even hallowe’en, eh?!

  • Gina Unger  On October 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Simply adorable little sweater and purse! I think I need to sew or knit a purse for Marin… now you’ve got me thinking here! I agree that the pink and coral are too similar, but somehow it ends up looking really great anyhow! LOVE the buttons!

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

      oh, marin would look adorable in this cardi! and i agree – it’s truly the buttons that are the winners, here! thanks, gina! πŸ™‚

  • Johanna B  On October 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

    That is the cutest little girl sweater. I wish I could knit.

    I’m finished with my Christmas shopping. Does that answer your question? I shop year round for the holidays. If I see something – I buy it and then stash it away. Now that my daughter lives elsewhere it’s easier to hide things.

    • 1970kikiproject  On October 12, 2011 at 8:56 am

      good for you!! my mom picks up stocking stuffers year round – she would agree with you about the hiding! knitting is not too hard once you get into it…not sure if youtube videos would be good visuals?? i find how-to-knit books very hard to decipher!

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