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FO Report: Whaley

When it came time to label and name my photos, there were at least eleven of Whaley jacket.

So tiny!

So tiny!

Because this might be the cutest and coolest thing I’ve ever made. This is Save the Baby Whales by Sargantana Formenterenca (Rav link). Alert readers will notice the presence of matching sleeves, an erstwhile cause for concern as I ran out of red wool after finishing the first.

Matching sleeves, at last!

Matching sleeves, at last!

The solution was not, as it initially appeared, to buy a single ball of red Bambino Merino from eBay for $50: the solution was to make use of what I had on hand and do it in a stylish and cunning fashion so nobody could ever see the join (until I blogged about how clever I am).

Graduated sleevage

Graduated sleevage

The cream yarn in the sleeves is the same as the cream yarn used in the whales, and I think it worked out well. Gives the whole thing a bit of a sporty feel that I didn’t expect but do not dislike.

Detail plus button dilemma

Detail plus button dilemma

Here’s a closeup of the wee whales! These little bubs make the whole thing just too damn cute to remain in the house. Also: which buttons to use? I bought both white and red. While the red buttons match the yarn perfectly, the white ones pop more. And God knows, you don’t want to screw up choosing the buttons that are going on the outer layer to prevent someone’s puke reaching their singlet, do you? This is IMPORTANT, dammit.

Do you see the dilemma? DO you?

Do you see the dilemma? DO you?

All in all, an easy and fun pattern. Some problems with the wool (shortages, suspiciously nibbled/weak portions of wool), but overall a great project. And knitting for babies is a pretty sweet gig: they’re so fast you can practically get them done before breakfast.

Pattern: Save the Baby Whales by Sargantana Formenterenca (Rav link)
Yarn: Merino Bambino (red) and Sirdar Fontein Crepe 4-ply (cream). Both second-hand, from someone else’s stash (which I swear they shared willingly)

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