Before I became a one-woman hat knitting factory I managed to make a warm sweater for my 12-year-old daughter Elise. It was the Owl sweater designed by Kate Davies. You can find the pattern here.
Kate is such a talented designer with a great eye for colour and I love everything that she´s done.
It was a quick knit. Or it could have been a quick knit.
Thick alpaca yarn and 6 mm needles – for me who usually knit with 2 mm needles it was almost a shock to see the progress. But then...
I was almost done with the body part when Elise came home from school after the annual visit to the school nurse.
Not only had she outgrown me – which admittedly isn´t that hard since I´m only 159,5 cm tall - but the school nurse also predicted that Elise would grow another 7-8 cm in the next two years.
So I decided to rip and add a bit of extra length to make the sweater last more than one season.
And it was still a fairly quick knit.
The owls are so cute!
I´ve got a thing about owls and I have to confess that I´m very close to starting an owl collection.
But I´m fighting the urge, because we do not really have any room for an owl collection in our already crowded, little flat.
I like it that all the button eyes differ a little in size and colour.
The buttons were donated by my mum, aka the Button Queen.
Mum has a collection of an estimated 600 000 buttons. It that might be the largest one in Sweden, perhaps in all of Scandinavia – but she still does not enjoy parting with any of the buttons.
However, for this good cause she managed to dig out 18 pairs of nearly identical mother-of-pearl buttons for the eyes.
And to sew on all the buttons probably took as much time as it took to knit the whole sweater!