Second Sweater Syndrome?

February 18, 2012 at 7:53 pm 2 comments

The interesting thing and probably the obvious thing about twins is that you need double of almost everything. It makes knitting interesting. You can’t just scrounge in your stash for one little baby sweater’s worth of yarn, you have to have enough for two! I’m shocked at how many baby sweaters I could make from my stash, yet not have enough to make a matching set. Not gonna lie, it’s been frustrating.

But the other thing that makes it interesting is that if you’re going to make a matching set of sweaters, hats, or anything else, is that when you reach the fun accomplishment of finishing, you have to go and cast the exact same project right back on again. The degree of  how thrilled I am with the result of the first item can have dramatic impacts on how easy it is to cast on the second. It’s basically the same thing as the second sock syndrome that is widely discussed in the knitting blogosphere.

Thankfully, this little Baby FO, was very motivating for me to cast on a second immediately.

I think I know one thing that sorta overcomes the monotany of knitting the exact same thing twice. Changing up the yarn. I had so much fun with this Garden Gate Felici, but I’m a little sick of that color repeat, so now I get to delve into the bright repeats of Groovy Felici.

I’m ashamed to say the first sweater took me a month to finish, but I can already tell the second is going to go faster.

I must say I’m thouroughly enjoying the self stripping yarn. I’ve always looked at it admiringly, yet never really having a good project for it. I really didn’t like the harsh color changes and the complete lack of control over when those color changes occurred. This slip stitch pattern does a gorgeous job of blending the color changes. It reminds me of the way you blend oil pastels together while messing around seeing how the colors play together.

With some of my other pairs of projects for these little ones, I’ve definitely had to push through that second sweater syndrome, but these little girl sweaters have been totally inspiring.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. agujasblog  |  February 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    I stopped knitting socks for this very reason! I guess if I had twins I would feel compelled to do the same. I do like the colorful yarn.

  • 2. Erin-Kate  |  February 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Such gorgeous & happy colors!


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