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Sometimes I want to knit something to wear but don't, partially because I don't want to spend a fortune on it or a half a year knitting it. Is it weird that part of the reason I don't knit wearables for myelf is because I am just not happy with my bod right now?<br><br>
And this is embarrassing to admit, but I think about knitting wearables for my kiddo and then realize she'd wear them for such a short time.<br><br>
Perhaps the bulk of this boils down to not feeling confident enough in my knitting abilities, either. I'm remedying that by taking a beginning sweater class starting at the end of the month.<br><br>
Anyway. Just more knit ramblings...
 

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Well- I love knitting for myself- but usually I pick a sweater in a large gauge (go size 10s!) so that it knits up faster. Honestly I feel so dang sexy in my new sweater that it almost turns me on! the cost of yarn though- that is a toughie. Elann has some great new silk and bamboo stuff- nice color selection too! As for being happy with your body- spending time and effort on you is worth its weight in gold- you owe it to you and your kids to be good to yourself!
 

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I don't knit sweaters for myself for a variety of reasons, one being that the amount of yarn required would make it really cost way too much.<br><br>
The second being that I <i>usually</i> only work on one project at a time and the amount of time it would take to make a sweater for myself would be ridiculous and keep me from other projects.
 

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IKWYM -- that's the biggest reason I haven't knit myself a sweater yet, too. But I have started knitting myself socks! Lovely slipper socks & delicate lace socks -- I smile everytime I see them poking out from the cuffs of my dh's hand-me-down pants (because I don't want to buy pants in my size, of course! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).<br><br>
When it comes to kids -- well, knit it a little big! My ds1 was in size 2T forever! He can still wear 3T stuff now (at almost 5 yrs old), but he's solidly in 4T, so my plan is to make him a 5T and roll up the cuffs. Same for ds2 -- I'll make a roomy 3T, and for ds3 a 12-18month size. That way, the older ones will get to wear them for 2 years (with any luck, lol), and the baby's will go so quickly that it's okay his will only last 6 months.<br><br>
Big needles help, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Someone IRL commented the other day on how it was a waste of time to knit anything for kids... the yarn costs too much and they don't wear it for long enough.<br>
I disagree. So I spent way too much on the two matching cabled sweater hoodies I made for my boys last year but they still fit this year. But honestly, had I bought those sweaters I would have paid three times as much. And my boys love their sweaters. They tell everyone that I knit the sweaters for them. I remember how loved I felt when my mom made me things (not many but she sewed a quilt and made a few lacy princess dresses for me). It's something I want to do for my kids too.<br>
Finances being what they are for us right now I have no problem knitting up my stash and then using craft store wool (like joann's or michaels) for new projects. I'd like to try a toddler sweater in woolease to see how well it washes up actually.<br><br>
As far as knitting for myself? I haven't done anything big. yet. Right now my issue is that I'm pregnant and who knows what size I'll be for how long afterwards. I don't want to knit something that will end up too big in a year, kwim? DH is really wanting to buy that new knitting lingerie book for me, lol. Pretty much everything in there is knit on tiny needles though. <crinkling up my nose>
 
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