lemon and lime

Earlier this summer, my mom forwarded an email from one of her business contacts. This organization, Women in Tourism International Alliance, is taking up a collection of handknit baby sweaters. (**Note** The WiTiA website may not load correctly the first time, it should work with a page reload/refresh.) These sweaters will be given to newborn AIDS babies in Kenya and Mozambique. Apparently, these babies are sent home from the hospital wrapped in newspaper for warmth.

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They provide a sweater/jumper pattern to use and ask that donated sweaters are knit according to this pattern. Another requirement is that the yarn colors must be bright, and not white, blue, or pink (in other words, avoid pastels).

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These are easy and quick to knit. If you are interested in knitting a sweater (or two!) for this project, please leave a comment and I’ll forward the information. The sweaters must arrive at WiTiA (in Australia) by the end of October 2007.

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Normally, I am not a big fan of primary colors, but these yellow and green shades seem too bright to be considered primary. And there’s the yummy marled effect that gives the knit fabric such great visual interest.

I liked the Butterscotch color so much that I bought a new skein (after my Yarn Diet ended) to put aside for an intarsia project where I need a sunny yellow color.

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I messed up when I knit the first, yellow sweater. I did not read the pattern through and thought it was knit in two pieces, so I cast on two pieces to knit at the same time. By the time I had finished the ribbed hems, I realized my mistake, but decided I would just graft the pieces together at the shoulders. That worked, sort of. I forgot to take into account the fact that the ribbing was not evenly placed and therefore, did not match up at the shoulders. Oops.

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The second, green and yellow, sweater was knit according to the pattern with one exception. I made a teeny, tiny change. The ribbing used is K2 P2, but it is uneven because of the number of stitches, and does not make for an attractive seam. I shifted the stitches so that the rib started and ended with a K1. This fix still isn’t perfect but it looks nicer and more even. (Adding two more stitches would be a better solution, but I wanted to avoid changing the pattern too much, to keep with the project requirements.)


Pattern: “Simple Jumper/Sweater” by WiTiA (Women in Tourism International Alliance Ltd Size: Baby

  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Quatro, 5010 Butterscotch, about 3/4-skein Needles: Takumi Clover 24-inch US 7 (4.5 mm) circular Started: August 16, 2007 Completed: August 18, 2007
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Quatro, 5010 Butterscotch, about 1/3-skein, 5019 Green Tea, about 2/3-skein Needles: Takumi Clover 24-inch US 7 (4.5 mm) circular Started: September 9, 2007 Completed: September 10, 2007

8 Responses to “lemon and lime”

  1. Chris Says:
    September 28th, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Those are really cute – the marled yarn is great.

  2. Opal Says:
    September 28th, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    What a wonderful project! And how admirable of you!

  3. lisa Says:
    September 29th, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Do you think they will do this again next year? They look like quick and fun little sweaters, but I wouldn’t get one done in time for this year… Nice cardi for your grandmother!

  4. Tracey Says:
    September 29th, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    Send me the info, I’ll see what I can whip up. Gotta check the stash.

  5. Sydney Says:
    October 2nd, 2007 at 9:41 am

    That’s a cute sweater pattern, and it looks incredibly easy.

  6. kmkat Says:
    October 7th, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Mindless knitting for a good cause — right up my street. Please send me the info. (Note that you have to remove the NO SPAM from my e-mail addy.)

  7. Kellie Says:
    January 21st, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I’d love to make some of these. What an awesome cause. We just take way too much for granted. Please I’d love the info on these.

  8. Tracey Kirby Says:
    March 9th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I am a school secretary at St Joseph’s Belmore in NSW and I have rallied the teachers and some of my friends to make some jumpers for Aides Babies in Africa. We made some last year and one of the teachers said she heard that they have too many jumpers now, is this true, and can I still keep making them.

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