Friday, April 15, 2011
Barbie's first sweater
With the small amount of yarn leftover from my Miriam socks I thought I'd make a sweater for Barbie.
Why Barbie? A few years ago Mom and I heard of an organization that operates a "Christmas store" - parents of low income families are invited to "shop" for Christmas gifts for their kids at no cost. Unwrapped toys of any description are welcome, but the organizers made a particular plea for Barbies and Barbie clothes. "Barbie is really popular", they explained.
Just how popular she is was reinforced last weekend when I searched through the toys at the local thrift stores looking for a sample Barbie to check fit. No chance; Barbies are snapped up as soon as they hit the shelf. This Barbie is new, purchased for a few bucks at WalMart.
I've learned a few things after completing this first Barbie sweater (no.114 found here):
• from now on I'm looking for clothes knit in the round. Mattress stitching side and sleeve seams that are this small is painful!
• this little sweater was a lot more work and took a lot more yarn than I originally thought. If the idea is to use up scraps of sock yarn, I'm going to have to look at knitting stripes.
• as a kind of cruel joke Mattel has created Barbie with her thumbs and pinkies splayed outward; dressing her is like to trying to wrestle an angry toddler into a snowsuit.