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Help me choose my next project!

I'm almost done with my pretty, but slightly annoying, sock yarn baby sweater, and I need to have enough advance warning to get the yarn ready for my next project.

Ironically, after I mentioned here that I was finding the sock yarn sweater, particularly the underarm, problematic, my husband has decided to do the following whenever I am knitting on it:

Him: "Wow, that's looking really good!"

Me: "Oh, thanks. It's coming along."

Him: "I love that colorway! It just knit up so nicely!"

Me: "Thanks. It's Vivien Leigh. Named after the beautiful actress."

Him: "Yeah, it's too bad that underarm just looks so bad. I'd hate for our baby to wear something with an underarm that looks like that. She is going to find that totally unacceptable, because she'll be spending a lot of time inspecting the underarms of clothing, like all of our other babies have done. Are you sure you can't rip it out and redo it a fifth time?"


He apparently finds the eyebrow of death amusing enough that this joke must be repeated with regularity.

If you're not familiar with my eyebrow of death face, you might be interested in this post.

I recently sat next to a group of unruly teenagers in church, who were not with their parents, but who were being disruptive by whispering, laughing, and ripping up offering envelopes into shapes of animals. (Hello? You guys are 17? My nine year old sitting next to you is far better behaved.)

I calculated my options, which included confronting them, standing up and yelling, "I HAVE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU!" while pointing to the offenders, patrolling the aisles for similar looking people who might be their parents, and using the eyebrow of death.

The eyebrow of death, which is silent but highly effective, won. I swept back my bangs, arched my left eyebrow to an epic height, and stared them down. It took four seconds for the boy sitting nearest me to notice. He stopped ripping the envelopes and stared straight ahead. The girl next to him continued to giggle, and he elbowed her and pointed to me. In turn, she elbowed the girl sitting next to her, and the three of them sat quietly for the remainder of the service.

The eyebrow of death is one of the best things I learned as a teacher. I intend to use it forever.

OK, back to my knitting project. Here's what I've got it narrowed down to:

The Eloise Eyelet Cardi:

In Threes:

Ribbed Baby Jacket

Like Sleeves for Babies:


And Dragon Skin Baby Sweater

Once I decide on a pattern, I'll be able to choose a colorway.

What say you?


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Reader Comments (19)

I did cascade in Carys last year, turned out gorgeous. Which colorway are you thinking of?

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Seriously - In Threes or Eloise. LOVE THEM!

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

In Threes is awesome! I have made two so far. It is a lovely, well-written pattern.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhiannon

I have no children, and I have not had the opportunity to teach, but I swear by the Eyebrow of Death. When it goes up it means the Irish temper/patience is at a level unsafe for others. Works wonderfully every time!

And In Threes seems to be the one that caught my eye the most. Super cutie in that one.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFairyofYarn

I love In Threes! Will we get to vote on colors next? A nice turquoise would be lovely. :)

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy M.

Oy vey woman! :)
I voted for Cascade but I really love in Threes (Lilly has one out of handspun florry). I also really love the ribbed baby jacket - a LOT, as in if my kids were littler they would so have one!
But I voted for Cascade cause it is so pretty :) It is another that I'd have to make if I were to have another wee babe.

And woohoo on the eyebrow!! :) LOVE it :)

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhonnie

I have made In Threes and it is a quick fun knit. I think you deserve something like this after a sock yarn project!

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

I voted for In Threes. I have made 4 of them, and they are quick and easy. And lovely in your yarn. :-) I have now added all the above items to my queue. Thanks. :-)
I also have the eyebrow of death. My sister used to say I looked like the devil when I used it. Harsh, I say. :-) My Mom had it, my son has it, and it looks like my Granddaughter has it as well. :-))) Gotta love genetics.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Dunivin

I wish I could do the Eyebrow of Death. Do you think it is possible with more practice?

I love all your sweater options. Anything you make will be lovely, I'm positive.

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

I voted for Cascade purely because I was going to knit it up for MY baby, but didn't manage to get it done. I did do three gauge swatches, however. Then mine turned out to be a boy, and even though I convinced myself ahead of time that it was reasonably gender neutral, after the little man arrived I decided maybe something a touch more masculine was in order. So I'd love to see how it turns out in one of your beautiful yarns! And maybe I'll do it next time... :-)

As far as the eyebrow of death is concerned, I'm going to petition for installing mirrors on the backs of pews so when I use it on the couple in front of me that should have stayed home if they needed a massage that badly, they can see it. What is UP with that?!?

May 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

In Threes is just adorable - and would be so nice for summer/early fall with the short sleeves! I can't wait to see what yarn and colorway you choose... Hmm - I must remember that face the next time my sweet 1st grade Religious Ed class starts sitting on their chairs any way but with four legs on the ground (or when my own 17 year old self needs to be taken in hand)! ;)

Voted for the lovely In Threes. Have to check that pattern out myself.

As far as the "eyebrow of death", my mother possesses this amazing trait as well as my younger sister. I, on the other hand, did not inherit it. In answer to Sandy's question, I do not believe you can obtain it by practice. I have been trying for years. As a teacher of many years, about to retire, I highly recommend practice of all other faces as shown... they work!! Kids love it (and respond !)

May 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

My vote goes to In Threes. Is lovely and perfect for early summer.

May I suggest a tutorial for the "eyebrow of death"? I would like to master this!

Have a great weekend.

May 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

does the EoD work on your own children? i could never make it work on mine.

May 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTola

I'm also going to be having a Baby Shamrock (only mine is currently called Baby Wheatgrass and we don't know whether it's a boy or girl) and my sister knitted Cascade for her (him?). It's ADORABLE. I highly recommend it. :)

May 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie Nell

I'm adding fuel to fire here. Take a look at the Maille sweater. really cute too! I made the ribbed jacket and it is easy peasy knitting!

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

I've made "In Threes" 3 times in 3 of your colorways. (Iced Blue Raspberry) (Alaska Spruce) (Corkboard)

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessyka

Jessyka, those are SO adorable!

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYarnista

those are SO adorable

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbaby-clothing

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