When you find out you’re pregnant, you start planning doctor’s visits and taking prenatal vitamins, and you generally brace yourself for the life change that’s coming in less than a year.
Your friends start knitting.
I’d never knit a whole Baby Surprise Jacket before. Started a few, but never finished–sizing always ended up being an issue. See, I’ll letcha in on a little secret: babies continue to grow as you’re knitting, and even if you try to plan in advance, something gets in the way, you get distracted, or something–catching up to an existing child is next to impossible for me. The only way for me to stay ahead of the game is to knit before they’re even born, so that the kid is likely to fit in it at some point.
I really like this yarn but I must admit it’s going to have to go to a baby girl. I love the idea of challenging the conventions of pink = girl, but who am I kidding. This is a sweater for a baby girl. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Baby Surprise Jacket
by Elizabeth Zimmermann, from The Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Lisa Souza Sport, colorway What a Melon
Skeins: less than 1
Needles: US size 5
Started: Midnight, December 31, on the plane from Chicago to Newark (on the journey back from Singapore).
Finished: Buttons sewn on Thursday, January 31.
Buttons: Bought with Rachel at M&J Trimmings.
Because there was leftover yarn, I couldn’t resist a pair of booties to match.
Saartje’s Booties (pdf)
Yarn, materials, etc: See above
Size: The bigger size
Started: Tuesday, January 29
Finished: Sparkly buttons sewn on Thursday, January 31.
Now all I have to do is wait!