Inspired by babies, part 1

Hard to not have babies on the brain when one is being kicked by a baby all day long from the inside.  Somehow I still manage to think of the impending bundle of joy as “cute” and dream up wonderful things to make in quantities that far exceed the time I have available.

Since watching the Urban Aran Cardigan grow – for the second time – is rather boring for the blog, I am going to blab a bit about the baby knits which tempt me.  And I am going to divide this over two posts because it’s coming out kind of long.

First of all, a finished project: Star of the Day hat by Susan Lawrence.

(Zander models for his baby sister)

Knit up in Violet Wool-Ease, a slightly dusky, dark purple which captures my eye in a way that makes me go “but I don’t usually like purple THIS much.”  The brim, finished with an applied i-cord per the pattern, rolls but not when worn so it’s not that big of a deal.  Sadly, the grapefruit test shows this hat to be too big for newborn use but she’ll wear it eventually.

Second: Organic Guernsey by Fawn Pea.  I have loved this pattern for a long long time but have yet to make it.  Part of my issue is that I really do want to use the organic cotton but the $30+ price tag chokes my momentum.  I’ve read on Ravelry that there are sometimes fit issues so I think I will make this in something I have in my stash and, if I love it enough to knit again, then I will fork over for the organic cotton.

Third: baby cardigan from Argentina… I ran into an old college friend at a party last autumn and she was making this sweater from a pattern handed down in her family who have it from their neighbors.  She said that everyone in their neighborhood made this baby cardi.  It’s knit in one piece from sport-weight yarn (such as Louet Gems wool, which is machine washable) and I have no idea what the finish cardigan looks like.  Adventure!  I wouldn’t normally knit something sight unseen but the background of this garment intrigues me and apparently that’s enough.

Fourth: Toasty Topper, a Knitty pattern which is a hat/scarf combo for toddlers.  Love it!  I even bought yarn for this last month, Cascade 220 in a blue-grey which will look very fine on my blue-eyed boy.  I do highly recommend the Berroco Ultra Alpaca the pattern calls for, which is only a dollar or two more per skein than the Cascade.  If all goes well the first time around, I will make a second one this summer for baby #2 to wear in the winter.

Thus concludes part 1 of the parade of baby knits, many of which I think I am going to make in the next six weeks.  On top of the Urban Aran Cardi, hats and mittens for myself, a few designs in progress, a pair of socks, my Ribby Cardi…. hahaha!

  5 comments for “Inspired by babies, part 1

  1. January 29, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I love the hat! I made the Toasty Topper (with cat ears added) for my niece and it turned out really well, and it was a nice knit. Eric says he wouldn’t mind one for himself, minus the ears. 🙂

  2. Charlotte Mayhew
    January 30, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Go! Go! You can knit it all in 6 weeks! Just don’t sleep… Love the hat. Cute! (And I love that shade of wool-ease too.)

  3. January 31, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Jenny: Hats with scarves attached for kids just makes too much sense.

    Charlotte: Don’t forget – this is just part one! Arg.

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