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.
(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!