Friends, I have been a knitting machine lately!! I have quite a few projects awaiting their turn for a photo shoot, as the weather has been singularly uncooperative in the last few weeks. The last you had heard from me, I had ditched all of my projects for a baby sweater.. and I’m happy to tell you that now it’s done! And it is insanely cute. It’s rare (at least for me) to have a project leap fully formed into my brain, and then be knit out of my brain in the exact way that I had imagined it. But, wonder of wonders, that’s exactly what happened with this sweater. I was organizing my yarn leftovers (I’m working on displaying them rather than having untidy half or quarter skeins lying around getting fuzz on them, but more on that later.) (as another aside, am I the only one who has a seemingly infinite amount of lint in their house? It’s got to be at least partially a byproduct of knitting and spinning, but I sweep, dust, and clean, and then MERE MOMENT LATER my entire apartment is once again covered in fuzz.) Wow that was a lot of digressions. Back to my story.
I was trying to organize my leftovers, when I realized that I had a lot of Berocco Ultra Alpaca in a very pleasing color palette. I had been mulling over the idea of a striped raglan cardigan in a baby size, but then I saw these balls of yarn together and I had an Idea.
I knew that the sweater would need wooden animal buttons, and my LYS (Stitch House in Dorchester, lovely store) totally had my back.
They are absurdly, wonderfully perfect. I know that some of you are all like “OMG you can’t give a baby a sweater made from non-superwash wool!” and the truth is, I know he’s going to drool on it, and get food on it, and all those things that small humans do. However, I have previously gifted two washable sweaters to my Aunt Chantal, Colson’s mum, and she refuses to put them in the washing machine anyway. She might as well get proper good wooly sweaters if that’s the case, just in my humble opinion. Dude, she’s got seven kids, and takes the time to handwash his knits. And he wears them all the time!! She mentioned over Christmas that his first sweater seems to resist getting dirty. That’s part of the magic of wool, though that one also has a touch of angora for extra cuddliness. There’s a reason why Colson gets the knits. His mom takes fantastic care of them and loves them, and he’s just about the cutest little nugget imaginable. So after all my blathering, want to see the sweater? Of course you do.
And naturally there must be a closeup of the all-important monkey buttons.
It’s quite a simple top-down raglan. I didn’t work from a pattern, just cast on and knit until things looked right to me. The shape is a pretty simple and classic one, and I got some sizing info for babies off the Internet so I could at least make sure my dimensions weren’t way off.
Now this came out a little big, because I was trying to use up all my yarn. I’m actually totally okay with that though. It’s more like a 2-3 year old size, and it’s a well known and oft-lamented fact that babies grow extremely fast. He will be wearing this in no time, although I wish I could get modeled shots sooner. I’m sure that they will be super cute when they do materialize. Now off to do more baby knitting, my friend Katica from the office is expecting her first on May 4th. You better believe I’ve been making ALL the Star Wars jokes. (For those who don’t get it, “May the Fourth be with you.”) Until next time peeps!
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