May 16, 2011

The Sweet Relief of Baby Knitting

I'm moving soon, half-way across the country, and all of the planning and upheaval has me a bit upended.  To wit: I've been knitting very little.  Or, very little relatively speaking.  I'm spazzy and unfocused and philosophical and OBSESSED with Lifetime Movie Network moviews, so the knitting has slowed down.   I have finished several projects, but haven't been able to get them photographed, with the exception of this one:

The project itself says a lot about where my head's been at.  It's a baby sweater (tiny), finished in 1 1/2 days so very little attention needed.  It's one color, one skein, largely garter stitch and almost seamless.  It was also made for friends in my soon to be new home of Minneapolis.  There's a lot of metadata embedded in this one, wee project.

Pattern: Leaf Pattern Set, by Jeannine LaRoche
Yarn: Berroco Remix
Needles: 3.5 & 3.75mm
Start: April 23
Finish: April 24

I really, really enjoyed working up this pattern.  It's a top down construction, so I started with the leaf pattern at teh neck, which required some, but not intense, focus, and then cruised down, almost mindlessly, through the rest of the sweater.  Although I ordered this yarn special for this project from Webs, I can't take credit for the color selection.  Oiyi made this sweater several years ago in pretty much the same color, and I thought it looked so fresh and sweet without an ounce of presciousness.  Berroco Remix is a great yarn, made of recycled silk, cotton and wool, the combination of which results in machine washable yarn that has a tweedy texture with none of the itch of tweed; perfect for a summer baby sweater. I'll be using it again, fo sho.

Soon after I finished the sweater Target launched it's Calypso collaboration line, for which I went nuts.  In addition to the silk tunics, linen jumpsuit and dresses I bought for myself, I picked up a this adorable dress, which is going to the same little girl coming this July.

I love them together.  Now, get her a pair of Saltwater sandals and she's set!


meganmini said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so incredibly sweet. And inspiring since I have friends with a new baby just home and three friends expecting this fall.

Sayschnicklefritz said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks! You know the recepient's daddy, he was a classmate of yours. I strongly encourage you to make this for your pals, and then take pictures to share!

littlebirdbigcity said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my gosh, so sweet and lovely. What a lucky little baby!

craftivore said... Best Blogger Tips

Soo stinkin cute! I tried to convince my girl to buy one of the Calypso dresses but she bought a pink tunic instead and wore it for three days straight. I got a white embroidered tank. I've been laughing at your Lifetime TV morals on Twitter.

sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

So funny that though I'm making the exact same sweater with the exact same yarn and totally copying you, it is actually totally different. Is the body supposed to be garter stitch? I totally spaced on that and mine is stockinette. But I love it just as much as I loved yours.

And the yarn IS truly amazing. I've been stalking the color card dreaming of a cardigan for me........

sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

oh yeah, and that outfit, complete with saltwater sandals (in red I think) is the most perfect little girl outfit I've ever seen. girly without the Girly.

Sayschnicklefritz said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah: Well, I should have known better than to give yo the second skein. I was thinking of making one for your baby-to-be, so I suppose I'm on to Plan B now. At least I know I was on the right girlie but not Girlie track.

Craftivore: I won't have cable when I move, but LMN movies are available streaming, so the posts will keep coming!

Oiyi said... Best Blogger Tips

That is the perfect little outfit. So cute! You know Sarah was going to ruin your gift intentions, right?

sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

apparently it is my reason for existence in your life :)

But holy crap this sweater is cute. I could stare at it all day. It is the first clothing item that has gotten me really excited about having a girl, way better than the pink leopard print baby gown my MIL bought...............