(If you are my pregnant cousin, I recommend you stop reading this post here or risk ruining surprises).
Last week I wrote all about scheming a new shawl. I woke up the next morning working hard to keep myself from casting that on. And I succeeded. By taking on a totally other project. Realizing my right hand will be down and out in December, and that I have a new little cousin coming in January (well, my cousin is having a child…that’s my cousin once removed, so we’ll just go with cousin). And babies born in January in Canada NEED sweaters.
Of course, I’m still on a yarn diet. And I don’t know if this will be a boy or a girl. And I didn’t have a pattern in mind. But, this was happening. So I started poking around Ravelry. I’ve knit a Newborn Vertebrae before, which is made from sock wool, which I am rich in – and is super cute and cozy. And I find its frontlessness very practical for babies. But, for some reason it didn’t seem quite right, and I knit so many socks that I actually felt like knitting something not sock woolish.
Then I thought about the baby’s Mom, my cousin. She’s a nature lady. She’s been posting pictures of hiking while pregnant. And then I remembered that there was a great little sweater by TinCan Knits with a tree on it called Old Growth. And I already owned the pattern in an e-book I bought on sale. And then it was all over but the finding of the wool. Which turned out to be a breeze, because my stash had some Aran weight Fleece Artist Blue Face Leicester in St. John’s Sky – kind of a denim blue with hints of green and lavender. Just right (even though it will be hand-wash only).
And then I set to it. It was my first experience with a bottom-up sweater construction, and I love baby knits for experiments because they are small and forgiving. It was great for me to knit the sleeves first – because if I have to knit them last, they are pure monotony. This way, I got a magical moment where I added them to the yoke and BAM! Instant sweater! I was perhaps a little overly focused on my knitting this weekend due to a cold, and actually banged this out in 2 fairly solid afternoon/evenings of knitting. It’s the 0-6 months size, so it’s not huge or anything.
I am totally happy with the result. The tree accent is excellent. I’m left with probably 3/4 of a ball of yarn, which means there will certainly be a matching hat and possibly other baby accessories to follow. Booties? Mittens? What else does a baby hiker need?