Sunday, March 02, 2008

Ghosts Of Baby Sweaters Past

Thanks to everyone who gave me some good vibes about the pregnancy, either here or through private email, I think I'm finally accepting that I may have daily contractions for weeks to come. We were at the hospital today (baby changed positions and I didn't feel him move all morning) and I finally got some decent answers from the doctor, so I'm cool. Or as cool as a woman can be when she's nine months pregnant.

Anyway, this all does give me both the motivation and the time to get some more stuff ready for Frank's arrival. Back when I was pregnant with Ruby I tended to knit really unpractical baby items. Like, what you see above -- a baby cardigan knit out of sock yarn. It's the Diamond Seed Baby Jacket, from the Fall 2004 issue if Interweave Knits, knit in Lang Jawool. I don't remember any of the other details. From what I can remember, I started this in late 2004 and finished in January 2005 and finished everything short of sewing on the buttons. Why? I have no idea -- maybe when Ruby came out as a girl I didn't love it so much any more. Anyway, I kind of like it, despite the mis-matched stripes (I had never touched sock yarn before and didn't recognize this stuff as self-striping). So, a new sweater for Frank!

And, I also dug out this, which I'm pretty sure is the Basket-Weave Baby Sweater from the September 2004 Creative Knitting (I only know this from looking it up on Ravelry). I used Scheepjes Soft Fun. This was not a very successful sweater -- I think Ruby only ever wore it for a picture. The problem -- set-in sleeves. Not too friendly for a newborn. This may have worked as a larger sweater for a bigger baby, but it essentially is sized at about 10 lbs (at least how I knit it). I feel obligated to try it on Frank, but I'm not keeping my hopes up. Now I just have to get the kid to come out -- at this rate he's going to be way to big for any of these sweaters anyway.

*note: the Diamond Baby Jacket is actually in the Winter 2004 issue if IK. Sorry for the confusion.


Gina said...

atta girl... relax...nobody stays pregnant forever.
I found that if I was sitting too long that the Braxton Hicks would get going pretty good and I'd think "Yay! this is it!" Then I'd get up for a glass of water and a pee and they'd stop. Would happen the other way too. Out for a walk, or shopping, and cramping to beat the band. Sit down and nothing. Frustrating for sure, but really nothing more than your body getting ready. Relax. Breathe. Knit.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Hey, great sweater! Any chance you have a scanner? I've been looking for the Fall 2004 IK and it's not avail for back issue or anything. There's a pattern in it that I want. Please email me at graphicdesignchick at hotmail dot com. (And if you don't have a scanner, can you photocopy it for me?? I'll let you know which one I'm looking for) THANKS!!!

Your baby is going to be well dressed!

Knit & Purl Mama said...

There are no baby patterns in the Fall 2004 Interweave Knits. I just borrowed it from a friend. Wanted to let you know!