Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Back on Track?

Aside from BSJs, I haven't made baby sweaters for a while.  Most of my friends--now 40 or older--have had their children, so I haven't needed any in a while, but now we seem to be embarking on a new baby-boom among our younger relatives and friends, so while I was sorting yarn to use in the next 12 months, I included yarn for several baby sweaters.

I had COMPLETELY forgotten how small babies really are and what a complete perk that is when knitting!  So, the new baby sweater already has a completed back and a partial front:
 I was going to knit the fronts & back in one piece, but on this particular sweater, one needs the front piece WITHOUT buttonholes done first, then one knits the second front adding buttonholes where one marked on the first piece, so I'm doing everything separately.  I will certainly say that it's refreshing to see how fast one front can go all by itself.  I'm using a yarn that I bought from Michael's years ago--they seem to have introduced and discontinued a "Passport" line of yarn in a relatively short order, but I have 2 skeins of this in blue, 2 in green, and 2 in yellow.  According to the pattern, 2 skeins will get me a 12-month-old sized sweater, so if this works, we may see two more of this particular pattern.  My favorite baby sweater size for gifts is 2 years, because that size works long enough that one is reasonably likely to hit the right size/temperature combination for most babies, but I'm willing to do these in 12 month sizing in order to actually DO something useful with this yarn.  It isn't bad--soft but washable--but it's been in the stash a while, and obviously I haven't thought of anything else to do with it. I'd like to think I had some purpose in mind when I bought it, but it was on sale, so being ME, I wouldn't have needed a purpose.  Just a credit card.........