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As well as the clearing of the project basket has been going, I must stop to work on a gift.

A lady at work will be a grandmother soon. I used to work with her daughter who is having the baby. My stoppage on the OP basket is to knit a couple of baby things for her baby.

First will be a little garter stitch kimono style sweater on page 61 from the book "Simple Knits For Cherished Babies" by Erika Knight, Collins & Brown, 2008. It is knit in one piece and then sewn up the side seams.



I'm knitting the sweater in Spud & Chloe, Fine Sock, superwash 80% wool/20%silk, color #7807, which is a very pale pink. There were many yarn choices and then I thought...hmmmm...superwash. I know I'd appreciate being able to machine wash a sweater rather than hand wash AND have a new baby.

The sweater is supposed to close with ribbons tied in the back. WTF? Dressing a wiggly baby, flipping them over to manipulate ties in the back to close the sweater? Ummmm, no. So I will do as the ladies at the "Knitting Addiction" shop did and close the one side of the sweater with a small button on the inside and pretty button on the outside. With the outside button being big enough to not be a choking hazard and still be stylish.

I was also assured by the ladies at "Knitting Addiction" that I would have enough yarn left over from the two skeins to also knit a pair of matching socks.

When I had babies and others in my family had babies I did not know how to knit. Now I do and I can make these things and die from the cute!

Date: 2010-07-16 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] albreda.livejournal.com
Honestly, I didn't mind tying backs closed on outfits at all, but buttons posed a challenge, as my kids have invariably fallen asleep in whatever they are wearing, and buttons are lumpy. Just saying. ;)

Lucky baby!

Date: 2010-07-16 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martelvonc.livejournal.com
The problem with this sweater is that the front of it folds over itself, and then ties around the babies body with really long ribbons, one of which threads through a hold in the side of the sweater. Some of the projects have a tie at the nape of the neck which makes sense for a small neck opening but the whole body tie thing seems rather complicated.

The yarn shop used this very cute, flat, flower shaped shell button that ends up being at the baby's waist on the side, once the sweater is closed. I hope I can find one similar.

Date: 2010-07-16 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] albreda.livejournal.com
Couldn't you configure it more like a hospital johnnie, so you just had two short ribbons? The button idea makes sense too - a whole body thing WOULD be a pain in the neck, not to mention a choking hazzard!

Date: 2010-07-16 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martelvonc.livejournal.com
Nah, it's a kimono style, two opposite triangular sections that lie on top of each other.

Date: 2010-07-16 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] albreda.livejournal.com
Ah - I grok. Two sets of ribbons could work, but buttons are less likely to be bumpy than knots!

Good luck!

Date: 2010-07-16 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martelvonc.livejournal.com
Oh wait, I could use two ribbon ties on the side like a Mongolian Del! Thanks!

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