Monday, August 18, 2008

A New Grandson

Little Ari arrived last Wednesday, August 13 at 1:40 pm, weighing 6 lbs 14 oz. He is thriving and will soon be big enough to wear some of the items knitted. He is already using the burp cloths, baby genius burper that he is!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Kimonos for the Baby

These are the three little kimonos I've made for my grandbaby's layette. Two have ribbons already. I'm waiting to see whether it's a boy or a girl before putting the ribbons on the white with green and turquoise spots.
I keep wondering how comfortable these really are for a baby because the garter stitch one is particularly bulky. I used the Mason-Dixon pattern, One Piece Baby Kimono by Cristina Shiffman. Because of the bulk of the garter stitch version I adapted the pattern for stockingette, as I showed on my June 15, 2008 post.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Baby's Cross-over Coat, A Legacy Pattern

In 1973-74 I made the same sweater pattern for my daughter as I'm making for my first grandchild. My sister also used this pattern to make a white sweater, tho' for whom I don't remember. I made this in a basket weave stitch for my son. The pattern was in the 1973 Mon Tricot magazine for babies and children.
It is a wondrous feeling to be able to make this for the next generation.
In the French pattern, the buttons are meant to be at the baby's back but no one I ever gave this sweater to buttoned it that way.
Used: Almost 2 balls of Debbbie Bliss in Baby Cashmerino color #340017, a chartreuse and #5 Addi Turbo lace needles. Originally I'd started on #3, then moved up to #4 before finally getting the right gauge on #5's. Very time consuming. But, I did want the sweater to fit a baby, not a doll.