Catching Up

I have so much to post about, I’m not even sure where to start. Knittybaby has decided it’s okay to sleep on his own again. He’s still not quite %100, but at least he wants to play again and get back to normal baby business. He just needs extra cuddling and sling time.

Between Knittybaby’s virus and the swap I’m way behind, so I’m actually backing all the way up to last weekend. I have something I absolutely love to show off!

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I finished the garter stitch baby sweater! This sweater and accompanying bonnet went to my sister-in-law for her baby shower last weekend. I was right up to the wire with the bonnet. Thank goodness she’s not a knitter, as I actually spent last Friday knitting it right in front of her. When my otherSIL asked me what it was I answered, “a purse.” Sneaky me!

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I am in love with this project.

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Patterns: Garter Stitch Baby Jacket from The Baby Knits Book by Debbie Bliss. The bonnet is a free pattern from Hello Yarn.

Yarn: Rowan Soft Baby in Meadow and Claudia Handpaints in Bearded Iris.

I’m pretty happy with the Soft Baby. It feels a lot like knitting with fleece, and the only thing I don’t like about it is that it has that fleecy tendency to pick up every piece of lint and cat hair in a mile radius. Other than that it is a nice baby yarn. The Claudia? Butter.
The pattern for the sweater was easy, but I didn’t like the unfinished look it seemed to have, plus the Soft Baby was crying for some contrast. I also felt that the sweater needed more width in the front. When I went to button it as is, I didn’t like the way it pulled in the front. The crocheted button band allivated that problem, plus I love the look of it.

The bonnet is an excellent basic pattern. I changed the I-cord ties to a side tie with buttons. I think I sewed them on a little too close together.

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I’m happy to say the ensemble got “oohs” at the shower and my SIL seemed to love it.

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The rest of the weekend was wonderful. We spent Sunday down by the creek with the boys on a perfect Spring day. We spent a lot of time just wandering, wondering if we really could ever be farm people. I could go on for pages about this issue…I guess I’ll save that dilemma for another day. I think the bottom line is that no matter where we lived we’d miss what was elsewhere…

Little Man had an exciting discovery, however. I wish I had the camera with us. He and the Skeptic found an entire beaver skeleton buried in the muck along the edge of the creek, pretty much fully intact. I had to get over my “ish” factor but Little Man was so enthralled. I love watching him in moments like these. The best part was we also found where the beaver had been chewing the trees and found quite a few stumps. What an amazing lesson and a wonderful day.

One last thing, since I’m on the topic of wonderful things. Then I’m calling it a night. In my rush to get Little Man to pre-school on Thursday, I left my purse on top of the car and drove off. Smart, I know. In what can only be called our “transistional” neighborhood, I figured it was gone for good. Nope!! Some lovely man found it, called me up and delivered it to my house. Every penny, every check, my phone, all still there. This so restored my faith in my neighborhood and the people in it. I get a little frustrated with the goings-on at times. But here’s a guy, who (I’m only guessing) probably could have used what was in that purse more than me. I wish I could send him something but he would only give me his name. Anyway, thank you Feliciano!!! You made my day. I only wish you were reading this to know how much I appreciated your kindness.

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25 responses to “Catching Up

  1. The sweater and the hat look wonderful!

  2. What a cute set! The contrast edging on the cardi is perfect, and I love these Peter Rabbit buttons. : )

  3. Wonderful hat and sweater! You deserved every “oooh” and “ahhh” on this one!

    I’m so glad that your purse was returned! People can really surprise you…in good ways.

  4. I love the buttons you chose for the sweet little set! So, so cute.

    I’m glad you got your purse back intact. Most people really do have good hearts. It’s nice to have a reminder of that once in a while.

  5. The sweater and hat are gorgeous. Glad Knittybaby is better

  6. What a wonderful person who found your purse! It really restores one’s faith in humanity to hear stories like that.

    I love the baby sweater and bonnet, and the buttons on the cardi are great! I’m glad she liked it.

  7. Very cute!! You’re right, the edging really does look nice on there. I’ve made a couple of garter stitch baby sweaters and I’ll have to remember that idea. The buttons are adorable!

  8. Hi Knittymama,
    Thanks for the invite to CoffeeSwap2 πŸ˜‰
    First time visiting your blog. I am absolutely in LOVE w/the bonnet & sweater.
    The button & trim detail are fantastic!
    Beautiful work.
    *** I have 4 preggo friends due this year!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Hope your little one is feeling better too!

  9. I love that sweater and bonnet, especially how you tied the colors together! Very sneaky working on the bonnet that way, too. πŸ™‚

  10. The sweater and bonnet set is adorable! Nice work. And so cool about the purse thing!

  11. Sarah

    It’s always nice when people surpass our expectations.

    The sweater set looks beautiful!

  12. absolutely beautiful! I love the mods with the bonnet button — buttons make everything cuter.

  13. Beautiful baby set! And there are (were?) beavers in M’haha Creek? Who knew?

  14. Megan

    Hey! This may not be the best palce to leave a message but I wanted tolet you know that my e-mail should be back up today. My website had to be moved to another webserver and was supposed to be back up yesterday. I’ll let you know as soon as it gets back online, hopefully today! Sorry for any confusion, I’m still in the swap though! Ok, love the little sweater and hat! Be in touch soon! Thanks,
    Megan

  15. I LOVE the sweater! The crochet bands are perfect for it. I’m going to have to hunt round for a pattern I can adapt to do likewise. I’m so glad you got your purse back intact. When I taught in a high school we would take our senior students out to do the red cross and red shield door knock appeals each year and we found that the transitional neighbourhoods were always more generous than the affluent ones, often people are more giving when they know what it is like to do without…

  16. Gretchen

    Gorgeous baby set! Love the colors!

  17. The baby sweater and bonnet are very sweet.
    My son also dropped his wallet out of his coat when he took it off because it was too warm on his way home from work. Someone found it on the sidewalk, called and returned his wallet. It restores a little bit of hope in mankind after the horrible week that it was.

  18. knittymama's mama

    So glad knittybaby is better, what a worry it is when they’re sick. The sweater/bonnet are absolutely beautiful, deserving of all the praises! Good job! As for your purse, how wonderfully kind! it does restore your faith!

  19. Sarah

    Discovered your blog from kidscraftweekly, you sound exactly like me! I love your knitting projects, the bear is so sweet, and I will deffinatly be looking up the little bonnet. I also have 2 small children and am in the process of moving homes. My ‘transitional’ time ends next week when we move into our new home in another town, it’s funny how my needs take a back seat and what really concerns me is how my children find adjusting to their new life. *chuckle* I guess that’s not a feeling unique to my personal experience. Good luck to you and your brood!

  20. Sweet little baby knits! I love how you used the contrast trim and the super cute Beatrix Potter buttons.

    I’m in baby knitting mode right now, and I have to find some of those buttons!

  21. Lisa G

    Oh yeah! A little one on the mend is a relief and a bite of light at the end of the tunnel. I can see some knitting on your horizon very soon (and some uninterrupted sleep, too).

    Your beautiful baby set just proves that every pattern can be personalized and “upgraded”.

  22. Gorgeous! Adorable buttons!

    Can’t believe I missed the coffee swap signups!

  23. moraie

    That’s a great set. Any baby would look terrific in it.

  24. Adorable!!! Great job!

  25. Knittymama,
    these are simply beautiful. thx for sharing the pics and link. I look forward to making them w/my new yarn I got from my SP. Oh, speaking of yarn ~ oooh you got some lovelies. Enjoy!

    Have a wonderful trip to Toronto!

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