The Final Stretch

So this is the final week for the Sow the Seeds fundraising contest, and have I got a treat for you!!

Jess has very generously offered up a couple of more prizes to the choices. Look what we have here!!!

The first is a skein of her very own handspun, the second is Cherry Tree Hill. Add that to the choice of either Spunky Eclectic or Fleece Artist that I originally offered and now we’ll have three winners!!!

Remember, all the contest info is over on the sidebar. I’m hoping we can get to at least $300 to help out our farmers. The final day to donate and enter is September 29th. Every dollar makes a difference and gets you an entry for some lovely yarn. And don’t forget to spread the word!

In other news, Knitters’ Coffeeswap Three will be opening up on October first. I’m off to set up the new blog after this post, so I’ll put up the link once it’s ready. I’ve decided to have some hostess help this time. The last swap was just too overwhelming and a lot of work, but I know how much people have enjoyed it so I’d like to keep it going. Keep your eyes open and be ready to sign up. I expect that between the five of us we’ll take about 120 swap members, and those spots will go fast!

I’m so bummed, I had a great sock/hat photoshoot this weekend with Knittybaby and my camera connector is nowhere to be seen, so until I figure out which certain small person has taken it I can’t show you my now completed Embossed Leaves socks.

Did I mention that I picked up this book? Wrap Style and Lace Style didn’t jump out at me as much as Folk Style has. I think it’s the colors; they are just amazing and so beautifully put together. There is also a lot of interesting colorwork, embroidery and embellishments.

As for the patterns, I love the Urban Hand Warmers and the Grand Tour Waistcoat. There are some great kids knits: some very cute mukluks and a couple of nice sweaters, and are you ready for this? A baby sling!

I’m smitten with the idea of a knit baby sling, although I’m not sure how practical it is. If you were going to knit a baby carrier, I think a pouch would be much more practical than a sling. In order for a sling to work smoothly you need the fabric to slip easily through the rings so you can tighten and loosen it up. Plus, they should have used a model that actually knows how to carry a baby in a sling. She’s just sort of holding the baby in the sling rather than letting the sling do the work, so you can’t tell how well it holds. I don’t know…anyone ever knit a baby carrier?



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9 responses to “The Final Stretch

  1. A knit baby carrier? I don’t think that’d work very well, given the stretchy nature of knitted items. Even in a fairly inelastic stitch pattern it’d still have a tendency to sag and slip, IMO. But hey, if they’re offering patterns like this it’s a sign that babywearing is finally hitting the mainstream beyond the Baby Bjorn and Snugli, right?

    Here’s hoping the contest brings in a bunch of money!

  2. I can’t imagine a knit sling being great – I once had a jersey one and that was great to start with but as the day wore on the baby sank lower and lower … quite alarming! Give me a fabric one anyday.

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  4. Hmm, if knitted dresses stretch to unwearability, I cannot imagine how a baby sling would work! You drag the baby behind you??? 😦

  5. Gorgeous handspun from Jess! Guess I better get over to the donation site huh?

  6. The “Folk Shawls” knitting book by Cheryl Oberle has a pattern for a rebozo that can be used as a wrap to carry babies/children.

  7. I see I’m not the first to have the opinion that a knit baby sling would stretch too much. Unless it’s lined in something sturdy, I guess.

  8. I received a nice note from the Sow The Seeds people yesterday. It feels good to give to such a worthy cause. Thanks for putting the opportunity out there.

    I can’t give any thoughts on the baby items, though. I could try to knit one for my cat, but I don’t think that would be very helpful. And we are trying to exercise her more these days which means I’m not allowed to carry her around her anymore. 😦

  9. I love my baby sling but I can’t imagine one that is knit. I has to be from a woven material or else it will stretch too much.

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