A Little Something to Start NaBloPoMo

I’ve finally gotten around to sewing the buttons on the sweater I’ve made for the baby my friends L and A are having. Today’s the first day he’d be considered to be born on time, so it’s appropriate to finish the sweater, but don’t start thinking “come out, baby” thoughts yet – he’s not allowed to be born until after L and A move to their new house in a week.

The pattern is the famous (at least in knitting circles) Baby Surprise Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmermann – it’s knit in one blobbish piece that magically folds into a cardigan – the only seams are at the shoulders. The yarn is soft superwash merino wool that I bought this summer during my annual yarn store pilgrimmage at All Together Week. The buttons may look familiar to those who’ve seen the sweater I was working on this summer – same style, just a slightly smaller size. Yes, I am in love with those buttons – but in my defense, I did spend a long time selecting them at the fabric store – almost went with some other ones, but they claimed not to be washable. (Hmmm… looks like I haven’t posted about my sweater yet – more NaBloPoMo fodder!).

And, Big Blankie update – all the pieces are done, and I’m working on the assembly process. I’ve got a bunch of sub-blankies sewn together, and all the pieces and subunits have been blocked. I started by washing a bunch of individual pieces and then sewing them together, but then switched to sewing the pieces into subunits before blocking – easier to pin out for blocking, and less likely that I’d get the pieces in the wrong places during assembly. Being done with the blocking means that my large scale blocking surface has been returned to its official purpose: guest room bed, and, when there are no guests present, where I sit while watching TV shows online.

One Response to “A Little Something to Start NaBloPoMo”

  1. Nancy says:

    Thank you for getting us started on NaBloPoMo, Rebecca! I had forgotten it was time to start until just now, and my brain is already halfway to bed, so I’m not sure I would have been up to a post.

    I really like the sweater for your friends’ baby! Very cute!

    Your Big Blankie project inspired me to purchase a book called 10-20-30 Minutes to Crochet and a crochet hook at Hobby Lobby a few days ago. I’ve never tried crochet and I’m curious to see how it goes. Plus, reporting on it will be good NaBloPoMo material!

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