I got a text yesterday that asked “Would your super secret knitting project have anything to do with the package I just received?” Hmmm… mayyyyybeeeee?
Yep. The super secret knitting project isn’t so super secret any more.
So the world of interwebs knows that my good pal Mel is expecting. If she hasn’t told you, I know I did when I was making people cry rainbows over the baby-sized scarf I knitted. So my Mom encouraged me to knit something else for the little kiddo when she makes her debut: an heirloom sweater and bonnet set.
When I looked at the pattern I might have yawned but Mom was right: I hadn’t really followed a pattern before and it would be good practice. I mean, there’s been several K2P2s in my life since I picked up needles but let’s call it: ribbing isn’t that challenging. She gave me the pattern, she gave me the needles, she even gave me the yarn – I couldn’t say no. So I started instead.
And I’ll be honest that I wasn’t completely stoked about making a sweater and bonnet set, but it is very “baby” and probably different from everything else Mel had received for her baby. Different is good. Albeit a little more old school than I’d like but I think that’s how heirloom pieces are supposed to be. Let me know if I’m wrong about that.
The bonnet was completed in no time. The sweater… well, that took a lot longer. Acrylic yarn on size 5 needles with 200+ stitches on the rows. We can announce that I stopped counting stitches early on in the project. I thought it would come back to haunt me but it didn’t. I actually only have one visible mishap on the whole sweater. I’ll take it. But even after completing the body, I had a lot of finishing work ahead of me. This is where PodMate snapped on her Super Knitter Cape and took me under her wing. I’m forever grateful.
PodMate knows her shiz, which is evident with all the crafting adventures she goes on, but she’s an excellent teacher too. She’d show me how to pick up knits, then watch me do them and then send me on my way. She’d show me how to mattress seam, then watch me do a few and then send me on my way. Rinse and repeat with tacking down the edges to create scallops – her skill and guidance helped make this piece even more special.
I had it completed before Christmas. But I had to hold on to it for a couple more weeks so I could show my knitting circle. I knew Bev would fawn over it and I don’t deny myself the opportunity to feel my heart do back flips in my chest. I think my Mom was proud me – I know it’s just a knitted garment but I think she was more excited about sending it to Mel than I was [and I was pretty stoked]. Of course, Mel loved it. I think she would love it even more if she actually had a baby to put into. Am I right?
Now I’m ready for another baby sweater. Lucky for me, my friends keep getting knocked up. Next time I want to use something other than an acrylic yarn though. I know the acrylic is washable (which is great for baby projectiles) but working with it for that long just didn’t feel good. And after working through my last project with bamboo, I think I’m going to venture out a wee bit more with the fibers. PodMate needs to show the way of the fibers next.
*Pattern: Baby Bonnet and Sweater by Jean Leinhauser