Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Knitting for Baby

Believe it or not, actual knitting content. Yes, that’s right folks, we are actually going to talk about knitting here at this little knitting blog.

Status report: I’m still sick. The doctor said no work 'til Thursday so here I am, still at home. Resting.

Before we get into that, we need to clear the room. Hi, Courtney. Thanks for stopping by. I know you stopped by here to kill some time at work. Sorry, you can’t stay. We need to talk about you behind your back. Why don’t you go over and visit Laurie or see what’s new at MDK. You are a knitter now. Go read about some knitting.

So. Is she gone? COURTNEY! Go. Here, go read some baby name stuff. Or do some sex predicting. Or go to wikipedia and pick your own topic.

Ok. Now that she is gone, let’s talk about some baby knitting. I’ve figured out what I’m going to knit for Baby Clark (That’s their last name, not the baby’s name). I have a thing against baby pink and baby blue. I just do. I’ve never knit anything for a baby in baby pink or baby blue. I think there are plenty of baby clothes and accessories out there in those colors and I have no need to contribute to that. So! I’m big on the reds and the whites and the primary colors. But I really want this baby’s very first handknit to be something special and something perfect. Something that is practical and the baby can wear any day and everyday.

One of these days I’m going to learn to squelch the back stories a little and just jump into things. I guess today isn’t that day.

Since I’m a) not a super fast knitter and b) not the most experienced at knitting garments, I’ve decided to go with a pretty basic pattern. I’m doing Daisy from Knitty. It is a fabulous pattern from Stephanie Pearl McPhee. I figure, how can I go wrong with the Yarn Harlot, right? I’ve cast on and I’m about 3 inches into it. I’m knitting it in Rowan Calmer. This is my very favorite yarn. It is so soft and luxurious. If you’ve never held and touched and caressed and sniffed the Calmer, run your little knitting self to your LYS and fondle some Calmer.

Here’s the part I am expecting a little flak over. I’m knitting it in brown. I’m going to knit the sweater now and then once I know if it is a boy or a girl, I can embellish it with some boy/girl flourish.

Here me out on this, ya’ll: I thought about doing it in white but really, how practical is a white (or pale) baby sweater? Like I said, I want this to be a practical cozy sweater that this baby can just kick around in all the time. I’m pretty sure s/he isn’t going to have any other brown sweaters. And brown can go with a lot of things. And it won’t show a lot of dirt or muss.

So there it is – what do ya’ll think?


amandamonkey said...

Brown is high-fashion and also more puke-resistant than white. I say good on you!

Stephanie said...

brown is awesome. white is ... not forward thinking... and will just be a light brown soon anyway!!

Anonymous said...

I love it!!!

kt said...

From a mom: brown is ideal for a baby sweater. You can embroider "Hersheys" up the sleeve or embellish a garden of flowers or an earth-moving vehicle for either boychild or girlchick.

I vote for Kay & Ann to come west!

Where in No Cal are you? I lived in Fremont/Newark in my wild youth. Now residing in the pizza oven that is Arizona.

AND--I spell my Katy just like your sister! Tres cool!

The Good Egg said...

Even though I live in Portland, OR, I'd be willing to trek down to wherever you live in that gigantic state below me and check out MDK.

What you say? That's a 600+mile, 28 hour trip? Woot! I'm there!

Stephanie said...

I love both brown and pink and brown and blue. What a good idea.

Happy Mama to Three said...

The brown is really pretty as I caught a passing glance at it last night and M&Ds. Now take a look at your header Turtle, spring seems to have sprung.


quiltyknitwit said...

Baby knitting is the best!

I'm in No. Calif. and want Mason-Dixon knitters to come out here to the Bay Area on their book tour.

jpt said...

Hey, me too! I have a bunch of "coffee bean" brown Calmer in my stash & no idea whether I'm getting a neice or a nephew. I'm considering the Trellis sweater from Knitty, so the texture jazzes up the sweater a bit.