Yarn Along – Baby Knits

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along…

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All while finishing up holiday projects, I kept fighting the desire to cast on for a baby knit…or ten. So, as soon as I was done with the last handmade gift, that is just what I did. My first was the Puerperium Cardigan, so called because it is designed for the baby’s puerperium period (the first 6 weeks post birth). As I’m expecting a summer babe, I knit mine out of cotton in a loose weave and with short sleeves. It came out breezy and drapey, but with enough substance to help keep away that chill that can come with air conditioning. Ravelry notes here.

Next up was the Little Heaume (or “helmet”), knit in the larger size and of a very soft, cushy wool, in the hopes it will fit during baby’s first winter. The pointy bits on the forehead and at the top are too cute for this mama to resist.
Ravelry notes here.

I should say, because I know some will wonder, that despite my choice of color, we do not know the sex of this little one, nor am I planning for one or the other. I have a “colors are for everyone” philosophy and find both the bright blue of the cardigan and the gray/purple of the hat to be equally appropriate for whatever we are blessed with. I plan to embellish the cardigan a bit and still need buttons, but that will have to wait for now. I have some ideas…

For Christmas, my mom gave me a gift to choose a couple books, so right now I am eagerly awaiting Principles of Knitting. It’s supposed to arrive next Monday, but I’m crossing my fingers that it’s early. In the meantime, Keith and I are perusing baby name books and sites, looking for the perfect possibilities for our little one.

What are you working on/reading right now?

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