I bought more upload space tonight, so we’ll celebrate with lots of pictures and a FO.
Here is my mother attempting work some knitted origami magic. Purple ends are cuffs. “Cuffs??” yep.
My first Baby Surprise Jacket. How the great Elizabeth Zimmermann ever thought this up is beyond me, but I’m glad she did, and I’m glad she shared it with the rest of us. What an ingenius little chunk of garter stitch.
A few project specs:
Pattern- Baby’s Garter Stitch Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann, from Knitting Workshop.
Yarn- One strand aran weight held with one strand fingering weight.
Needles and Gauge- US 10 / 6 mm 15 sts over 4 inches
Size- 2T or so around the chest, but it needs some sleeve lengthening.
This BSJ is rather special to me, because this wool has a story. Over twenty years ago this humble wool was sitting in the scrap basket of my Memere, Bunny. She took up all these scraps and knitted them into hats and hats and hats to keep her grandchildren warm. I can remember wearing then frequently as a child.
When the hats were outgrown they were lovingly stored in a cedar chest until the next generation needed warm woolens. My children wore a few of these hats, but when I learned to knit and they were quickly shunted back into the cedar chest, perhaps for the next generation.
Several months ago my mother and I went through everything in said cedar chest and came to the sad realization that these hats would probably never be needed/wanted/used again. But how can you get rid of a handknit?? It’s impossible, you shouldn’t bother trying.
I took the hat collection and for many weeks they sat in my wool cabinet until I had the courage to ravel them. Then the wool sat there in balls for many weeks because I couldn’t think of a project special enough, and I couldn’t think of anyone in the clan to knit for.
I cast on in April and ignored it until this past Saturday. And now it’s done.
Recipient? Little Adalina. My first cousin’s daughter- one of Bunny’s great grandchildren.