Monday, March 12, 2007

A breather...

I hadn't intended to go so long between posts, but there just hasn't been much to blog about going on. Just work, home, meals, repeat. This weekend I added some exercise to the routine which has left me very sore. I've been "dieting" (a.k.a. making better food choices and tracking said choices) since the beginning of the year. "Dieting" has, for the most part, meant that I have not been drinking regular Coke. This is a sacrifice. Anyway, I've joined a fitness challenge at work with a co-worker. She's very competitive so I have to put in my exercise to keep up and keep us eligible for prizes.

Anyway... those of you who guessed at the mystery knit in the last post, were correct. It is the ubiquitous Baby Surprise Jacket. Here it is...
baby surprise jacket 3

The observant will notice a couple of things: (1) no buttons. I cannot, for the life of me, decide on buttons - despite the fact that I have bought 6 or 7 different options. (2) I did the bind off too tight, resulting in a jacket where the front is shorter than the back.

baby surprise jacket 1

Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmerman as printed in The Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Cascade Sierra; less than 2 skeins

I didn't knit this with any baby in mind. In fact, it doesn't have a recipient, and I would imagine that it will be given away to a charity. I was intrigued by the pattern and wanted to figure out this funky construction for myself. This was experimental knitting on my part, not utilitarian. I had some trouble getting started on this pattern, and actually came to a screeching hault twice after just a few rows. The Internet came to my rescue. Behold the power of the Internet! I came across this website, which provides notes to the pattern (please note that the entire pattern is not printed here, just some helpful hints). This was just what I needed to get on my way. My issues with the original pattern rest squarely with me and my inability to grasp the concept, and do not rest with the original pattern. This is indicated by the fact that generations of knitters have been successfully creating this little jacket based on the original pattern with great success. I'm glad I gave this sweater a test drive. That being said, I highly doubt that I will ever knit it again. While the execution was fun, I'm not thrilled with the shape of the finished jacket. I much prefer the February sweater and the other types of baby sweaters I have knit. This is just a bit too boxy, and the sleeves seem rather short. I think it is just personal preference. My preference for baby sweaters is raglan shaping and nearly seamless construction.

In other news, I bought this fabric over the weekend to create some simple sundresses for my nieces. I love the springyness of the fabric, and the fact that it will only take a single seam to complete. I'm thinking of tying ribbon at the shoulders as straps.
sundress fabric

I've been working on some color combinations using the Cotton Ease that I have amassed. I'm thinking that lots of stripey baby hats may be in my future to use some of this up.

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Wool Winder said...

I think the BSJ turned out very cute. I happen to love the vintage style, but have not made it for anyone yet, because I'm not sure young moms appreciate that look. Your opinion about the style makes me think that I'm probably right about that. Thanks for the link to the pattern notes.

Debbie said...

Yay! You did it. It looks great. I may attempt this sweater again just so it doesn't get the best of me, but I agree with you, I prefer a nice raglan baby sweater myself. But it is cute.

Elinor said...

I think the baby surprise looks great. I'm a terrible button buyer. I always rope my husband into choosing the buttons. I never like his choices but admit that they look infinitely better once on the sweater. Good luck!

Megan said...

The BSJ looks lovely! I'm a huge fan of Cascade Sierra/Lamb's Pride Cotton Fleece, and especially in that red color. Thanks for recommending it ever so long ago, now it's my go-to yarn for babies.

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