For a long time, there were absolutely no babies within my knitting kingdom. Even after my nephew was born in 2009 there was only one mini-human around to knit for. This was upsetting for two reasons:
1) Any thing knit in miniature format – a hat, fisherman sweater, lace cardigan, scarf, etc. – is about 10,000 times more cute than anything knit in a conventional size.
2) Babies and toddlers can’t refuse to wear something or complain about the color, fit, fiber content, etc. They’re just happy to be warm (any adult non-knitter who receives a knitted gift should keep in mind to accept it as though they were a one-year-old – the world will be better off for it) and to have something new to drool on.
In the middle of this dry spell, Mr. Joseph and I started dating and when he and I eventually moved in together we would host the occasional party. Unfortunately, I gained a reputation for walking up too random pregnant friends of his (who were meeting me for the first time), manically offering them an opportunity to go through my yarn stash and baby knitting books and pick something out for me to make for their soon-to-be-born little one.
As expected, they would all kind of smile oddly at me, casually thumb through a book while I inevitably – to their relief – became engrossed in my
alcohol and cupcakes hosting duties, completely forgetting to seal the knitting deal. Looking back, I can see why this none of them took me up on the offer, nor became a fast friend. C.R.E.E.P.
To my relief the dry baby spell was finally put to end in 2012, and since then, it’s like someone has torn down the baby dam; there are freakin’ babies everywhere – twelve to be exact – born all within the last two years. That’s a new baby every two months.
While it would be rude for me to ask people to please stop reproducing (especially with the extra cold winters we’re having in the Midwest lately; I mean, people need to do something to entertain themselves), I do have to start prioritizing some of these kids. I have committed to every one getting at least a blanket, which as always been delivered, but lately a phenomena I didn’t anticipate has occurred: once you make a non-knitting mom a baby blanket, she’s eventually going to want something else.
This isn’t really a problem, per say, except when you’re dealing with a dozen different babies who you don’t feel like you can say no to – So, I’ve dubbed the Fall/Winter of 2014 “baby sweater madness”.
I’ve decided to start with the youngest sweaters first (these babies are younger and smaller, generally meaning the sweaters take a shorter amount of time to complete). First up this year is a sweater for little John, whom I made this lovely blanket for earlier this year. He’s getting a varsity jacket inspired design by OGE Knitwear:
Here’s the completed back in Brooklyn Tweed Loft Ember:
After consulting with baby John’s father to confirm they were indeed Bears fans, I’ve decided the contrasting color will be Old World – a beautiful blue that I believe will be very favorably paired with this fantastic orange. Knitting is on pause until the new yarn arrives, but I’m told it’s on the way.
Next up we have Cole’s baby sweater (he received this blanket upon arriving in the world last year). He’ll be the envy of all one-year-olds in Chicago this season, rocking out in his Arlo cardigan by Brooklyn Tweed:
We’ve decided (mom and I) this little ginger boy has the genes to look great in teal. Initially, I was going to pick up some Shelter for this pattern and remain loyal to the Brooklyn Tweed design/knitting process, but then I remembered I had some fabulous green/teal Madelinetosh in my stash. Here’s a picture of an almost complete sleeve:
I think it’s going to be absolutely perfect, and the vacancy in my yarn stash means I have an excuse to buy something a little extra at Vogue Knitting Live! next weekend, and while my credit card may have a problem with that, I certainly don’t.
Five days and counting, loves!
About Hunter Liam
Hunter's grandmother had him making buttons and threading her sewing machine at the age of three. Ever since then, he's been obsessed with making things with his hands as a form of creative expression.Knitter, spinner, designer, writer, photographer, dancer . . . or just a creative soul with ADD.