After so much enthusiasm for my knitted scarf I am afraid I have to put it on the back burner. I have loved spending evenings knitting away and watching it grow longer but I now have a project that is more pressing.One of my colleague’s wives, let’s call her Mumsy-to-be, is pregnant with her second child and due on the 3rd of March 2012. It hit me like a lightning bolt that knitting up a pair of booties and a cap could really turn into a lovely gift.
I am always looking for an excuse to knit something but I suppose with all the wedding preparations it never occurred to me to make anything for Mumsy-to-be.
So now I have a week to whip up some lovely nifty knits. I have never made baby apparel before so am a little nervous but they are so small and cute, how could they look bad.
My plan is to make some booties (perhaps two pairs) and a little cap. Should be easy enough and there are so many patterns out there. But I have feeling that a classic look will suit this baby’s family so I went home last night and raided my mum’s old pattern books. There are so many styles to choose from and they are all so cute!
I haven’t settled on a design yet but I will keep you updated when I find something I love.
The trickiest thing about this present is I don’t know the sex of the child yet (the parents wanted to be surprised). I tend to be of the more traditional mentality that there are colours for boys and colours for girls which makes knitting something appropriate for either sex a little risqué. I decided to do something that could suit a boy or a girl, perhaps lemon or red.
But then I though it may be a good idea to check Mumsy-to-be’s sister (who is also the wife of one of my other colleague, i.e. my colleagues are brothers-in-law). Luckily I did. She told me that Mumsy-to-be loves neutral tones and anything white, beige or sandy would be perfect. That made things a lot easier as I also love those tones and they can work really well for either sex.
In my lunch break I scurried down to Lincraft to pick up my supplies. Even though I hadn’t chosen a pattern they all pretty much need very small size needles (I bought a US2 and US3) and 4 ply wool. I was very disappointed that they didn’t have more neutral toned wool but after some hunting I settled and a classic white and a nice off-white (hopefully there will be enough of a contrast for stripes and what not). Wish I could pop in a pale pink or blue but I thought the most colour I would use was a hint of lemon – is that neutral enough?
I also decided to make for them a puppy as a toy for the new baby. Again I was thrilled – I have so few excuses to make a knitted toys. I coyly made sure that the family likes dogs my starting the classic “dog or cat person” conversation at work. My hunch was right: they are a dog family. So I also purchased some soft 8-ply wool for the puppy and his bits and pieces (collar, bones and bowl).
All my organising has fallen into place. I have the needles, the wool and a plethora of patterns. I am all good to go. What a great feeling for a Friday afternoon! I have the perfect weekend project and am so excited to go home and start knitting! If only I could control the weather and make it rain (Melbourne has 30 degree sunny days forecast for the weekend) then life would be perfect…
I hope you all enjoy a lovely weekend and The Modern Home Economist looks forward to updating you with Project: Baby Knits next week…