this post. I've been putting off blogging about it because I'd hoped to do a joint post with a baby vest I knit, but I can't seem to get the buttons attached and it's currently sitting in timeout.
It's called the Baby Boy 5-Hour Sweater, and was designed to be less lacy than then classic 5-hour baby sweater. I liked it because it could easily be gender neutral, and I started it for Darryl's sister when she was pregnant and didn't know the baby's gender. I made the newborn size (0-3 months), planning to mail it to them before the baby was born. Uh..that didn't quite work out.
They claim 5 hours to knit it, but I think they meant 5 months since that's how long it took me to finish it.
Though to be fair to the pattern, I spent about 6 hours on the sweater up to the hem, then put it down for 5 months until I shamed myself into finishing it.
I knit it out of some leftover Knit Picks Comfy Worsted from my Grey Amber sweater. I think it took about 2 skeins to knit? My Ravelry project page says 1, but I remember having to join on another skein not long after finishing the sleeves, so whether I started with a partial ball or used 2, I can't really say.
I got hung up on was the buttons. By the time I got around to finishing it, I at least knew that the baby was a girl (since she'd been born 2 months earlier), but I still couldn't find what I wanted. Granted, Whitehorse doesn't have the best selection - even if our awesome Local Yarn Shop has brought in a ton of beautiful buttons.
Anywho, there is this simple sweater, finished at last. It's actually an easy pattern to knit, and I love the construction of it. The recipient, Baby L, has already worn it to a wedding with a pretty little plaid skirt. Her parents are so knit worthy - every time I knit for their kids, facebook winds up full pictures of the cute little sprogs wearing the knits.
That reminds me, I need to get started on their Christmas gift. I have a great idea planned for Baby L and her big brother. More on that later.
Do you have any truly knit- or sew-worthy people in your life? And have you ever managed to make things for kids in time for them to actually fit the item? I think Baby L has outgrown her sweater already...