Its been a long time with no posts here at Across the Knitterverse. I’m hoping to make up for that with a few FO and general update posts, and then after that I will try harder to post at least once a week.
First up we have a new finished object — one that was never really discussed on the blog because it was a secret. Now that it has been given to the recipient, the details can be revealed.
Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann from the Opinionated Knitter
Yarn: Zitron Trekking XXL in colorway 104
Needles: Knitpicks 40″ US 4 circular (first time using Knitpicks needles and I am amazed by how nice they are for the low price…nice smooth needles and very flexible cords)
Started: May 22, 2008
Completed: June 15, 2008 (it only took me a few days to knit, but a few more weeks to find and attach buttons)
This was a gift for my cousin who has her first baby due later in the summer. They aren’t finding out the sex so the sweater isn’t “blue for a boy” its more like “blue because I know the mother would like the color”. The yarn was originally purchased as sock yarn, but once I decided on this project, I decided that this yarn was much better suited to become a BSJ…and I think I was right. I love the way the color changes emphasize the shaping of the garment. Here’s another photo (pre-buttons) with more accurate colors…
I had a lot of fun knitting this project. The pattern is about as entertaining as garter-stitch can be — the combination of the unique construction and the self-striping yarn keep it interesting, and the project knits up quickly. I see more of these in my future, again in self-striping yarn. There aren’t any more babies on the horizon, but I’m already prepared with my next BSJ yarn… a self-striping yarn in the Giles colorway from Twisted Fiber Art…