I can’t show you any knitting yet, but I’ve got plans.  Today’s been a good day for knitting plans.  I have a blues busting buddy planned for my Hot Cocoa Swap downstream.  I have plans for all of my PiF projects.  I have yarn selected for Megan’s hat.  (Well, Sissy selected it, but anyway…) 

Now, I need your help.  There’s a baby shower in the Knight’s family in a few weeks.  I can’t do a blanket, because I didn’t do a blanket for the cousin (I wasn’t knitting then, but if you have inlaws like mine, you understand).  Booties will be outgrown quickly, so what else can I do quickly that will have more than a few weeks of use?  I also have a baby blanket to knit for a good friend, but she’s due April 15th, and we decided tonight that 4-4-08 is a really “cute” birthday, so either way, I have plenty of time to pull of the blanket I admire most off for a special, first-time mom.  I need your help here too.  What’s the best yarn to use?  I’ve always used acrylic, but I read a good article the other day about wool not being flammable, so now that’s on my firefighting mind…  This is a mom to be up to handwashing, if that matters.

Shhh…  don’t wake *MY* baby. 


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15 comments on “Plans

  1. crimsonpurl says:

    The infamous baby bolero.
    And I love the Modea Silk Wool!

  2. Can the baby blanket be more like shawl? If so, I’d totally use washable merino…think sport weight or DK sock yarn. Great colors, too. 🙂

  3. Monnibo says:

    Personally I like cotton – my mom always got us to look at the content of our clothes (when we were little and would want to pick out our own clothes at the store) and she told us to looke for 100% cotton because it breathes well, and it’s washable. Also, she said to make sure there is a little room to shrink. My mom sounds like a little worry-wart… how cute is that?

  4. Wendy says:

    There’s a “Hooded Baby Poncho” on the Lion Brand pattern site that’s fast and easy and grows a bit with the child. Ruth uses this as her standard baby shower pattern now.

  5. p3knitter says:

    I like to use acrylic, simple because it’s so great for babies, and I don’t get along with cotton. This sweater is so cute, and looks super easy.

  6. insanknitty says:

    Chan, there’s always my snowman hat… which is cute, totally ‘new baby’ appropriate, a fairly quick knit.. 🙂 I’d recommend a hat for sure.. they’re quick to knit… 🙂 I didn’t post the directions for newborn on the site thoughf or the snowman hat, so if you choose to do it, let me know and I’ll send you the changes to the pattern 🙂

  7. Bubblesknits says:

    What about a Baby Surprise Jacket?

    Your baby looks precious, too. 🙂

  8. gaylen says:

    You can’t fool me – that baby isn’t sleeping! I can see her eyes. She’s beautiful, though. Lately, I’ve been knitting slightly larger (say 6mo size) white sweaters for babies – our of washable wool. I also like making socks out of my sock yarn leftovers. g

  9. Kristen says:

    I knit 2 baby boleros this summer. It was a quick knit. I picked up stitches for the sleeves and knit in the round instead of seaming.

    I don’t know about the blanket. My 2 LOVES her acrylic blanket my Gram knit for her. Her last knit before she died. Now, knowing what I know about acrylic…it’s hard…but, there’s no way I’d take that from her. But, she didn’t start sleeping with this when she was super tiny. She was still swaddled up in flannel.

  10. nichole says:

    Some yummy soft merino wool (superwash of course, make it easy on the Mom)!
    As for a quick project that will get more use, do you have the 365 page a day pattern knitting calendar this year? If so today’s was a baby hat that was ribbed and mentioned it would get much more use than a typical baby hat (due to the ribbing)… ??

  11. Amanda says:

    I was a fan of knitted hats when Poppy was a baby. He always had a hat on (was cold!) Washable was defintely important to me.

  12. Dianne says:

    Such a little sweetie pie! Give her (and her big brother) kisses from me.

  13. Surviving says:

    You could make a couple of baby bibs. As a mother of three messy boys, I think you can’t have too may bibs. I like the Mason Dixon pattern. I make the strap a little differently. I have also used different stitches for the body of the bib to make it a little more interesting.

  14. Criquette says:

    I recently made a couple of lacy washcloths out of organic cotton and wrapped them with Burt’s Bees baby soap as a shower gift. It was so well-received, I been asked for the pattern by the mother, who wants her mother to knit her some more.

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