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Lately it seems like all I've knit are baby gifts. Since we launched Comfy this Spring I've made two baby sweaters from it, and while I'm sick of baby sweaters, I must say that I still love the yarn!

I knit this Pea Pod Baby Sweater (an Interweave Knits pattern) for a friend's newborn baby boy in Comfy Honeydew. I couldn't resist going with the light green of the original pattern. I love the little details of the pattern, like the leaf accents in the edge ribbing, though I suspect that the sleeves are too long for a baby. I started the pattern when I was home sick, which is never a good idea and resulted in several froggings until getting it right. I must say the Comfy held up like a champ.

Most recently, I finally finished a baby sweater for my cousin's newborn baby girl using Comfy in Fedora, Cashew and Flamingo. My cousin's nursery colors were chocolate and pink--a combination I happen to love--so I jumped on the chance to go a little girly with this one. I used the Super-Natural Stripes pattern that I found on Ravelry with my own modifications, which included a change in gauge, changing the sleeves from long to short puff sleeves, and adding a snap closure.

The snaps were the biggest headache of the project, and the Comfy held up wonderfully to my repeated washing & reblocking. I was a little worried that the very dark brown of Fedora might bleed into the lighter pink, but none of the colors bled at all. I think the sweater for little Madelyn turned out quite cute, even if it did take longer than expected (don't all baby knits?).

Last week I learned that my other cousin had her twin baby girls two months early! This time I'm making a baby quilt and only for one of the twins (my mom is making a quilt for the other one that will be mis-matching). Add to that the fact that I'm expecting a baby girl in early February, and you can probably understand that I'm feeling a bit tired of "baby stuff"! Those of you who are moms, did you knit for your baby, or did you rely on handmade gifts from your friends and family? Which baby patterns are your favorite with regards to cuteness, quickness, and practicality? Right now I'm feeling like the only crafting for my baby that I'll be doing is sewing, since it seems like I've already knit every baby pattern out there. BUT I could be persuaded otherwise if something really cute were to come along...

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Comment by knitbusy on September 23, 2008 at 1:56pm
I make a little hat for my little ones to wear while they are in the hospital and for the trip home. It isn't overwhelming as the project is small, but it is nice to know that my little one has something special to distinguish them when they are in the nursery. For my first baby I made a bunny hat, and for number 2 I am making the little pumpkin hat from Itty Bitty hats as it is a November baby. Congrats on your baby!
Comment by Elenor on September 23, 2008 at 11:42am
Congratulations on the happy event, I don't have any children, but my sister just had her first in July. I knitted the Helena jacket from Knitty with a different yarn and am planning more projects.
Comment by knit4girls on September 23, 2008 at 10:49am
I have 4 girls. My youngest is 23 mo. I fell in love with the patterns in both Simply Baby and Special Knits both by Debbie Bliss. The patterns for boys and girls are adorable and adaptable. Matter of fact, I'm working on the Hooded Sweater pattern in the latter book and while it is indicated in blue and on a baby boy, I'm making it in a beautiful watermelon color. I'm thinking I'm going to crochet a trim in a contrasting color as well.
Best wishes - and believe it or not, you have plenty of time. Especially the last month, you'll feel like it goes on forever! :)

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