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High Fiber—Waiting for Stork...Again! Still!

Still no sign of BS, but some of his layette is completed:

The Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) is made from Swish DK in Grain Heather and Cinnamon (discontinued). The little hats are made from Stroll Sport in cork and Bare, Swish DK in Grain Heather and Swish Worsted in Hollyberry. The booties are in Stroll Sport in cork. The buttons on the BSJ are little duckies. I have since finished another baby hat in Swish Worsted Gulfstream:

It's a simple pattern. CO about 78 sts, join in the end, K until you have 5.5-6.5 sts, depending on size, do a round of K1, K2tog, then K2tog until you have about five sts left. Work I-cord for a few inches and tie in a knot, or just run the yarn through the sts on the needle and tie off. The brim rolls up, and you and roll it up or down to make it larger or smaller. I started the hat Friday evening when we were out for dinner, so I could participate in "Knit In Public" Day/Week.

Earlier in the week I finished the first of several soakers for new Baby Stuart, who will be using primarily cloth diapers, and the environmentally friendlier choice.

The pattern came from Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren. I'm using WotA in Bare and making one in each of the sizes in the book, plus one in newborn, which is easy to do by just casting on 4 fewer sts than for the 3-6 month size. It's a quick, easy knit. The soakers will need to be treated with lanolin to be leakproof. (Directions are in the book.) Ravelry also has patterns for soakers, and I saw one in Piecework Magazine, Nov/Dec 2008. 

The baby shower for young Master Stuart was held Saturday at the home of the other grandparents. He got lots of goodies. The knitted and quilted items from me were all in this diaper bag:

The diaper bag is made from the Tahki Stacy Charles Eco Tote pattern using Knit Picks WotA Bulky in Porcini and Navy, felted (fulled) and then lined with a coordinating dinosaur fabric that has pockets for smaller items.

My friend Joanie sent a lovely articulated teddy bear, and another friend, Ilene, an avid quilter, send this cute baby quilt:

A friend of the new Mommy-to-be knitted this cute sweater out of a color named "Pond Scum." The color is much lovelier than the name would indicate!

Now that the baby shower is over, I will be knitting up more of the soakers, maybe some baby socks and booties, and another hat. However, my spinning is calling to me, and since I have my wheel, Stanzi, along with me in the trailer, I plan on working on this lovely fiber:

It's the Mountain Colors' "Crazy Woman" Targhee. I've been looking forward to trying it out. 

What's on my needles: Newborn soaker from Vintage Baby Knits.
What's on my iPad: Celia's House by D. E. Stevenson from Audible and The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel from iBooks.
What's my app of the week: DogGoes Dog Parks, find a dog park near your location.
What's in my wine glass: Enjoying some Two-buck Chuck (Charles Shaw) Shiraz, normally Three-buck-Chuck outside of CA, but just $2.49 in Hillsboro, OR.

Note: This blog post was produced entirely on the MacBook. No other computer was used in any stage of composition or posting, and no Windows were opened, waited for or cleaned.

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Tags: BSJ, Baby, DiaperBag, StrollSport, Swish, WotA, felting, hat, quilt, shower, More…soaker

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Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 24, 2012 at 8:54am

They definitely won't be naming BS "Stuart," since they think giving a kid the same first and last name is dumb, although it's great for either one. They say the name is unusual, five letters and is Swedish or Norwegian. We're lobbying for Viggo.

I'm really hoping to get the wheel out today if BS doesn't arrive first. Still no sign. I started the Jasper baby sweater from Vintage Baby Knits. I'll post a photo tomorrow.

Comment by wendy on June 23, 2012 at 8:36pm

I love all the baby goodies!  And I'm sure mom and dad do too!  As I was reading your blog and got to the part where you said "Master Stuart", I had to do a double take.  My nephew's name is Stuart, and when he was a little boy, I always addressed his birthday cards to "Master Stuart".  He's grown up to be a delightful, kind, caring man. 

Susan is right, you're going to love the Targhee.  I thought I too had crazy woman, turns out I have Moccasin Trail a discontinued colorway.  It's what I'm going to spin once I sit down at my wheel.  It's just sitting in the fiber bowl. 

I hope you continue to enjoy your stay/wait/cation!  So looking forward to see the newest addition to the clan!

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 20, 2012 at 8:20am

Joan: If you can do increases, decreases, YOs and pick up sts, you can make this. If you make the hood, you also need to graft, unless you want a seam along the top, and I-cord trim is optional. The most complete version of the BSJ is in its own pamphlet from Schoolhouse Press. It includes the hood. The pattern without the hood is in Elizabeth Zimmermann's The Opinionated Knitter, which is a good book to have anyway. (When I went to get the link, I noticed it's 40% off right now.)

Comment by Joan on June 20, 2012 at 5:00am

Peggy that Baby Surprise is beautiful.is it real difficult< or could an intermediate do this? how could i get this pattern? thanks Peggy  Hugs Joan

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 18, 2012 at 5:29pm

Thanks, Anita!

Cheryl, never give up hope. We thought we were done with the one granddaughter, in spite of three kids. Now three new grandchildren in two years! They're popping out all over!

Comment by anita915 on June 18, 2012 at 12:46pm

Beautiful love all the pieces

Comment by cherylbwaters on June 18, 2012 at 12:32pm

I don't know, Peggy. I always think those movies with babies in bureau drawers are pretty cute. Either way, it is the love that mommy and daddy give that counts.

Interesting about adding the lanolin to the soakers is brilliant. May have to get that book. Not that there are any babies in my foreseeable future.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 18, 2012 at 11:01am

True! A classy bassinet sure beats a bureau drawer!

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on June 18, 2012 at 10:45am

You don't need all of the niceties to raise a baby, but they make it more fun.

Comment by Peggy Stuart on June 18, 2012 at 10:24am

So true! I never had one, though. We got by with very little.

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