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It was a sad, sad night for my baby surprise jacket. I went to a local knitting group, and I needed help with a section of the jacket. I was using a wool that has different thicknesses - the yarn goes from very thin to very thick - and I couldn’t tell if I had dropped a stitch. Ultimately, it was determined that I was having a lot of trouble seeing what I was doing with the yarn, and those with more experience strongly suggested that I frog what I have and try the pattern with a more forgiving yarn. As stubborn as I am, I knew they were right. So I frogged the project this morning and will start again with a new yarn. (Ignore the soft weeping you hear in the background.) Let’s hope that the third time is a charm.

There was a shining spot yesterday. I completed my Duck bib for my brother and SIL.


(Lily Sugar n' Cream Solid, yellow and hot orange)

I need to make a couple of changes to finish the bib. The fish button is a functioning button, but it is difficult to unbutton because the yarn catches on the fins. At the suggestion of a knitter in my knitting group, I think I'm going to add velcro or a snap for the closure and make the button purely decorative.

I am very proud of the bib for a couple of reasons. First, it is cute. Second, I adapted the pattern from a crochet duck bib pattern I found on Ravelry. I guess I created my first pattern. Not bad for a beginner, huh.

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Comment by Mrs. K on May 8, 2009 at 1:21pm
The bib is absolutely gorgeous! What a lovely idea! And well done!
Comment by banklady6 on May 8, 2009 at 5:13am
mom--it's a Baby Surprise Jacket from EZ-the surprise is that it looks like nothing when your knitting it, but when you flip it into place (so to speak) it creates a jacket--ya just have to sew the shoulder seams and its done..it's pretty cool how it works
Comment by Sonnysmom on May 8, 2009 at 3:38am
What is a BSJ look like, is it just any pattern
Comment by Peggy Stuart on May 7, 2009 at 5:10pm
Well done! Soon you'll be designing things like the BSJ. That would make a good KAL. I've been wanting to make a BSJ "just in case." It would be fun to do with a group. --P
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on May 7, 2009 at 4:43pm
Sorry about the sweater... not all yarns are meant for all things.
Congratulations on the bib... it is adorable.

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