Knit Happens: Baby Stuff
Thursday, May 2, 2013
The sweater above is the first of two Sheep Yoke Baby Cardigans because not one, but two (two!) fellow crafters are expecting their first baby this summer. With two bundles of joy on their way, we knew the crafters had to unite for a Crafting Baby Shower in June, where all gifts are handmade. I opted for knitting two identical baby sweaters with a sheep theme since in addition to our shared "craftiness" all the crafters have spent extended periods of time in Ireland, the land of sheep. The sheep theme is also decidedly unisex which is helpful since one of the crafter is opting not to find out their baby's gender. (The other is having a baby girl - squeeeee! Since it's been baby boy after baby boy in my world lately, I'm slightly thrilled.)
The sweaters are knit in superwash 100% merino wool yarn so babies can be babies (aka: spit up) all over the sweater and frazzled, sleep deprived new parents can throw the sweaters in the wash and not worry about the sweater coming out the right size for a Barbie doll. The lack of buttons all the way down the front of the sweater also helps busy parents speed up dressing their babies without having to fuss with button after button. Besides, a floppy, open sweater gives babies a wider range of motion - perfect for letting them be their wiggly selves.
While I don't consider myself a baby person (although, I don't consider myself *not* a baby person either), it's hard not to be excited about these two little souls who will be joining the crafting circle this spring. Two pregnant crafters may have meant just a tad too much champagne was available to the remaining six crafters last New Year's Eve, but it also meant we had a designated driver on hand to drive us to Walmart when we ran out of toilet paper that same night. Class act all the way here - obviously we should totally all be in the process of becoming parents because we are super together and a awesome at "life."