Have you guys seen Grumperina’s adorable new baby boy ? Oh, he just kills me. I love it when knitblog friends and flickr friends have babies, because I get to obsessively look at pictures and videos of all those sweet baby moments and enjoy it all vicariously, without, you know, having to actually change any diapers.
Kathy, aka Grumperina, is one of the most generous knitters that I know, in that she shares her knowledge and what she has learned (and continues to learn) so thoroughly on her blog. I have learned a lot from her over the years, and, equally important, been inspired by her posts and her pictures. Her inspiration has made me a better knitter. If you follow her blog, then you know that she’s been experimenting with handspun, and even with spinning, over the last year or two, including designing a baby sweater specifically for handspun.
When I learned she was having a boy (and that her due date was the same as mine had been – not that either of us had our babies anywhere near our due dates!), I immediately knew I would spin up some yarn and make her little boy a sweater.
200 yards bulkyish 2-ply (you’ve seen it before in this hat .)
And this (linking to SourCherries’ photo of the original fiber since apparently I never took one – this is Hello Yarn November 2010 Fiber Club, Shetland in “Minerals”) became this:
168 yards bulky 2-ply
(good grief I love spinning Shetland! I think it might be my favorite fiber to spin)
And inspired by verabee’s Handspun Baby Sophisticate , I decided to make one myself (read: I totally copied her).
I knitted the whole sweater in five days in March, which should have been plenty of time to get it mailed to Kathy well ahead of her due date. But then I noticed that I’d knit one cuff slightly longer than the other (by just two rounds), and for some reason that took me forever to get around to correcting (like, um 3 months). And I also freaked out a little bit about the buttons and didn’t get those put on until June either. The sweater is too big for him to wear as a newborn anyway (not that he would need something like this in this heat wave!), so I finally sent it on last week and I’m hoping it will work well for him this fall.
All in all, this sweater was a delight to make (I did make the larger size, having read the comments about the pattern running small, plus my gauge was fatter than pattern gauge, as I was using a bulky yarn). It’s very happy-making to give something handspun to someone who truly appreciates handspun. I’m thrilled with how this turned out.