Showers tend to go in phases....wedding showers by the handful and those are usually followed with baby showers by the dozens. It's been a while since I've been to a baby shower and my friend Jennifer is having her fourth baby. She's my age and her youngest is 13. I have been so blessed to watch her walk through this pregnancy with grace and joy. In all honesty, to be starting over with a little one would be quite the upheavel to life as one knows it. Her oldest is graduating from high school this year. Do you get the picture? I'm sure that she feels pulled between two worlds. However, in talking with Jennifer, you'd never know it.
She is glowing as she waits for this new little life. She's been a great example to me in trusting God with the details of life. Resting in His plan has brought her peace and acceptance in a powerful and exemplary way. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 She glows because she's trusting in His plan for her life. That has been so powerful to watch.
So....I had to knit this new little person some cotton sweetness. Beth sent me the pattern for the sweater and my favorite baby hat was the perfect topper. This was my first baby sweater and it was so quick and fun to knit! Thank goodness for Ravelry pictures though, because if I hadn't been able to see how this sweater was to look before seaming it might have turned out to be a straight jacket. But that's the great thing about knitting (and life)....you learn even through the mistakes.
Here's the knitty gritty:
Sweater Pattern: Ribbed Baby Jacket
Needles: size 7 and 8
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease - less than 1 Skein
Size: 0-6 months
Modifications: Instead of adding a buttonhole, I added the button to the sweater and crocheted a closure for securing the sweater.
Hat Pattern: Simple Baby Hat from Itty Bitty Hats
Needles: size 7
Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease - the remaining part of the skein
Modifications: Instead of binding off and pulling the yarn through the last stitches, I continued to knit those stitches for about 3 inches. Then I pulled the yarn through them, and knotted the top.
I highly recommend both of these patterns...they were great baby knits. (they received lots of ooohs and aaahs at the shower) Do you have a favorite baby knit that you love to stitch and gift?