Monday, March 01, 2010

Super Secret Baby Project

This is the bunting I made my own baby in 1991. Scott and Emily, both born in January, both wore it for months. It's Eaton's wool, a much-missed department store that had a lot of class. When I found out my niece was expecting, I wanted to make one for her, too.
I bought the wool in Victoria at the Boutique de Laine when we picked up Scott from UVic in December. It's Mission Falls 1824 Superwash Merino. I love it. Caroline likes green, so I just took all the greenish balls from their color line. It was a big leap for me. I struggled with the "funkiness" of the mixed colours. But I have admired similare mixes in the past, so I just went with the softness and the fun pattern. I was worried at times about running out of certain colours, but there was lots of room for choices.
It's from Maine Woods Woolies by Helene Rush. It's a book I took out from the library many times. When I found it at the Bookman I took it as a sign that the knitting planets were aligning.
One change, I remember struggling with seatbelts, so I thought it would be easy to make (my first) steeks, and add snaps.
Not so easy.

Thanks Em for taking these shots of me actually cutting my knitting. And the finishing! I sewed grosgrain ribbon along the steeks for the snaps. Then the zipper. It wasn't a small project when I finished.

But I was very happy with it! My sister, Julie, came down for Mom's 75th and took it back. Thanks for delivering it.
While we were in Hawaii I got the message that the new mom had received it. So now I'm a great aunt!
I'm back from the trip. Very exciting the last day with the tsunami warning. Luckily we were safe and it didn't pan out to much. I'll post some Hawaii photos yet. Still doing laundry, bathed the dog after her visit to the kennel and cleaned the floors! Whew!
Looking forward to seeing the little man in his bunting.

1 comment:

Life's a Stitch said...

Beautiful - a family heirloom for years to come.