Posted in Uncategorized by tchemgrrl on August 18, 2010

Internet’s been dead at home, work’s been crazy. I’ve got stuff, though. Hopefully I’ll be able to share it soon!


Baby Sweater

Posted in FO, knitting by tchemgrrl on August 2, 2010

My husband and I went on a little trip to San Francisco in June. A few days before we left, I realized I was lacking a travel project. This cannot be! I figured that a good fall-back project right now is a baby sweater, so I got to work, and knit about 85% of this in the air between the Atlantic and Pacific.


Is there really anything to be said about the Baby Surprise Jacket that has not already been said before? There are only over 12,000 of these on Ravelry. If you haven’t made one before, I encourage you to. They’re cute and easy and entertaining and pretty quick. My only modification was to use an i-cord bind off.

For this particular one, I used some Regia sock yarn that had been in the stash for a long time. I was nervous that I would run out, so I combined that with a ball of Dale Baby Ull, also stash-aged, that managed to be almost exactly the same color as the green of the sock yarn. This makes for one of the more fortuitous stash dives ever–same weight, same washability, similar colorways, yet I never pictured them together until about 10 minutes before I cast on for this project.

I knit the first 10 rows (5 garter ridges) with the green, switched to the sock yarn, and planned to switch back either 10 rows before the end, or whenever the sock yarn ran out. I like the way the green edging tames the sock yarn just a bit, but it turns out that I needn’t have worried about running out of the sock yarn. Now I have a modest amount of both left. If you’ve ever looked at two balls of sock yarn that just don’t want to be socks, consider this pattern. Knit on 4’s, the yardage for a typical 100g ball of fingering weight works out perfectly to a nice ~3-6 month size. (I’m estimating that size based on the baby clothes we have in the house.) Since most sock yarns are washable in cheerful colorways, I think it’s a great match.

I’m thinking of making a coordinating hat with the leftover yarn–maybe EZ’s garter stitch bonnet, to continue the theme.

BSJ buttons

The buttons slay me. They look very much like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and some of the colors are picked up by the sweater. Best of all, I picked them up in San Francisco while I was still working on this, which makes them a nice memento of a wonderful trip.