In all the preparations for Liam's arrival, I've been feeling the need for soft and snuggly things. I knit this blanket and hat pattern for a friend's baby last fall, and have looked forward to it for myself ever since. Thinking about Liam, what he will be like, and feel like, and smell like, is taking over more and more of my thought space these days. I was sitting folding laundry the other day, which included a couple of newborn sleepers to put away. Stuart walked in on me rocking gently, holding the sleeper up against my shoulder, my hand supporting his tiny, imaginary bum. Pathetic, I know. But I can't help myself. At least this latest finished knit will give me an excuse to hold something else soft and sweet while I wait.
Pattern - Baby Blanket and Hat, from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms, by Louisa Harding
Yarn - Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, in Sky Blue. 2 hanks for the blanket, less than half of a hank for the hat.
Needles - 4.5mm and 5.0mm bamboo straights
Notes - I knit this with no modifications, and the finished blanket size is about 21" by 28". The hat is about 15" in diameter, which I'm hoping will fit more than a week or two! The last time I knit this hat, I don't think it fit the recipient at all! (Although the recipient was a 10lb baby, which I'm really hoping will not be the case here!) As I've said before, I love Blue Sky cotton - it's so amazingly soft, and really nice to work with, which is not always easily said about cotton yarn. It feels fluffy under my fingers, almost as if you're knitting with a raw cotton boll, which I love. Pills are pretty much inevitable, but as far as I'm concerned, the softness makes up for it.
I woke up this morning obsessed with the idea of knitting myself a pair of ankle socks, and cast on with a ball of blue, turquoise and yellow TOFUtsies as soon as I had a chance to sit down. I'm off to my local SnB this afternoon, so hopefully I'll make great progress, and have another lovely thing to show you soon!