May has been a month full of ups and downs. The only thing that has been consistent is knitting. And it has totally kept me sane.
I made this Silk Garden Beanie with some of the yarn I bought in Mendocino. I thought it would fit my head -- but I forget I have a gigantic one. The yarn is Noro Silk Garden
and although I'm not a big Noro fan this stuff is super soft. It will make a good gift for someone with a small head.
My mother has been asking for a long cowl that she can wrap for a long, long time. I used some more yarn I bought on my trip to Mendocino. It's super thick and the colors are good for springtime. I used the Backseat Passenger pattern and it was a pretty quick knit.
Finally, I tried my hand at the elusive Baby Surprise Jacket. I've heard about this jacket over the years from my fellow knitters. It had that mysterious air of a tough pattern. My cousin Melissa went to the library and mailed me a copy of the pattern. It was first published in the 1960's and I wouldn't even call it a "pattern"...more like a general direction on what to do.
For a relatively inexperienced knitter this drove me a little nutty. I emailed Melissa several times for clarity. And each time she sent me back the easiest set of instructions. So easy, in fact, I felt like an idiot for not being able to figure it out myself. But I will be forever in her debt for all her help!
First, I bought some sock yarn:
Then I spent over a month trying to get everything just right:
And, finally, I sewed on the buttons.
It's called the Baby Surprise Jacket because when you are knitting it, it looks like the odd shaped flat piece of knitting. In fact, the entire time I was thinking, "Oh God, this is never going to turn into a sweater." But, voila, you match things up and put in a seam or two and it turns into this cute little infant jacket. Elizabeth Zimmerman is a genius!
My next projects will be more knitted jewelry -- I'm looking for instant gratification.