I did a lot of yarncrafting while I was expecting my youngest baby. You could say that the 2010/2011 winter was a blur of yarn…as a matter of fact, I don’t really remember much else of the midpoint of that pregnancy other than being very cold and having aching fingers from the amount of yarn that I tamed.
I did a touch of crochet, but mostly I was focused on knitting for this little one. I knit many wool soakers, sweaters, and longies for the little girl who was growing away in my belly. Silly me, I decided to do several of the soaker in a true newborn size, and my dear daughter was born at 8lbs 6 oz. Beyond that, we spent a week in the NICU (where she put on weight and grew longer) so by the time we got home she had already outgrown some of the cloth diapering woolies. Luckily I had made many, many things for me sweet girl to wear.
We brought her home in a pair of wool longies knit from the Wooly Wonderpants pattern in a three ply yarn made by PureWool in the Diante colorway. The side snap shirt, incidentally, was low-water immersion dyed.
This top was knit using Sandy’s Palette Merino Sox and a vintage baby vest pattern by Sirdar. I also knit another from the same pattern using a beautiful reddish pink shade of vintage S.R. Kertzer baby camel hair yarn.
Another favorite was the Emma Tunic by Jennifer Alexander using some leftover Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! Complete with a button picked out by the baby’s big sister.
I made plenty of other items for when she was older, but there really is something special about the newborn knits, isn’t there? They are just so tiny and sweet, and a reminder of the anticipation of a new family member.