Before 2007, I could actually knit and finish projects. Since 2007, I've been in a weird space-time continuum where I knit and knit and knit, and I have nothing to show for it.
To prove that I can actually do it, I present to you the Bobby Cardigan from the Rowan Classic Bambino book. The yarn is Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK in Borage and Blue Boy and Cashsoft DK in Cream. I happened to pick up the buttons in a shop in Bennington, Vermont last June. Isn't it sweet? Did you know it's machine washable?
Three cheers for stripes that line up! And look at that seem along the top of the hoodie? Who rules?
Who'd I knit this for, you ask?
Uhm, well, uhm. See, I started it around this time last year for up-and-coming Baby Will-O. Baby Will-O grew much faster than I could knit, so I decided it would go to up-and-coming Baby Louis, who, once born, quickly followed in Will-O's shoes. By time Baby Xavier came along, it was Spring in Australia and I'd run out of newborn nephews to knit sweaters for. So, then I set my sites on just-born Baby Cat back in the States, who also grew out of it before I managed to finish the darn sweater this past November. But she's the reason the buttons are on the wrong side for a boy.
But isn't it sweet?
I stumbled across one or two weird bits in the pattern, but nothing I wasn't able to sort out myself. I also have to admit that the yarn wasn't as nice to knit with as it was to snuggle with in the shop. It had a tendency to untwist, but seemed to work itself out when I blocked the final product.
I actually have enough yarn to another one of these puppies. Will I? Not a chance! Knitting striped baby clothes negates the purpose of knitting baby clothes - finish projects faster!
The upshot is that I am so ready for the next newborn in the family, except for a newborn of mine because that would be a different sort of "ready." I'm not there yet, but I do feel a bit superstitious having newborn clothes in the house. I feel even more tense since receiving some kind of weird, Indian fertility rock as a belated wedding present. Family is not subtle.