Saturday 30 April 2011

Secret Knitting Project

Dear Bébé,

As I write this, you have not joined our happy family yet.

I do not know if you are a boy or a girl.
I do not know your name.
I do not know if you have red hair with blue eyes
brown hair with green eyes.

But I do know that you, like your Mom and Dad, will be a
loyal Giants fan.

Heartfelt congratulations to my sister and brother-in-law on the arrival of their son last Tuesday. They successfully kept the gender a secret, which made it slightly difficult to plan a knitting project in advance. One thing was certain, though: this kid would have baseball and ice hockey in its DNA.

I wanted to make a plush toy for them, and found this seal pattern on etsy. I had some orange yarn (which my sister had actually sent over xmas to encourage me to crochet a goldfish...) which seemed fitting for the Giants' mascot, Lou Seal.



I think it came out quite well, especially for a first attempt (I loathe frogging...)

Next, I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran to knit the Classic Cashmere Sweater from Erika Knight's Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, my go-to pattern for baby sweaters. Stockinette gets boring fast, though, so I designed a 'SF' logo for the front:


The finishing touch was a pair of Garter Stitch Booties from the same book.


The photos don't do the yarn - or dare I say, the creations? - justice, but the real star is my nephew. I've seen him on iChat but I can't wait to meet the little man in July.

Big kiss to everyone in California! xo


aedredhead said...

By the way, we love the secret knitting project!

Unknown said...

I like it too and can't wait to be big enough to play with Lou and to wear the sweater and booties. Thank you, Aunt B!