A couple of my friends are having a baby soon (like really soon), and last month we had a "shower" for them. The shower was way more like a regular party, full of adults of all family and marital statuses, and a horde of kids. It was potluck, and there were cupcakes (I was still not having any sugar at this point, so boo for me).
They didn't open presents, because it just wasn't one of those parties.
Which was fine, except that I had waffled on the button for so long that I didn't have time to take a photo before wrapping it up. Whoops for me. The proud parents to be sent me pictures this week, along with an inquiry about washing instructions. And here are the pictures, so I can officially mark this project as done.
Angle took me most of a month, and then I was wishy washy about the button. The ideal button in my head was a wooden button that looked mostly like half an acorn. It would have been perfect and in keeping with the woodsy colors of the sweater.
Instead I bought an adequate button from Windsor Button in February and proceded to lose it. I rebought a button the same week I blocked it. I am the queen of procrastination!
The yarn called for in the sweater is a bit thicker, so I made the size large in sock yarn and came pretty close to the measurements for the newborn size. Of course, a newborn might not want to wear this in August, but thankfully the ribbing makes this entire sweater stretchy like an accordion. I mean, I can fit my arm in it (and very unflattering it looks when it is quite that stretched), so hopefully it will last throughout the first winter.
Because I had so much time to think about the extra yarn I had (I have some of all 3 colors left even at this point), I decided it needed to be a set with booties. Baby booties are perfect for the cute factor, but I needed them to be similarly gender neutral. Christine's baby booties are a little odd in construction, but I mostly used the pattern as a suggestion. I had to change the ribbing pattern to get the same effect as Angle.
Aren't they cute? There are tons of baby booty patterns on Ravelry. My favorite, which I've never made, look kind of like Mary Janes, but there are ones designed to be mostly socks, some that are a bit more structural, ones that look like Uggs. It's a crazy baby shoe world out there.
The booties were an afterthought. The leftover yarn ate at my mind and May 11th I cast on, and I was finished 5 days later. Sometimes I swear that if it weren't for deadlines I'd never get any knitting done!