When my friend Laura was expecting her first baby (little Freya) I decided I wanted to knit up a Baby Surprise Jacket because I wanted a challenge and felt sure I could follow the directions and do it. Another friend suggested I get the Lion Brand Microspun yarn because it was "awesomely soft"...so I purchased six or seven colors and started in on BSJ. WELL, that darn yarn WAS soft; it was also very split-y. It drove me crazy and eventually I stopped altogether and threw the whole project in my knitting project trunk (which I got from my Grandmother Corwin!!--well, from her estate, anyway...) and felt sad that I had not made a gift for Freya.
Fast forward to this fall when I received a flyer about fall classes at the Country Woolens yarn shop in Lebanon. There, among many other lovely sounding classes, was a class for the Adult Surprise Jacket! I flew down to the shop to look at Debbie's sample. Oh. My. Goodness! It was just what I wanted, and in the yarn I wanted to use: Hilda Yates' Bartlettyarn. I already had half a dozen colors but knew I just had to go to Hilda's yarn sale weekend again this year with a plan! AND Hilda's yarn sale weekend is coming up NEXT WEEKEND!!! Perfect timing, Debbie! Perfect timing, Hilda!
SO, up to the workroom I went to see if I did really have the previously started and yanked out BSJ. There it was, so I sat down and went to work. I had no trouble at all and in about three evenings I finished knitting it up. It looks nothing like a sweater until you fold it:
|The red strip is the cast-on edge of this BSJ and the purple/yellow strip with holes at the right and left is the buttonhole/button band in the front of the sweater.|
Here is the BSJ folded and ready for the seam...
|OK, well, rotating the photo is not my strong suit, but I think you can easily see this is a great little sweater.|
Well, I did cast on immediately and on two long trips I did a fair amount of knitting. Today after Church I did another four garter ridges and have now started the increases....not quite half-way done. I hope to finish this week, though it is a pretty busy week.
This is the beginning of L's Baby Surprise:
|As you can see..yellow was the cast on row and every time there is a change in pattern instructions I have used yellow, since this is supposed to be a yellow sweater, BUT "I like pink and purple, too, Grammie!"|
Well, the cinnamon buns are now on the 2-hour rest so I will move to the upper regions where I will sit beside my love and knit on L's BSJ for a while. I will postpone kitchen cleaning until later!