I recently learned that my former boss, who is very dear to me, has had a baby boy, and so Auntie Norma naturally wants to knit that poor little boy a sweater.
I spent much of yesterday trolling my books and -- with the considerable help of my friends on Facebook -- through Ravelry (because I am a founding- and still-card-carrying member of the Ravelry Underachiever Club, and Dunce) for just the right pattern.
Of course, I have exactly set in my mind the pattern I want and the yarn I want to use, and the pattern is not out there, never mind having to fight gauge issues if I do actually find one that I deem suitable. But I did eventually find some likely prospects, listed here in my (at the time of writing this) order of preference:
2. Baby Poonam
3. Heirloom Cables Baby Sweater at Lion Brand where you, annoyingly, have to sign in in order to see it, so that link may or may not work for you.
I am awfully fond of these two sweaters, as well --
1. Duffle Coat by Debbie Bliss (and I don't know if that link will work for you, either, because it's a Ravelry link)
2. Iceling (another Ravelry link)
I am actually moving the queue around even as I type this ... I am totally in love with Iceling.... and it might actually work better with the gauge of the yarn I have chosen... and yet, have I really made the final choice of yarn yet?...?...?
I think it is going to be this:
but I am also considering a lovely green Pure Pima (Berroco) cotton, or Rowan Denim yarn that I have always wanted to try. And then there is the red Calmer or the chocolate brown Calmer, the raisin Mission Falls 1824, or the blue Mission Falls. Unlike at least one of my friends, I love baby items knitted in unexpected adult colors like brown or grey or black, so I'm very tempted by the chocolate brown... but I also want to keep that for a garment for myself, so probably not.
Who knows... maybe baby will get TWO sweaters, or maybe I will change my mind midstream, or then again, if I manage to actually finish a sweater -- even a baby sweater -- I think I should probaby be in line for an award of some sort.
I expected to have this thing well under way by now. I even found what I wanted to watch while knitting this British sweater for a British little boy -- South Riding on Masterpiece Theater -- but it took me way too long to find a pattern and hunt through my stash for the right yarns, and ... somehow or another it is already bedtime and I'm not that much closer to a decision.
But still, it's all kind of fun to actually think about knitting a baby sweater. Who knew?