I also like Debbie Bliss yarns and my closest LYS carries her whole line so its easy for me to get in the colours I want. They will hold a ball in my dye lot for me in case I need more, which, as a tight knitter, I often do and they are handy enough to me that its easy to return unused yarn quickly after a project is done.
My first baby project of the spring was the Cable Yoke Jacket from that book.
The pattern calls for a 10 inch, white zipper. I made sure to knit and block to the measurements but then discovered that at least in Toronto, zippers in that length and style are pretty rare. I probably spent more time travelling around looking in notion shops than I did knitting!
Nonetheless I would make this again in a flash. Its cute and with the moss stitch, cables and stockinette shaping its fun to knit. The Debbie Bliss DK Cotton yields a very satisfyingly squishy texture but if I make it again, I'll find the zipper first and knit the length to match in hopes of saving a lot time driving around!
The next project was knit for the older sister of the baby for whom the jacket was made. Its my own design loosely based on a pattern from Family Circle Easy Knitting Magazine (Fall 2004). For obvious reasons I call it the "Daisy Sweater". I love the colour of this sweater, knit in Cotton Ease - just the shade of gold from the centre of Daisies. The original pattern was for a cropped style pullover but I wanted it longer, more like a tunic with slits at the side to allow the two year old for whom it was intended to be able to move easily around. So I added a panel of eyelet at the bottom of both front and back. The idea was to infer the soil from which the daisies were sprouting. (Oh and I love the look of eyelet!) I wanted to put a daisy or two on the back but I was afraid the buttons might make the sweater uncomfortable so I fought that urge and left the back unadorned except for the eyelet.
On the other hand her mother loves knitting toys! Garter stitch squares pile up in no time and before you know it your scraps have disappeared and you've got a very cute and essentially free gift to give...
In the end I packaged all three items up together in a huge cello bundle with a big label addressed to the two year old. It can be hard to be deposed from only child status so I thought it might be fun to make the focus of the gift commemorating the arrival of her brother something about which she could get excited.
Tomorrow, the trip through the results of the Great Baby Knitting Marathon of 2007 continues...