I is for Indecisive

Wring your hands, run around, and say ‘what should i make what should i make‘ Not really, but I am tossing around some ideas and haven’t decided. What do you think? I want to make a baby gift for a girl baby due to the world end of July. I want to knit from my stash, which means some limited color choices. The item should be machine wash.  It should not be pink.

(spinning at the bottom of the post…)

Pattern contenders are
silvercreekc451 rebeccajkt
silver creek guernsey, garter jacket from Rebecca

sirdarbolero sirdarlacecardi
bolero (without appliques), lace cardigan (much like one I made recently), both from Sirdar

oatcouturevictorianT kpsneckdncardi
Oat Couture’s Victorian T shirt, knitting pure and simple’s neck down cardigan (I would put a hood on it)

EZ’s tomten, and-no picture-the baby surprise jacket (also with a hood).

I think the BSJ needs fingering for a baby size, and the Victorian T can be fingering or sport. The other patterns are all sport/dk, except for the neck down cardigan which is worsted.

Here’s my fingering stash, I’m thinking the orange in the baggie, maybe the green (also seen here) or the brown/yellow (also seen here)

snowflake cleckheatoncountry8ply
only one skein of the tweed, enough red, plenty of the ‘marigold’

DK yarns

prosperousplumcf heirloomeasycare
prosperous plum cotton fleece, heirloom easy care, the green might be ok, not so thrilled about the brown

bilbao bilbao
bilbao, a cotton tape, and a knit swatch

I bounce back and forth about what I’d like more. I am beginning to think I should just knit up the yarn in my stash that I’ve been saving because it’s enough for a baby sweater. Just knit a sweater that the yarn seems to ask for, and when a baby comes along, there’s a gift already done.

I’ve looked around in Ravelry, and saw lots of BSJs and neck down cardi’s that look great, and a few good Victorian T’s; the guernseys were overall a bit disappointing (was it the yarn? the knitter? my mood that day?), and LOVED the tomtens. Didn’t find any of the sirdar or rebecca sweaters in there.

I think I’ll just have to make a tomten for myself out of some rustic wool, because that pattern seems to call for that sort of yarn.  And it is calling to me.


28april 007
208 or so yards plus a 50 yard skein of brown, not sure what kind of wool. It was reasonably soft and long fibered, but not so much as the border leicester. I think it is my most ‘balanced’ yarn yet, whatever that means. I haven’t washed or weighted it yet. Will I be able to spin up those last 2 ounces of merino top before tomorrow night?????

Doggy updates

I’ve learned two things in the last 15 or so hours.

#1, Zuzu must not be allowed to chew burdocks out of her fur. Because she swallows them and they get stuck in her throat. Or at least that’s what we think it was. Not a veterinary emergency, since she could breathe, and she could vomit, and eat, and vomit. But she was surely out of sorts. She eventually quieted down enough to sleep, but woke up about 2:30. DH took her outside, where she grazed some more. I gave her some homeopathic stuff for splinters (thinking it might help the burs work out) and panic (also for sore throats, good deal), and she did fall back asleep relatively soon. She’s better today, but tired.

#2, I think Gracie was beaten with paper in her past life. A few minutes ago I crumpled up a prescription bag and information to burn, and at that moment she started growling and barking at the window. I gave her a ‘hey’ and a tap (honestly, a tap, with the flared end of the papers, I pat her with more force and she enjoys it) on her butt with the paper (that was not rolled tightly) and she CRINGED and COWERED and just shrunk into nothing. It was heartbreaking. I gave her lots of love. It must have been something horrible for her to remember a year and a half later.

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Zuzu, Gracie

After a week of being sick, I ended up at the doc’s, and on an antibiotic for a secondary infection. I’m hoping to get to work tomorrow because I am sure I’ve used up all the sick time I’ve accrued.

10 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Sue said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 3:50 pm

    I really like the idea of a marigold sweater for a baby girl – maybe the lace cardigan (so she doesn’t get “don’t give the girls any trouble when you get older” kinds of comments)? I’m glad you’re feeling better – and that the dogs are too from their various traumas!! On a sweater-related note, I’m working on one of these http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/PATTdaisy.html only without the snakes for a boy due in June. Mine is blue with blue and green striped sleeves (like you, knitting from stash, and ran out of blue!).

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    Chris said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 8:27 pm

    Ok, I’ve actually knit the KP&S baby sweater with that color of Cotton Fleece. :)

  3. 3

    mia said,

    April 29, 2008 @ 6:13 am

    I vote for the Oat Couture T-shirt!

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    Gramily said,

    April 29, 2008 @ 6:44 am

    Are Zuzu and Gracie related? and are they terriers? I myself am a terrierist. Sorry you are not back to tip top health yet. As for the sweaters, they’re all lovely in their own ways, but my favorite is the rebecca garter sweater.

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    Paula said,

    April 29, 2008 @ 8:35 am

    I love the Knitting Pure and Simple cardi. I made it in pink, lavender and white stripes in cotton. I also plan to make a cable cardi from http://lhk-patternshop.blogspot.com/2007/11/baby-cables.html

    For your small projects, you won the sock bag sewn by me in my blog contest. Please look at my blog post for Friday and let me know which fabric you prefer, and send me your mailing address.

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    olga said,

    April 29, 2008 @ 9:17 am

    Gosh-to many choices! I like all those sweaters, I’ve done the tomten and it was fun. I’m thinking bright orange would be a nice change from the usual green and yellow. Poor puppy! Maybe just the unexpected noise freaked her out.

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    Emily said,

    April 29, 2008 @ 10:52 am

    What size sweater are you aiming for? 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, etc? (I only ask, because as I understand it if you want the BSJ to be 3-6 or 6-9, you’ll be looking more at the dk yarns. I could be wrong, though, as I don’t actually have the pattern.)

    From my aesthetic perspective, red is good. Bright purple is good. I actually kind of like the green/brown combo, but it definitely doesn’t say girl as much as unisex.

    Have fun choosing!

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    mollybee said,

    April 29, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    Poor Baby Puppy! Bentley eats grass all the time and then throws up. No one knows why. Not even Bentley. Your handspun is absolutely gorgeous!!! You’re spinning like a pro already!

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    kmkat said,

    April 30, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

    Is the prospective mother planning to have any more kids? Because if she is I’d veto the lacy sweater — if next kid is a boy, sweater is mostly useless. Otherwise I have no worthwhile opinion.

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    Ina said,

    May 6, 2008 @ 7:59 am

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