It seems to me that on this date, the anniversary of a terrible day, it’s important to focus on our future. To remember that there are good things in our lives – family, friends and so much more. It’s entirely appropriate to look back with sadness but I think it’s even more important to look forward with hope. And what could be more hopeful than the upcoming birth of a baby and the opportunity to cover that baby in woolly goodness?
This is my first Baby Surprise Jacket and I doubt it will be my last. I’ll admit that I didn’t think I was doing it right for a good part of the process but I just kept the faith (and my trust in EZ) and worked my way through. I wound up with this:
Pretty funny looking and sort of hard to picture becoming a baby sweater, I think. But lo and behold, a simple fold or two and I had this:
Now we’re cooking with fire! I sewed the shoulder seams and added some buttons and wa-la:
A Baby Surprise Jacket!
The yarn is Hello Yarn Fat Sock that Adrian custom dyed for me last year. It’s wonderful and squooshy and the colors are just what I wanted.
It was a fast knit, too. I started late on Saturday and finished Tuesday night. That’s fast – even for a baby sweater. It must have been because of all that help from Mason.
Babies are hopeful. Babies are our future. And babies wearing hand knits, well, they are just about the best thing ever.
It’s adorable — love it! Question- is it wa-la? Or voila? The distinction is a source of marital dispute in this house!
The BSJ is so much fun to knit! Nice work, cute colors, too.
When are you due? Mwah ha ha ha!!! That’s a beautiful sweater and I totally agree with the sentiment and inspiration behind it. Onward!
So sweet! The colors look really good with the pattern.
It’s taken me over 2 weeks to finish the EZ Baby Sweater on Two Needles (the baby version of the February Lady). If I had seen your sweater first I probably would have gone with that one instead.
What a lucky baby!
The sweater is a beaut!
As they sang in Fiddler on the Roof: “To life! To life! L’chai-im!”
The BSJ is such a leap of faith as you are knitting. But who can you trust if not EZ?
That is a beautiful BSJ. Did you take the time to ask Hannah and Dale what they thought it was before you seamed it? That’s my favorite part.
it is beautiful. and those jackets are loads of fun to knit.
and in response to kathy’s question, it is VOILA! not wa-la. which means nothing. 😉
What a darling sweater…I must make one. And hope is exactly what we need to do – for a future for ourselves and those who come after…
Well said – and a beautiful sweater. I’ve made one BSJ and have just finished spinning yarn for a second.
NIce post, Carole. And that sweater is great! I really need to make one of those, too.
Great Baby Surprise, neat colors and buttons – it’s simply amazing what a couple of folds in the right places will make! EZ rules.
Beautiful! That colourway is perfect for a BSJ!
What a lovely BSJ! The colors are perfect.
Robin in VA says
BSJ’s are such a fun knit! Love the colors you chose!
it’s gorgeous, Carole, the yarn does alot of the work.
It’s so pretty! I had my doubts when knitting this pattern, too, and it all turned out O.K. I will say it took far more concentration that I’d imagined just to keep up with what was going on!
Oh, I love it! I need to find a baby to knit for…
Oooh… so precious! I must add one of these to my never ending to-knit list!
I love the surprise part of the BSJ! The colors for your version are fantastic. Lucky baby!
Wouldn’t you have loved to have been privy to the thought process that came up with that bit of origami knitting in the first place?
Cheryl S. says
Very cute! I love those colors.
Well said. The sweater looks great. Those are totally “my” colors. I must make one ofr those soon.
That is beautiful. I have a desire to knit another of these. Oh, so many things to knit!
Way cute! I’ve wanted to try one for a while.
Very nice BSJ!
Love the sweater – of course, I’ve had that same pattern on needles now for almost a year…the intended baby is way to big for it – so, I’m just waiting to hear of another baby on the way to finish it…
Carole, nice pictures!
I hope you thanked Mason for all his help. ;^)
Especially nice bottom corner on your placket. And, of course, your philosophy is heart-warming.
Cool! And a very nice way to look forward.
On September 11, 2001, I was 3 weeks from delivering my Cakers. I remember people asking me if I was scared to bring a baby into our newly traumatized world.
“What better time, really?” I asked back. Horrible things have been happening in the world since the beginning of forever. And so have babies.
(HOnestly, I was more worried about being an old lady having a baby)
What a great theme for today… thanks, Carole. I love the colors of your baby surprise, and doubt it’s cuz you are preggers, but you didn’t mention who the happy recipient is…. hmmm.
Cute! Looks like a fun knit.
It turned out really cute!
Love the sweater!
The rest of your post reminded me of what the L&D nurse said on WB’s birthday, one year ago today: “Now you have a good association with today, a living expression of hope.”
The colours are very beautiful. I think the surprise must be becuse until you sew it up it looks nothing like a sweater. Great work
gale (she shoots sheep shots) says
so sweet! I must be the last knitte rleft neve rto have made a bsj. Some day!
It is a beautiful BSJ. Lovely colors. I haven’t knit one either so gale isn’t alone.
I agree 100%! It’s lovely and I’m surprised Mason isn’t wearing it. ;o)
I think that the the Hello Yarn Fat Sock Yarn and the BSJ make a perfect combo. I think yours, and the brown one that Adrian knit, are my very two favorite BSJs. I’ve already faved it in Ravelry 🙂
I’ve always wanted to make the BSJ. It does look like a fun knit.
Very cute, Carole.
Very cute BSJ. What yarn did you use? Did you mention that bit of info in your blog and I just missed it? I love the colors.
kathy b says
Wonderful thoughts . You said it all so well. I have not been able to put words around it this year. THanks for doing it for me.
Magical patterns like that are such fun (and a work of faith!) fortunately it was E.Z. so the faith was well placed.
I just love the colors too.
How adorable is this? TOO Adorable! Lucky baby.
I’ve got to try and knit another one soon. The first one went to frog-land because I didn’t like the color combination. Maybe I’ll spin something for one?
Too cute for words!!
i’ve got to try one of those some day. the colors look great too!
That’s an inspirationally knitter way of marking the sadness of the day. It came out well. I should put my toe in the water.
Barbara York says
What a pretty BSJ, I would like to make one. Where is the pattern located?