Three and counting…

One of the great joys of knitting (of which there are many) is knitting for babies, your own babies most of all. As Rose was born in the height of Australia’s summer, I’ve never before had the pleasure of knitting tiny newborn things that would really fulfill what is the true purpose of hand knits; to be very, very warm. Before Theodore had made his grand entrance (ahem), I’d knitted him three sweaters. The first was tiny neutral coloured version of the Newborn Top-Down Baby Cardigan by Nancy Pietraszek.

The second was a Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater by Carole Barenys, knitted in Rowan’s Wool Cotton in a colourway called French Navy.

 The third was a modified version of the Kumfy Schluettli by Meg Layaw. Sadly, he’s now fitting snugly into this, the largest of the three.

Knitting for Theodore has been a special process for me. With mixed feelings about the expectation of a new little one to care for, knitting helped me gradually gain confidence that I’d be able to bond with him and meet his needs. As every knitter knows, knitting is therapy of a most efficacious kind. Just in case you were beginning to experience sibling rivalry on Rose’s behalf, have no fear. This cardigan accompanied us in pieces to England and was intended to be a gift on the occasion of acquiring a brother.

His early arrival thwarted this plan and the cardigan became instead a labour of therapy in his very early weeks. Now that winter is threatening to foreclose, my knitting efforts have reached that frantic level that October demands.

Knit on.


5 Responses to “Three and counting…”

  1. 1 Kim October 31, 2011 at 4:31 am

    Oh Ally, makes me want to get out my needles and attempt something more challenging than a simple scarf!! But I have a (serious) question – don’t you get weary of handwashing them?
    P.S. Almost finished college and I promise you a nice newsy email then …

  2. 2 Ronelle October 31, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Wonderful Ally! These look wonderful. How special for your little ones to have beautiful hand-made things.
    Missing you

  3. 3 Miriam October 31, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    I read the heading and thought you were pregnant again! Congrats on Theodore – you’re making some simply beautiful things 😉 Lots of love xo

  4. 4 Margreet October 31, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Wow they look great! You obviously have lots of talent!

  5. 5 Samantha November 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Ally you have become an amazing knitter. The detail in Rose’s blue cardigan is simply amazing! So beautiful xox

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