A long while back, before Woolcott shed this mortal coil, I paid them a visit on one of my yarn crawls. At the time, everyone around me was procreating and part of my yarn crawl mission was finding yarn for about three baby knits. I scratched two off the list, but could not seem to find the right yarn for the "Baby Bunny Jacket" – a very cute little knit from "Vogue Knitting: Baby Knits Two." Woolcott was my last stop on the crawl and also my last hope. I was desperate and in a rush, so I committed one of the cardinal sins of knitting: I trusted the shop owner's recommendation and, when I got home, I just PLOWED RIGHT AHEAD without knitting a gauge swatch.
Fast forward to about a month ago where I suddenly realize –– as I've finished knitting the front and back –– that (shock!) the gauge is TOTALLY off and I now have an almost-finished jacket that is both too wide and WAY too large for this baby -- who is about to arrive in a few short weeks!
Why? Have I learned nothing in the past 8 years of my knitting life?
The thing is, baby knits go so quickly, that by the time I noticed, it was too late! I decided to go ahead and finish the hood and sleeves and since then, I've finished the ears and i-cords. All that's left is the finishing and an i-cord edging.
But there was no way I could give this enormous jacket to a newborn right before Spring. The timing is off. Next Fall it'll be too small and right now it's just too big. So, since this jacket never really seemed right for this baby, I started looking for something else and found THIS achingly adorable thing: "L'il Monkey Afghan and Hat" from Debbie Stoller's "Happy Hooker."
I know it's crochet, but baby's mom LOVES sock monkeys (and it's also the perfect project for beginner crochet), so I went ahead and ordered the yarn and am already two monkeys into this thing after just a few hours.
The best part about this project is that it seems like it's quick and the yarn was insanely cheap! It needs to be crocheted in some sort of machine washable yarn and for some reason, crochet plus acrylic equals perfect union.
All kinds of blasphemy right?
Anyway, I'm saving the jacket for the right baby, and I'm hoping to finish this delicious sock monkey extravaganza in the next week or two, so I can finally visit the little cutie-pie with hand-crafted items in tow.