Musings of a self-taught crafter

Dear Mr. Postman December 5, 2008

Filed under: 2008,Finished Objects,Knitterly Fraternization,Knitting,Swap — blueberryblues @ 12:45 pm

I sent a package to my Oh Baby Swap partner in the beginning of November.  However, due to baby brain (or outright stupidity) I forgot to get a tracking number for it.  So, weeks later when I had not heard from my partner I decided to check in.  It turns out that there was a little zip code goof, which has sent the package into US Post Office Purgatory – not where you want a package to be at this time of year – and thus the package has not been delivered nor returned to me, with no way to track its location.  I do hope the package will be found and either delivered safely or returned, or at least hope that some lucky soul is enjoying a couple of hand knit baby items that were tucked among the few fun baby and mama-to-be related items.  I thought I’d still document their existance in this world. 


 Pattern:  Cable Rib Pull On Hat by Sirdar Spinning Ltd.

Yarn:  Sirdar Snuggly DK, colorway 0357 (orange), about 1/2 skein

Size:  0-3 months

 This was a very easy and quick pattern to knit, no cable needle required.  The yarn, which I purchased at the Fabric Place close out sale, is nylon and acrylic.  Although it’s not my usual choice in fiber, it is machine washable which would make it an easy to care for baby knit.  It  far exceeded my expectations for acrylic yarn and was actually enjoyable to work with.  The hat has a bit of a halo to it, softening the effect of the tiny cables.  My partner is having a boy and, like me, dislikes the whole “pink is for girls, blue is for boys” distinction.  She indicated that she loves oranges, a color that is infused in her nursery, so I decided to work with orange since it’s not a color I would pick up on my own.  I did overhear comments about it being an “unusual baby color”, but I think the color and style would look adorable on a baby boy.



Pattern:  Cable Rib Baby Mittens (my own pattern)

Yarn:  Sirdar Snuggly DK, colorway 0357 (orange), about 1/2 skein

Size:  0-3 months

Since I had a half of skein left over, I decided to design my own baby mittens to match the hat.  I looked at a few baby mitten patterns to get a general idea of their size and when to decrease, and then casted on the number of stitches needed to make the pattern around the cuff.  I made these before I designed my Pea Pod Baby Mittens, thus I did not include a tie around the wrist.  I’m sure they will fall off the baby’s hands, but I did not want to make a string to run through a coat and risk having the baby get all tied up in string.  I definitely think that a tie string around the wrist would be useful and will incorporate one into the pattern if I ever knit up another pair.  And, if they ever do emerge from post office purgatory, I hope my partner can use the left over yarn that I sent along in the package to create some sort of system to help prevent them from being lost.


I waited a week or so to see if the original package would appear and decided that my swap partner deserved to get something as part of the swap.  So, I casted on for one more baby knit to surprise her. 

Pattern:  Oz Vest from Natural Knits for Babies and Moms by Louisa Harding

Yarn:  Sirdar Snuggly DK, colorway 0357 (orange), about 1 skein

Size:  3 months

Of course, I forgot to take a picture of this finished object before sending it, along with a few other goodies, in the mail (I’m blaming baby brain and contraction distraction for my photo oversight).  It’s an easy pattern that knit up quickly and that I believe will look cute on a baby boy. 

I do hope to see the original package appear from post office purgatory someday soon – I don’t really like the idea of my hand knits not being enjoyed and used.  So, Dear Mr. Postman, please help my original swap  package see the light of day!


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