If you have been reading this blog for any length of time then you know that I am a little crazy.
Okay, a lot crazy.
Case in point:
I recently yammered on and on about how I hate knitting diaper covers. I was so excited to be free from that chore when I bought pocket diapers. I believe my exact words were, “I may be the Benedict Arnold of the Knitting World, but I think I can live with that. Meanwhile I am going to hand this stinky baby to The Man for him to change and I am going to knit a not-a-soaker knitting project.”
Wanna see my most recent finished project? (Ravelry page here)
See? I told you I am crazy!
In my defense, this is no ordinary pair of longies. Firstly, this yarn is not only DK (rather than worsted), but it is the lovely Sanguine Gryphon Traveler. Two hundred and eighty yards of pure heaven. The colors! The texture! The smell! I love this yarn!
Secondly, the baby needed some pants. One small fact that I forgot to put into the equation when I traded up diaper systems was that when one doesn’t knit cute soakers, one must buy pants, skirts, shorts and bloomers. I had forgotten that all those hand knit soakers were actually parts of the wardrobe as well. I am keenly feeling their absence. So, knitting pants for the baby was the most logical choice. (crazy, remember?)
Thirdly, this yarn wanted to be pants for V. Honestly! I cast on a sweater with it as soon as it came in the mail. I took it on vacation. I worked and worked. I also ripped and ripped. I frogged it back from almost complete four times before I got the hint. It did not want to be a sweater. Who am I to argue with such a lovely yarn? Give it what it wants! And it wanted to be pants.
I can say honestly that I enjoyed every stitch of this project, even the ones that got frogged repeatedly. The way the colors play across the strand of this magnificent yarn is dazzling. V will probably get more knit pants in the future…. when I can order a few more skeins of Traveler in some different colorways.
I feel so guilty. Like a traitor to the knitting world. I have gone against my wooly good sense. I have thrown away years of lanolized conviction.
I switched to pocket diapers.
For years I used contour diapers with Snappi and wool soaker. For years I have sewn my own cloth diapers and dutifully knit covers. I have an extensive library of patterns for soakers, longies, and skirties. I have most of them memorized.
But, Ladies, I must confess that I am tired of knitting soakers. I am, dare I say it?, *sick* of knitting soakers. And it casts a pallor on everything that I knit. “This lace sure is fun, but I ought to be knitting another soaker…”
And then, a friend (and fellow knitter) gave me five pocket diapers. Just enough for a trip to town, or a few hours with a babysitter. And I was hooked. I mean, seriously hooked. All of the sudden I wasn’t the only one in the house who would change a diaper. It was liberating, I tell you.
I was so giddy with my new found freedom that I ordered a few more of the wonderful little things (a few or twenty five. Whatever).
The point is that now I can knit whatever I want! All that worsted weight yarn? It is totally freed up to be used on *whatever I want!*
I may be the Benedict Arnold of the Knitting World, but I think I can live with that. Meanwhile I am going to hand this stinky baby to The Man for him to change and I am going to knit a not-a-soaker knitting project.
Life is good.
I have been promising my cousin that I would knit her a soaker for for her girlie since Februaury.
Well, I finally got it done.
That is the front.
The best part is in the back.
Cute, huh? I don’t have it on a baby because my baby is way to small for this puppy. I had so much fun with this soaker.
Three things about this knit:
1. The pattern is from the Sheepy Skirt Collection, but the ruffles are my own creativity at work. I had to figure out where to start and end the ruffle rows, and next time I will make them shorter. But, I did get them centered perfectly, so I am happy.
2. This is made with the same Madelintosh Tosh Merino that I made V’s most recent soakers with. While her soakers have faded in color, they have also felted just enough to make them totally awesome diaper covers while still retaining their softness and beauty, making this yarn my favorite soaker yarn to date. Too bad it is so costly… and I am a little bummed about the fading, but light pink is just as pretty as dark pink, so it’s all good.
3. I hope it fits. After knitting teeny, tiny, newborn sized soakers, this larger size (for an almost one year old) looks enormous! I am glad I finally got this done because if I waited much longer I would have been knitting toddler size longies instead!
It was a bag of dirty diapers from our last outing. It was stinky and wet.
I dumped it unceremoniously into the washer, added what diapers were in the diaper pail, threw in my soap nuts (lovin’ those, by the way), and started the machine.
It wasn’t until the second rinse cycle ended and I started moving the clean diapers into the dryer that I knew of my error.
That was when I saw it. It used to look like this:
Now, after a trip through the wash, it looks like this:
Yup. That was my favorite shortie that I made out of my favorite yarn. (The brown one is to show how big said shortie used to be.)
Darn it. It now graces the body of The Dancing Queen’s doll.
So, as a consolation, I knit this new and better diaper cover.
Another Sheepy Skirt in (the rest of the) Madelinetosh Tosh Merino.
But I am still bummed about that shortie.
What a rookie mistake.
Last week, I realized that my reluctance to cast on more diaper covers was purely out of boredom.
So, I bought a new pattern.
This is from the Sheepy Skirt Collection in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino , Twig and Posy.
I know that sounds nice and expensive, but it is exquisitely soft, I have enough yarn leftover to make another, and I am knitting from my stash and therefore have fewer and fewer options.
I am sure she loves it, she just needed a nap when I decided to stage a photo shoot.
Three things about this knit:
1. This pattern is fabulous and worth the money. While I am sure that I could have figured it out myself, I like all the options (24 pages of options, to be exact) and I will definitely be knitting many of these cute little skirties in the future.
2. This yarn is gorgeous. But it is a pig to crochet. I hate crochet anyways, but the crochet picot edge is so cute so I pressed through and conquered.
3. I may have to pull the leg cuffs out and make them bigger very soon. They are pretty snug right now.
Oh, and a fourth – I put little flowers on the ends of the i-cord drawstring. I am unreasonably proud of this.
It is almost as cute as the baby wearing it! Almost.