An adult baby surprise

If you are a serious knitter you will probably know immediately what I am talking about and for the non-knitters I am not talking about an unexpected pregnancy!

Elizabeth Zimmermann is the guru of knitting.  The first article I knitted using her instructions was a Baby Surprise Jacket.  If you link to this Pinterest page you will see various versions of this jacket which is knitted in one piece and joined with a woven seam across the shoulders. The next image is from Pinterest.

I have used Zimmerman’s book The Knitting Workshop which I bought when I knitted a baby surprise jacket for our grandson. I also have a copy of Knitting Without Tears.

The Adult Baby Surprise Jacket I have just completed was knitted as a request from my elder daughter.  She knew I had loads of scrap wool in my stash and she selected a few colours she wanted to include in her jacket and I set about my next project.  I bought the pattern from Schoolhouse press.

The two markers show where the decreases have taken place up to the point of the underarms then the increases happen.  Unfortunately I didn’t start the increases correctly and ended up with a bit of a hole.

I decided I really should unravel what I had done and so I undid the couple of hundred stitches and started the increases again, this time correctly.

This is at the point where the front flap stitches are put on holders and then you knit backwards and forwards on the bottom stitches.

Once the bottom section is knitted then a border is knitted around the edge before the single piece is assembled into a jacket.

At this stage the sleeves have not been joined and the collar hasn’t been added.

To join the sleeves I used two stitch bind off for the first sleeve but was not happy with the result as the colours showed through in the middle so I tried three stitch bind off for the second sleeve and it was much better. You can see the difference in the next picture.

The front sleeve is the two stitch bind off.  I undid that sleeve join and redid it with three stitch bind off.The dummy is bigger than my daughter but it gives you some idea of how it will look.

Working on the collar.

This was an absolute joy to work as I was getting rid of some of my stash and it was all garter stitch, the easiest of all. I sewed in the many ends and searched for some suitable buttons.  No luck with the buttons so I have sent it off to my daughter so she can choose buttons to finish it off.

A thoroughly enjoyable project.

I have since found the post of the original jacket I made.

 

What animal is that?

This is the reverse of a jumper I finished recently.  My daughter had specifically asked if I would like to knit this for her so I jumped at the chance.

The reverse shows you how untidy the back of the item is but fortunately the front looks much better.

I tried it on to see how it looked before sending it to my daughter.

I think she was happy with the finished result.

The pattern was from this publication.

It was good to try a new type of knitting and take me out of my comfort zone.  I certainly learned a few new things.

I don’t think I will be doing another Intarsia project soon.

Something I haven’t tried before

I have embarked on what I think will turn out to be a real challenge for me.  Intarsia knitting.  I have knitted a fair bit of fair isle in my time but have never before tried intarsia. For those of you who are not acquainted with intarsia this link will give you an idea of what it involves.  Intarsia for dummies   I used this site to get a general idea of what to expect.

The project I am working on is this.  The character is Animal from the Muppets.

That is him on a tee shirt.

My daughter asked me if I would like another project and I am always happy to be knitting something that someone would like.

This is the progress so far.  I am a bit daunted by the number of strands on the back but have been assured by the lady in the wool shop that once you weave the strands in it will look fine.

I am happy with the progress so far.

An update since I last drafted this post.

I think the stitches will look more even when all the ends are woven in.  That is what I am hoping.

Another flannie.

I finally got around to finishing the second shirt for my granddaughter.  I do tend to get waylaid by things so it has taken a while to get this finished.  I quickly parceled it up and posted it without delay.  I parceled it up so quickly that I neglected to put the card inside.  Hopefully my granddaughter will get the shirts before it is too warm to wear them when she helps her dad working in the shed and on “Bluebell”.

 

These shoes were made for me!

I have been to Melbourne for two days as I had a voucher that needed to be redeemed.

My children gave me a voucher for my 70th birthday in December to get custom made shoes at Habbot in the Royal Arcade Melbourne. It has taken me this long to get myself organised to make the trip to Melbourne to do this.

I rang before going to Melbourne and discovered that they no longer offer custom made shoes and my voucher could now only be used to buy off-the-shelf shoes.  I was a little disappointed but was still happy that I was going to be able to get shoes that I normally wouldn’t spend that much money on.

When I arrived at the shop I saw there was a sign on the door and I thought it would be just my luck that the shop was closed for renovation or some such.  Luckily the sign was just to say that it was closed for ten minutes so I went for a coffee.

It is a beautiful little shop.

I suffer from the problem of having generously proportioned feet so the styles that were available to me were limited.  I did find some that I loved so I was very happy.  I do have wonderful children who know me well.

My beautiful birthday shoes.