Since I am completely done with college, I have all of this new found free time on my hands. Really I should be spending this time looking for work (English Major for hire!). But I also kind of deserve a break and let’s face it, I am tired… all the time. (Cue: EVERYONE telling me to catch up on sleep now… good to know I will be tired for the rest of my life)
I’ve been knitting on these since before school let out. Sometimes you need something else to look at besides academic literature and literary criticism, let’s be honest.
I like knitting for my future baby. We aren’t going to find out the gender, and have no names really picked out yet. So this is my version of nesting.
The theme for our nursery is based on the nursery rhyme, “You Are My Sunshine”. My mom used to sing this to me when my sister and I were little, and I wanted to do something to honor her in my child’s life. So think lots of bright colors and sky and air travel and you have this nursery. I was able to snag a lithograph of “Around the World in 80 Days” to up the literary nerd factor a tad, which will also go in the room.
The Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot was my motivation for making a beautiful gender neutral blanket that incorporates the colors of the sky.
I wanted to mix up the stripe work a little, to make it a little less uniform and what happened turned into a beautiful pattern where the stripes seem to flow like water, or clouds. I am really proud of this blanket, and I think that my kid will be able to get a lot of mileage out of it. I used Cascade 220 Superwash on this blanket, and it’s so soft. (Ravelry Link)
In the land of sweaters, instead of trying to find some gender neutral themes, I decided to go with literary ones. (I am a one trick pony) Each sweater I knit for my baby is going to have a coordinating book to go along with it. Brilliant, no? My baby’s first sweater is the Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly Brooker. I knit this in the Starry yarn from Dream in Color. The yarn was originally meant to be socks for their January color club, but I didn’t like the pattern they gave us, so I kept it and decided to do something else with it. I love love LOVE how this yarn looks like the night sky.
The book to go with it is equally fabulous. It’s called “Star Stuff” by Stephanie Roth Sisson, and it’s a picture book about astrophysicist Carl Sagan. The book talks about Carl as a young boy, being curious about the stars and how that curiosity led to his prolific career. I am all about my children exploring their academic interests, so it was perfect.
I can’t wait to keep knitting for the kid. It’s going to be a great summer.
I have a ton of yarn that I need to get rid of so finding good books to go with my patterns is going to be a challenge, but that is one that I am going to willingly accept.