Our sweet little Berlyn just shy of two months old when I took this picture last weekend. Isn't she a beauty?
She is now cooing and smiling these big open-mouthed baby smiles. Totally melts my heart. Her favorite cooing sound is goo followed by a gurgle so that it sounds like google. She's a girl ahead of her time. We love her so much!
I finished another little sweater for her.
Elizabeth Zimmermann's classic Baby Surprise Jacket
using the handspun Spunky Eclectic Little Periwinkles organic merino that I finished spinning in the fall.
I spun this 2-ply with the Baby Surprise Jacket in mind and I'm pleased with it. I like so many things about this pattern: its garter stitch stretchiness so that it can be worn by a growing baby for a long time, its sleeves that start out being full length then become three-quarter length and out of the way as the baby grows and gets her little hands into food and other messy things, the clever pattern that folds into a sweater when you're done knitting and you only have to stitch up the sleeve seams, the clever increases and decreases and the final folding that moves the stripes into interesting and symmetrical design features, and finally I like that it looks so great in handspun garter stitch.
Now I'm taking a little break from knitting baby items and have started the Business Casual KAL socks. I've had a few false starts due to my making a mistake and issues with the choice of yarn and needle size. Once I have knit enough to share I'll take some pics.