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Knitting for Babies

I started a new project with a deadline. I'm not finished with any of my other WIPs, but I have a deadline - a pretty good excuse, I'd say. Here's the start...

It's the Big Bad Baby Blanket from SNB Handbook. My friends are getting the baby bug (is it insensitive to call it a "bug?"), so I have to up my game on baby knits. My friend requested booties, but I wanted to supplement the booties with another gift. I chose Blue Sky Organic Cotton after scouring the internets for a baby blanket appropriate yarn and consulting moms from work (I know zero about babies- probably evident considering I likened having one with a bug). I was originally planning on some Cascade Superwash, but worried the baby might be allergic to wool. I did think what EZ would say about that, but I'm not sure all mothers would share her opinion about putting a baby in wool. And I didn't buy plastic yarn! I've never worked with BSOC, but chose it because it's all natural, contains no dyes and who wouldn't want their precious little baby's sensitive skin next to something this soft? The baby's room is sage and yellow, so I think "nut" will be a good match. The fabric is so drapey and soft - a perfect combination for a blanket. Now I want one (blanket, not baby)!!

There's another baby in our circle of friends to arrive in the fall, so I ordered some yarn for another blanket, but in the natural color...

what's that in the back there? could it be a weekender bag in progress? just waiting for a zipper to arrive in the mail...

Kind of weird how the natural color is in hank form and the nut in a skein, huh? Also, the nut can be machine washed and the natural can't. Have any idea why? Did BSA just change their packaging? They're both organic cotton.

Oh, and what's with the green yarn? Since I was already placing an order, I tacked on a kit for the Fitted Tank (I settled on Pickle - thanks for your input everyone!) I won't be casting on for a while, obviously. I'm just going to admire the beautiful green in the meantime - the same green I'm trying to convince J to paint the craft room / office in our new house. I have my work cut out for me on succeeding with that!

As a side note, I ordered from (which i highly recommend) where the discount policy is essentially the more you buy, the more you save. I ended up saving $30 with the discounts, covering the entire tank kit! How could I not buy it, right?

By the way, any of you other knitter / runner types, check out this article about a marathoner who knit the entire race!!

Enjoy the weekend! It's sure to be a nice one!


Jenn said…
Thanks for the heads up on the natural not being machine washable! I'd been contemplating BSOC for a baby blanket too.
Deb said…
Just found your blog a short while ago, and had to say how much I'm enjoying reading it. The blanket looks so soft, and since I've been thinking about using this for some projects myself, I'll be curious to hear your take on it. Oh, and thanks to the link to the yarn store...I hadn't heard of them, but I'm sure with that discount I'll be ordering something soon...
Navi said…
Beautiful yarns, the blanket is looking beautiful! I agree that cotton is more baby friendly, I don't have babys but lots of nephews (shame for my sisters that I didn't knit when they were newborns)

And thanks for the link, I always looking for new yarn stores.
pamela wynne said…
oh, that blanket will be so simple and pretty!
Stacey said…
The nut is a great neutral, go with everything color - one of those colors that "looks" organic....wonder why the others aren't machine washable? Weird....I'd maybe call or email them.
FiberFanatic said…
Just a note - it is confusing that the nut was in a roll, and the natural was in a hank! Blue sky is in the middle of changing from the rolls to the hanks for all the organics, but in NUT we hadn't received the hanks yet. But, I did not notice the change in care.

That said, I would not machine wash this yarn. It is too easy to wreck yarn in the washer, and I think it would probably shorten it' s life, but yes, blue sky did change their packaging.

I'll contact them and put a note on the site, and thanks for mentioning us!

ps: as a new mom, I didn't care if something was machine washable, as long as it was WONDERFUL. My MIL sent me a blanket in ACRYLIC, one of my coworkers did a typical working girl NYC thing and got us a beautiful silk blanket...guess which one my 9 year old daughter still carries around!

lobstah said…
Great projects and lovely yarn! I totally want to see someone run and knit, that would be nuts!
Anonymous said…
I adore the blue sky organic cotton - so soft! The colours are gorgeous too. I think you made an awesome choice. The BBBB is such a nice pattern...
Anonymous said…
A quick note about bowling alleys:

Although Maine does have great places, The Alley located just below the CVS on Farmington Ave in Hartford is probably the coolest place to bowl in any state. Duckpin lanes and old school video games, oh yea!!!

- G -

Hopefully its still open.
Kat said…
Wow. I'm off on a google hunt to find out how I can sponsor that marathoner.

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