Lilleput was born in the fall around the time my twin girls turned 18 years.
On one morning in this last September I woke up and realized that there were no longer children under my care, instead there were two more (three altogether!) independent young women who were about to enter their own lives and callings; women whose lives I very much want to be part of, but women who are taking their first steps facing the privileges and responsibilities as young adults. When one is doing something new and important, one needs to concentrate, and really any kind of distraction from left or right or behind or whispering in the ears is going to be harmful and annoying.
I once had three babies, long time ago, and now years later, while they were bringing me up to be a mother and training me patiently from day to day to perform my duties accordingly, I am beginning to realize that in the meantime they grew up. I am not sure how it happened but they did.
I have been a slow learner, have flunked many times, and even though I have been carefully prepared during the last four to five years for this day, it still became as a surprise. One part of my curriculum "How to stand by but to not interfere in any imaginable or creative way" was extremely difficult. I still have not passed that course.
Upstairs in our house there is a room that we still call Play Room. It was the place for all the fun (and at times misery depending) when the girls were small. It was a room where toys were all around, sometimes in good order, mostly in a terrible mess. The room belonged to the girls and they were in charge there. I managed to trick them or maybe it was them who managed to trick me into playing house maids sometimes and thus the room got cleaned - this was a rare occasion. None of us were that keen on that play then. I am still not.
Off White Yarn: Lorna's Laces Yarns Shepherd Sock colour Chino (80%superwash wool 20% polyamid
Tweed Yarn: Trekking XXL colour 298 (75% superwash wool 25% nylon)
Orange Yarn: Sandnes Garn Lanett colour 4028 (merino)
Violet Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid colour 483 (75% wool 25% polyamid)
I found myself in the Play Room from time to time, looking out of the windows, thinking and remembering, mostly happy thoughts. All the toys are now put away to wait for the next generation but there are few items up there that tell of the days gone by: wooden horse, tiny rocking chair, little table with four child sized chairs and an old crib. The wooden doll house is going to be moved there. I started to knit up there and so the room continues to be a place for all the fun (and at times misery depending). My spinning wheels are up there and my most treasured wools.
The rest of the story you already know; the wild sock yarn stash and the frustration with it.
Lilleput Baby Jacket has many interesting knitting features: I-cords, I-cord edging and short row shaping to name a few but it is mostly simple garter stitch. It is knitted in one piece and only the sleeve seams are left to do when the knitting is completed.
It can be called done when the knitting and sleeve seams have been finished but one can carry on by adding crochet chain stitches and even furthermore if you'd enjoy a little bit of embroidery. The pattern has actual size templates for the fish, cat and dog and instructions for embroidering them.
This is a good project for wild fingering weight yarns. The overactive skeins can be tamed with pairing them with calm solids or almost solids. It uses less than 100g (but more than 50g) of both of the main colours (total 200g) and less than 50g of the accent colour. The accent colour is used for I-cord, front edgings and gussets.
The gauge in garter stitch is 32-33 stitches for 10 cm (4"). I got this gauge with 2,5 mm (US1.5) needles. The I-cords and front edgings are knitted with smaller needles. I used two sizes smaller for them, size 2 mm (US0). The size of the crochet hook I used was 1,5 mm.
Lots of encouragement and technical advice from both Cassie and Susanna went into writing this pattern. Thank you very much for helping me.
And thank you for Sofi, Nappi and Ekku for providing the inspiration. Be patient with me, I am learning and yes, I will continue to do as being told: "Go knit something. Anything."
This pattern is in my Ravelry Pattern Shop. Please find the link to the shop in the sidebar. Or you can buy it by clicking this link
Wool with You,