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January 2016 – My beautiful grandson has arrived!  Knitting baby clothes is SO much fun!

Now I know why people love knitting baby clothes, blankets, outerwear – all of it!  I knit a ‘coming-home’ outfitNewborn 'carry' blanket before our newborn baby-to-be was born – hat, jacket, baby uggs and a carry-blanket.

Coming home outfit

My friends questioned me… was knitting baby gifts before he was born a good idea?  What if?  I decided that knitting with a prayer in every stitch for a healthy baby would cancel out the ‘what if’.  And did I ever pray – and now I thank God for answering my prayers.

Our baby is now 7 weeks’ old, and seriously working on smiling.  It’s so much fun to watch his mouth twitch and turn as he experiments with expressions and learns the joy of controlling his movements.  He turns his head from side to side to follow our voices and is so proud of himself when he finds his mom and dad.  OK – maybe I’m projecting a bit (haha), but what I do know is that every minute of every day he’s discovering something new – what a little miracle!

Knitted sleep sack for baby

Knitted sleep sack for baby with Pipsqueak by Yarnspirations

And now he’s wearing and being kept warm in my love, whether or not I’m with him.  Soon he’ll grow out of the jacket – hence the bunting bag which I gave to him last evening.  Now I guess I’ll have to give him a chance to try out his other gifted clothing which works out just as well since my other ufps (unfinished projects) are crying out for my attention.

 

Baby bunting bag

I’ve taught a few pregnant moms who’ve decided to use their last few months before their babies arrive to learn to knit.  Now they’re knitting baby blankets, mittens & hats, vests and sweaters.  Here’s a little knit baby sweater that one of my students completed last month – she’ll be giving it to a women’s shelter to help out a new mom.  Teaching is so much fun – especially when I see how quickly my students start referring to their ‘knitting addiction’.  🙂

Fall hand-knit Sweater & Hat for baby

Knit with Vanna’s Choice – perfect for Spring & Fall

If you’re looking for a huge selection of FREE clearly written patterns, I highly recommend Lionbrand.  There’s also a good selection on Yarnspirations.  I don’t suggest that my Canadian readers buy their yarn from these American sites, though – shipping charges and the exchange rate can as much as double their listed prices.  We have great Canadian yarn stores – check them out in your city.

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