a very special baby surprise
The fig tree in our yard is my favorite thing. The best part of summer is those few days when the figs are ripe but the birds haven’t discovered them yet. We go out back with a big basket and pick until our fingers are sticky.
A warm spell earlier this year had the green buds growing all around, and the mitten shaped fig leaves began peeking out from the scraggly brown arms of our huge tree. Then the frost came back and burned up all those promising little mittens.
Nature has a way of working itself out though, and now among the dried gray leaves are new bright green ones glowing and growing and preparing to be the shade for our precious figs.
It was around Christmas that I knit a sweater for a baby that never came to be part of my family. For about a day we all thought my Aunt and Uncle had finally adopted a baby after years and years of waiting. Gosh – I was so happy that day I couldn’t stop crying! But the news came soon, as it probably does often with adoption, that the baby would not be a part of our family. What can you do but pray that it was all for good reason and part of a bigger plan.
Well, I’m sure you’ve guessed that now there is a baby and he’s at home with my Aunt and Uncle. There was all the waiting, then the disappointment in December, now the excitement and joy and hope (not to mention sleeplessness) that a little one brings. He deserves something special, indeed. So I knit him a sweater.
Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket from The Opinionated Knitter by EZ.
Needles: US 5, bamboo, long circular
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in colors CW-880 Lime Light (the green), CW-585 Wolverine Blue (the dark blue), CW-555 Robin Egg Blue (the light blue)
Guage: 5 sts/inch
- Body width: 10″ after increases
- Height: 11.75″
- Cuff to cuff: 18.75″
- Width of cuff: 4.5″ after cuff-puff
Started: April 21, 2007
Finished: May 2, 2007
Mods: None. Since this was my first time with the pattern, I followed the directions exactly trying to get an idea of how it worked. Ms. Frick detailed her BSJ modifications, and I might try those the next time around. Also, have you seen the helloyarn version? Makes me want to pick up my spindle and actually learn how to spin. There’s a wiki, too.
I’ll be sending this BSJ off to my new cousin tomorrow. Hopefully he grows into it soon and feels the love when he wears it.
And the figs? We will have to wait until August for those.