Friday, December 29, 2006

Martha's Baby Surprise Jacket

Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket is a classic gift for expecting parents. Knit flat in one piece, the surprise comes at the end when this oddly-shaped piece of knitting becomes a jacket. Martha knit this one using 2 hanks of Claudia Hand Paints Fingering yarn.

Martha's Baby Surprise Jacket
Martha used a size 4 needle so the jacket would be slightly larger. You can also use DK instead of fingering weight yarn to make the jacket larger. A Baby Surprise Jacket in Kersti would be beautiful.

Another beautiful choice for the jacket is Anne from The Schaefer Yarn Company, which is a fingering weight, machine-washable blend of merino, mohair, and nylon. Forty gorgeous new hanks of Anne arrived yesterday, any one of which would be great. (Unfortunately, because we receive just 1 to 3 hanks of each color, Anne is only available in our retail location.)

Each time Anne arrives, I'm inspired to knit a pair of socks. The problem is that I'm the worst when it comes to Second Sock Syndrome (abbreviated as SSS and defined by as " affliction that prevents the victim from knitting the second sock of a pair.") I tried to hold back, but inevitably failed.

Craig's Anne Sock
The shot of turquoise running through the reds and oranges just called to me.

I always start my socks with 72 stitches and a few inches of knit 2, purl 2 rib. Where we go from there this time, I haven't yet decided.