Please forgive me for bringing you more today. More babies, more yarn. Oh my. I promise there will be a break from it soon, as tomorrow I hope to share with you the news of a very exciting project I've been working on for many months now. (Oh, dear reader, you're so predictable. I know just what you're thinking! No, it's not a baby. Nor is it a book. Hmn, maybe it is I that is so predictable?) Stay tuned for that introduction!
But today? Today I proudly have more babies and yarn for you. An adorable baby (if I do say so myself) and scrumptious yarn....and my good friend Elizabeth Zimmermann (well, she feels like a friend, anyway). For there is no better knitting company to have than that of Elizabeth at your side. Of that I am certain.
The pattern is, of course, Elizabeth Zimmermann's legendary Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ). I began knitting this jacket quite a while ago, immediately after finishing another BSJ (this one maybe? Or this one?). That's the thing about these sweaters - the brilliance of the pattern, the comfort of Elizabeth's words, and the sweetness of the result - to me anyway - means that just as soon as I cast off on one, I cast on for another. Whether it gets finished right away or not, I think I've always had a BSJ on the needles since discovering it. (And yes, I cast on for another this week!)
The pattern appeared first in her newsletter, now published in The Opinionated Knitter (oh, such a wonderful treasure), and also can be found individually sold as a pattern in 'modern' knitting language on the Schoolhouse Press website. (My Ravelry notes.)
The yarn is Baby Twist, 100% Alpaca. So, so soft. It's a DK weight, so I was hoping it would fit her now (the fingering weight version I made her and linked to above stopped fitting many months ago). It does, but as you can see, the sleeves are short. No bother - I'm going to add on to those soon, Elizabeth style - by just picking up some stitches and making a longer cuff. Just as soon as I can stop kissing her long enough to put her down.
And just as soon as she's done with her tea party.