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Although babies rarely, if ever, express their pleasure at being dressed in wool, it is surely manifest when you dote on a small plump person soundly and contentedly asleep, swaddled in woollen sweater, woollen leggings, and a soft wool bonnet, snugly tucked under a fine warm wool blanket.

E. Zimmermann, Knitter’s Almanac.

Another month, another baby. This eagerly anticipated daughter of an ancient land gets a set of woollens that evoke the colours and textures of Welsh woodland. I haven’t managed the full wool layette imagined by EZ, limiting myself to the gull-stitch cardigan from Knitter’s Almanac, and teaming it with Saartje’s garter-stitch booties.

Gull stitch baby sweater and bootiesThis sweater has been made by thousands of knitters (and at least four times by me). Almost seamless, top-down construction and a stitch pattern that shows off hand-dyed wool beautifully – it has attracted a faithful following. I complemented this vibrant green colourway with glossy red buttons.

The cardigan and matching footwear used about 3/4 of a skein of Smooshy. I could easily have made a matching hat from the remains, except that I have an unfortunate habit of underestimating infant cranial measurements – so I try to avoid headwear.

This should be the last of the recent baby boom. I have a couple of grown-up projects in the wings already. A non-surprise birthday sweater due before Christmas, and the beginnings of a Big Project involving sheep, which will test my nascent fibre skills to the limit.

Pattern: Baby Sweater on Two Needles, February project from Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac.
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, in ‘Happy Forest’. This yarn stretches considerably when blocked, so I’m glad I used smaller needles. Bought from Socktopus – highly recommended.
Needles: 3.5mm brass circulars from Scandinavian Knitting Design. They feel identical to Addis to me, and are considerably cheaper.
Notions and Mods: Six brick red buttons

(Ravelry link)

Pattern: Saartje’s Bootees. Easiest, quickest, darlingest garter stitch booties. Size small, which produced a bootie with a 9cm sole.
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, in ‘Happy Forest’.
Needles: 2.5mm needles. I used two from a dpn set, securing one end of each with a rubber stitch marker.
Notions and Mods: Four brick red buttons.

(Ravelry link)

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