I feel like I am fairly decent knitter. My mere 3 1/2 years of knitting has taken me far beyond the dilapidated scarf that was my first attempt. The poor thing was twice it's size in only 20 rows! I am good at taking a pattern and changing the stitches or the gauge to get what I need. Which is why I love knitting baby wear. I love making something for a new baby that can be played in and yet passed down to the next generation. I love the gratification of finishing a product quickly. But I especially love how easy it is to change things is a pattern to make it mine. With a baby pattern, I am only working with small numbers of stitches and the math is fairly easy.
But I want to do more.
I have decided that just messing with someone's pattern isn't enough for me. I want to design my own stuff. So, almost a year ago, I ordered this book for 5 little pages. But I have a feeling they are going to be well worth the $20 or so I spent on it. Those pages teach you how to build a sweater. The math that is involved.
Then I freaked out because of my fear of failure and my obsession with perfection (thank you first born syndrome). So, the book has sat, unused. It's wealth of knowledge only pondered over, never explored.
My dear friend Bethany is preggo. She is a fantastic photographer and takes our family pictures every year. This year we had her drive AAAALLLLL the way out to our new town to take pictures of our family at the county fair. You can see them here. It was a long drive and a long evening for the poor mommy-to-be. So, I told her I would knit her something or a few things as props or for the baby. She asked me to knit her this. Super cute and I totally thought that I would be able to find a similar pattern, fudge the gauge to make it 0-3 months, and possible have to change the edging.
Boy was I wrong.
I have searched, and searched, and searched ravelry.com to try and find something similar, to no avail.
So, I have finally pulled out the forgotten book and I am now going to start the process of designing a pattern for Bethany's baby. It will be my first totally original pattern and I have promised to name it after the baby, which means it won't have a name until the end of February when she has the baby.
I plan on posting my progress and my finished product. Hopefully I can put pics up here of little baby in it as well.