April 27, 2011

Catching up


It's been a while since I dedicated a post to just knitting and nothing else (or joined Ginny's Yarn Along, for that matter). Mostly because April has been such a busy month for us, I just didn't have enough hours in the day for either blogging or knitting. Instead of sharing current projects today, I'll dedicate this post to Baby Surprise Jacket (or BSJ, as it's often referred to in knitting world), since I finished it about a month ago, if you don't count the fact that it remained button-less for almost 4 weeks.


This project was so fun to work with for a couple of reasons. It was my first time knitting with EZ's (Elizabeth Zimmermann) ingenious patterns. The term 'pattern' is used very loosely here. No dry boring charts or row by row written directions. In fact, there's nothing boring about EZ' writing. And she's pretty entertaining to watch in "Knitting Workshop" even for someone like my husband, who has no interest in knitting unless it produces an object he can wear or admire (or when it works as a sedative on his wife).

And did I mention that EZ is somewhat of a knitting genius? Who else could come up with an idea to knit something like this:

that can transform into this:

Fun pattern aside, I also ended up underestimated how much yarn I would need, so I had to dig through my bins with yarn and look for leftovers from other Noro Kureyon colorways. There was a lot of alternating between the balls, cutting out certain color repeats in order to have colors that would go well with one another. But it was all worth it. Once the jacket was done, it became our go-to piece of clothing for Ivy whenever we took her outside, buttons missing and all.




I added a few finishing touches to this BSJ to make it a better fit for Ivy. Even the seaming, that I was so nervous about, turned out to be easy and neat looking (you can find more details and links to helpful tips, like seaming, on this project's page).

And here's the only photo I have of Ivy wearing it (so far). Notice, it has buttons!


Ivy with her great-grandma

12 comments:

J.B. said...

This is beautiful. It's going on the list of things that may convince me one day to be crafty enough to make something similar. This, now this might be worth it.

Ariana said...

That's honestly one of the prettiest, most fun knit jackets I've ever seen!

Wendy said...

Really lovely colors!

The Wizzle said...

You are an artist, through and through.

Tania said...

What a gorgeous little jacket! I love it. Just discovered your blog and you have so many beautiful images. I almost named our third little baby, Ivy (we named her Violet) but it ended up my blog name instead :) It's such a pretty name.

Swanski said...

Your baby jacket is truly beautiful! I love all the colors in it :)

Sara said...

It's breathtaking. Oh my goodness. I LOVE it!!

kate said...

Gorgeous gorgeous, especially the colors, and after reading about how you were using several dif balls and skipping certain colors, etc, I just can't believe how amazing it turned out! love it!

-- anya -- said...

hi olya...I've been your follower..
nice to read your blog..n its content is the truly inspiring...tell the amazing life of your family..love it so much..i wanna have a family likes yours now..
your children..they're so funny n cute..maya,elijah,anya (same with me :D ),ivy..n also i adore the best thing u've done to your children, that was breastfeeding..u are the great mother... :)

schmetterli said...

Wow!! Such a beautiful jacket.... <3

onegoldensun said...

I want a jacket like this one! It is so happy and beautiful!!!Olya, you are one talented woman.

rhonda jean said...

That is a lovely jacket. Just the thing for my grandson. I have some of Elizabeth's books, so I'll look for the pattern.