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Yarn Arrived for 1st BSJ

In Knitting, stash on February 3, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Dan’s Uncle Charlie and his wife Maria are expecting their first and second baby in August. Twins!
The whole family is so excited for them.

Of course one of my first thoughts was “What am I going to make for them?” The first few thoughts that popped into my head were grandiose (matching knit blankets, entire knitted outfits, hand stitched quilts, etc). Thankfully, I had the good sense to think my plans through before starting anything. There is no way I would be able to finish any of those grandiose ideas before June. (She’s not due until August, but I imagine the baby shower will be held a few months prior). There simply aren’t enough hours in the day. Back to the drawing board I went.

Having long admired both the designer and the design for years, I opted to queue up the BSJ (Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Baby Surprise Jacket).

Next, I had to hunt for the perfect yarn. I searched my stash first and came up empty handed. Nothing matched the specific criteria:

Criteria for BSJ’s Yarn:
1. Superwash Wool, preferably Merino
2. Sport weight, approx 5-6 sts to an inch
3. Plyed – no singles
4. 300+ yards
5. Variegated yarn
6. Gender neutral colors because they haven’t announced the sex of the twins yet. 
7. No pastels – only because I’m sick and tired of knitting in pastels for babies.

I found exactly what I wanted on WoolGirl!

The yarn is Yarn Love’s Marianne Dashwood in color Maiden.
100% Superwash Merino Wool
330 yards
Sport-weight

You’ll notice that I only bought 1 skein. Hope is high that they will announce soon one of the twins is a girl. Then, I can go back and buy yarn saturated in pink.

  1. That should make a great BSJ :o)

  2. That yarn is going to make a smashing BSJ! Next baby gift on my list is getting one of these :)

  3. Will you bring it along on the trip to London? Might be a good airplane knit!

  4. Good for you for going with the bright, bold colors.

  5. I just popped over to WoolGirl and the yarn is amazing, how did you pick just one? That color is perfect, the pastels become overwhelming after a while and new mom’s get sick of the typical baby colors. DD says she does a load of pinks when she does laundry.

  6. Congrats! Love the yarn you’ve chosen for your BSJ!

  7. Gute Arbeit hier! Gute Inhalte.

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