December 4, 2005
I’ve been knitting in secret again. I don’t mean knitting presents– which I’m NOT DOING THIS YEAR, ok?–I mean knitting stuff and then forgetting to blog about it. In the spirit of No Knit Left Behind, here goes.
Genius and a Great Baby Jacket
Over the Thanksgiving weekend I made a Baby Suprise Jacket. I made it because in her description of it in Newsletter and Leaflet #21, Fall ’68 (“Free until spring ’69; then 25 cents”)*, Elizabeth Zimmermann says “it looks like nothing on earth when you have finished knitting it, ” and that “your friends will be AMAZED.” I am all about knitting things that look like nothing on earth (accidentally or on purpose), and amazing my friends. It’s garter stitch! It has miters! What took me so long?
Of course, since I seem to lack imagination, I made it in denim. These photographs are pre-washing; after a trip through the washer & dryer, the edges were nice and even. I think it looks a little like a manta ray.
It’s a puzzle to put it together the first time, even if you’re not spacially challenged like me.
Next time I’ll do a provisional cast-on so that I can lengthen the arms a little, and I’ll highlight the mitering by using more color changes. Why waste a good miter on a solid color?
Genius, in general, is pretty rare. But genius plus a cute baby jacket?– this is the only thing going. No wonder there are people who’ve made 50 of them.
Now all I have to do is find 3 “very pretty little buttons” and a baby the right size. Can I get a measurement on wee Molly’s arms?
*My copy of this newsletter is in The Opinionated Knitter, Elizabeth Zimmermann Newsletters 1958-1968. It is so cool to see facsimiles of the actual newsletters, with EZ’s own typing, handwriting, and drawings. When Belinda was visiting, she and I snatched the last 2 copies off the shelf at Seaport Yarns, and I’m guessing that by now there are one or two new Baby Surprises in England. The pattern also appears in EZ’s book Knitting Workshop. Can you tell that I am poised to order the videotapes?