I realised this week that it’s about a year since I first presented my sister with a hand knit for Alice. She was about eight weeks old when I first felt the the urge to make something and I remember I chose two skeins of palest blue koigu and really, I’ve never looked back.
In my mind, I’ve made loads of stuff but when I gathered the photos, I realised I’ve not made as much as I thought. I couldn’t even come up with twelve individual items for a twelve-photo mosaic. I had to double up. Not that anyone’s going to complain, I’m sure. But I really thought I’d done more.
1. Alice in the Helena Cardigan, 2. Elijah Stampy, 3. Alice’s dress, 4. Alice – new dress1, 5. Alice’s pink dress, 6. Garter Stitch Bib, 7. Modern Bib, 8. Smiley Alice, 9. Adele and Alice, 10. Alice in her Baby Kimono, 11. Alice – Feb Baby Sweater Set, 12. February Baby Sweater set
Some of those items she outgrew quickly, as babies do. And I’ve learned a lot about what to make in future for any other babies I get to knit for – how to spot what will work and what won’t. How to decide what will have the longest shelf life (ie more than 6 weeks).
But most of all, I’ve had fun. I wish I’d been as avid a knitter when my nephew was born. Willem definitely lucked out on the cute newborn knits due to an overwhelming lack of confidence on my part at the time.
Looking back, I’m curious to see where the gaps are. I’ve not made Alice a blanket; I’ve not made her any pants. Lots of knitters are keen to make soakers but I’ve never been sure about their purpose. I think she needs more hats; I could certainly make her some little socks.
And crochet! I’ve not crocheted anything baby-wise for her and I’ve got plenty of baby crochet patterns. I know there’s a school of thought that says they grow so fast, it’s not worth making special stuff because they just outgrow it, but at this stage, baby knits are so fast, so full of instant gratification and precious cuteness that it’s just about impossible to resist, and because I see her several times a week, I get the ultimate pleasure of seeing her wearing the stuff all the time. Her mum has shown herself to be not remotely bothered (not that she’s said!) by handwashing, so it’s a win win.
There’s a new cardigan for Alice freshly off the needles. I’ll show it off in a few days.