I’ve never shied away from pressured deadline knitting. I know a lot of knitters do – it’s all too hard, too much like sucking the joy out of knitting. I get that. For me, those last minute knits, the ones that come with a looming deadline, are the ones that galvanise me into action and get me producing.
Knowing that about myself I sat down this morning start a very last minute knit. My hairdresser had a baby girl a couple of months ago and I’m seeing her on Tuesday. I’d planned to sew for her but my attempt at that last week didn’t work out, so I figured I’d knit. She’s watched me knit in her salon for years so I figure it’s more meaningful to give her something knitted, rather than sewn.
I took this photo this morning as I marvelled at just how tiny new baby knits are. Look, it fits in my hand!
The pattern is Baby Acacia, a little cotton singlet by my current knitting crush, Georgie Hallam. It’s part of a series called Spring Wildflowers and includes both a girl and baby version of this pattern.
It’s so freaking tiny that the whole thing can be knit on double pointed needles. I don’t even need to find a circular needle. I keep stopping to look at how sweetly small it is. I haven’t met the recipient yet, Juliette – but I know that she’s dark (Italian blood) and will look great in red Bendigo cotton (a colour that was discontinued by Bendigo in a move that was almost criminal, in my view).
As I’m knitting, I keep thinking back to when Alice was her age and how small she was. The first garment I made for her seems so long ago. If you were around then, you might remember it.
Back when she was so tiny that two skeins of Koigu sock yarn produced a cardigan, a cap and a pair of booties. Wow. That set, by the way, still lives in a drawer in her dresser. Her mum pulls it out sometimes and we marvel at the size and how long ago those precious early days were. I look at the cheeky munchkin who seems to rule our lives and remember when a garment for her took so little yarn and could fit in my hand.
This little singlet makes me oh so nostalgic and so very thankful to Georgie Hallam for her unspeakably clever and beautiful designs.
But I’ve got less than 48 hours to finish it so, back to it!