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A very special baby surprise {handmade}


Space for the Butterflies - Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket

It’s no secret that I think babies should be welcomed with knitwear; soft cosy little bits and pieces to keep out the chill and to welcome them to the world wrapped in the well wishes of the friends who love them before they ever met them. But sometimes I get to knit for babies that are extra special. Babies whose parents’ road to parenthood has been paved with bumps and rocks and giant chasms that threatened to steal their joy and their hope.

It is a privilege to knit for those babies, to knit and have faith in the happiness that is coming, to put into every stitch the courage their parents showed, the love which surrounds their entire family, and all the good wishes I can muster for the future.  There is nothing I’d rather make, for all the technical whiz trickery in the world.

And at the end of September with the arrival of a dear friend’s little one rapidly approaching, I knit my favourite sort of knitting.  It was finished the evening before he was welcomed to the world, but I wasn’t going to spoil the surprise until I’d handed it over.Space for the Butterflies - Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket

Because of course, it was a Baby Surprise Jacket. From experience with my three I know it’s a really practical baby knit but the baby’s mama had her needles busy with a magnum opus of her own and wasn’t going to get to knit one, so it seemed the perfect choice.

The yarn is Cascade 220 Paints in Tropical Seas so it can be bunged in the washing machine when necessary, and in my button stash I found just enough of my favourite yellow fish buttons to do it up.

Space for the Butterflies - Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket

Earlier this week I got the chance to meet the young man and congratulate his very proud mama on making such a beautiful little person.  He is so small (by which we mean perfectly newborn baby sized), with teeny tiny hands, silky soft hair, and those dark newborn eyes that looked up at me with a frowning curiosity.

I am really pleased with how his jacket came out, and in time it will fit him (right now it looks like it might drown him) But the truth is that nothing I could ever make is as wonderful as seeing him safe and snug and here, and my friend blooming in motherhood.

Space for the Butterflies - Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Surprise Jacket

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, Frontier Dreams for Keep Crafting On and Make Do & Push for Funky Kid Friday

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  • mary 30/10/2015 at 7:14 am

    Thank you so much Carie – reading this made me well up again!

    I’m so pleased that the little one is in the BSJ club. No muss, no fuss, because there doesn’t need to be. Just brightly coloured and beautifully smooshy (washable!) yarn and a whole big dollop of love adorning a little man who – lets have no false modesty here – is clearly one of the most beautiful on the whole planet. Ahem.

    Thank you again.

    (Also, thank you for the considerate language/anonymity in this post. It is noticed and appreciated! I really *must* get his introduction up on my own blog soon. It’s part written but I’m in another one of those phases of putting off hitting Post for no good reason.)

    • Carie 30/10/2015 at 8:59 pm

      You’re welcome and you’re welcome – the first was my pleasure (and yes, definitely one of the most beautiful babies ever ever made) and the second, well it’s not my story to tell, I just get to write about knitting and you can write about who and what and whenever you want to 🙂 Give the wee boy a hug and a kiss from me x

  • Kim 30/10/2015 at 10:22 am

    It is adorable, and I love the colour.

    • Carie 30/10/2015 at 9:01 pm

      Thank you, it’s gorgeous isn’t it – I couldn’t resist it, even though I didn’t know whether it was for a boy or a girl – I was just going to do daisy buttons instead of the fish!

  • Lee Cockrum 30/10/2015 at 11:20 am

    Gorgeous sweater. I have not tried this pattern yet, although I have considered it many times! Glad mama and baby are well!

    • Carie 30/10/2015 at 9:00 pm

      Oh you definitely should, it’s surprisingly easy a well as surprising that it turns into a jacket!

    • Greta 12/10/2016 at 2:53 am

      Stay inerimatovf, San Diego, yeah boy!

  • Jenni @ Chilling With Lucas 30/10/2015 at 9:16 pm

    Thats amazing, I love the colours x #FKF

    • Carie 30/10/2015 at 11:21 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Yanic 30/10/2015 at 9:19 pm

    Just lovely… I adore the color!

    • Carie 30/10/2015 at 11:21 pm

      Gorgeous isn’t it – like all the best sorts of tropical beaches 🙂

  • sally 31/10/2015 at 5:07 pm

    I love this sweater you made. Could you tell me where I can find the pattern and what company you purchased the yarn? I love it just the way you created it!

    • Carie 01/11/2015 at 9:42 pm

      Sure, the pattern is by Elizabeth Zimmerman, and is in her book The Opinionated Knitted or from Schoolhouse Press as a standalone pattern. The yarn is Cascade 220 Paints in Tropical Sea and comes from Wool Warehouse. All the details of my knitting projects are usually on Ravelry too 🙂

  • Hannah | MakeDo&Push 02/11/2015 at 11:16 am

    Oh my goodness – that jacket is beautiful! I know I say this every time but you are SO SO clever!

    #FunkyKidFriday xx