Seeing my rather modest couple of inches of blanket last week you might be forgiven for feeling a little concerned for the future warmth of Little Bump. But fear not, all will be well.
Not so much because Little Bump is due in August, because August it might be, but it will still be August in England, and that means that it’ll probably snow; or even because post natal wards are well known to be hotter than the face of the sun, but because I have finished some knitting.
It is not the blanket, which has increased by approximately four rows since last time, but it is warm and wooly and snuggly and made just for Little Bump.
It is also in choice of pattern possibly the most unsurprising Baby Surprise Jacket ever made. I’ve made one for just about every new baby of my acquaintance, and one for each of my children, and to be honest, I’m not so surprised by the outcome any more. Even H can just about fold one up into a jacket with a bit of thought.
But there is a reason that I keep coming back to the same pattern again and again and again and so on – it’s just a lovely, comfy, practical newborn baby knit, and while I’ve knit and will continue to knit all sorts of alternatives for the days it’s in the wash, I know what I reach for first in the cupboard.
All of the baby knitting I do is special; I try to knit thinking of the Mama-to-be and the baby that is coming, and hope that they know by each stitch how very loved they are, but knitting for your own children is special on a whole different level. There are hopes and dream knit into this cardigan, and love and cherishing and a focus on Little Bump and our life as a family of five that I think quite often gets passed over in the everyday of being a family of four.
And there are memories and remembrances too. Memories of my luxurious afternoon in London pre-Blogtacular when I went to Liberty’s by myself (!) and spent ages choosing the perfect heart shaped yellow polka dot buttons, and a remembrance in the yarn.
It’s from Three Irish Girls a truly fabulous yarn company who as well as having some stunningly lovely things to knit with, are incredibly lovely people. This yarn is called You Are My Sunshine, a one off colour way that they created a couple of years ago as a follow up to Glimpse (which is the colour of Elma’s baby jacket). Both colours were created for a limited time only and as a labour of love, because a part of the proceeds each year were used to raise money for a US charity, Share, to support families grieving pregnancy or neo-natal loss and given in memory of and by those of us in that particular club-you-never-want-to-join.
I know to some people it might seem bizarre or even a bit maudlin to be knitting for my babies in yarn that carries that sort of association but you’ll have to trust me when I say that for me it is a happy thing. It’s a quiet way to recognise the past and have hope for the future, stitch by wooly little stitch.