BSJ

teejtc's picture

Well, I gave Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket a try (the first time I've done a Zimmerman pattern - will definitely check more of her patterns out!) Made it up with Knitpicks Swish superwash (100% wool) in Ballerina and Bubblegum (will definitely use knitpicks again!) It's a gift for an "expecting" young couple in our church. Fun project - I'd definitely recommend it... and the advice everyone gives is right: don't think too much. Follow the pattern, exactly -- don't trying to be intuitive.

And it's only a $3 pattern!

Grace and Peace,
`tim

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grandcarriage's picture

This pattern is very hot in

This pattern is very hot in Portland knitting circles right now. (We're having a baby boom, it seems...I have 4 blankies to do, myself.)What was your opinion of working with "swish"? Do you think the yarn will wear well? Were you well pleased with it?

teejtc's picture

I liked the yarn a lot.

I liked the yarn a lot. It's very soft and didn't have a lot of loose "baubles" (I don't know what to call those chunks of unspun wool that seem to show up in wool yarns). It was very even and didn't smell "woolly."

That said... it's very soft. I'm kind of afraid too much machine washing would wreck havoc on it, and have a feeling that a garment like the BSJ, which is all garter stitch, might stretch an awful lot with this yarn (compared to some of the more hefty ones).

I bought it because I hate giving something, as a gift, that can't be thrown in the wash with other clothes, and I loathe the idea that if it accidentally ends up in the dryer it'll end up destroyed. I also wanted something that didn't "feel like" wool -- or I didn't think the parents would use it.

I'll use it again (not just because I have several more balls of it, but also because I like it). But if they put the baby in it for church in the coming months/etc., I'll let you know how it holds up.

NOTE: I'm not particularly experienced with animal fibers, so don't take this as an "expert" opinion, my greater experience is with threads for tatting (almost exclusively cotton) rather than yarns for knitting. I'm still learning the wool thing.

Grace and Peace,
`tim

purlyman's picture

That is extremely cute!! Is

That is extremely cute!! Is there any sewing involved? Doesn't Zimmermann avoid sewing?

teejtc's picture

I don't know if Zimmermann

I don't know if Zimmermann typically avoids sewing, but there isn't much in this project -just two little seams across the top (one on each arm).

Grace and Peace,
`tim

QueerJoe's picture

Ballerina and

Ballerina and Bubblegum...what a great combination. The result is wonderful.

TomH's picture

Very cute!

Very cute!

albert's picture

Beautifully done! I hope

Beautifully done! I hope your friends are expecting a girl.

teejtc's picture

They've been told they're

They've been told they're having a girl... although, I can think of several situations where a different one came out! I don't think they'd put pink on a boy, so if they end up with one, I think I'll make a new one for them!

Grace and Peace,
`tim