I started thinking of this knit the moment I found out a friend, former colleague, and giver of some of the best advice I ever received, was having a baby. She was one of the first people I confided in about my dirty little secret knitting habit. This was back before Ravelry, before I knew of a single knitter under the age of 75, and before I discovered there was such thing as a cool sweater pattern. She got it. And she admired it. "Knitting's in, man" I was told. The hobby flourished.
So, when I found out she was expecting, there was no other choice. I had to knit something for this soon-to-be quirky little person. I wanted to do a Zimmerman baby knit (because, if anyone would get the importance of EZ, she would). But after having procrastinated through most of her pregnancy and with no online pattern immediately available, I figured a mailorder would just set me back too much.
The decision was made. I was to knit the placket. It is simple, classic, and cool. I'd already knit one, so I figured this would be a swift project. Yarn was fondled and decided upon, and the knitting commenced. But, somewhere around the second sleeve, I stalled. Life exploded and knitting became an instant past-time.
It took a month to finish off that sleeve, and another two to tie in the ends and block, but here it is - done and done. I am thrilled with how it turned out. The yarn, Sublime Extra Fine Merino, is soft and handled the months of being toted around beautifully. The pattern is simple and classic with just a touch of femininity on the buttons I added on the yoke. Thankfully, with little Stella being a March baby, I opted to knit something in a larger size for her to grow into for Fall and Winter, and I am so glad I did. Call it forethought, call it luck, I call it some successfull procrastination.
Now... excuse me, I better pop this in the mail while I'm ahead.