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Tiny!

My brother and his wife are expecting their first baby in May. In all the excitement, I’ve been knitting (of course). This baby is the first of the immediate family babies, and so I feel far more confident knitting for it. Frankly, if the knitting sucks, the baby will just have to put up with it. Whereas if I knit for a friend’s baby and stuff it up, the friend can (and should) simply dump me. With this flurry of new-found confidence, I’ve been reaching high and doing some tiny stranded colourwork: and I have discovered that knitting for little babies can be a freaking blast.

Tiny waves!

Tiny waves!

This tiny little top-half of a cardigan took me all of three days (although to be fair, I’ve had a cold and haven’t been doing much else). Baby knitting goes ZOOM. You’re knitting away for, like, twenty minutes, and suddenly it’s time to divide the sleeves from the body. It’s enormously gratifying, especially if you’ve just recently finished an enormous adult-sized coat that had a million miles of trim around the fronts and hood. As some of us may or may not have.

Tiny sleeve!

Tiny sleeve!

AND THIS SLEEVE KILLS ME! It’s the tiniest sleeve I’ve ever made and it is just killing me. Once I’m done with the body, I’ll pick up those sleeves and work on down to the cuffs, which should take me, oh, ten minutes or something. This pace could spoil me for all other knitting. I have knit about two thirds of this jacket, plus a hat and booties, in the time it would take me to knit one adult sleeve. I can feel my patience, carefully built over years of knitting, unravelling like a dropped stitch in silk.

Biscuit to indicate tininess.

Biscuit to indicate tininess.

I’ve pictured the jacket here with a biscuit to reveal its true tininess. This is an Arnott’s Marie biscuit, which will help you if you’re in Australia and in the habit of buying these mildly flavoured bikkies. In my next post, which at this rate will be the FO Report and will be up in an hour, I’ll feature some more recognisable bits and pieces from around the home to provide greater insight into the size of the piece.

 

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