Last week I posted about a really old UFO, that got repurposed. Gosh that felt good, but it got me thinking about what would NOW be the oldest UnFinished Object hanging around. (Don't worry....this is NOT going to be a weekly post, even though, it could very easily turn into one!!!)
L * O * O * K what I found!!!
It was the middle of the day, the end of July/beginning of August, 2002. The phone rang, caller ID said it was my son calling. My son never calls. Never. (He hates to use the phone....growing up, he used to make his sister call the pizza delivery place for him. He just doesn't make phone calls.) I saw the ID, my heart went directly to my left big toe, and I answered, nearly in tears.."what's wrong?"
"No. Mom. Nothing. Really. (chat, chat, chat---he's also NOT a chatter-er!) We just got back from the doctor's office (see I KNEW something was wrong!!!)------and you're going to be a Grandma."
When the tears finally stopped (tears of unimaginable joy now!!!), I did what any new Grandma-to-be would do, right? I tossed my Kleenexes and pulled out my knitting needles. I.AM.ON.IT. Grandma-of-the-Year (at the very least, knitting Grandma-of-the-Year)--here I come!!! I had already stockpiled assorted baby patterns, but I knew just what I wanted to make FIRST! It had a really stupid name: 60-Overalls, but it was adorably cute and the absolutely cutest baby in the world was wearing them in the picture. (Are you seeing a trend here? See previous post.)
Now, I may be a new-to-be Grannie, but I'm certainly nobody's fool. After all, I did birth two babies, and I know they never get any wear out of the 0-3 month size of anything. I'm casting on 6-9 month!! And I did. And once again....I used a superwash wool, knowing that washability was important (although all the handknits I had made for my own babies were 100% wool and after a couple felted oops, I learned the fine art of hand washing! but, I digress.....)
Rachel was born in February (they chose not to find out boy/girl ahead of time), and while I had oodles of booties, hats, and several blankets awaiting her arrival, these overalls eventually had taken a backseat. They were looking darn boy-ish. (They were shown with white, vertical stripes sewn up and down the whole thing; sort of rail-roady.)
Meanwhile....my daughter announces just a few weeks before Rachel's birth that they, too, were now expecting! They were going to find out. And yes, a little bit later we knew the CandyMan was on his way.
I whipped out my precious Bouton d'Or book....with all the too cute babies....and my first ever cast-on project for a Grandbaby (still not quite finished) to show her.
"MOM!!!! Are you crazy???? You'd have to take that thing completely off and on every time you changed a poopey diaper!!!" Gotta love that girl. If nothing else, she tells it as it is--is practical beyond belief. And yes, she would most definitely NOT have found this cute thing nearly as cute I did. (I never saw that 'pull-the-whole-thing-off' as a potential problem. I always had to pull the whole thing off of my babes; of course, I used cloth diapers, too. So what do I really know? Times are a-changing...at least for some moms.)
Sadly, I put my precious little overalls away--and moved on. Until today!!! You know, they still are darn cute. It took less than 15 minutes to tuck in all the ends, and I decided they really didn't need those stripes after all. Deciding on the buttons took much much longer!
Halloween pumpkins? too restrictive. Cupcakes? too girly. Lions? too red. Truck, planes, rollerskates? no. no. no. I finally just went with vintage mismatched buttons (oh, what a surprise! I ALWAYS go with vintage mismatched buttons unless I have some handmade ones around!!)
It turned out surprisingly, rather neutral---I think a little ruffly tee underneath would work for a girl; a plain tee, and it would most definitely work for a boy.
SO.....in honor of the CandyMan turning 10 (TEN!!!--double-digits!!!) next week, I'd like to offer up what could have been his first pair of overalls.
size: 6-9 month
yarn: Laines Bouton d'or baby superwash (huggably soft!)
Is there a baby/grandbaby in your future? Do you simply want to stockpile a little handknit baby gift for future re-gifting?? If you would like to be part of the drawing....just leave a comment. The CandyMan will draw a winner on the 19th....his birthday!
(He would have loved those overalls as a babe!!)