Saturday, April 28, 2007

New to the Blog

Thanks Sarah for the invitation. I recently found EZ's books and patterns and can't wait to start on my very first Surprise Baby Jacket.
I do have a quick question for you that know the KNITPICK brands. They have Ambrosia
Content: 80% Baby Alpaca, 20% Cashmere , Sport Weight On sale. Would this be a good yarn to use for this project? If not, what do you suggest?



  • I think that ANY yarn is good for the BSJ!! It will be super soft and nice for the baby who gets to wear it!

    By Blogger sweetarts3, at 4:25 PM  

  • In knitting terms, you can knit a BSJ out of anything.

    In practical terms, if you intend to put it on an actual kid, use something fairly durable and washable. My kid wears one made of superwash wool and it's got sand permanently ground into it and it's snagged all to heck -- I'm sure if it weren't superwash it would have felted by now.

    By Blogger Julie, at 5:48 PM  

  • Lacking wool, the blend won't have the "springiness" of wool, and will tend to sag; the solution to this, however is in the BSJ -- garter stitch; just knit it at a tight gauge. The results will be thick, warm, soft, cozy, and wonderful.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:02 PM  

  • I have to tell you, if you want to buy knitpicks, I do like their swish superwash.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:04 PM  

  • yes it can be made in any wool. i have made it in cashmerino, pure alpace, noro silk garden, a superwash pure wool and an aran weight cotton. with very different results. so it is all about experimenting with any kind of yarn i think....... that is the genius of elizabeth's patterns.

    By Blogger knititch, at 1:32 AM  

  • Kathy~
    I am making a BSJ now. Mine is being made up for a newborn , so I am knitting mine out of Lorna's Laces sock yarn ( denim) on size 4 addi needles ~ which gives me a gauge of about 6 st per inch.
    I am finding this to be very soft and cushy feeling for the baby~ but the yarn IS machine washable, thats why I chose the yarn ( and the fact that I did see a jacket knit with sock weight yarn on this blog helped too!)
    I had forgotten just how much babies spit up and need to be changed until I helped someone by caring for their 3 children ( under 5 ,and on 6 months old) while they were out of the country for a week.
    I was changing the baby constantly.
    My feeling are this, while you can make the BSJ out of any yarn you have, its great to have it machine washable ,unless mom ( or dad) doesn't mind handwashing.
    If that is the case, then I would not hesitate to use whatever you wish, but I would base my decision on that.
    Hope this helps!
    Happy Knitting!

    By Blogger luv2knit, at 6:33 AM  

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