Dixie's newborn gown is complete!
Yarn: Chinese fingering-weight merino (I forget the brand) and Koigu Multi.
Needles: Size 1 US, 2.5 mm
Pattern: Elizabeth Zimmermann's February Baby Sweater from Knitter's Almanac, for the yoke and sleeves. My only adaptation was to join after the first few inches to complete the yoke in the round, and to use stockinette for the body instead of the lace pattern EZ recommends. I also added a few garter stitch stripes of the Koigu multi to the yoke as a coming attraction for the color change about to occur.
Then I switched to the Koigu and knit around and around...
...until I couldn't stand it anymore. I decreased about 12 stitches, then knit some more, and decreased again shortly after jabbing my right index finger with the point of that size #1 needle for the umpteenth time.
A few inches from the bottom I split the skirt by knitting back and forth instead of in the round, and began and ended each row with two stitches of garter stitch to prevent curling. As you can see, the split defies me and curls anyways.
Finally, I decreased 16 stitches, give or take, and ended with a band of red garter stitch.
Then the little dress was aggressively washed in a shampoo for color-treated hair to remove all cooties, blocked, and finished off with a white velvet ribbon.
Here it is all ready to travel.
Speaking of traveling, a month or so ago I loaned Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea to my pal Leslie. I threw in some of my stash yarn as packing material. The yarn no doubt included a bit of spaniel fur, as does all my yarn.
Is there anything better than surprise yarn in the mail, especially when it's a yarn you've never knit with but have wanted to?
I'm carrying the Rowan around with me from room to room. Here it is keeping me company while I blog: