I have wanted to make the Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) for years. I can't explain why exactly, I just always knew I would knit it. A few years back now, I knew that a niece would be joining us and decided then and there that I would knit it for her and that the yarn I would use would "find me". Knowing I had a little time, I stowed that in the back of my mind and went about my knitting. Then my friend, Krysten, dyed up 2 colorways on a Mixed BFL/Silk fiber - Spring Thaw and Winter Cower. I knew instantly that I needed to ply those together for my BSJ. This was back in March 2011. Got the yarn spun and carefully stored and finally CO for my BSJ. I thought I had enough yarn, hell, I had 8oz worth of it, but no. I had a little under 8 rows left when I ran out of yarn. Pissed. Krysten was gracious enough to dye me up 2 more braids and I got those spun up but it had been a while since I had spun the first skeins and every Spinner knows that you don't always spin at the same thickness - just like your gauge isn't always the same - so the new handspun, though very similar in color, was half the weight of the original but I didn't let that stop me; I just held it double :) Can you tell?
I can't really either. Wool and Summer doesn't always mix well so I made a large version of the BSJ which is probably why I ran out of yarn there at the end but with any luck, she can get a few years out of it when worn as a jacket.
I also made her a little Oriental Lily, but modified that for length and ruffles and short sleeves.
My SIL has had enough of being pregnant so hopefully the new niece will have a nice easy entry into the world sooner than later!
I am still working on my slew of single socks and will be able to show pictures of a different completed pair in about a week - Jen has to send out the patten first. I also finished up 2 other projects this past weekend. Well, finished one and started/finished the second. I'll have pics of the first project when I get it sent out but the other is a Holiday project so it will have to wait for a while. That's right, I have a few embellishments and a project for the Holidays completed already. I have a couple larger projects to finish this year so I need to bang out some smaller ones when I can!