One of the curious facts about us as parents is that we may only have bought one piece of clothing for J since she was born (I'm pretty sure it was a hat. A tiny hat with strawberries). Not because we're great at sewing or knitting, but instead we were blessed with more hand-me-downs than we could possibly count. I fall for hand-me-downs - I find they carry something truly special after having passed by so many children. They're vibrant!
And then, some of them hold a particular feeling. I'm talking about handmade clothes, knitted with love or sewed with grace. Well, I don't really need to describe the magic of handmade to you.
Amongst the clothes our friends have passed us came this jumpsuit.
Our friend's mother knitted it for her grandchild and the story goes that it made many travels back and forth until it had just the perfect measurements - no pattern here. Although simple, the details are so captivating: the embroidery and the matching color on the buttons sewing bring a smile to my face.
I've been wanting to knit something like this ever since it arrived, but there's this thing with knitting, only two hands for way too many projects... And this seemed so much more complicated than anything I'd done in my short pilgrimage along knitting. So when a mother-to-be kindly asked me if I could knit a jumpsuit for her baby, my answer was "Yes!...If I can do so". It was the perfect excuse.
I didn't feel very confident I could reproduce this model only by looking at it, so chose a pattern from Ravelry and put my needles into work, in a completely new realm for me, used to vests and hats (and very few of those!).
But it kind of worked out. Against all odds, my needles proved to be reliable. It made me so happy! I improvised a bit in the end and added a hood - heep heep!
Every time I look into a finished piece I think of Florine, who visited our small hut about five months ago, and sat patiently with me teaching me the difference between knitting and purling and how to read a pattern. I may be the living proof that anybody can learn how to knit - trust me, I'm really clumsy. So clumsy I once fed a friend's cat clay litter instead of food.
Next time I venture into a jumpsuit, which is way simpler than it looks like, I'm going for thicker wool and larger needles, to make it cosy like J's.
I'm thinking my next project to be Bristol Ivy's Peace de Resistance. All funds proceeding from this pattern are being donated to charity, so if you're unsure of how to take action in these seemingly dark times... This is a good place to start from.