Sunday, April 08, 2007

Reflecting on Easter and knitting

It may seem a bit peculiar to be posting about preemie bereavement items on Easter Sunday, but that's exactly what I've been making today - perhaps because they bring yet another good chance to reflect on the day's joyful messages of comfort, hope, and life after death.

At any rate, I guess I was also inspired because yesterday I ran across this gigantic skein of yarn in my sewing room. I vaguely remembering buying it some time ago when Joann's came out with their new line of "Sensations" yarns. I had, of course, forgotten all about it.

It's a fairly ordinary sort of yarn - oh, wait, they refer to it as "classic" - and has that same sort of brushed texture as Lion's Brand Jiffy. It somehow feels a LOT nicer than Jiffy, though, which has always felt super-acrylic-y and unpleasant to me. Not so with this stuff, though - it's truly soft. And its sweet Easter colors made me think it would be beautiful for quite a few preemie buntings for my local NICU.

I started these based on a simple pattern that Tracy adapted and posted on her Woolwindings blog a few weeks back. I added some changes of my own, modeling the little hood after sock-knitting with a heel flap, a turned heel, and picked-up stitches along the edges. It made a remarkably smooth and sweet-looking hood to gently cradle and frame a precious little face.

I haven't written the exact pattern down, but if you're interested, let me know. I'll make a few notes and post it this coming week.

I have two done and a third almost complete - so I'll get back to knitting now. In the meantime, I wish you a very blessed Easter.


Wool Winder said...

How smart to fashion the hood after a sock heel. I'd love to see how you did it when you get the pattern written.

Joe said...

beautiful knitting, beautiful thoughts, Anne.

Barb said...

Oh my word, these are the sweetest things, Anne. How I love the thought behind them.

tiennie said...

Those really are sweet. Thoughtful.