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.