During both of my pregnancies, I was convinced I was going to make all kind of stuff for my babies. I was going to knit, sew, and craft until my fingers were raw. Then the reality of life set in and I didn’t do nearly as much as I dreamed I would.
When I got pregnant with Moxie, Gene was at an age where he would happily play on the floor while I would knit things for the baby. I managed to make a pair of booties and an afghan with a week to go before my due date. There was no sign that my baby would ever vacate my womb, so I decided to start another project.
I’m not sure if it was the crazy pregnancy hormones or the sleep deprivation I was already experiencing, but I decided I wanted to knit a sweater for the baby. I hopped on Ravelry to check out my options. Considering I had never made anything more complicated than a scarf, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. I finally settled on the In Threes Baby Cardigan pattern from Kelly Without a Net.
Knitting the cardigan was like a race against the clock. Would I finish it before the arrival of my new baby girl? Would it sit in my knitting basket, forever unfinished?
The answer to both was ‘no.’
Moxie arrived on August 16th, a whopping 5 days after her due date. I almost managed to finish her sweater before her birth. As for the sweater, I was a mere 10 rows from being finished when I went to the hospital.
After I was discharged from the hospital, working on her sweater was the last thing I wanted to do. I was adjusting to life with a newborn and a toddler who wasn’t quite two years old. Add in a dash of sleep deprivation and I was saying, “What’s knitting?”
I finally finished the sweater at the end of September when Moxie was 6 weeks old. It was way too big for my new munchkin, so it would be another 6 months before I finally added the buttons.
I am so glad I chose this pattern. I added several new skills to my bag of knitting tricks and completed a project that, at times, managed to overwhelm me. I plan to make it again in a variety of colors and sizes for her. I love knowing she is wearing something that I poured love into!