A couple of FOs

It seems like forever since I began the Baby Surprise Jacket. I had just heard that a friend and former colleague and his wife were to have a baby. Baby was due December 16th, but I couldn’t resist casting on immediately. I got most of the jacket done in a day, knitted a bit more the day after… then it languished – for reasons I am now uncertain about.

The project took a kick in the pants when N e-mailed me this week to say that the baby was now fully cooked and had arrived in time for Christmas lunch.

It's a Boy! ... It's a BSJ!
It's a Boy! ............................ It's a BSJ!

The BSJ was rapidly completed! I eyeballed the yarn left over – and made a baby beanie to go with the jacket. Then I began on a pair of socks…

There was just sufficient in the ball to make all three, with only a few yards left over at the end – nothing to quibble about. Excellent use of one ball of sock yarn, I’d say.

Finished objects:

Zachary Joseph S. (no Ravelry project)

Zachary Jacketry – a BSJ in Trekking XXL

Baby Surprise Jacket
Baby Surprise Jacket

Zak’s Hat – a Baby Beanie in Trekking XXL

Baby Surprise Jacket and Baby Beanie
Baby Surprise Jacket and Baby Beanie

Zak’s Little Feet – Baby Socks in Trekking XXL

Baby socks for baby feet!
Baby socks for baby feet!

The jacket is finished with some darling triangular mother-of-pearl buttons, carefully attached with turquoise thread.

with added sock
with added sock

I shall be packing this lot up later today and sending it on its way tomorrow.

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A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

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Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020


  1. Chris
    January 24, 2009

    It’s beautiful! As much as I adore Elizabeth Zimmerman, I’ve never made a BSJ.

    Your mitered front corners look different than the other jackets I remember, did you make yours longer?

    • January 24, 2009

      I think I sewed mine together inside out… possibly. That may account for the difference – that, or a lack of skill…

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