Blue for a ……

Call me sentimental……call me old fashioned…… to me there is something comforting about a newborn baby wearing a soft warm hand knitted cardigan.

More and more great grandchildren are arriving in the families of my friends.  So more more requests are arriving for me to knit newborn sized or even bigger cardigans.

Often I’ll have something suitable on hand – but just ocassionaly I ‘will’ knit to order.  Has to be a quick and easy knit, one I’m comfortable doing and know I won’t ‘muck up’.

One friend came with a special request – even though her granddaughter had told her the sex of her expected early winter baby – she (my friend) would like something that was all white.  Just a little something to bring baby home in that can then be put away as a keepsake.  Not fancy though.  And out of all the patterns I showed her this old favourite of mine is what she settled on.

A couple of days after Christmas I get a frantic phone call…..the expectant mum (her granddaughter who lives in Tasmania) is constantly talking about wanting colour in her baby’s life.  So could I knit another cardigan, coloured this time.  Just not in the red and dark navy that’s being mentioned.  Could it be blue because ….there’s no way I’m putting a babe in those colours.  We managed to find a blue that wasn’t pastel and would suit a slightly older baby and she chose a plain and simple pattern to show it off.

With a trip to Tassie planned for next week my friend popped in yesterday to pick up the finished cardis (which will then stay until needed with her daughter, the mum of the expectant mum……gosh this is getting complicated lol) She looked at the two little woolies and laughingly said – Boys just have to have BLUE!

I wonder if she has noticed all the male tennis players at the Aus Open sporting their pink Nike sponsored clothing 😊😎

Linking to Ginx Wooly Linx Party

27 thoughts on “Blue for a ……

  1. You are so clever. I’m so not confident enough to knit baby clothes.
    When i do knit or crochet something I put it into the charity pile. That way I don’t have to worry about it being the right size

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    • Most of my knitting these days Angela is for charity which is why I’m leery about ‘orders’. I’ll only do newborn if the babe hasn’t arrived – you’ve usually got a chance it’ll fit then. Unless its a whopping 10lb – in which case nothing fits lol

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  2. They both look very nice. Babies are hard to tell if they are a boy or girl so when a baby is wearing white one doesn’t know whether to say isn’t she or he cute? She is lucky to know someone who still knits. Yes men and boys are wearing pink now for special occasions to represent something.

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    • Yes the days of unknown before birth have well and truly gone Germaine. Mind you with the various colours Mums use these days sometimes there’s still that question mark over boy or girl which is it 😊

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    • Thanks Cathy. It’s funny that not many little ones are dressed in white to begin with. But I just can’t come at bright red and navy for a newborn

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  3. This post makes me want to knit some baby clothes, lol
    I haven’t got anyone to knit them for at the moment but am living in hopes that the older Grandchildren will start producing babies soon, lol

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    • That time will come all too soon Briony lol.
      Try practising with some charity knits – that’ll get you back into the swing of it.

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    • Thanks Marie. Reminiscing over their first items of clothing for some families is definitely a way to celebrate the child’s birth

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  4. You make such pretty things. I think a newborn should have the white too, just call me old fashioned.

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  5. A friend’s son brught his own baby son to see us….not a knitted garment in sight, all those hideous artifical fabrics in gaudy colours. I must be old fashioned but I far preferred hand knits for these tiny creatures. Not that I can knot…and no one here seems to either…

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    • I suppose different cultures have different ideas – also availability of materials could come into it. New mums here prefer shop bought knits rather than ones that hand knits. Thats if they put them on the baby at all. Like your friend easy wash easy dry is the way to go – chain store bought ones at that.
      If a baby is seen in a handknit it’ll be because Grandma or even Gt Grandma has given it to them not because the mother asked or even knit it themselves. A dying art among the young

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    • Lol on the ‘throw away’ comment EC.
      During the time I was involved with the little op shop you’d have been surprised at how many young mums came in during winter months with handknit things they’d been given when their baby had arrived. All of them unworn.
      The usual comments were: don’t like them, unfashionable, to much trouble to launder. It was these they would throw away not the toss in the washer all in ones they found more practical

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  6. You did very well with these, I really like this type of handmade clothing for babies, you don’t see quality work like this coming from the stores.

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    • Unless you’re prepared to pay the earth for it Jimmy.
      It’s ‘nice’ to know a man notices things like this. Usually the woman’s/ mother’s domain.

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  7. I’m part of the fibre craft community so I know how many knits are being made for babies, including hand knit circular shawls, but usually only for the new mother in the know…
    I get quite upset when I see acrylic blankets or similar on a baby in a pram…they aren’t particularly warm and they kind of have a cold feel, but many mothers of today think baby is warm.. where in fact they are just covered…
    with the advent of clothing that just goes in the washer, that is where some woollens go and they too end up being not useful for anyone…the old ways which are some times the best ways, have gone.

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    • The Pink is there for all to see Andrew. In various shades tones and styles. Good ploy where the brand is concerned as everyone is talking about it

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  8. Ooooh, babies in white hand-knits. Yes please! There really is something rather wonderful about them!

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