My dear friend Pancake Goddess is expecting sweet baby boy #4 very soon. I saw it as a good excuse to knit some tiny things.
I had asked if she needed any wool soakers, since I loved making those when my M. was still in cloth diapers. She told me that she didn't have any small sizes, so I created this one, altering the patter from Fern & Fairie to make it completely knit on circulars and with no grafting!!! (Ask if you want me to type in the alterations...) I knit it in natural Fisherman's wool:
and then dyed it with Wilton's leaf green. Finally, I embroidered some (lame-looking) bugs on the front and back:
Pancake Goddess laughs at me for my love of knitting socks, so I really thought her new baby should have a pair of baby socks (NOT booties--these are socks!):
And shortly after I'd completed the soaker, Pancake Goddess mentioned a pattern she'd found for a newborn soaker sack type thing. Essentially, it's a soaker that is open at the bottom like those newborn gowns so you can just lift it up for diaper changes. We both agreed that $10 for a pattern to knit a tube didn't make sense, so I improvised and made a soaker tube out of the Fisherman's natural, then dyed it with a mix of Wilton blue shades. Pancake goddess will have to tell me how it works, cuz I totally improvised on the waist size and length...