Beyond Puerperium cardigan when I cast on for the Hello Baby Cardigan by Susan B. Anderson. Jill, on the Rav boards, mentioned she had started one and I was immediately seized with the desire to knit one myself. For a boy.
Selecting a yarn was difficult because I wanted it to be obviously boy. So instead of teals and blue-greens which I have a wonderful abundance of, I wanted a navy blue or brown. I rediscovered some wool yarn - Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted in Atlantic Blues - that I received in a swap in 2010 from Melissa.
I was feeling like my world was tipped back to balanced again and within just a couple days I had this little sweater all knit up.....well...mostly.
THIS YouTube video, and my own understanding of the technique, I got it worked out, and I really like this edging.
I modified the pattern to include buttonholes all the way down the front, instead of just the 3 buttons at the top. Since I was intending this to be for a boy, I thought buttons down the entire front would be better.
So from there I found some girly buttons (actually, these buttons were discovered by Mr. Man....aren't they absolutely perfect for a baby girl?! I love them and I'm super impressed with his button-finding skills). Little sunflowers to bring some sunshine to what will be increasingly cold and gray weather. I can really appreciate the bright yellow against the dark blues and grays of the yarn. I did end up taking off the 4 bottom buttons so it's like the original pattern. But I like the effect both ways.
You know what else I'm learning? I'm learning that I thought being able to knit baby items would make me more patient and calm for the time little Lovebug would arrive. Yeah....that's not quite accurate... I'm actually finding that in some ways I'm MORE impatient for her to get here so I can see all these little things on her! :)