Monday, July 10, 2006

Sleeper Sack

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I've been working on a few more things for The Preemie Project to bring with me on my trip to Iowa later this week. This bereavement bunting was designed by Debbie, one of TPP volunteers. I've been wanting to try it for a while and finally found the time. It turned out so well! I followed this pattern as written for the smaller size except for using a fingering weight yarn (Ornaghi Filati Baby Cotton, 100% mercanized cotton) and knitting a ribbed cuff on the sleeves. This tiny bunting will fit a baby weighing less than one pound. Debbie designed the side with the buttons to be the back, but I like it for the front. I wonder which way the nurses will use it?

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In other news, Matt is spending a week at camp, so we're finding out what an empty nest feels like. In less than one month he will leave for college and this will be the norm. It's not the first year he's been to camp, but John and I usually take a vacation at the same time so we're rarely home when he's gone. This week is sort of a trial run. Big changes are ahead, but I think we are prepared.

Also, you may notice some sunshine in the pictures above. This make me happy. Sunny skies have been a rare thing here lately. It rained almost every day in June. And July has started out with more of the same. So unusal for Houston this time of year. It's true we needed the rain, but we are all craving sunshine now. Of course, with sunshine there will be heat. It'll feel like a sauna outside before the day's over. The mosquitos are really bad right now too, so pack some insect repellent if you travel this way. The stores are likely to be sold out.

10 comments:

  1. What a sweet project. May it brighten a struggling mothers day. We have heat headed our way (no humidity, thank goodness), too.

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  2. OH that turned out so well! It looks like the yarn you used has flecks of blue in it. I love that! I've been wanting to try out that pattern too. I just finished a romper and the baby kimono, the larger version of Debbie's Pattern. Once I finish the hat to go along with the Kimono I think Debbie's pattern is next on my list.
    We spent all weekend gearing up for the work group. We managed to go through all of the fabric and get everything matched up and ready to cut. Mom already got a head start with 15 blankets cut and ready to sew. We're excited to see you!

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  3. It turned out beautifully! I know that it will make a difficult time easier on the grieving parents.

    Enjoy the empty nest this week :-)

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  4. knitalittle2:51 PM

    I like the buttons in the front too. I have way too long to go till I have an empty nest. Stay cool. I know here on the other side of Texas is Hot Hot Hot and sticky too.

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  5. My gosh! It looks like you're getting the rain we need! We haven't had more than a sprinkle of rain in two months in my area. Dry as toast! We're supposed to get rain Wednesday and we're all crossing our fingers. The sunshine HAS been fantastic, though. I agree that it's essential.

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  6. As always, I am in awe of your work. I thought about putting the buttons in the front (it does look really cute that way), I just wondered if it would be more difficult to dress the teeny ones since I don't know how flexible they are. But when it gets right down to dressing them, the buttons could go either way.

    Let me know if you had any problems with my less than skillful instructions, I'd be grateful for any advice.

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  7. What's the topper on your hat? Just a little bit of satin ribbon? Frequently I wish the tops of mine had a little something, but I'm always afraid pom-poms will fall apart in the wash.

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  8. Sadly your journey north is likely to be met with rain as well. Hopefully it will not be nearly as muggy! I really like this sleeper sack. I tend to think all the "sacks" look rather feminine (even if they are made for boys). This one is like the little man clothes I tend to favor on baby boys. Good job!

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  9. So gorgeous. I wish there were not a need for tiny bereavement gowns, but the wonderful news is, that there are so many babies now, that size who do survive.

    These tiny gowns will bring a measure of comfort to a mom who is grieving. Thank you for your kind heart.

    Love and hugs,

    Bev

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  10. Anonymous2:37 PM

    The other thing about these gowns is they are also used for small babies that do go home. When I make white ones, I always like to think they could be used as baptismal gowns rather than berevement gowns. It makes the knitting much easier to think about those who go home to grow up.

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