The Family Pink went to a BBQ/birthday party a few weeks ago and was taken back to a time not so far away....
X: 'The labor went so quickly, we had to stop pushing so that the doctor would be there when BabyA arrived!'
Y: 'Oh yeah? Pushing had to stop during BabyB's labor so that everyone was there! We never knew that it was going so fast!'
X: 'People keep telling us how hard it is with your first, but we really haven't seen it. We're still waiting to have a difficult moment with BabyA.'
Y: 'Same here. He's the best baby ever.'
The best part of the entire conversation? X and Y were both male. [A more delicate person than myself would omit the fact that the pushing they did probably only lasted about 42 seconds, more than 10 months prior to the conversation taking place. But I'm not really so delicate.] It fascinates me how even natural processes can become fodder for one-upsmanship, especially ones with which they have minimal direct involvement.
As someone much wiser than myself told me, babies are blameless, and are deserving of being showered with handknit gifts. I know better than to question this.
My original plan was to make three- each size of the sweater, from Knitting for Two by Erika Knight. It's the UnEmbroidered Raglan, made with Cotton Ease from the stash (have to make way for new, no?). I really enjoyed this pattern, although I think I might not follow the tip to make the decreases three stitches in- the decrease line just feels too wide for such a small garment. And I suppose they passed the non-knitter test, as I saw the mother-to-be searching the inside of the garment for the tag (and I'll just pretend that it wasn't so they could be returned).
As for the Shrinky knitting, full steam ahead.
Just call me the Raglanator. There is obviously still a bit of work to be done here- aside from the sleeves and collar, there will be much duplicate stitching. After doing this in a little more than two nights of knitting, I started to feel a little guilty about not knitting more for the wee ones. Or maybe not so wee.
I know that negative ease and all that shimmy doesn't come into play with children's garments (and trust me, there was a bit of easin' going on, nor would I be able to fit this once the sleeves are made), but damn- I based this sweater off of a child's size 6, for crap's sake. Baby Pink's sweater has yet to be started, but as the yarn is a tad more indicative of the recipient, it will have to be done under dark cover of night.