Sunday, January 20, 2008

Loosely Laced...

Since there seemed to be some interest/appreciation for the use of shoelaces as ties for the One Piece Baby Kimono, I figured I'd share more of the deets.  As I mentioned yesterday, I thought that the ribbons suggested in the pattern might not hold up with repeated washings.  I also wondered if the average Mom might have strong feelings about garments which require regularly scheduled repair to avoid the appearance of a bedraggled baby.

This is all guess-work on my part.  I dunno nuthin' 'bout birthin' no babies...

Any-hoo...here's what I ended up doing.   I found some disturbingly cute and pleasingly inexpensive shoelaces which featured appropriately babyish cartoons.  I ran each end of one lace from wrong side to right side on the front panel and drew them up to an even length 'cuz there's nothing that makes me more nutso than uneven laces.  I then determined the appropriate placement for the second set of ties on the inner panel and repeated the process.  Nothing is stitched into place and can be easily removed for changing the look or if you happen to be like me and have difficulty determining lace-placement.  Now you've got laces in all the right places and can move on with your life.  




See?  It's all so very simple.  I like simple...


And it is a quick solution to the finishing of this project.  Which is good.  Because people are starting to use words like "third trimester" and describing my niece's current gestational feats of dilation.  I have made it my life's mission to not delve too deeply into the mysteries of childbirth.  I find the whole thing rather disturbing and it is my understanding that it is somewhat uncomfortable.  I do not care for things that interfere with my comfort.  Hence, I am sometimes a bit befuddled when people start babbling about babies and their imminent or perhaps earlier-than-planned arrival.  But, I do believe that the current discussions are significant.

I base this on the following:

1.  The general tone of the conversations and the promises to keep me updated.  Updates usually mean that information of relevance is forthcoming.

2.  The fact that I cannot seem to stop knitting. 

 It appears that even a crusty, old, good-for-nuttin'-but-mutton Sheepie can muster up a drop or two of estrogen without even trying in the face of baby discussions.  There have been any number of knitted thingies completed over the past week, all of which must meet the criteria of being, "widdle."  There is another sweater on the needles, but it is sized for a 6 month old baby.  (we're being optimistic...it's kind of gi-normous at the moment)  And this isn't going fast enough to suit my need for many, many widdle thingies.  

So I knit the Baby Bib 'O Love from Mason-Dixon Knits.


And I downsized it because it wasn't widdle enough to suit me.

I am out of my mind with all the widdle.  Send help.

SA

12 comments:

trek said...

I have this incredible urge to pat you on the back, while saying, "there, there".

Yarnhog said...

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Sheila said...

You must be the luckiest, most talented Sheep alive....you're always winning stuff. Congrats!!

I love the shoelaces/shoelace idea! Maybe you could include an alternate pair of shoelaces for the mom to use with different outfits. That's what some of the children's shoe manufacturer's do...put 2 different pairs in the shoebox. Just for fun.

Julie said...

Nice bib! I made one for Clover and I have to tell you - they are wonderful bibs; they work as a bib/burp cloth all in one. Your niece will love it.

Beth said...

So you think you need a widdle help? I'm sure your niece will appreciate it if you keep cranking out knitted goodies. :)

Rabbitch said...

Yay! That is a cute kimono. Many people I know are knitting this kimono. I don't think I have the book with the pattern in it (I could be wrong and will find out, hopefully later today) but if I do I think I shall join the ranks.

I am a follower.

Deb said...

It passes. Now I just text my niece with all that annoying "R U OK?" lingo. It's much better than baby talk though.

Alwen said...

Back when I was a new mom, the only problem I had with getting lots of cute baby things was hustling the kid into them quick before he outgrew them! I know, I know, everyone says it, but it's astonishing how they outgrow stuff in a week.

Geraldine said...

How can you stop knitting when the results are TRES CUTE!!! Nice work Sheep....and you ain't no MUTTON!!!

Knitting Linguist said...

Widdle, eh? Well, I think that bib most definitely qualifies. Enjoy it while you can, because as Alwen says, when it comes to babies, widdle doesn't last long (of course, trying telling *that* to a new mom!).

Debbie said...

Now that you've described how you attached the laces, I'm even more impressed. And seriously, ribbon ties? A HUGE pain in the neck. Either they're too thick and won't stay tied, or they get wet and knotted and have to be cut apart. Shoelaces should be mandatory.

kim said...

Sorry to inform you but the only cure for an over attachment to "widdle" involves changing diapers, sore breasts and extreme sleep deprivation. And even then, relapses have been known to happen. Just go with it - they grow up FAST!