Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Finished: Baby Surprise Jacket

Pattern: Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Bellezza Collection Tesoro (100% wool), color 8001/Lime, three skeins (87 yards each) with stripes in Cascade 220, color 8401, leftover from J's sweater
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) 32" Addi Turbo circs
Started/Completed: sometime in late March?/May 1
Recipient: baby Aidan
Mods: I added a few rows on to the end to accommodate the second stripe and what I felt was a sufficient border of the main color before binding off.

There's not much to say about this sweater, is there? If you've ever knit any EZ patterns, then you surely know the genius of her work. It's true that an oddly shaped blob becomes this adorable sweater with the sewing of just two seams (which, incidentally, I just did in whipstitch because I couldn't figure out how to do mattress stitch with garter stitch going in two different directions).

The buttons don't show up very well in the picture; they're a very neutral pearlized white. If I'd had more time, I would have gone button shopping for something cuter, but baby Aidan didn't give me much notice!

This is off for a good soak and then a lay out to block. On to tee-tiny baby socks!


  1. i absolutely MUST make one of these. yours looks fabulous.

  2. It looks perfect! :) I got re-started on my second one this evening but no rush - the evil SIL isn't due til September.

  3. This is so very beautiful - what a fantastic job you did with knitting it up! I love how the colors go along together - gorgeous!

  4. You make the most gorgeous things, I'm so impressed! I came across your blog while searching for somebody who had done the seraphim shawl in fingering, rather than in lace yarn. And I have to say you are a true Godsend. I was thinking about knitting it in Knit Picks Gloss, and I just couldn't believe I'd find anybody who'd written about their experience in such detail as you did. Thank you! Just one question - the pattern calls for 900yds, and you used 750-800, you write. I'm still a beginner when it comes to knitting, and I'm learning how this whole things works, so here comes my qs.. (hope it's ok??) Did you use less yarn because it is a thicker yarn, or do you just generally end up with a lot of spare? I generally need to add a little to patterns myself, so I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong...

    Hope this looong story of mine hasn't made you fall asleep.. LOL

    Anyway - wanted to say that your seraphim is really beautiful and just makes me more committed to starting my own!

    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Anonymous8:31 PM

    Just poppin' in to say hi! I have been planning your socks, now just to get the yarn which is hard to come by! Your Sockapalooza4 pal.

  6. Really love the natural neutral colors you chose! It's lovely!

  7. Anonymous8:18 PM

    Hi! This sweater is adorable! This is a long shot, but do you happen to have any Sensations Bellezza Tesoro wool in purple lying around? I will pay any price! I need to finish a project and ran out!
    Julie in PA