At long last, I have a little girl to knit for. I'm over the moon!!! As a general proposition, I love knitting for babies. Their clothes are so tiny, so adorable. But, my gosh. The lace. The ruffles. The dresses that are available to knit for little girls. It makes me giddy. When my friends Lydsay and Adam reported that they were producing female offspring, I rejoiced! I had the perfect pattern in mind for Baby Chicken.
Since reading and listening to the Yarn Harlot's description of bobbles and their likeness to oddly positioned nipples poking out from under a sweater, I have a hard time looking at a bobble without smirking. I'm immature. I know... But fear of having this babe seem as though she were covered in nipples couldn't derail my plans to turn Lyndsay's and Adam's baby into a Dalek. These bobbles are obviously armor (regardless, babies love nipples). I wanted her to be able to wear it immediately, so I tinkered with the math to shrink this down to newborn size ("17 chest).
I had enough yarn left to knit a coordinating bib for her ensemble. This is a combination of EXFOLIATE! and the I love Stockinette Baby Bib patterns; I highly recommend both.
I don't know why bib-knitting has never occurred to me before. I mean, babies grow out out sweaters in a matter of months, but they sick and drool on themselves for years! Bib knitting is genius and ever so practical!
In my mind, I saw these pieces being used as a set. But, the bib ended up a lot bigger than I anticipated next to my modified, newborn-sized jumper. No biggie. She'll get to use one when she comes and the other well into her future (see above).
Now, it should be mentioned, there was a level of concern over this pattern at knit night. "But, Michelle, Daleks are evil... blah blah..." Duly noted. Not to worry. I'm not aiming to corrupt the child.
Her mother is a Weeping Angel. She doesn't stand a chance.