After I knit the skier sweater the next baby to come along was born to non-skiing parents. I had to come up with a different idea for a unique sweater – and after the skier, I’d set the bar pretty high for myself. I came up with the perfect idea – a bike sweater! I designed it in the same way, using a photo of a road sign, and excel. This one was knit using the same bulky cotton hand spun that I’d used for the skiier (I had a lot of this left over -and it was really lovely yarn, bulky enough to be worn as a jacket in Vancouver, but soft enough to be nice on a kid’s skin.)
The next baby to come along (everyone I knew had babies in 2008) was born into another biking family so I made another version of the big bike sweater with a slight personalization for the family (there is a long, complicated story about why the back of this sweater HAD to say “I’m a Cretney” – but we’ll leave that one for now).
The second sweater was knit with some gorgeous soft soft wool (I don’t record these things – so I have no idea what brand or weight or anything – with baby sweaters I don’t worry about size or gauge, I just pick wool that I like and figure it will likely fit the kid within the first two years of his/her life!) It was the first wool that I’d purpose bought for one of my sweaters. The green was a colour that the parents liked and the orange just seemed to make a nice contrast. I probably spent the most on this sweater of any of them… so it’s gratifying that it has had so much use.
After knitting the bike twice I didn’t want to do it again. I love the finished product and these are two of my favourite sweaters – but they were a lot of work. A bike doesn’t really lend itself to being knit and it had to be done intarsia style. I had so many balls of wool on the go (as many as eight at a time) and it was so tangly that it was a big headache to keep track of it all. I had to come up with something a bit easier for the next baby to come along…
*(wow these photos show off the terrible state of the carpet in our old apartment! I am glad to have hardwood now 😉 )