Not my own babies, thank goodness. (Don’t get me wrong: I love children and all that good stuff. I’m just not cut out to be a mom.) But as I mentioned in my last post, I did some major stash busting and succeeded in using up a couple big chunks of yarn on two items from Debbie Bliss’ Special Knits book.

This is the Ribbed Jacket, sans decorative closure. I did this in some leftover Bernat CottonTots (remember the Koko Kimono?), and while I didn’t use it all up, I have little enough that I don’t hate it every time I open up my leftovers box.

And this is the Argyle Vest. The main yarn is KnitPicks Shine Sport, which matched gauge perfectly, as is the blue argyle motif. The yellow motif is actually yarn scavenged from my Yarn of the Month Club stash — a little RYC Cashcotton 4-Ply. The gauge is a little smaller, but the yarn also has a little haze to it, and the looser tension shows off the texture nicely.

Why am I making baby things, you may ask? Well, I don’t know. Or I do know-ish. Each of my sisters asked if I could make something for them to give friends who are having babies. If either one of them likes one of these little peanuts, she can have it. (If not, we’ll be making a trip to Cass St. Yarn Depot this weekend while they’re visiting, and they’ll pick something out.) And one of my sisters, Sarah, will hopefully soon be expecting herself. I’m planning to inundate her with handknit baby things in every non-gender specific color I can think of. And I figure there will be other babies born in my friends’ lives, babies who will need gifts. It’ll be nice to pull something out of the closet instead of knitting like a maniac to finish up a present.

And there was something else I was going to mention, but now I can’t think of it at all.