But first, the finished February Baby Sweater from Knitter's Almanac:
Yarn: Misti Baby Alpaca Worsted in "Tangerine", less than 3 skeins
Needles: size 7
Aim to fit baby 5 months old. (looked at sizings on my Debbie Bliss Baby Books for reference, and also crossed my fingers real hard)
What I wish I knew first...E.Z. mentions button holes after the yoke section is finished (sweater is knit top down). I looked at that wee itty bitty picture on the cover, and that black and white pic on pg. 16, and what do I see: there are buttons on the yoke. I had to frog. I was unhappy. I know, I should've studied more carefully. But, I figure, I learned my lesson.
I'm happy with how the seam and armpit section turned out (no bulk).
The button holes were a bit loose, so I reinforced them by slip stitch crochetting around the holes. (yes, it's a button hole, not a belly button....) I also single crochetted around the entire sweater, including the sleeve openings.
I also finished 2 pairs of bootees from 50 Baby Booties to Knit. These are my (and the mom's) fave. Yarn used is Dale Baby Ull (machine washable):
I seamed these guys up too. They're a bit bigger. Yarn is Pear Tree Alpaca.
A HUGE THANK YOU for all of you who gave nice comments about my bf's yarn shopping. He was very excited and happy, and is looking forward to the next time he gets to buy yarn for me. Thanks again all!!!!!