Currently, I've undertook a massive project. Knit 5 sweaters in less than 2 months. The project seems a little less massive when revealed that the sweaters are all 6 month size. The pattern is called Little Coffee Bean, and is a nice pattern. It is knit from top-down, with raglan increases. It's completely seamless and made in worsted weight.
The reason why I took on this 'massive' project is because I know 5 babies that will be born in May and June, all here in Athens, OH. Two of those babies will be born to knitters, whom I've gotten to know through my stitch'n'bitch group (first babies since I joined the group almost 5 years ago!) and the remainder to grad students whom I work with.
I have already knit almost two sweaters. The yarn for both of them was acquired in Salt Lake City, Utah, when I was there for a conference. They consist of a solid colored yarn and a varigated/multicolored yarn. I'll post pictures soon, perhaps after the baby shower 4 weeks from now, so stay tuned!
The reason why I say 'already knit almost two sweaters' instead of saying 'almost knit two sweaters' is that when I balled up the yarn for the second sweater, the band broke when I had just started, so I had two balls of yarn. One small and the other much larger. I finished the larger ball and all I have left is to knit the second button band, but I can't find the smaller ball! The two of them were in my project bag, but the little one must have fallen out at some time! I hope it's still here and that I'll find it because it will not be easy to replace it.
Last Thursday I got yarn for two more sweaters. I ran to Nelsonville to the Little Yarn Shop while my daughter had a soccer practice. I got Encore yarn, which is 75% acrylic and 25% wool. I normally would stay away from acrylic, especially for babies, but the parents of the babies I have in mind are from warm countries and I think it would be good to have a very washable garment, because I'm not so sure they have a lot experience in washing wool. My husband is from California and it took him a while to learn to wash wool, so I speak from experience.