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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Flashback Not So Friday: April

This set of designs began as only a preemie sized vest and hat with a little burp cloth. I have since graded it up to a size 12 month infant. April 22 was the date that I ended up in the hospital with a ruptured amniotic sac, a leak in the pool, and had to stay in the hospital through May 19, first keeping Nejat in as long as we could, and then delivering her and looking after her in the NICU. When I created these pieces, I had that time in mind. The vest is open and buttonless. This was deliberate, so a baby who needed monitors, picc lines, or other wires or tubes, would be able to wear it. It is a great thing for any baby, who doesn't want to hold still for buttons to be fastened, though. Our little girl was born in mid-May, but even through our over 100˚ weather in July and August, she had a hard time keeping her temperatures up, so she needed a vest and hat a lot of the time. We often look back on that year as a year without a summer. It just never felt like it was summer that year, as we were busy with her health needs, and she was always cold. We spent the whole year keeping us or her warm.

Each piece in this set is available individually, but I also sell all three as a set for a good discount. They are little and quick to knit. However, the stitch pattern is interesting, and pretty, and I think appropriate for either boy or girl. It has enough interest that a worried mama or papa can be distracted, but not so complicated that it will be too much to handle while waiting for a wee one. Since even the largest size is pretty small, it is a good way to use up leftover yarn and will take a small enough time that you can make the whole set with time to spare. On both PayHip and Ravelry have the set of all three available for nearly 30% off the price of each individually. If you are interested in only one or two of the patterns, however, I have a coupon code you can use for 25% off each. Use the code eightyears for the hat (PayHip and Ravelry), vest (PayHip and Ravelry), and burp cloth (PayHip and Ravelry), when you check out, through 11:59 pm PDT, April 30, 2021 to receive the discount.

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