About a month ago I was talking to a friend from home and she told me she was planning on using cloth diapers for her second child, a girl who was due in May. She said she was going crazy buying these things called “soakers” off the internet, and asked if could I make her some if I had time? I had no idea what a “soaker” was, so I did some research and found some free patterns. (Eventually, my boyfriend got sick of me calling them “soakers” and insisted I call them something more inocuous, like “umba jumbas.” I graciously complied.)
I originally thought I was just going to just make one, but I had just enough yarn to knit 3 (and I mean just enough – see the teeny yarn ball in the bottom photo).
The Punk Knitter’s pattern is very easy, and it’s knit mostly in the round except for the crotch, which you graft together in the front (maybe next time I’d graft it in the back?). This was was way easy, and I love the little i-corn tie at the top. Curly Purly’s soaker is actually the first one I knit, and while I love the look of it, I don’t really like the wide leg hole, or the height of it. (Nor do I like the way the pattern is written…. I was originally going to write this big long blog post on how crappily it was written, but in the end I’m a headcase who wasn’t really reading it correctly, and once I got over the fact that soakers really don’t need short rows, I was able to speed through it.) But there are definitely some mods I’d like to make…. next time I’d probably incorporate some yo’s in the ribbing and include an i-cord, and maybe do less ribbing and more “body” stitches, add possibly some of these ruffles around the leg holes, and maybe some ruffles on the butt (I so wish I had enough yarn for those…. too cute!). The Classic Wool Soakers on the right were the pattern that started it all (I saw them originally on Elliphantom’s blog) and I think they’re my favorite. Those little leglets (for lack of a better word) are too friggin’ cute. I almost am having a hard time wrapping them up and sending them out! But I think my boyfriend would kill me.
Anyway…. once I realized I was making 3
soakers umba jumbas I knew I wanted to send the baby 3 little onesies, too, so the baby would have complete “outfits” (isn’t that what every girl needs?). I was originally going to try and make some, but then I realized I’d leave that up to the experts so I did a quick search on Etsy.com and found these through Norabella‘s store.
Aren’t they the cutest?! I’m so excited with how this all turned out.
Now, I’m at a crossroads, knitting-wise. I’ve recently decided to start knitting monogamously, meaning I’ll only work on one project at a time. But I currently have 6 projects on the needles, so I don’t know if I should cease starting any new projects until ALL THOSE are finished (yikes!) or allow myself to start another one but not start any more until that one is finished.