On second thought I have two new family members: my uncle has recently had a baby and my sister recently got married. It’s good to have more family. Strictly speaking my brother-in-law is the newer family member, but I am not breaking my no hand knitted presents rule for him (as happy as I am to have him), no it is my baby cousin who makes the grade.
I realize that babies are almost fictional beings to me — I have no idea of how big they are, what they do, or what they like. The main thing that I remember from my babysitting training is that they don’t like being stuck with diaper pins, even if it is by accident, and it is always better to put the baby down than shake it. So you see, though those points, I am sure, are quite valid, my knowledge is somewhat limited.
I requested a book from the library (The Expectant Knitter: 30 Designs for Baby and Your Growing Family by Marie Connolly) I went to the yarn store and asked about it. Apparently, you should never knit the newborn size and babies don’t like holey things because their fingers get caught in them — I can see that could be frustrating. Here is the beginning of the project I came up with:
It is the “cashmere romper” (Ravelry link), but I am knitting it in machine washable cotton. I don’t think the parents will want to hand wash cashmere and I think the baby will like cotton — I know I do.
I have to say that I am almost ready to knit myself a cotton romper and not care if it looks silly. I used to have one when I was a teenager and wore it all the time. I was remarkably odd, but I loved it. I wish I had kept it, then I could cut it apart and create a new one — but it is probably just as well I didn’t.