I finally got the buttons sewn on the baby sweater and got some pix of the finished ensemble outside in the sunshine.
Our nephew Nick and his wife Sarah are expecting their first baby in May. The shower is the end of this month. I'm so glad that (for once!) I didn't procrastinate and actually have the gift done EARLY! Gasp! A real miracle, if you know me well. I may still knit a little hat to go with this sweater, socks and booties set. If I get it done, fine. If not, I'm happy with what I've got right here!
Nick and Sarah opted to not find out the gender of their baby, so I had to put unisex buttons on the sweater (and knit it in a unisex color). There were SOOOO many really really cute girly buttons I could have chosen, and also some cute boy-ish ones (trucks/cars, or fishing/hunting/outdoors themed ones, etc.) These teddy bears are ok, but I'm a little disappointed that I wasn't able to use some of the others that were just adorable. I think buttons can really "make" a garment, and I'm not sure these really do. Oh well, I did the best I could.
This new baby is the first one that will be born to a cluster of 6 cousins that have gotten married in the past few years, including our daughter Kim.(Those would be our kids' cousins....meaning our nieces and nephews, and Kim). I'm sure there are going to be a bunch of pregnancy announcements coming fast and furious in the next couple of years as these newlyweds all start growing their families.
I am SO excited at the prospect of our first grandchild being right around the corner. That is going to be one decked-out-in-handknits baby!