It is a long tradition in Norway to have a home knit layette set for the new baby.It is usually worn home from the hospital and is often the first clothes the baby will wear that are not hospital clothing.
It is usually knit by the mother or a close family member. It was down to the wire for me this time and I finished the last sock while in active labor, just 3 hours before she was born. So I guess I could say I knit my way threw labour. (It was a fast one this time around)
Even women who usually have little or no interest or experience, will usually try there hand at a layette. There is something special about dressing your new baby in clothing made with so much love for that first trip home. And something so precius about the time spent making it, while thinking and dreaming of whats to come.The set will usually follow the child and become a cherished keepsake for that child.
For Anna, being a summer baby I didn't want to knit in wool though this is the most common. I was scared it would end up being to warm for the style I wanted so I chose a cotton/merino blend from Dale. The color is such a soft delicate pink and the yarn is easy to knit and oh so soft.
The pattern is based on a vintage pattern my mother had from when we were children, I added the decorative border and made the pants without the suspenders.
As most of these layette's it turned out a little large for that tiny newborn body, but has been frequently used the last 8 weeks and is now just right. I am already dreading the day it will be to small, they grow to fast these little ones. I also made a dress to go with the knit set as you can see in the picture. I will show you the details on that later.
Today the sun is shining on this beautiful crisp late summer day. So I think I will go for a walk before it is time to pick up Olivia from school again. It is suppose to stay like this all week, so we will do our best to enjoy these last summer days before the cold and usually wet fall hits us full force.