Bit of a baby gift mix-up

Tree Fort Jacket - Pattern Photo for Web
Remember my plans for knitting the Treefort Jacket for a friend? Well, it turns out that the baby she thought was a girl is actually going to be a boy. Rachael and I have decided to blame her husband since it is his co-worker who is having the baby and he has not been good about communicating vital information. Including the baby shower invitation that Rachel saw sitting in his car when they headed for the beach the MORNING OF THE SHOWER! It had been in the car for quite awhile.

Woobie Puppy Yarns

Rachael called me immediately to let me know about the gender change. It’s a good thing we weren’t planning on having the gift ready until after the baby is born. The hitch is that I don’t have much in the way of “boy” colored yarn. Or, neutrals, for that matter. What I do have in boy colors comes in fingering weight yarn.

Woobie Puppy

Photo from Ravelry pattern page – Woobie Puppy

I have had the Woobies by Kris Carlson in my Ravelry Queue for ages. Yes, her patterns call for sport weight yarn but I’m going to wing-it a bit with the fingering weight yarns in my stash. I will follow the pattern but use small needles like 1’s or 2’s. It is for a newborn so it should be fine if it comes out a bit small.
So, I will be casting on with Gloss in Winter Night, knit the “body” with Doe and make the spots with a light brown that I don’t think we carry anymore. And, I certainly haven’t kept the label. Did I mention that I’m digging deep into my stash to pull off this little knitting trick?


  1. Kelley Petkun / June 1, 2013

    Hi ladies,

    I guess I think the Mineral Heather is a bit too purple for a boy. Besides, the Woobie was more appealing once I remembered that I had it in my Ravelry Queue.

    BTW, the woobie is nearly finished and it is unbelievably cute!

    I was thinking that it would be handy to have a “go to” baby project that was always on hand. Thank you, Danielle, for the Baby Surprise Jacket idea.

  2. Darth Grrrl / May 30, 2013

    I am definitely missing something. Your original blog said you were going to knit the sweater in mineral heather. How is the color not gender neutral?

  3. AA / May 30, 2013

    Am I missing something? Couldn’t that adorable jacket up there be for a boy too? seems like it’s gender neutral colors….anyways, I love it!

  4. Ann Shetzer / May 30, 2013

    I love to knit in bright red for babies. It suits both boys and girls, and best of all–babies love red!

  5. Danielle / May 29, 2013

    It’s somewhat comforting that someone else’s husband assumes hand knit items magically appear in the proper column for the wee humans.
    I now try to have a Baby Surprise Jacket knit up for each (plus a neutral) because he’s sprung co-worker wee ones on me far too often 🙂
    Here’s hoping for healthy momma’s and babies!!

  6. Sherece / May 29, 2013

    Don’t you love being able to knit from stash? He’s so cute. Can’t wait to see your version!