Ms. M. Monkette's Tiny Tushie Cozy


Pattern: Curlypurly Soaker (free download) [Ravelry]
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool Aran
Needles: Assorted
Recipient: Ms. M. Monkette
Started: April 13, 2008
Completed: April 13, 2008

Notes: Sunday morning was a good morning. After a restful night's sleep and waking late, but not too late, I set about baking some ginger scones. These were heavily anticipated (by me), since I have cut out refined sugars six days a week (and am normally committed to not overdoing it on the seventh day). Scones are really more about the butter and cream than the sugar, of course, but the whole package was cause for some serious Sunday morning satisfaction. And making them was pretty fun, as it required breaking out the pastry blender. I popped them in the oven, sat around for a few minutes, and the phone rang. (I guess it beeped. Don't you kind of wish more phones still rang?)

It was my very dear friend from back home, calling to say she had delivered a baby girl a few days before her due date! Everyone was healthy and happy, and though Ms. M. was teensy (not unlike her Ma and Pa), she was doing great and was by all accounts "cute." I was regaled with the tale of the World's Shortest and Most Rosacea-Inducing Labor, and given an assignment: diaper covers. Well, really I asked for the assignment. But anyway.

Enter The Curlypurly. For those of you unfamiliar with the soaker concept, they're meant to cover cloth or non-disposable diapers, though I suspect they could cover any kind. They are usually made of wool since it is temperature-regulating, cool in the summer and warm in the cold months, and wicks moisture.

And here's mine:


I made the newborn size and it is So. Unbelievably. Tiny. We'll have to wait for the ultimate test - the Ms. M.'s tushie - to see whether it's too tiny, but from what I hear about this particular tushie i suspect it will be allright for the time being. And regardless, it only took one evening to make!

A sick realization: I like kitchener stitch.

On the yarn - I know grey is an odd color for babies, but my local yarn stores (Knitaway and Brooklyn General - another Sunday highlight was walking with Chris to both) both appear opposed to stocking 100% wool yarns in anything but the boldest and jewel-toniest of hues, which (to me) don't seem right for a newborn. Finally I scrounged this Rowan Pure Wool from BG on sale, and I think it's infant appropriate if not the most stimulating of colors.

And the scones? Well, they were delicious:

ginger scone, second helping

Quite a Sunday. Too bad a Monday always follows. Ah well, here's hoping your Sunday comes faster than you think.

Posted by jess at April 14, 2008 8:05 AM | TrackBack

psssst! I secretly love the kitchener stitch too! Don't tell anyone.

Also, that soaker is super-duper-pooper cute.

Posted by: Ingrid at April 14, 2008 11:30 AM

congrats to your friend for her little delivery. my sister just had her baby on saturday, a tiny 6.2 pounds. they are so much smaller than you can really imagine that i am sure that the soaker will do just fine on her. when my boys were born they weighed 6.4 and 4.12 and i was shocked by their tininess. now at almost one year they are a hefty 20 pounds or so each....and i like the grey. too much pastels floating around out there for the babies.

Posted by: mamie at April 14, 2008 12:28 PM

Yum! I think that might go on my bake list this weekened! And there's a certain zen about using a pastry blender (aside from the fact that it's energy efficient). I feel like it's brings you closer to the finished product.

Posted by: yaiAnn at April 14, 2008 12:41 PM

These soakers will make a great baby gift -- a fun conversation piece at showers, since they're so wee and cute! I'm going to go download that pattern now -- thanks for the tip.

Posted by: materfamilias at April 14, 2008 1:17 PM

Thanks for explaining the soaker concept. Until now, I only had a vague idea, as I am not educated in the ways of babies. And I think it's cute in gray!

Posted by: jenna at April 14, 2008 1:43 PM

congrats to your friend! And yum, ginger scones sound heavenly. I also love kitchener, it's very satisfying and comforting I think.

Posted by: Mintyfresh at April 14, 2008 4:01 PM

I concur that scones are all about the butter and cream...and my oh my who would have ever thought that a garment meant to soak up peepee could be so darn cute!

Posted by: Heather at April 14, 2008 4:05 PM

The ginger scones look scrumptious!

Maybe we should start a Kitchner support group?

Posted by: Lisa at April 14, 2008 6:52 PM

I JUST cast on for the same soaker last night. A friend of mine is expecting her first in June and wants to cloth diaper her son. I love the pattern it is so quick and easy and the result is a well fitting soaker.

Best to your friend!

Posted by: Sarah at April 14, 2008 10:29 PM

tee hee hee, tooshie-holder is so cute! kitchener stitch is grafting, right? with the knitting needle and the yarn needle? i love it, think it's brilliant. (now watch me completely mess up the next time i need to use it.) ginger scones look lovely, think i've made a similar recipe from orangette. so impressed by no refined sugar six days of the week! my acupuncturist gave me that same advice just last week...and then i went and bought candy...

Posted by: carol at April 14, 2008 11:27 PM

sweet cozie cushie! I know a few preggie ladies who might need one themselves...hmmm.

ps- just catching up to your last few posts about the leafy sweater, looks great so far. Please know that my Suss still hangs in the stash, lifeless and without direction. Possibly barely enough for a sweater, fear of shortage is strong. So glad you have found purpose for yours :)

Posted by: craptina at April 14, 2008 11:37 PM

That's real love, giving handknits to someone who's going to pee on them! ;) The soaker is really cute, and gray seems practical in this case.

Mmmm, ginger scones...

Posted by: Sarah at April 15, 2008 12:25 PM

soakers! my beloved mother-in-law made me lots of those for my firstborn -- in a wheat colored wool...thank you for the memory! and the scones look yummy! i could go for one with my chai right now...

Posted by: patricia at April 16, 2008 9:33 AM

soakers! my beloved mother-in-law made me lots of those for my firstborn in a wheat-colored wool...and those scones look divine...yum...

Posted by: patricia at April 16, 2008 9:35 AM

That soaker is so adoreable! not bad for an evening's work, right? And those scones look delish.

Posted by: Julie at April 16, 2008 10:38 AM

Since ginger and scones are two of my favorite things in the world, the ginger scones recipe sounds amazing.

The soaker is too cute, by the way. I don't see anything wrong with grey. It's like a cute little cloud for baby's bottom!

Posted by: Courtney at April 16, 2008 12:55 PM

I love the grey. I struggle to find pants that aren't pink for my baby. Luckily, as she's gotten bigger, it's easier to find baby khakis and jeans.
I bet it'll fit her tiny little bottom just right. They really are that tiny.

Posted by: Casey at April 16, 2008 10:37 PM

Great pattern. This will be on my weekend agenda for my friends Ericka and James for their new baby in Denver.
The scones look fabulous. I vote for more Sunday mornings too!

Posted by: Marilyn at April 17, 2008 11:37 AM

Love the soaker! I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to knit a couple for my 13-month old disposable-wearing son, just because they're so dang cute.

A big YUM for the scones. They look delish!

Posted by: Mander at April 17, 2008 12:57 PM

totally cute. And adorable.

Posted by: carol at April 20, 2008 8:23 PM

I think brightly colored soakers are great, so don't be shy on the next one (you know she needs a bunch, right?). Baby clothes get so drab, and the color selection is boring (blue blue blue for my son) that I always love seeing the hint of bright green or red peeking out of his little summer shorts.

Posted by: larissa at April 21, 2008 2:19 PM

That soaker is trop mignon!

Just for your information, I am going to make scones at the café. And it was after seeing your amazing photos that I was sold on the idea. here's to scone making!!

Posted by: Aimee at April 23, 2008 12:35 PM

The soaker is very cute!

Posted by: Harpa J at April 26, 2008 12:57 PM

Makes me want to have another baby so it can wear hand knitted soakers!

Posted by: suse at April 27, 2008 9:54 AM

Miss M's tushie loves this soaker, and the gray looks great peeking out from under any color onesie. This is really nice as it's less bulky than the other diaper covers we have for her aforementioned smaller than average bum.

Thank you kindly, Guessica, Miss Monkette can't wait to thank you in person. I also promise to post a pic of her in the soaker where she isn't screaming (she's voicing her opinion of having her diaper changed, not of her duds) to my photo stream.

Thanks to everyone else for their well wishes too.

Posted by: Scarrie (Mother of Ms. Monkette) at May 11, 2008 2:15 PM
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