Among the numerous and frequent moments of epiphany, gratitude and sheer awe inspired in each knitter by Elizabeth Zimmermann, none, I believe, is as poignant as the one experienced when you fold together your first BSJ.
Baby Surprise Jacket
 
Pattern: (the infamous) Baby Surprise Jacket Author: Elizabeth Zimmermann Source: The Opinionated Knitter, Knitting Workshop Gauge: 5 sts per inch Materials: Hello Yarn Handspun 2-Ply Colors: "Trodden" and "Hunkered" Amount: 5.3 ounces/306 yds Buttons: 5 Iridescent Shell buttons from M&J Trimming in midtown Manhattan; Five
 
Finished Measurements: 18.5" Chest (Buttoned), 19" from cuff to cuff, 11.5" Height
Started: 7 June 2007 Finished: 9 June 2007 (Buttons Added 17 June 2007)  
Baby Surprise Jacket (Back Detail)
I did this one pretty much exactly by the book - no modifications. I familiarized myself as best I could with just exactly what is going on with this pattern, and while I felt I was able to grasp the concept well enough - you really don't get it until you do it. And do it again. This one is addictive!
Baby Surprise Jacket
Aside from the inspired pattern, joining it with such a special yarn really made this experience priceless. I knit this on the train ride up to Rhinebeck a few weekends ago. With the Hudson gliding by outside my window, I had one of those elevated knitting moments where everything comes together a little too well.
Baby Surprise Jacket (Button Detail)
The buttons were a perfect match - they're shell buttons that reflect all the blues and purples of Adrian's handspun. I originally planned on something a little more earthy, but when I saw these I changed my mind. I default to wood buttons too often anyway.
Baby Surprise Jacket
I'm stating the obvious, but this one gets a big, fat stamp of approval from me. I've already started scheming future versions from some of my more exciting stash bits. We're headed out to the Oregon Coast to camp for the next few days (!!!) so I'll be away from e-mail. Despite being on vacation, I did recognize that this morning is Monday, which is usually not fun at all - I hope this little BSJ Offering rounds out the edges of the week jolting you back into reality. Happy Knitting!

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