Because every baby needs a least one article of clothing with duckie buttons on it. If that's not a rule, well ... it should be. As Knitty Otter would say, "Clickety Biggity" if you really wanna see the duckies.
Finally, the grey blob of garter stitch has been transformed. There is really no good reason why this took as long as it did, since it's knit in ONE PIECE so there's only TWO SEAMS. Lordy. Anyway, this is the One-Stitch Baby Sweater from Lion Brand. Knit, not in Cotton Ease like the pattern called for, but Plymouth Encore worsted which is 75% acrylic and 25% wool. It took a whole 2 balls and a bit to do up. I knit it on US 7's because I wanted it to be a bit denser. It's actually more like a jacket than a sweater.
And because rows and rows of grey garter stitch are horribly boring appearance wise (and knit wise, if the truth be known) I single crocheted around the edges with some Lion Brand Microspun. I'm giving this to my co-worker, Iris, for her new grandson. She's the only person I know with a new baby in her life so she gets it by default.
Oh, and the mittens are done too. Let's hear it for winter knitting in July!