I found the yarn to be rather splitty while working with it and despite the dye lots being the same, as you can see in the picture they're obviously NOT identical in dye lot. Yes, I do realize that the unique patterning is part of the FX effect, but I'm talking about even the base colors NOT being the same.
The pattern I used for both of these pairs is from the Yarn Harlot's book Knitting Rules! although I did modify the pattern slightly for the Cyan Stripes socks... I ended up knitting for 6 inches on the foot part instead of 5 so that they would last him a bit longer as he is, after all, only 10 and still growing like a weed.
Elizabeth Zimmerman's pattern for the baby surprise jacket. I highly recommend that you check out the helpful videos on YouTube. The only thing I would not do, however, if at all avoidable unless you're not easily bored, is to use one solid color with which to knit the sweater. The sweaters were made with Red Heart Baby yarn that I bought years ago at some big box store.
At present time I don't have any babies in mind for either one, but the one thing about spring is there's always someone having a baby.
I may also go and use the leftover yarn (limited as though it was) to make either hats, booties, or both to go with them and complete the set.... kind of like the two pink sweaters. I have yet to cast on the booties for the dark pink one with the heart buttons.
The knitting group I attend on Thursday nights also made squares for a blanket for another member. The squares with words on them say "Faith, Hope, Love".
Until next time, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!