1. You need to weave in all those ends first, anyway. Give yourself a time-consuming reward after every three ends (or every end, if your stripes are very wide).
2. You need to wash and block it first, too. And since your yarn is superwash (unless you don’t like the intended recipient’s parents very much) it will grow into an LSJ (Linebacker Surprise Jacket) in its bath and require a trip through the dryer to spring back to baby-sized. To avoid wasting energy, get all caught up on the laundry while you’re at it.
3. Marvel at the idea that you’re now using laundry to procrastinate, instead of procrastinating the laundry by any means necessary. Make a list of all the other things you can put off doing by doing housework. Be filled with confidence that you will soon have the cleanest house on the block.
4. Drop the list on a pile somewhere and spend the rest of the afternoon on Ravelry.
5. Is your BSJ clean now? Lay it out, folded and perfect, and make sure it gets absolutely dry. Really, really dry. Give it three or four days, at least. Add extra days if it rains or if the humidity is high. Or if it’s cold outside. Or if your project is kept in a room where people and animals do a lot of breathing.
6. While you wait for the BSJ to dry, contemplate your leftovers. Spend another afternoon on Ravelry looking for matching hat and bootee ideas.
7. Consider the idea that the appeal of the BSJ is really all in the fold, and the whole thing is much less impressive once it’s sewn up. Perhaps the baby would prefer it if you just safety pinned the shoulder seams, so you can show him how it all comes together?
8. You’re going to need buttons. Turn your attention to finding or making just the right ones. Change your mind about them frequently. Spend as much time on the button decision as you did on the entire knitting process. Forget about seaming until the button issue is settled to your complete satisfaction.
9. Realize you don’t actually know how to make this seam, and pull up a tutorial on YouTube. Watch the tutorial two or three times with your BSJ in hand. For a different perspective, click on one of the recommended video links at the end, and watch that. Decide another uploader’s communication style might make more sense to you, and click the link for another recommended video.
10. To make sure you really have learned everything the internet has to teach you, repeat step 9 indefinitely.