For the baby pants, I have altered the pattern a bit from the book, Vintage Knits for Modern Babies.
Cast on for front.
Using size 4 needles, and worsted weight yarn, cast on 26 stitches. Knit 6 rows garter stitch, on the 6th row increase 2 stitches evenly across row.
Continue in stockinette stitch until leg measures 5 1/2 inches long.
Cast on 26 stitches on same needle.
Repeat as above.
When other leg measures 5 1/2" long finish on a purl row.
Next row knit all the way across both legs.
Continue knitting in the stockinette stitch until piece measures 9 1/2 inches long. Now knit in the garter stitch for 3 rows.
Next row you will be adding holes for the drawstring. Knit 5 stitches, Knit 2 Together, Yarn Over, Knit 5 stitches, Knit 2 together, Yarn Over - repeat across row.
Knit 3 more rows and bind off.
Repeat exactly the same for back.
Using a crochet hook, chain to fit all the way around the waist of the pants. Using a yarn needle, weave chain in and out of holes around waist.
I am reading a really good nonfiction book - Deeply Rooted, Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa M. Hamilton. Her writing is engaging and holds your interest as she introduces the reader to farmers who are not part of the giant world of agribusiness. As Wendell Berry writes in a review of the book, "...these people have had the courage to use their own intelligence in their own places."
Looking forward to reading about your book choices and what is on your needles.