Hello there! This is just a quick post, to relieve the boredom of marking endless end of year school tests. It's a good job the weather has been wet and miserable this weekend or I would have been extra grumpy at the prospect. Nearly done now, so a little 'play time' has been earnt!
I finished these bits and pieces for a friend's baby over the half-term holiday.
All the items were made using Debbie Bliss Baby Casmerino, which is very soft and great to knit with.
The little jacket was extremely quick and very easy, with the additinal bonus of not too many seams to sew up!!! The pattern was from Erika Knight's book, 'Simple Knits for Cherished Babies'. It's a lovely book full of modern, pretty, but straightforward knits.
The gorgeous hat was from 'Baby Beanies' by Amanda Keeys. This book is full of delightful, fun and colourful ideas. I had a major hunt for the light organza ribbon, finding that even John Lewis now stocks almost all of its ribbon on rolls. You end up buying metres of the stuff! Anyway, I was pleased with the finished effect.
Rowan's book of baby knits using 'milk cotton' is really lovely;including modern and more traditional designs. These little 'Lucy shoes' can be made with or without the bar across. They took about an hour to complete and used up some wool remnants.'Mousie Mousie' is from one of my very favourite books. It's another Rowan publication called 'Designs for Kids' by Lucinda Guy. The designs are colourful and creative, featuring jumpers with dinosaurs and diggers on the front and fab bags, hats and toys. Mousie Mousie has to be my favourite and again, he was made in an evening.
The whole set took 4 balls of yarn. Not bad eh!
It's taken me ages to find a pattern that would show off the gorgeous striping effect of my June 'Sock Challenge' yarn. I've cherished this gorgeous Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, in colourway Dessert Flower, for ages. It's been carefully wrapped in the pink tissue paper that it arrived in; only to be unwrapped for an occasional sniff or fondle! So, now the time has come to use it, the pattern has got to be right. I have tried two patterns already and not been happy with the result, but I've finally plumped for this one. I'm not totally happy with it, but it does show off the striping to good effect, don't you think?
I also have this pretty little baby dress on the go for another family baby due later this month. I love the pretty cotton yarn, which is called 'Splish Splash' by Elle. I've never heard of it before, but spotted it whilst in my local LYS, 'Norfolk Yarns'.
Hopefully it won't be too long before I can show you the finished item, as the baby is due in a couple of weeks!