Oh yes! At long last I have managed to reduce my WIP haul by two. Not great, but better than nothing!
This is a really simple, but cute pattern from Erika Knight's book, 'Natural Nursery Knits' and is my second garment completed in readiness for my eldest daughter's baby, due at the beginning of next year. We don't know whether it will be a boy or a girl, so I'm choosing patterns and colours that would be suitable for either.
I really like these little roll-necked baby sweaters and cardigans. They just look a little bit more contemporary than many of the baby patterns around and are quick and easy to complete. I used Rowan 'milk cotton', which is gorgeously soft for little ones and washes well too.
I decided on these buttons, to add a bit of contrast on a single coloured knit. I think they look great!
Next up is a three-quarter sleeved, cropped cardigan by Debbie Bliss, that I begun for myself years ago; in 2009, in fact!
I have no idea what I liked about this pattern at the time, as I really am not keen on the finished look. It sits very wide on the shoulders and tends to slip. It's also a little on the small side.... cough! cough! ;-) The Debbie Bliss 'Cathay' yarn is a beautifully soft cotton, rayon and silk mix, which is no longer available. I have yo say, the camera really doesn't do the colour justice, as it is a much prettier pale blue than I was able to capture.
The yolk and collar were knit all in one; so not as much sewing up as usual, which is always a bonus. I'm really hoping that my eldest daughter will give it a home, but I'm not holding out too much hope!
The weather has been glorious today and I have happily sat in the garden working on the pretty striped cot or buggy blanket that I have already shown you several times. An end is in sight and with that thought in mind, I have already prepared the yarn etc. for my next project. It's 'Aldara', a beautiful heirloom baby shawl/blanket by Judy Furlong, from Fyberspates' 'Scrumptious Baby Collection' book. I'm using the recommended yarn, Fyberspates 'Scrumptious Lace', which is merino/silk blend. It's heavenly!
I took several projects with me up to the cottage in Yorkshire, where we have been for the past couple of weeks, but there was really much time for knitting, as we had family members either staying for a week, or dropping by for a few nights. So, lots of relaxing, dog-walking, talking, eating and drinking..... and fun with Sophie and Jess, of course! Family times are just the best!!!
The holidays are swiftly drawing to a close, so this week is going to be knitting, knitting, knitting, all the way!