First up is a cardigan that I knitted for the beautiful daughter of a very good friend of mine. I actually knitted it in April and have wanted to post about it but, like so many things, just hadn't got round to it, until now!
It is the first baby garment I have ever knitted. Despite having 2 girls of my own, I'm ashamed to admit that I never knitted them anything when they were tiny. I didn't actually learn to knit until I was expecting my second daughter, 5 years ago, and I just never got round to making them anything, which I really regret now.
For this one, I didn't use baby wool because I wanted a more subtle, vintage pink and instead opted for Stylecraft 4 ply in pale rose. It's a really sort yarn and lovely to work with.
The pattern is very easy, it honestly is. The main body of the cardigan is knitted in "feather and fan" stitch, which I've used lots of times before. The pattern is based on 4 rows. 1 is a pattern row of simple increasing and decreasing, the rest are stocking stitch. It's the increasing and decreasing on that first row that gives it the scalloped effect at the bottom. It has raglan sleeves which made putting it together very easy - no extra sleeve fullness to fit in!
As you would expect, I went for a vintage pattern which is either from the 1940's or 1950's. Sorry to be vague but baby patterns are very hard to date! If you can enlighten me further as to the correct date, or have any tips on how to date these patterns, please let me know :o)
The only thing I found a bit tricky was the section for the ribbon to thread through. I didn't read the pattern properly so they weren't evenly spaced but I got there on the second attempt and think it looks very sweet.
Although it's not that clear from the photographs, the cardigan was meant to have a ribbon tie at the chest and the neck but I changed the neck one so it was fastened with a popper, very, very securely stitched on. Personally, I felt that the double bow was a little too fussy.
I haven't worked out how to link the pattern so you can print it, but if you have a special little person to knit for and would like a copy, just send me an email and I will get it over to you :o)
After a busy morning of work, I let the girls join me in a spot of baking! They really love to bake and today made vanilla cupcakes.
When it comes to cake decorating, I must confess that I'm a bit of a control freak. I like things to be "just so", icing to be smooth and perfect and so on. When the girls get involved, I try and close my ears to the hundreds and thousands hitting the floor and resist the urge to limit them to say, 10 decorations per cake! To them, less is most definitely not more. They are at the wonderful, innocent age where a bit (or a lot in some cases) of everything on the cake makes it very personally theirs.
Today, I handed over the decorations, stepped away from the table and gave them free reign to do as they wanted. They certainly took me at my word and created these sugary mountains!
I think they consumed as many sweets as they used, although littlest Y swears she only had "5, or maybe 6 Mummy" !!!
My Y, having done the fatherly duty of eating a cake made by each of them, is currently suffering from a little too much sugar!
Is it too early to say the word? Well, when you consider that many of the shops have been sneakily stocking up on cards and wrapping paper since late August I think it's safe to give it a little mention :o)
I've signed up to the festive swap which is being organised by Lakota over at Faith, Hope and Charity Shopping. I'm also linking this post into her Ta-Dah Tuesday post :o)
I took part in the Jubilee swap which Lakota organised and it was really good fun which is why I've signed up to this one too. If you fancy spreading some festive cheer, why not pop on over to Lakota's post and take a little look at what it's all about :o)