My goodness, with all the gifts given, I feel like it's a good time to clear my slate for 2013 blogwise. I'm not going to dump everything into one post (not yet), so expect a few posts over the next few days (hopefully), and I'll try to arrange them thematically.
Happily, one of my dear friends is expecting a child in January, and I was able to attend the West Coast baby shower for this East Coast friend over the Thanksgiving holiday.
My first thought was that a winter baby needs layers! I adore the Poppy Hat. It is so easy yet interesting and I recommend it to anyone looking for a pattern for a little girl. I worked all these pieces in newborn size, risky I know, but so cute! I think this hat has the most potential to last for a little while though. The band is very flexible, and the difference between sizes for babies is only a few stitches. I wanted the embellishments for this set to be spring-y so I found a butterfly for the brim from 75 Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit & Crochet.
I chose a kimono style cardigan for the sweater. The main thing I understand about dressing a baby is that you have to dress and undress them frequently because they expel a lot of bodily fluids all over themselves, and also that their heads are giant. So a sweater that would be easy on and off seemed like a plus. The front panels are worked on the diagonal, which was also a point of interest during the knitting. The arms seem impossibly narrow, but that remains to be seen I guess. The embellishment for this sweater is a little caterpillar from the 75 Birds, etc. book.
Last but not least, because they are so sweet, some little thumb-less mittens with embroidered lady bugs. These also are knit on the bias and they were very quick to make up. I'm pretty much 100% that one of them is going to end up in a pile of dirty slush by the side of the road, but I'm good with that :) I would definitely rather everything I make get used to its fullest and giving stuff to kids seems like the best way to ensure that.
A perfect fit! The yarn is 100% acrylic so that they won't have to worry about washing carefully, and the color choice was inspired by the pink shells, which is just what I think of when I think of little babies.
And to finish off this post, a different gift for another dear friend celebrating a milestone. Though she eloped, I managed to quickly whip up this little bridal hot dog brooch. The pattern comes from Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi. I don't think I could have managed another wedding blanket in this calendar year anyway, so I guess I'm thankful for the elopement :) They'll get something later, never fear!