Ik know, I have not been around much this summer. My oldest son (now 7!) was home all summer, and between the 4 kids, I had my hands full. Fortunately I did get to do some knitting, but it definitely took up most of my other times. I want to start out with showing some projects that I could not show you until now, because they were presents for a very dear friend. I was part of 2 different forums with her. So I made her two presents. The first one was:
The pattern is called Jean Jacket Sets. I only made the jacket, and I LOVE it. The pattern was not the easiest/best, and at one point I had 9 different, separate pieces that somehow were supposed to come together into one jacket. But I managed it. I think the little pocket flaps, and the white stitching just were the cherry on top, and made it all of a sudden into a real jeans jacket. Without that, it is more of a regular cardigan. I used Cotlin from KnitPicks. It is made up of 70% cotton and 30% linen, and I love it. It is machine washable, and dry-able, and I have tried that with a gauge swatch. It has gone through hot loads, jeans loads, and any other abuse I could think of, and it held up amazingly well. The yarn is a little loosely twisted, so one needs to watch that one does pick up all the plies, but that is not a problem, most of the time. It gets even softer with washing, which is amazing, as it is incredibly soft to begin with.
For the second present I made her this:
It is a playsuit, no sleeves. I loved having these kind of suits for my kids, and just put a little shirt underneath to finish off the ensemble. I think they look better then the sleep and play one piece suits we see in many stores. Some of those are okay, but I liked this style. I got the pattern from an old magazine (about 7 years old now) and finally got around to actually making it. I used Patons Beehive Baby Sport, a 70% acrylic, 30% nylon yarn, also quite soft. I did alter the pattern some. I liked being able to change diapers without having to take off the entire suit, so I added snaps between the legs:
and a close-up of how I did that exactly:
You want more close-up? Alright! I added a little owl on the front. The original pattern has a rattle, but I knew the new mother liked owls, so out goes the rattle, and in came a little owl:
The booties are knitted onto the legs after you finish most of the rest:
And the armholes are just hemmed:
As is the snap closure on the back:
I hope the pictures do not take to long to load, if they do, let me know and I will think of some other way to do this. I hope my friend and her new baby will enjoy these gifts, in good health and happily. Happy birthday, little one!