You may or may not recall, but way back in January I joined in the Pay it Forward swap thingy. Anyway, I promised to send something handmade to the first three people who put their hands up in the comments, and the very first person to do so was Amy. Some months later Amy announced that she was cooking up a tiny person of the pink and frilly variety, so the answer was quite obvious: baby things were the order of the day. Well, the parcel has arrived at Amy’s end, so I can now show you some of the stealth projects I’ve been working on lately.
And now for the official FO details:
- Pattern: The ubiquitous Monkey by Cookie A
- Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal Handpaint, colourway Haggebutte (Rosehip)
- Needles: 2.25mm Knitpicks Classic Fixed Circular (Magic Loop)
- Modifications: I cut down the stitch count from 64 to 32, so there is a single pattern repeat across the front and one across the back.
- Pattern: I made it up! (except for the leaf, which comes from this pattern)
- Yarn: Heirloom Easy-care 12ply for the hat, Cleckheaton Country Naturals for the leaf
- Needles: 5.5mm Knitpicks Harmony interchangeable circular for the hat, 3.5mm dpns for the leaf
- Pattern: Cache Coeur for Baby by Patricia Arrotin (Rav link)
- Yarn: Sheepychic Hand-dyed 12-ply in pink, green & white; purchased at Bendigo S&W.
- Needles: 5mm Addi Turbo circular
- Mods: The original pattern calls for handspun in a 3-ply, or light fingering weight on 3mm needles, but I wanted to use the 12ply, so there were numbers to be crunched (see how much I love you Amy? I did maths for you!), but the shape is so simple that even my dodgy-at-best arithmetic was up to the task. Otherwise, the pattern is so cleverly constructed, and the yarn so pretty, that I just let them both do their respective things, and it all came out beautifully. I chose this pattern because of all the baby patterns I looked at, it looked the most like a hug. There’s more pics of this on my Ravelry page here.