Oh, what fun I have been having this week knitting up some baby gifts for a friend who is pregnant. I mean what's not great about knitting baby items? They are small and quick to knit, they are so so cute and they are for a sweet little new babe. Also, I used stash yarn for these projects making the experience even better. As you can see I'm not quite finished with the stuffed Elephant who is presently armless and the sweater needs buttons, but that's all that's left to do - oh and maybe some booties as I can't seem to stop.
The yarn I used is some lovely natural grey angora from here, and the pale yellow is a mix of two strands: Malabrigo Merino Lace in the butter colorway and Tilli Tomas Raw Silk Warmth which is now discontinued (on a cool aside note Ravelry used my picture of the yarn on that page.) Funny thing is my friend who is having the baby gave me the silk yarn, so it seems only fitting to use it for a gift for her. I'm really loving the grey/yellow combo, but I have used it before as you can see here. I was hoping to make angora booties, but I ran out of that yarn while knitting the hat (which looks a bit big to me.) On the other hand, I do have lots of the yellow silk and merino leftover. Maybe I'll double/triple up the lace weight merino and make these or these.
The patterns I used were Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Sweater (which there is a great YouTube video series for), Sweet and Simple Baby Hat by Debbie Bodmer and Elephant Elijah by Ysolda Teague. Both the sweater and hat are pretty simple, but the Elephant is not for the faint of heart. There is lots of picking up stitches, directional make 1's and short rows. The pattern is very clear and very well written, but this is not a knock out in a few hours project and you do need to pay attention most of the time. I love the way it's shaping up though making all the effort worth it. I'll finish the arms and give him some eyes today, get the sweater some buttons from my LYS tomorrow when I have a babysitter and give my friend the gifts on Friday when we go out for breakfast. I love giving a gift right after I finish it when I'm still excited about the project so this is working out perfectly.