Thank you everyone for your kind comments about wee baby Ella. She is doing well, and so are Rebekah and Anton. They have had lots of visitors - friends, aunts, an uncle and Jay have all dropped by to meet her. Here she is, getting to know her granddad.
I finished my first ever Baby Sweater on Two Needles a couple weeks ago, but in the midst of all the excitement of Ella's early arrival, I am only just now getting around to showing it to you. I love the old-fashioned look of this sweater. I will definitely knit this pattern again. Ravelry details can be found here.
Surprisingly, my other winner in the crafting department is a sewing project rather than a knitting one. On a quiet day last week I sat down at my machine and whipped out this pillowcase from a kit I had purchased from The Loopy Ewe. It's not often I have a victory in the sewing category.
And it's not often I end up a loser with my knitting, but I have to say when I do it tends to be on a grand scale. At the beginning of the summer I started knitting a shell out of a new yarn called Lyonesse from Blacker Yarns in the UK. This yarn is a blend of wool and linen, and is both gorgeous to look at and a dream to knit with. I was aiming for a loose fitting sweater that I could throw on on cool summer evenings.
What I ended up with was something that resembled a gunny sack with armholes, sort of like what people wore during the Great Depression. So this lump of yarn is going to be frogged and knit into something else. I have a pattern in mind, but probably won't knit it until next spring. Realistically I don't have time to finish it for this summer, so have lost my momentum for now.
I think the whole sack look must be trending right now in the fashion world. A couple weeks ago Rebekah and I popped into a Roots store near where she lives and I pulled a shirt/sack/hastily sewn together blob of material off the rack that was the identical shape of the sweater I had just decided to rip out. Trending or not, this sweater is a loser.