Greetings and welcome to the Sunday yarncrafts update. One project is coming along surprisingly well and the other is now totally finished and ready for handover tomorrow evening.=)
The lemon 4-ply cardigan back is coming along much better and faster than I expected, although I have had one or two hitches and 'pull backs' when I missed wrapping the yarn around the needle for the extra stitch needed when creating a 'hole'. Of course, I've since realised that I could just pick up some yarn from the row rather than risk pulling it out, esp. as it can be pretty tricky to catch all the stitches when they're off the needle. I seriously recommend paying enough attention to not make mistakes!! Here's how far I've got with the back and, as you can see, I've already begun decreasing for the sleeve edges.
Here are the mittens that you saw last week, but now with the finishing touch of some pretty, red ribbon.
During the week I also made some matching bootees, which have been trimmed up with the same embroidered design and a slightly wider ribbon. Knitting these was quite an education as, at one point, it divided into three sections, then I had to pick up stitches along the side of the middle section in order to finish as a whole bootee only needing the back and bottom sewing up. Of course, I did the stitchery before sewing up, just as with the mitts.
Here's the complete layette now, which will be handed over to Yufei tomorrow. She's really huge and still has a month to go. Poor thing's very uncomfortable so we wanted to give her this quite early to cheer her up a bit. She already has two boys and said a while ago she wanted a daughter to 'make pretty', so this is my contribution to her plan!!
I hope to get a photo of the baby wearing them to post sometime soon!=)
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2012