I think it’s safe to assume that Rebecca received the baby presents I sent her last week, so I’ll post photos of them now. Rebecca is a crocheter/knitter who had a baby girl just a few weeks ago. Right after she told me she was pregnant, I scoured Ravelry for baby shower gift ideas. Someone in a forum suggested making washcloths to give with some baby shampoo. Brilliant! Unfortunately I didn’t get them finished in time for her actual shower because of the IK project I was working on, but now they’re finished and gifted.
Three of the four washcloths were my own designs. The green and yellow use stitches I adapted from Barbara Walker, and the stitch I used for the pink washcloth was reverse engineered from a sweater I saw on the bus on my commute home.
And the final washcloth used this pattern:
Pattern: Little Miss Happy Flower Dishcloth by Rachel van Schie
Yarn: Fibranatura Cottonwood (used for all 4 washcloths)
Needles: US 5 / 3.75 mm
After I knit them, I took some measurements, popped them in the washer and dryer, then measured them again. They shrank 1″ in length and 1/2″ in width, so if you plan to use this yarn for washcloths, just be aware they’ll shrink and plan accordingly.
The second gift is a dress of my own design. It’s made with Cotton-Ease yarn in 4 discontinued colors. I bought the yellow and green from someone on Ravelry, and I had leftover light blue from Liam’s aran sweater. The orange color has been discontinued for many many years, but I was lucky enough to find one lone skein of it at Tuesday Morning. Go figure! You can’t see from these photos, but there is a yellow button on top of each strap.
I’ve never been great at embellishments on knits but this sun turned out cute!
And yes, the orange really is that bright! Too bad all the new Cotton-Ease colors look so utterly crappy. What’s wrong with bright orange, yellow and green??
ETA: Good idea, Lisa! So if you’d like to purchase the pattern for the Sadie dress, it’s currently available through my Ravelry store or Etsy. The Sadie dress looks a little different than the dress above, with stripes on the bodice, not on the skirt. But it does have the same shape and uses Cotton-Ease.