My favourite sort of gifts

I think perhaps it is no secret that I love a little baby knitting. In fact it would be fair to say that my broodiest moments of the last few years have been strongly linked to a desire to make more baby things.

Luckily I do not need to go to such lengths just yet as other people keep obliging me. I have two baby gifts on the go at the moment, one for a girl and one for a boy, pretty darned perfect then.

This is my usual go-to baby sweater. I've made it so many times but I just don't tire of it at all. The pattern is found in Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. I used to make this in Rowan 4ply Soft but unbelievably Rowan have seen fit to discontinue this yarn. Don't you just hate when that happens, I loved that yarn, I could rely on, it was always there, lots of yardage and all my favourite colours, charcoal for a boy, deep pink for a girl. It knitted up perfectly and washed well too. Sigh.

Ahh well, I guess we have to move with the times (but why Rowan, why???) So I substituted Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, it's not quite right though, I really had to fiddle about to get the tension correct and I will have to investigate other alternatives to the Rowan 4ply Soft, any suggestions greatly appreciated.

I made some tiny bloomers to match and I was very pleased with this petite grey/pink combination, I held the little bloomers up so that
the Technical Advisor might join me in admiration and he said "Oh, you made yourself some panties". !!!! Yes, words failed me too.

Of course, I suppose it is not entirely beyond the realms of possibilty that one day I just might make my own panties.

Add one smartly dressed lady mouse and this gift is complete, my broodiness momentarily satisfied.


martha said…
I would have to make the same confession *ahem* that I love making baby things so much that I would have a baby just to dress sweetly. Fortunately, my head usually takes over when I get broody (well, at least mostly).

I laughed so hard about the panties thing. Well, you can at least take the compliment that he thought your bum was as small as a babe's.
Gina said…
Very pretty baby things! But the confusion over the pants is too funny!
rachel said…
How very pretty!

When you do get round to making your own panties, have a look at recent posts by Rattling On ( who has a great pattern for you!
kim said…
That may well just be one of the cutest baby gifts I have ever seen. The pink sweater with the bloomers is too precious for words. Lucky baby!
Lorraine said…
The baby things are just how I love them .... simple & sweet . Pink & grey = delicious
I am trying to imagine a grown up attempting to pull on those panties !!!
sue said…
Gorgeous baby set! I love Miss Mousie too. I had to laugh at the Mr's comments, but you should take it as a compliment.
Jo's Corner said…
Lovely baby sweater and bloomers. And the plush mouse! What a wonderful gift from the heart. The Technical Advisor's comment was just too funny!
The gift is so sweet, love the added touch of ribbon. I love browsing baby knit designs too :)
Arianwen said…
I am laughing as I think of you struggling into those bloomers! The outfit is just darling. I always used to love making things for my babies. However two friends had babies in sept and it just wasn't the same making for them. Just have to hope that someday I lucky enough to have another generation to make for.
Shelley in SC said…
Oh, I just LOVE the T.A.'s comment. I think every woman with a spouse can so relate. Wow, what lucky friends you have to get a hand-knitted sweater. A real treasure!
Jane said…
The baby set is just perfect with Miss Mouse the icing on the cake. I love the pants comment it did make me smile. Jane x
Mary said…
I love the comment about the panties... can't imagine any full-grown woman getting two legs into baby bloomers!

I'm sad about the discontinued Rowan lines too - I'm expecting my first baby in April, so have been scouring sale bins and stocking up on 4ply soft and cashcotton 4ply to keep me in baby knitting for the next couple of years! The DB baby yarn just isn't the same and doesn't wash or wear so well sadly.
Pomona said…
Presents like that are enough to make anyone broody! Just catching up on your lovely makes - very inspirational and a joy to look at.

Pomona x
raining sheep said…
This is all so lovely. I really like that sweater, so simple, looks soft. .... oh and the mouse!!!Oh my, did you make it? If you did I am in awe. So super cute.
kristina said…
Oh what a lucky mum and baby. And too funny about the panties! K x
anne smith said…
thank you AT - your comment about the panties has made so many people laugh!!!
anne smith said…
oops i meant to thank the TA!!! anne
periwinkle said…
well you just made my day , chuckle . Gorgeous baby set , bless
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t does wool said…
{sigh}gorgeous gift..absolutely!!!
first of all.. i must confess..
blogger! oh i love you!!!
i, for one, was having the HARDEST time leaving comments! :)

honestly... this is one of the SWEETEST baby gifts EVER!
and yes.. i DO hate when i find something and then it is discontinued... why oh why!

you made yourself some panties... that ta. he is a funny one! :)
Rattling On said…

Have you tried this yarn? I've knitted in the DK and it's unbelievably soft. The shades are lovely as well. I like coton for babies, and it washes really well.

P.S Love the roses.
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