Daphne's baby cape
I seem to have been knitting Daphne's baby cape from Knit 2 Together forever. I started it ages ago and then got completely bored with it as it starts off with about 260 stitches and is just garter stitch. I should have read up on the internet about other knitters' experience of the pattern more thoroughly as well because once I got going in earnest over Christmas, I soon figured out that three skeins of Cascade 220 was going to be woefully inadequate to complete the project. I am not the only person to have had this problem.
But, despite the tedium or endless garter stitch and the irritation of having to buy another skein of yarn in a different dyelot (grrr!), I finally finished it, and it is lovely. No baby was available to model it, so I borrowed Edward's teddy:
I added some vintage buttons - I like the detail of the two close together at the neck:
The hood is nicely shaped at the back:
and I decided to do the optional loop trim around the hood - and it is so pretty, I'm glad I did:
Of the fourth skein there is very little left:
This pattern seems to be so out on quantities that I have emailed the publisher and am waiting for a response. If anyone out there is planning to knit this, you will need four skeins of Cascade 220, not three!
All the hassle was worth it, though, as I think it is so cute and am very pleased with the finish and the detailing of the shaping on the cape.
There has been an unexpected victim of this winter's norovirus. One of Edward's friends threw up all over her poncho, and her mum, in her panic, put it in the washing machine (along with the loose covers for the sofa). Oops! Felting disaster! Edward's friend was distraught and her mum asked if I would kindly knit another one. They don't take long so I agreed:
I only have enough yarn for one more - I think it will be a relief to stop knitting them, although they are very popular with the children's friends!
Lily has also been doing a bit of sewing:
As you can see, she is still in her pink phase, but her little purse is so sweet I couldn't resist posting it!