Finished Object: My Aunt Doris

I’ve been a busy busy knitter over the last week – I have a bunch to show you.  Each project deserves it’s own time in the spotlight, so expect some more posts over the next couple of days!

First off the needles was Lilith’s birthday cardigan – My Aunt Doris (pattern by Kelly Brooker).

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This is so cute, bright and soft that I want to snuggle with and do nothing else, ever.  It fits Lilith’s blooming personality to a tee and I’m excited to surprise her with it for her birthday.

It was hard to settle on buttons.  I had a few options in my button collection and I was open to buy something especially, if some just screamed to be the cherry on the top of this project.  The key contenders were some cute wooden buttons shaped like apples, small clear (boring) ones and the little black ones I opted for in the end.

I’m totally happy with my choice – I think it finishes the cardigan well.  I would usually avoid using black anything on baby clothes, but I think they keep the garment sophisticated and clean.  They’re not standing out as a show piece, so don’t draw your attention away from the star of the show – the yarn (okay, and the baby).

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Sadly, her birthday isn’t for another couple of months so I may well buckle and give it to her before then.  I just want to see her cute-as-a-button face giggling in this cardigan!

But, it sits sensibly in wait for now.

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On My Needles: My Aunt Doris

This is one work in progress that I’m really excited to share with the world.  A quick knit that I am desperately trying to slow down.  To delay the cast off, and savour every stitch.

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I’m knitting this with yarn I dyed myself.  It’s a reddish pick with splashes of purple and flecks of orange, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better.

This yarn is the star of the project.  None of these photos have been edited – these colours are captured perfectly already (at least, on my computer…)

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The pattern is beautiful; a very sweet knit for a very sweet little girl.  It’s  My Aunt Doris, by Kelly Brooker of pekapeka design studio.  There are 3 versions of the pattern, depending on the weight of yarn you’ve got – fingering, sport or DK.

This project is fingering weight, but I bought the ebook with all three weights because I plan to knit this over, and over, and over again.

Lace on the front and plain stocking stitch on the back – this is a fantastic compromise of pretty and practical.   It shows off the colours in the yarn, and keeps enough interest in the patterning to be fancy.

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This particular cardigan is going to my niece, Lilith, for her first birthday.

If I can bear to part with it, of course.   (I kid. I think).