We have a birthday party to go to in the middle of the month. I had considered making something for the birthday girl (she’s turning 1) but decided it was just too close to get something done in time.
Then, yesterday, I found myself going through pattern books and stash yarn. I was inspired!
I couldn’t have come up with a more suitable project for my first of the year. It covers several of my 2008 goals:
- Stash yarn (the pink Patons Grace). I had to buy the single ball of lavender and white, although I did use store credit which somehow seems less stash-y.
- Using a book I already own. I bought this book — Bouton D’or #13 — almost 2 years ago. The children and baby patterns in this book are fantastic! Full of little details — colorwork, lacy edgings, intarsia duckies and pink witches. What’s not to love?
- Mixed media project — those little embroidered flowers.
I didn’t want to give the parents a hard to care for garment, so I washed and dried a swatch to see how it behaved. It shrunk quite a bit in width but not at all in length (which surprised me).
I can’t wait to get to all the little details. Ruffles! Garter stitch edges! Embroidered flowers! This is exactly what I had in mind when I wrote up my goals list.