Since I'm stuck mostly in bed today (I caught someone's horrid head cold), why not three for three? Besides, I haven't posted a Work in Progress Wednesday since Mardi Gras.
First up is a little baby set I put together. This set is actually finished, but since I'm holding onto it until I can surprise the recipients I thought I'd share (I don't think they read my blog, since most of my RL friends and family don't. See, I'm sticking my tongue out at the lot of 'em right now, and they don't even know better).
I loved this pattern. It's the Presto Chango by Valerie Wallis. If you're looking for a quick knit, here it is. I had a lot of fun knitting this, and I love the way it turned out.
I wanted to make matching booties, and I've been eying this pattern for awhile--Little Button Loafers by Sylvia Schuchardt. I think it was a worthwhile $5.95 on Ravelry, especially since I've already used it twice, and I know it will be my permanent go-to bootie. I'm really awed by this pattern, it has some impressive architectural design and it was a (good) challenge to crochet--sorta like a satisfying crossword puzzle that's not too-too hard. The sole is actually crocheted twice for each loafer, then stitched together before the bootie is made. It makes them thick and ultra sturdy.
When I visited Portland recently, my friend Michelle had a wonderful grown up version of Elizabeth Zimmerman's February Two Needle Sweater, from The Knitter's Almanac. I believe hers was even a precursor to the famous February Lady Sweater that's been going around (by Pamela Wynne). Anyway, I wanted to make something similar with a striped yoke like hers, and buttons all the way down.
Instead of long 3/4" sleeves, I wanted short capped ones so I modified the pattern a little bit with some quick decreases around the cuffs. I also just ordered some vintage buttons from Zeldasbuttons on Etsy to go with this project, a few colors so I could see what I liked best. I'm hoping the hot pink ones work, but if not, I ordered some blue as a good standby. I just have about two more inches of the pattern to finish, then a few rows of garter and it's done. I hope the buttons come soon, we're having perfect SSS (short sleeve sweater) weather.