Hey, Rachel, ready for another direct hit to the uterus? (Hee hee!) Here it is:
Pattern - Picot Dress (without pocket or matching purse) from Debbie Bliss Special Knits
Yarn - Rowan Wool Cotton in navy, 3 balls
Needles - Size 5 (Size 4 for details)
Notes - The pattern called for Cashmerino Baby on size 2 and 3 needles, but I got gauge on the 5s with the Wool Cotton. Not sure how that's mathematically possible, but whatever, it worked. I like this yarn--it's durable but soft. The pattern called for 4 balls of Cashmerino Baby (which has more yardage than the Wool Cotton), but I got the whole dress and one bootie out of 3 balls. I worked in the round until dividing for the armholes, and it was a much more pleasant experience that way. The picot bind-off gives it a nice finished look, and I like the seed stitch bodice with stockinette skirt. I found this an enjoyable pattern to knit, and I think the finished product is just darling. Stefaneener, I love the idea of diaper cover/bloomers to go under! I might make those in a lighter blue I have.
I made these to match:
Pattern - Dainty Bootees from Knitting for Two
Yarn - Rowan Wool Cotton in navy (not much yardage at all)
Needles - Size 5
Notes- Cute, fun, quick, clever construction. Awesome. I love booties. I can make them while watching a single movie.
Oh, Stefaneener, the other thing I forgot to mention is that you have four Things to look after, and I only have one who isn't very time-consuming right now :) I think that helps my productivity!
Other knitting: I think I will do a Miss Dashwood. I'll probably make a bigger size so I can use the Wool Cotton instead of the heavier yarn called for in the pattern. I have Gryffindor socks to make for Matt for Christmas. (By the way, anyone have a favorite basic men's sock pattern for self-striping yarn?) Still working on the garter stitch blanket.
Reading: Jane and the Unpleasantness... If this is taking longer than usual, it's not that the book is boring. I love the book. I think I'm just more tired at night and not reading for as long.
Writing: Chapter 8! Goodbye, Chapter 7! Word count: 35,518. Not much progress in actual words yesterday, more brainstorming and futzing around. That's my pattern.
Cooking: We did make pizza, but nothing exciting. Pepperoni for Matt, Mushroom, Olive, and Garlic for me. A little crust for Geronimo, our carb-crazy cat. I plan to make chili soon, but we're having a warm spell and it doesn't seem appropriate for the weather. KnitPastis, let me know how it goes with the baking!