I bought these 2 books last week as a late birthday present to myself. I needed a pick me up and these were the perfect thing (and I did put some money aside for them each week). Anyhow back to the books - first up the Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. Oh my goodness, beautiful beautiful photos showing a lot of the actual projects, not just one picture as in some of those books and you wonder how they really look. Some of the projects even go up to 3 years of age but some are just up to 12 months. Lots of little hats, cardigans, mittens, 2 blankets which are gorgeous, toy bunnies, coathangers, a cape, a dress and a few other wonderful things. I have already started a matinee jacket out of it for a 1 year old's birthday next month so I should have it finished before then.
The next book - Easy Kids Knits by Claire Montgomerie who wrote Easy Baby Knits. Another wonderful discovery of patterns in this book. I love it so much and you know why - because it has patterns in it that fit a 10 year old (finally I say) and since Isabelle is around that size I have some new patterns that I can knit up for her. I do plan on knitting the hooded cardigan, the ribbed jacket with pockets and a beautiful 4 ply cabled sweater that is very vintage looking. I have started the swing cardigan already as you can see in the photo above in a deep red color. I also love the smock top too. The patterns are all listed on ravelry under their pattern section so I have marked a few to cast on eventually. There are also wonderful patterns for boys in this book too so if you want some ideas to knit up then grab a copy! I cant wait to start a few new projects already but I am going to try and knit up the first 2 I have mentioned first.
Oh and the little cats above are some wonderful discoveries I made at the Djerriwarrh Festival this morning. A friend of mine runs a stall around Melton and her friend had been making little flower pincushions, little kitties, little owls and monsters, and some teddies so I grabbed some. These 2 kitties were made of the softest felt and at $2 each I thought they were wonderful. Apparently she was trying to clear her stock as she made them over a period of 8 months when she had depression so I think it was wonderful to support her, having been through that horrible dark period myself. Okay off to do some knitting under the airconditioning as 31 degrees is a bit hot for me and tomorrow is going to be hotter! Happy weekend!!