I don't usually like knitting baby clothes, sure I like the fact that the time taken to produce such small items is very short but I am definately not a white bootees, layette kind of person. Even my own children had to rely on their Grandmothers knitting as I had really bad carpel tunnel while pregnant and couldn't knit even if I wanted to. Anyway baby knitting has never been high on my to do list, that was until I found THIS I just had to make it, plus I needed a slight diversion from sock knitting, for a day at least.
I used Cleckheaton machine washable pure wool as I am sure any new mum would not have time for handwashing and as it used less than one ball for the main part and a tiny amount for the contrast I have enough left over to make another in the reverse colour way. The colour is much deeper than in this photo, a deep burgundy trimmed with a lighter burgundy, see I told you I am not a traditional baby knitter. I would have loved to knit it using the colours used in the pattern but for some reason no one seems to produce a chocolate brown, not even Bendigo who have almost every colour of the rainbow. So if someone knows of a machine washable chocolate brown wool let me know. This particular one is going to be a gift for a young couple in our church who have just had their first baby, I hope they like it as much as I enjoyed knitting it.
I will definately be making this one again, but for now back to socks.