I know I mentioned my Olympic and, well, not so Olympic projects a while back, but both really deserve a post of their own so I hope you’ll forgive a degree of repetition, and now that a teeny tiny purple cardigan has arrived safely with a teeny tiny girl in Yorkshire we can kick things off with the Baby Mine that went to a very special baby yours.
Em is one of my closest friends, we doublehandedly fuelled the pink wine industry as housemates in Wimbledon back in the day, she was chief bridesmaid at H and my wedding and after I’d moved the midlands she headed even further north to meet and marry her childhood friend S.
Such a special friend was always going to deserve the very best knitting I could produce but Em and S’ road to parenthood has been a little on the rocky side and I doubt there is any child more longed for and whose safe arrival (two weeks early at the end of June) was greeted with more joy. No, this had to be the perfect yarn, in the perfect colour, and the perfect pattern to merit a wear by such a special baby.
Well my hunt for the purple of my dreams took me all the way across the pond to Cephalopod yarns (I dare you to spell that freehand without googling it first) and their delicious (and happily superwash) 100% merino Traveller yarn. My friends, this is the yarn that makes butter seem itchy. It’s soft, smooshy and the Peshawar colour is deeply deeply purple. If my credit card could stomach it without wilting I would have a jumper’s worth winging its way to me in a heartbeat.
Given that this cardie (in the newborn size) took a little less than one of the two skeins which I ordered it’s also, well not a cheap knit, but certainly affordable in small doses.
If there’s any downside it’s that the purple bled while it was having a pre-blocking soak; not enough to bleed onto the towel, just into the water, and I’ve yet to find a deeply coloured yarn that doesn’t loose a little excess colour on the first wash so I’m not too worried – I’ve just sent a note to Em to tell her not to wash it with a white babygro.
The pattern, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Baby Mine is fun to knit, fast (which is definitely a good thing for knitters who apparently cannot comprehend the arrival of babies any time before a couple of weeks after their due dates) and from personal experience I know it’s a great little newborn cardie. The buttons aren’t particularly special but they are a pretty good colour match.
Despite dire predictions and a very damp wet summer, it has been warm so E’s not been suffering without her cardie. Her mama tells me that she’s still rather dainty so I hope she spends a warm and cozy winter wrapped in purple.
Pattern:Baby Mine by Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee
Yarn: Cephalopod Traveller in Peshawar, 1 skein
Needles: 3.5mm DPNs
Would I make it again: Yes – especially if tiny bump turns out to be another girl!