I visited with a couple of friends yesterday, both of whom recently had babies - as we all know, babies (who know knitters) must be swaddled in knitted items! But as I only got my act together earlier this week, I settled on a quick (and practical) project for each.
Cotton bibs! Lovely little items, very quick and easy to knit, and (if I may say so myself), so cute!
Pattern: Modern Cabled Baby Bib by Andrea Pomerantz - a free pattern available via Ravelry. The only modification I made was to cast on 36 stitches rather than 28, and this was only because I was using an 8ply/DK cotton, rather than worsted. This makes a smallish sized bib, what you might call a "dress bib", but you could easily make it bigger if you wanted.
Yarn: 20g for each bib, using Heirloom 8ply/DK cotton from the stash! One bib was done in colour 674, a pinky purple (which I have christened "pinkle"), and the other in colour 680, a pale blue. This is a really nice soft cotton to knit with, not hard on the hands like some cottons.
Sticks: 4mm KnitPicks Harmony Options
Time: 23-26 June 2009, for both bibs.
It's almost a shame to think they'll be used for catching food (and other!) spills, but as I always say about my knitted dishcloths, using the knitted goods makes a tedious job almost a pleasure!