And I didn't tell you what I was working on? Well, I was working on this:
And before any of you start getting excited, thinking that we are expecting a little girl, we are not. I repeat, we are not having a baby. But our good friends just had a sweet, sweet little girl (whom I got to meet today!) and as soon as I found out they were having a girl, I wanted to knit something. Something girly. Something with some of this adorable ruffle.
Because I've been told by the male figures in my family that Bert does not need a ruffle. Or a skirt.
And here is a random shot of me sewing the elastic together in the waistband. This might be the first actual garment I have made. Excluding my swimsuit cover-up, but that didn't involve tricky things like elastic waistbands.
And before you think that I am oh-so-talented (but thanks if you jumped to that conclusion), the yarn is actually made to come up with those cute little flowers when you knit it. So I didn't do anything fancy to wind up with that pattern in the skirt. (The yarn is Bernat Baby Jacquards Florals in Orange Blossom and I found it at AC Moore, if you are interested.)
I found the pattern on knittingpatterncentral.com, and then it ended up being printed on the label around the yarn when I bought it. I made the 3-6 month size, though it looks a little bigger than that! The pattern was pretty simple, mostly just knit and purl. When I got a little confused by the ssk (slip slip knit), I headed to YouTube and found a video showing me how to do it. The waistband was made by just folding over the top inch, sewing it together with the yarn, and sliding the elastic through. I did let my mom walk me through that part though because I didn't want to screw the whole thing up on the final steps. But it turned out just fine. Very cute, but not nearly as cute as the little girl it's for!