As I mentioned in my last post, I made an adorable cardigan and hat set for Leah, but would not post pictures b/c I wanted to surprise my sister. I'm glad I did b/c she and everyone else loved the set. I will say, it really was gorgeous. The pattern is from Susan Anderson's Itty Bitty Nursery and I knit it in Manos Cotton Stria. It's a nice, soft cotton that has a little bit of give. Here are a few pictures of it:
I knit the size 1-2 b/c I wanted to make sure that she got to wear it as long as possible. I had a feeling it would be big on her now, but something she could easily wear into the fall. I'd much rather give it to her big now than hope and pray that it fits in the fall. Anyway, although it's big, we still put Leah in it for pictures. The hat is humongous!
The other item I knit for Leah was a birthday cake hat out of Susan Anderson's itty bitty book, Itty Bitty Hats. This is the same book I used for the cupcake hat I made in the fall. I had some issues keeping the candle up and took the advice of some other ravelers who put straws inside. It actually worked! I also had some issues w/ the crocheted "frosting" since I am not coordinated enough to do crochet. Anything I need to use my left hand for does not work! So, I did manage to crochet a single chain and then sewed it to the hat instead of doing some crochet stitch all along it. I think it came out just fine.
I knit the size 1, but as you can see from the picture, it's already pretty big. We put it on Leah and it was huge! It's so big that it will not only work for her 2nd birthday, but Alex could probably wear it for her 4th birthday later this month! I rolled the hat under so it fit her better and she wore it for a good part of the cake eating.
But eventually, Katie spared the hat as Leah really dug into the cake!