I thought I'd share a couple of knitted gifts I recently made for a friend's new baby girl. First off is a rabbit from the Susan B Anderson book 'Itty Bitty Toys'. I bought this when I visited Loop in London in December last year and this is the first project I've made from the book, though it has a great range of lovely projects.
I used a cotton yarn, with bamboo for the underside of the ears. It was knit in the round, meaning less sewing up, but as some of the elements are a bit fiddly (legs and arms particularly), knitting flat for some parts might actually have been quicker. It looks pretty much exactly like in the book, with a nice simple face, which I really like.
Pom pom tail
To accompany the rabbit I made Nikki Van De Car's Autumn Leaves cardigan (free on Ravelry) using the same slightly pearlised bamboo yarn that features on the rabbit's ears.
It was a pretty straightforward project, knit in the round. I found some lovely plastic iridescent rose-shaped buttons which complement the yarn and design well, and it was impossible to find buttons that matched the colour exactly.
I think it might be bad form to encourage the new mother to open your baby gifts asap with a loud whisper of "Open your present", but I was excited to be handing them over after all the time spent in crafting them. Both gifts were well received and I was really happy with how they turned out.