I did quite a bit of knitting while expecting my first child. Le Petit Faune was a small line of shops offering exquisite clothing for babies and children. The clothes were classic but designed with a lighter hand than what I saw in "fancy" children stores elsewhere: instead of a surfeit of smocking, ruffles or embroidered roses, they kept to simple shapes often done in Liberty's of London prints. The stores also offered their clothing and knitwear in kit forms and sold a couple of yarns under their brand name. I did not know how to sew at the time, but I bought a couple of the knitting kits. I still have the (very basic) patterns and even a few skeins of tasteful light grey wool left, all the way from 1986.
Back in those days of very primitive sonograms, I had no idea that I was expecting a girl when I settled on the color combo above: a slightly grey-ish green (greener than on the photo above) with pink accents. The cardigan was knitted from the bottom up. Examining it, I am pleasantly surprised that I managed to keep the tension even. Even the sleeve seams can stand to scrutiny. I honestly don't remember how much wear this cardigan endured from my three daughters, but it appears ready for more wear, so off to New York it goes, in my suitcase.
I knitted the same pattern a second time, in grey with white lice, for a baby boy. I just checked on Ravelry, as every item ever hand-knit has a way of surfacing there at some point, and sure enough! One knitter -- a French compatriot -- has listed the pattern and entered her own versions of it. Simple and sweet.
Here's another FO, this one brand new, also Brooklyn-bound:
This skein of Zitron Trekking XXL was my very first purchase of sock yarn, over five years ago. It looked awfully thin to me and it took me a little while to work up the nerve to cast on on size 0 needles. The adult pair was started during my vacation and finished last week. I immediately cast on for the baby pair which took me three evenings. To my surprise, there is enough yardage left in this one undying skein to knit... I don't know what. Part of a sock at least.
I don't know why I stuck to stockinette for the adult pair. It looks ugly, bloated. I'll stick to variations on ribbing from now on. The baby pair looks better but I have no idea when or if it will fit. I plan to experiment with other baby sock patterns and see what my customer prefers (probably bare feet at this point!).