a couple of hand knits for a new niece or nephew... this was my first sweater and it turned out better than i'd expected! i used this free pattern which was pretty easy to follow. the wool yarn is from nordic mart. it's super-wash, which i thought sounded like a good idea, but then i realized how easy it is to hand-wash a little sweater in the sink... plus i started reading lots of scary stories about items knit with super-wash yarn expanding in the washing machine. anyway, this little sweater success has me wanting to knit more small things! (oh, and the pretty yellow buttons are vintage).
also, i just had to make the mini-blanket with a dog head. it's from this free pattern, made with leftover cotton yarn. i changed up the striping from the original pattern so there wouldn't be so many ends to weave in. something fun for little hands to grab on to!
(also on ravelry).