Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Ta-dahhh! Rose's shrug all finished..!

Well..! Here it is..!

I've been busy knitting a shrug style cardigan for Rose and I have to say, I absolutely love it! The pattern is from one of my Debbie Bliss knitting pattern books, called 'Simply Baby'. I used some of her Baby Cashmerino wool in this really sweet minty green colour. It was nice to not knit it in really really girly colours, I think it'll suit her very nicely..! Although she won't be able to wear it for a little while yet as it's in size 12-18 months, I did put it on her but it completely swamped her and did look a bit silly!

I added a flower as a corsage that I crocheted from the most recent Mollie Makes magazine, I think it really makes the cardigan. Before I added it, I think it looked a little bare and plain. But it looks much prettier with the flower now, the colours from the flower make it a bit more interesting to look at.

It was relatively easy to knit, the only part that I got stuck on was when I had to pick up the stitches to create the ribbed edging. I'm sure I have had to do it before but for some reason, I just couldn't figure it out this time.. so I got a helping hand from my Auntie Lettie @ Poppy Cottage when I was back in Dorset. It was knitted in one piece on a circular needles and I have to say, it was Sooo lovely not to have to sew together countless seams this time! :-)

So what do you all think..?! Do you like..?

I just want to say Hello to my most recent followers! :-) Thanks for coming to visit me here.. when i first started writing this blog, I really didn't think anyone would be very interested in what I had to say! But now it feels like a little online community and every time I get a new comment, I do get a bit excited. Is that completely sad of me?!

But I've now reached 50 followers.. actually 53! And I'd like to do a giveaway to celebrate but I really have no idea where to start. Sooo, do I buy some lovely items and then pop them on my blog and offer them up as a giveaway..? What are the rules with it? Basically, I'm blabbering away now, so if any one can explain to me where i start.. I'd be very grateful! :-) Thanks!



  1. This is so lush! Love the flower detail.
    Not sure about the giveaway - I've been thinking about doing one myself and was wondering the same thing!

  2. Hats off to you gal, this cardigan is b e a utiful and a gorgeous corsage too, how clever are you, very jealous indeed, Rose will look so pretty.

    I've been working on my crochet tonight, it's still not as neat as I'd like it which is driving me a bit mad, need more patience and practice!!

    I'm not sure about the awards either, sorry!! just do what you want to do.

    Bee xxxx

  3. I wish I could knit! This is adorable. I just did a giveaway recently and mine was stuff i'd made, but it can be anything you want! Most people love a giveaway so it's up to you. Just because you knit it doesn't have to be connected to knitting xxx

  4. Oooh, that shrug is lovely!! I'd like one in my size!!

    Thanks for your comments over at mine - I only got diagnosed with sciatica yesterday by my GP (but I gathered from Dr Google that's what it was ) - I feel about 100 at the moment!!

    The giveaway is entirely up to you, when I had my 50 followers one I included a couple of bits I had and made a an embroidery but you can giveaway whatever you like. Same for the rules - it's entirely up to you.

    Check out yesterday's post from me as I am just having my 100 follower one - you can enter and check out my rules.

    It's such a buzz watching your followers gradually rise isn't it?

    S x

  5. The shrug is gorgeous, I knit baby things to sell, I want to open an etsy shop, but my friends keep buying what I knit. 95% of what I knit is in natural yarns and I love it. I knit, I hope, funky type clothes, dresses etc.
    Re giveaway, just whatever you feel like, people are grateful to receive here in blog land.
    x Sandi

  6. Oh that is just beyootiful!!!! Rose will look lush! Bless her, it's so pretty, well done.
    Never done a giveaway because a) will never get enough followers b) I don't make anything (other than a noise) ha ha!!!
    x x x

  7. gorgeous cardigan love it your very clever xx

  8. Really lovely - well done you & lucky Rose.
    I love the colour and the flower finishes it perfectly. I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino at the moment and adore the muted shades.

  9. Like it? I love it - it is gorgeous.

    Have a lovely day,

    Nina xxx

  10. Love it, so cute! If only it would fit me.....

    you are very talented!

    Lou xxx

  11. Wow, honey. The shrug is lovely, what a lovely colour, makes a difference from the girly colours. As far as a giveaway a flower and leaf corsage would be a nice idea, but it is up to you..... but well done on the 53 followers
    love Mum xxxx

  12. As mum said, totally up to you, can be small or big, but something hand made is nice, after all that is why you have followers as they like what you do.

    What about what you made for Nan and pop a little something inside) Message me for different ideas. Off to buy a fridge freezer tomorrow!! Great!!

  13. Gorgeous! Looks amazing and the corsage just finishes it off perfectly - you're very clever, knitting foils me every time I try.
    Re the giveaway, I think it's just up to you what you'd like to include, Sandi's right, I think people are very grateful in blogland. I'll be watching to see how you do it in the end - I'm at 49 followers now and was thinking I'd do a 50 giveaway too!
    Emily x

  14. Oh how gorgeous, it's a perfect shrug and looks ever so professional with your crochet flower. Hopefully Rose will be ready to wear it sometime this winter xox RE giveaway, it's all your choice your rules...have fun xox You'll notice a lot morecommens and followers after having a giveaway! xox Penleope

  15. Wow wee! That shrug is magic. You clever knitter.

    As for your give away please can you give away Rose and please may I win her?!!!!! Kidding obv. My eldest is desperate for a sister. I agree with the others, you could give away what ever you fancy, hand made or bought, big or small.

    I keep meaning to do a giveaway but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I've collected a few bits but I haven't made anything yet....I'll get around to it some day.


  16. Yippee! Another baby garment knitter! It is so fab to see your lovely blog and your shrug is beautiful. The colour is one of my favourites.

    If you have a couple of moments to spare pop over and see what I've been knitting up for my little Angélique (18 months). I like the idea of sharing and swapping knitting design ideas.

    I shall be back... ;-)

  17. OMG that is absoulutely gorgeous. I want to be able to knit like that!
    I have left you an award on my blog...xxx

  18. Think you may have already done it before I was a follower so don't feel you need to do it again - but I for one would love to know more about you!
    Nelly x

  19. Hi Ashley, thanks for visiting me today, and your lovely comments :) your cardigan for Rose is so sweet, such a lovely colour, she will look gorgeous in it! Will keep a look out for your giveaway, well done on your followers! Jenny xx

  20. Just wanted to give you a big cyber hug and thank you for your fab comment on mine today. It didn't bore me at all. It was reassuring. Just had such a quiet week on the friend front and hubby works evenings and I have felt lonely.
    However I promise to get over myself and "man up" from now on.
    Thrilled with friends like you! Blogger has given me a new lease of life in the evenings.
    Have a lush weekend

  21. Hello, I am just catching up on some of the stuff I missed while I was offline and have to say how much I love this cardi. It's stunning, especially the flower detail (I've forgotten what those things are called!.... CORSAGE!

    I did a little knitting with DPNs a while back and know exactly what you mean about joining and twisting. It's definitely tricky and one to be mastered.

    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. The buggy wheels have gone wonky through Brooke standing on the back of it as she is too lazy to walk most of the time and I don't get on with buggy boards. It is only a year old but I have used it every day and bounced it up and down endless stairs!

  22. The shrug is lovely, well done! Love hte finishing touch with the flower! She will look lovely in it!