After disappointing sales at the craft fair and considering my large stock of socks I decided some knitting for the little ones was the way to stash reduction.
I looked for a shrug or bolero pattern to knit for Amelia but eventually chose Wonder Wave a short sleeved cardigan from Drops Design and some Sublime organic cotton dk in this pretty pale pink that was waiting to be used. The body is produced in one piece to the arm holes, the sleeves on circular or double pointed needles then everything transferred to a circular needle to knit the yoke.
I really don't like working with circular needles but there was no way to get all the stitches and the tubular sleeves onto a straight needle so I went with a circular needle until the stitches were reduced enough and I was sufficiently beyond the sleeves that I could manage on straights. The wavy pattern is a 4 row repeat that is easy to memorise and apart from the faff of the circular needle it was an enjoyable knit, in fact it was worth the effort because there was hardly any stitching up to do just a little under the arms. I would say however that the pattern isn't for a beginner because it didn't go into great detail and certainly required some knitting knowledge.
I should have taken a photograph after I'd blocked, sewn on the buttons and when I wasn't casting a shadow, but for some reason I didn't and the parcel is now on its way to Amelia. I have a slight concern that it isn't big enough for her though the finished size agreed with the pattern for age 5 to 7. If it has to go to her little sister I am prepared to take an order for a larger size of if there is sibling envy I will make a smaller one for Esme. Of course they may both detest it, I am waiting to hear.