Well it's not exactly sunny today, it's one of those days optimistically described as 'dry and bright', meaning complete cloud cover. None the less it's a good sort of light for photographing creamy pink roses because nothing gets completely washed out by brilliant summer sunshine. And we wanted the pictures to be good, because this is a very special rose.
My father has a talent for choosing unusual but perfect gifts for people; every now and then he finds something that no-one else would ever have thought of, but becomes something very treasured - my Ancient Greek interlinear bible, a present for getting an A* in my Greek GCSE, being a classic example.
When he and Mum arrived with Kitty's Christmas present, he explained that a few days after her birth he was thinking about her name, and decided that if there wasn't a rose with her name, there really ought to be. And so began a little research into roses, that ended with a bare stem in a sea green pot arriving at our house in January.
It survived the frosts and the snow and slowly buds emerged and little green leaves unfurled and now we have beautiful fragrant creamy roses with a pink blush centre. It sits just outside our lounge doors and the scent floods in on a warm evening.
A little while ago we received a parcel from Kitty's Grannie with an almost finished dress and matching bloomers, and last week I finished it off. So her we have Kitty, in a dress made by Grannie, with her rose chosen by Grandpa:
Of course, having got her all set up, I thought I might try to take some actual knitting pictures. I mean, what with this being a creativey type of blog and all.
First to be finished, the Bellyfant Baby Cardigan in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Next off the needles was the wonderful Sweet Bunting. It's a Cosmic Pluto pattern and as soon as I saw it on Laura's blog I knew it was perfect for little miss. It's Baby Cashmerino again with a little scrap of aqua Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK for the bunting string.
(and yes that is what generally happens when the baby gets too near the flowerpot!)
Last but not least, the cardigan I made in Venice, the Silver Cardigan, but in pink Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK with pink heart buttons in the exact matching colour.
They all have a little room for her to grow over the summer so hopefully she'll sport fewer 3/4 length sleeves in the future - although I love her Tulips Cardigan so much that she'll still be wearing it as a short-sleeved bolero. Perhaps a bigger version should be the next Kitty cardigan on the needles?