I had these cut out a few years back when I was planning to make them for a 1yr old that I had plucked from the KMart wishing tree one Christmas. They were going to be wrapped with a knitted Bob the Builder doll that I made up as I went along, although as Christmas drew nearer and I got all busy with everything festive, I instead rushed out and bought some bath toys for the little boy instead so that they would make the tree in time for collection. He probably had more fun with them anyway, but I had wanted to make him some clothes as 1yr old's really don't care too much about Christmas presents but I thought the Mum might like to dress him in something new. I grew up in a family of three kids and a single Mum, and we were often the recipients of such gifts (usually a skipping rope or doll) and know how special it was to have something new to wear rather than ill fitting hand-me-downs, so thought it would be nice to put hand stitched clothes under the tree. However, it was not to be. But I had to give my sister back the three pairs of trousers Austy had borrowed from big cousin Jake as little cousin Zac will fit them soon, and that left Austy with not too many pairs for childcare. So I stitched them up, thinking they would probably be too small (he's now in size 2's and has a cloth nappy bum), but was happily surprised to see they fitted (even had to roll up the cuff slightly while he ran around barefoot!). They probably won't last long, but Zac will get plenty of wear out of them soon enough.
And on the knitting front..... drumroll.... the hand dyed surprise is finished! Well the knitting part is anyway. I am yet to stitch up 3 booties (I stitched up one and now I know what the finished item looks like I have lost motivation to stitch up the others). I am very pleased with how they turned out, and I think the giftee will be very happy with them too as they are nice and bright (and tiny!). They will be in the mail next week so I will be able to post a pic, along with the pincushion and other sewing related gift I have made for my EB sewing swap partner.