My first experience in knitting lace was a lesson in patience and also a lesson in not talking because I needed to count stitches and apparently I cannot count without at least moving my lips. But now I have the hang out of it (mostly) and it's coming out really, really cute. It's bigger than I thought it would be, but it's ok if this one is bigger. This one will not be re-knit. If it comes out big enough to fit the momma, then so be it.
Notice the big, not travel friendly, spool of yarn? If I had a ball winder I would wind it into smaller balls, but since I don't, I won't mess with it since it behaves itself so nicely on the spool. I bought it a while ago and I'm finally glad to have a use for it. I had even given it to someone else to see if she would have a use for it and then asked for it back when I learned of the girl baby I wanted to knit for. There's a ton so I'll have plenty to give back to my knitting friend.
If all goes well, it should end up looking like this:
I'm planning on making the bonnet but the booties may be a bit much. Maybe if I can get my courage up I could try to crochet these cuties. The layette is a Bernat pattern, which can be found & downloaded for free here.