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Happy Easter

9 Apr
Daisy wearing her Easter Dress and Sweater

Daisy, wearing her Easter Dress and matching sweater

We were traveling for Easter, so I couldn’t post. It was a lovely weekend, and full of “firsts” for the baby. The day of Easter was a little rough from a combination of teething, stranger anxiety, family she hasn’t seen in a month, and sleep deprivation. But we all pulled through.

I am working on a crib teething guard tutorial that I hope to post tomorrow or Wednesday. It’s pretty exciting for me because I am a decidedly novice sewer.

(Sweater pattern is Summer Days by Elena Nodel.)

Daisy Models Her Easter Sweater

2 Apr
Daisy Models Her Easter Sweater

Daisy Models Her Easter Sweater

I think she likes it! The sweater is a little snug in the body and sleeves, but it will do since she’ll be wearing it in less than a week. I’m so pleased with the final product that I’m thinking about getting more yarn to make it in a larger size. The petals of the daisy buttons are a little fiddly and catch on the buttonholes. But they’re so cute that I don’t mind.

Easter Sweater Completed

31 Mar

I just finished knitting Daisy’s Easter sweater, and I am thrilled with how it turned out. It’s exactly what I wanted. The pattern is Summer Days by Elena Nodel. It’s knitted in MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino, which is my idea of a perfect yarn – soft, well-wearing, perfect stitch definition, beautiful colors. The only problem is that it’s not cheap. Daisy is already in bed, so I don’t have any pictures of her modeling her new sweater yet – those will come tomorrow and on Easter.

Daisy's Easter Sweater

Daisy's Easter Sweater

Shopping and Seaming

25 Mar

Yesterday was a crazy busy day. I got up early to hit the mother-to-mother consignment sale at a local high school. It’s like an enormous yard sale that only carries things for children. The doors opened at 8:30, I got there at 8:10, and there was already a long line. They have this sale twice a year (one for summer clothes in March, one for winter clothes in October), and I started going last spring when I was pregnant. Until today, I’ve had amazing success with this sale. I would get a full wardrobe of clothing in each upcoming size for Daisy for $2-$4 per item. Today went pretty well, but they had no 18 month size pajamas. Not a single pair. It’s not a complete bust because I got a nice variety of summer clothing in 12 and 18 month sizes, but I’m not sure where I’m going to get pajamas now. Maybe I’ll drive to a consignment store next week.

And yesterday evening, I finished seaming the Dewey Cabled Pullover. I’ll post some pictures later today of Daisy wearing the sweater, but right now all I’ve got is a picture of the sweater laying on the table.

The sweater now that it's all sewed up. So cute!

(This is the Dewey Cabled Pullover from Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren, knitted in Touch Yarns 4 Ply Merino.)

Blocking the Dewey Sweater

24 Mar

One of my favorite knitting books is Vintage Baby Knits by Kristen Rengren.

I have serious intentions of knitting every single pattern in the book before I die. It is that great.

Anyways, in late February, I cast on the Dewey Cabled Pullover in Touch Yarns 4 Ply Merino. This yarn is so special, I have had it since 2005 and have been waiting for just the right project for it. My parents went to New Zealand that year and brought me back this yarn. I loved this yarn so much I couldn’t bear to knit anything with it because then I wouldn’t have any of it left. (I know how insane this sounds to a non-knitter.) Well, the Dewey sweater is worthy of my special yarn, and I finished knitting it a couple of days ago. Of course, the weather has been in the seventies for the last week, so my baby will probably only get to wear it for a few days. Hooray for gender-neutral navy! I can hand it down to boys and girls!

I blocked the sweater two nights ago, and now I’m sewing it together. Here’s the sweater and sleeves pinned out on my blocking board:

You are probably wondering about my special blocking board. I made it back in 2005 or 2006 using this tutorial from Knitty, an online knitting magazine. It is a wonderful blocking board, and works amazingly well because it wicks up moisture into the board as well as letting it evaporate. The only downside is that it is a little unwieldy (it’s 9 square feet), but I store it in the back of a closet, and that works out fine.