FO- Ruffled Tunic

This has been done for quite awhile.  I loved it so much that I stuck it on my two year old immediately.  Then I sent her off to nursery at church…when I came down at the end of the service she was covered in sugar from a powdered donut and there was a rather large pull in the tunic.  A 3 inch dangley bit of yarn was just hanging there, taunting me.  You need a strong stomach when knitting for toddlers.

I put the tunic in “time out” for over a week, as if it was the poor tunic’s fault.  Then I carefully wove the pull back in.  A week or so later, I decided it was time to wash and reblock it.  The pull is practically invisible (I can barely find it-and I know where to look). 

So here it finally is.  I’ll get proper, more detailed pictures up soon (it’s still damp). 

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So happy I decided to add buttons!

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Raveled HERE

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FO- Cabled Baby Hat

My friend is having a little baby boy.  I knew she wouldn’t have time to knit everything she wanted so I told her to pick a pattern and yarn and I would knit her a baby hat.  She chose the I Heart Cables hat, but left the yarn and color up to me as long as it was 100% merino wool.  I used the absolutely fabulous Malabrigo Rios yarn for the first time.  I’m in love.  Soft, squishy, lovely to knit with and the tonal color is beauitful (a navy blue called “Paris Night”).  

If you’re new to cables, this is a great hat to try out.  It was almost mindless it was so easy!  The decreases blend right into the cable pattern, which is another thing to love about this hat.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be knitting up another one of these bad boys.  It was also a good excuse to break out my new pom pom maker.  Yay!

 

Raveled HERE 

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Burton Bear Cowl

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So much cute I can hardly stand it!  The thought of a teeny infant version almost makes my ovaries quiver.  Then I remind myself that my 10 month old still wakes up every 2-3 hours every night for a quick drink from Mama and I practically live (make that “survive”) on caffeine.  I think Baby #3 can wait a bit longer.  :)

This is the Burton Bear Cowl.  It’s nearing the 800 project mark on Ravelry and if you’ve spent any time on Pinterest, you’ve most likely seen it there at least once.  That’s how my husband’s cousin’s wife (got that?) came across it.  Being the only knitter she knows, she asked me if I could make one for her 18 month old son for the winter in dark gray with a black button.  No problem!

The pattern was simple, mindless, and was finished in about 4 hours (I know I could do it in 3, now).  The only thing i did differently was to use a 3 needle bind-off instead of seaming the top of the hood.  It’s faster and produces a nicer seam, in my opinion.

I only have super quick cell phone pictures of Hannah modeling it.  I’m not sure if I’ll have time for a proper shoot before this gets delivered.

Oh….and my customer was so happy with the picture I sent her that she ordered two more for her nieces! 

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Hang in There

An FO should be headed your way soon.  I’m hoping it won’t be huge on Hannah (it’s a 4T shirt and she’s in 24mo/2T).  If I’m lucky, it’ll fit her like a dress or tunic this Fall.

Look!  I’m weaving in the ends!

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In the meantime, here’s a picture of the intended recipient looking hip and slightly dangerous, as usual, of course.  You don’t mess with Hannah Ruth.

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WiP- Ruffle Top

Dear Readers,

I am in love with this puffy sleeve I’ve just finished:

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In love.  It’s so adorably girly.  Oh, Hannah, I can’t wait to dress you up in this!

Ravelry page found here.

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Snickerdoodles

A ridiculous name for an awesome tasting cookie!

I’m in full party planning mode for Ella Gail’s first birthday.  It’s not until October, but today I baked and froze these delicious little guys:

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Ruffle Top

I’ve been a little silent here on the blog.  The thought of trying to take proper photographs, then upload, edit, and post them (with an almost 10 month old and a 2 year old hanging on me) just wasn’t doing it for me.  Instead, I focused on knitting at night while watching Rick Steves travel across Europe thanks to the Hulu app on our TV.  Hubby and I look forward to our nightly “date” with Rick.  It’s the little things.  Side note: I now want to visit the Alps, Alsace, Paris, and a host of other places.

I’ve been plugging along on a Ruffle shirt for Hannah.  She’s two and the pattern jumps from a 24 month to a 4T, so I’m making the 4T and she’ll be able to wear it the next two years both as a dress and tunic (hopefully).

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I got slightly side tracked with the knitted birds, but I’m back working on Ruffle exclusively again.  Today during Ella’s nap, I put on Curious George for Hannah and successfully finished the main body.  All that’s left to knit are the sleeves, ruffles, and collar. 

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