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Hannah Calls Her Suzie

Hello, Dear Readers. 

I think it’s been awhile since I posted. I’ve made lots of things since then, knitted, crocheted, AND sewn (Yes!  I’m falling back in love with my sewing machine!). But nothing’s been properly photographed and it’s now to the point where the task feels very overwhelming. I may attempt a quick crafty roundup post in the near future, but don’t hold your breath. I’m a notorious procrastinator, full of big talk and very little action. :)

However, I DID recently crochet a doll and took proper photos of it because I wanted to add it to my little Facebook shop to drum up some custom orders. The doll turned out adorable and I got 4 orders from it!  Sadly, one customer backed out after I had already started her doll, but my other 3 orders are still there and I’m sure I’ll end up finishing and selling the one that got cancelled. 

Anyways… 

  
Hannah loves the doll and carts her around everywhere. She’s named her “Suzie.”

   

 
For a first attempt, I think it came out looking pretty cute. The hair was a bit of trial and error and I spent an entire weekend ripping out and redoing it several times. I think I have a better idea of what I’m doing now.  Wig caps are a must.   
You’ll probably be seeing a post with more finished dolls soon. I’ve been steadily working on them for the past 2 weeks and they’re turning out even better than my first one!  Oh, the cuteness. I want to keep them all!

  
Details

Yarn: Craft store, worsted weight acrylic 

Pattern: Girl in a Dress, slightly modified

My Ravelry Project Page  

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I Kinda Miss Knitting

 I’ve been crocheting recently. A lot.  It’s faster than knitting which makes it a much better option when I’m looking to sell or donate things.  I save knitting for personal projects and gifts and, unfortunately, I’ve been too busy to do much of it. 

I’m trying to “sneak” a little knitting into my week now that things have calmed down a bit. Hopefully I can share a baby knit WiP soon, but right now it’s just a boring strip of stockinette. 

I have made SIX amigurumi bunnies/teddies (only 5 are pictured) in the past month. SIX!  I practically have the pattern memorized and I’ve probably shaved off a third of the crocheting time. They are darling at 4.5-6.5 inches tall. Three were sold as Easter gifts and 3 were donated to adoption fundraising auctions. See those awesome fabric flowers in the top two photos?  They were made using kanzashi flower templates from Clover. I’m starting to get better at them. Practice. Practice. 

 
Right before I left for vacation, I received a custom order request for a Mickey Mouse photo prop set. I had a 12 hour car ride ahead of me, so I agreed to make it and ran out to buy the supplies the day before we headed to Tennessee.  I’m quite proud of how the booties turned out, in particular. I used a basic pattern for the sole and foot and then played around to get the cuff to bubble out and curve inward to look like the tops of Mickey’s shoes. 

Those adorable cotton egg bunnies were quickly whipped up for my daughters’ Easter baskets. They’re weighted with marbles in their bottoms to keep them upright.  One of them was brought outside to play the other day and promptly dropped in a puddle.  It’s looking “well loved” already. 

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Spring Bunnies/Teddies

Mickey Mouse Props

Egg Bunnies
And now I’m off to try and nurse my awful head cold/sore throat whilst attempting to potty train my 3 year old. Day 5. It’s not going well. 

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Fundraiser Bunny



Adoptions are expensive. Really expensive. A friend from church is hoping to adopt another special needs baby/toddler from China and wanted items for an online fundraising auction to help with all the fees. I figured this happy, Spring-inspired bunny would go well with her Spring auction.  I hope it gets a lot of bids…or at least one very large bid… :)

Pattern available HERE for free.  

I used scraps of acrylic I had laying around. The main cream color is Hobby Lobby’s worsted weight I Love This Yarn.  The blue for the feet and flower is Caron Simply Soft. 

I modified the leg instructions so I could use the CC for the soles of the feet. Nothing major. Just work in joined rounds (sl st, ch 1 before beginning the next round) instead of working in a spiral. After the first round of the MC was finished, I switched over to working in a spiral. 

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Bad Blogger

I used to be so good about posting regularly and keeping you updated on my projects… 

I’ve made all kinds of things since my last update. My little Stitched by Sara shop has had quite a few orders (both crochet and fabric related) and I even completed an adult sized sweater.  

My biggest WiP at the moment is this:



That’s Baby #3.  And boy did I forget how hard making a baby is!  I suspect the fact that I’m also caring for a 35 month old and 17 month old has something to do with it. Oh the exhaustion!  And let’s not even go into the 24/7 nausea.  Oy. 



My new sweater!  The pattern is “Wyeth” on Ravelry. It’s fantastic. I really do need to get some full length shots of it. 



And here’s one of my recent Stitched by Sara orders.  My customer was thrilled, so mission accomplished!

And this is a super cheerful little dress-in-progress for my oldest girl. It’s called “Maxi Top/ Dress” on Ravelry and it’s a fun, free knit. I’m toying with the idea of adding some puffy short sleeves to it. If I ever get out of this morning sickness funk that I’m in. I’ve barely done any crafting since it came along. 

The best way to keep up with my crafting?  Follow me on Instagram @stitchedbysara. I’m MUCH more active on there. This poor blog is quite neglected. 

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A Finished Order

I have a little shop on Facebook called Stitched by Sara. My customers started out being just family and friends, but it’s slowly branching out to include friends of friends. I even have people following me that I don’t know. That’s pretty exciting in my book!

Being a stay-at-home Mom is awesome. Like, super awesome. But I thought a bit of play money for clothes, shoes, YARN, or camera supplies would be nice so I started a shop and hoped for the best.

The orders have trickled in at a slow, easily managed pace and it’s allowed me to buy my sweet Hubby extra Christmas gifts (which he totally deserves). 😊. I’ve also been able to get gift knitting done at the same time and have finished everything with a week to spare.

My latest order was completed earlier this week. It’s the Little Prince Loafers from The Lovely Crow. I heartily recommend her patterns!

I knit up the 0/3 month size for a brand new little princess who just made her grand entrance into the world a couple of weeks ago.

It’s 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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FO- Elephant Lovey

I was going to wait until I had everything finished and took some nice shots with my camera… but I’m terribly impatient to show her off! 

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