Spring Dress

>> Friday, May 7, 2010

I swear someday I will actually start and finish a project for myself.  I have plenty of things lined up that I would love to wear but unfortunately there are to many adorable little girl projects and I have a little girl who loves to wear anything I make.  I know I'm going to blink my eyes and she'll be a teenager and all bets will be off.  So until then I offer up yet another little girl knit.

Elenka from Knitty (free).  It is knit in the round from the bottom up so as you get closer and closer to finishing, it gets faster and faster to knit.

I had to lengthen it because the sizes only go up to 5T and my daughter is wearing 6x, she is quite tall.  I just worked more rounds of the lace skirt in each section.  I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Peony for the dress (5 skeins) and Ivory for the edges (about 1/3 skein).  Very affordable to make and she loves it.

There is a purple ribbon thread through the upper waist area.  I wanted a lacy ivory colored ribbon but my little fashionista decided that purple was the way to go and I humbly bowed to her wishes :).

The cotton is very soft and should be nice and light to wear for most of the summer.  It has already seen a lot of wear and dirt. 

I love the daisy stitch on the bodice.  So delicate and perfect for this little dress and the double crochet eding really finishes it nicely.  Now I'm off for a busy mother's day weekend.  Birthday parties and gardening and hopefully a little sleeping in for me.  Have a fantastic weekend!!  


Bulky Spring Sweater

>> Monday, May 3, 2010

I finished this cardigan a few weeks ago but uncooperative weather didn't permit any pictures. Finally a few shots of my daughter playing outside and voluntary wearing my sweater.  A willing participant always helps the photo shoots :).

The sweater turned out pretty cute.  Unfortunately between when I measured her for the sweater and finishing it she shot up about 2 inches.  So the bottom is a little bit shorter than I would have liked.

She is going back and forth across the yard 'making soup' in her 'kitchen'.  There was a lot of "How about a picture of me stirring my soup.  How about one of me collecting herbs." 
The pattern is Red Vines Coat, raveled here.  I used Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky and I hate saying it but I won't be using it again.  There was a lot of spots that were super thin and it broke or really thick where it looked like a large knot.  I ordered it online and the color is great but the fiber not as much.  At the rate she's growing it probably won't fit past this spring.
It was knit in sections from the bottom up but the use of bulky yarn made it very quick.  She loves wearing it over her sundresses to keep her warm and it has made many appearances to nighttime baseball games.  What more could a knitting mom ask for?                                                                                                                              


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