Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sweet Autumn Leaves

It's not autumn here, but the breeze is blowing. And a tornado hit Missouri recently in a tragic way. Friends of ours have relatives there and I was made aware of a little newborn whose momma lost everything she had in the tornado. I cannot fathom this. My first thought was that I wanted to send her a little baby sweater. This is the result:
Autumn Leaves...

 Smitten by the pattern, I must say. I eeked it out with one skein of Cascade Sierra. Just barely. Using size 7 needles. Could've made a tad longer, but wanted to make sure I finished off the sleeve cuffs.
Autumn Leaves, by Nikki Van De Car, a free pattern off Ravelry. Sending it soon with hugs, and prayers. I hope one day to see a picture of the sweet baby wearing it.... XXOO...(edited 1/5/2012  to add: My wish just came true... Here she is at 4 mos. old with lots of room to grow into it )

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Ladybug Baby Sweater

Ladybug is a topdown raglan baby sweater. This one was my design, a simple one, but sweet. I am working out the design details on paper. I was able to do it all with one skein of Unisono, a 100% extra fine merino superwash wool. I had the wool for a long time and wanted to do something special with it. The colors are intriguing. I don't have a baby around to model for me...I need to get one of those! So instead, Matilda the bear comes in handy again. She is about the right size. This sweater is approximately 12 mos. size. I have it posted up on Ravelry as well. Ladybug, away home!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Baby Sophisticate

And there you have it! The Matilda bear modeling the sophisticated sweater in the libary reading Shakespeare!
 Just a few more buttons needed for this sophisticated baby sweater. The baby who wears this one should definitely be sipping tea in the library reading Shakespeare!  Baby Sophisticate, by Linden Down. A free pattern on Ravelry. Knit from 3 skeins Mission Falls merino wool (sadly, discontinued) with size 8 needles. This one is knit from the top down, raglan style. The sleeves are put on holders, then the body is finished. Sleeves are knit downward in the round. I shortened the body and sleeve length a tad.

 The shawl collar is picked up along with the button band. Short rows are added to shape the collar. The method of binding off was the "sewn bind off". I show this method on one of my previous posts. Very distinguished looking, eh? I like the look of it with the silvery buttons.
It's blocking now on a towel to help even out the stitches some. Blocking has a way of working its wonders. I imagine this baby will be very smart, whoever it will be.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Joy

Homemade card from my artist cute! She is the one who makes the cute cards I have
on my side bar.   

 Chocolati truffles in mocha and salted caramel and gift card to go get coffee at same shop! Yum!

Beautiful handmade card from my mother-one of many she has done for all occasions!
This must be where we all get our creative talents. From my mom!

My own skein of soft alpaca from a cute farm on San Juan Island and sheared off of "Foxy Lady" for a warm little project, from my oldest daughter and son in law!

Thank you to the little alpaca with the great name for giving up her wool!

Beautifully handmade beaded necklace and earrings from my daughter. She made me this so I don't steal her necklace. She might sell on Etsy soon too. Talented kiddos!

Tulips, card and surprise necklace from my honey!

The "reasons" I'm a proud momma!

Hope your Mother's Day was blessed!