Kirsi’s Winter Hat – Complete!

I did it!  Eva and Kirsi have matching winter hats! Well, except for the color, that is.

Edited 019Edited 024I used the same pattern and made Kirsi’s a tad smaller than Eva’s. Kirsi refused to model it for me, so Eva stepped in.  I can always count on her to get in front of the camera.

I hope Kirsi warms up to it over the next month.  If she doesn’t, Eva will end up with two winter hats, which I sure she won’t mind. :)

Eva’s Christmas Dress – Complete!

I finally finished Eva’s Christmas Dress.  The knitting has been done for a while, but Ronan’s birth and a knee injury forced me to put off the blocking/buttoning/photographing process.  I managed to sneak outside for a few minutes today to take some pictures, so I’m feeling pretty darn accomplished. :)

Edited 005Edited 006Edited 018I made a number of modifications, all of which are listed on my Ravelry project page.  I did find an error in the pattern, which I addressed in my project notes.

For this lovely dress I used Malabrigo Sock in “Ivy” and size 6 and 4 needles.  As usual, my gauge was way off, but I think the dress will fit Eva without issue.  I haven’t made her try it on, yet, so I can’t say for sure.

I used three “diamond” buttons on the front, which I think makes the dress appropriate for both Christmas and everyday wear.  Eva wanted me to put ladybug buttons on it, but we compromised, and I’ll be adorning her winter hat with ladybug buttons shortly. :)

He’s Here!

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Ronan was born October 4th, 2014 at 8:24pm, weighing 7 lbs and measuring 19.25 inches. :D

Due to some complications (suspected cholestasis), I was induced three weeks early.  Thankfully, I was able to have my second VBAC and didn’t have to recover from major surgery while caring for three kids under three.

Knitting has been next to nonexistent over the past couple of weeks, so this post will have to tide you over until I can get back to being productive!

Eva’s Christmas Dress – First Progress Report

In keeping with my goal of finishing three Christmas outfits for the kids this year, I’ve been diligently working on Eva’s Christmas dress. After much debate (and a false start with another poorly written pattern), I settled on this pattern. Much like Kirsi’s dress, this one has a huge skirt, too, which is taking forever to knit. It’s nice, mindless knitting, though. :)

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Front of Eva's Christmas Dress

I’m using Malabrigo Sock in “Ivy” and size 6 needles. (The neck and button bands were done with size 4 needles.) I hope I have some yarn left over once the dress is done to make Kirsi a hat like Eva’s. I love matchy-matchy!

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Back of Eva's Christmas Dress

I have no idea how long this thing will take to finish, but I can tell you that I’m very much looking forward to working with worsted weight again. :D

Eva’s Winter Hat

I completed the finishing touches on Eva’s Winter Hat this morning!

Eva's Winter Hat

Eva’s Winter Hat

I managed to make that pom pom with two toddlers climbing on me.  Huzzah!

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Eva seems to like her new hat.  She took it from my immediately and started wearing it.  She’s kind of obsessed with the pom pom.

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I used the same yarn as I did for Kirsi’s Christmas Dress (Malabrigo Sock in “Boticelli”) and 3.25mm needles.  I modified the pattern a bit since Eva is exiting toddlerhood, and I wanted to make sure the hat was big enough.  I guess I succeeded because it’s got just the right amount of slouch.

I think it would be super cute to make Kirsi a matching hat with the leftover yarn from Eva’s Christmas dress (whenever I finish it).  Do I have the time and the will to make another?

Kirsi’s Christmas Dress – Finished!

The first of five Christmas outfit pieces is complete!

Kirsi's Christmas Dress

Kirsi’s Christmas Dress

I love it.  It’s absolutely beautiful.

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I used about 1.2 hanks of Malabrigo Sock in “Boticelli” and size 6 needles.  My gauge came in at 6.5 stitches x 8.5 rows = 1 inch.  Still smaller than what the pattern called for, and I used needles two sizes bigger!

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The skirt measures 13 inches from the top of the seed stitch band to the bottom of the hem.  The seed stitch band measures 19 inches around.

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I chose two white flower buttons for the back of the dress.  I didn’t want to go with anything Christmas-y because I’d like her to be able to wear this dress for more than one occasion.

Instead of moving straight to Eva’s Christmas dress, I’ve decided to make Eva a winter hat out of the leftovers from Kirsi’s dress. My cake is wound kind of tight, and I didn’t want to put the yarn into storage like that.  Keep your eyes peeled for the next Boticelli project!  :)

Daisy Stitch Baby Blanket – Finished!

After two and a half months of knitting, I finally finished the Daisy Stitch Baby Blanket. It was truly a labor of love.

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Daisy Stitch Baby Blanket

This lovely little blanket was knit with Grignasco Merino Gold DK in “Cream” and size 6 needles. I started with 177 stitches instead of the smaller amount called for in the pattern because I wanted a bigger blanket.  Mine ended up measuring 25.25 x 29.5 inches.

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Close-up of daisy stitch.

It’s a bit smaller than what I wanted, but I think it’s big enough for a baby. The yarn is super soft and cuddly, which is awesome!

Edited 022My one complaint is that the top and bottom edges flare.  I couldn’t fix it with blocking, so I’ll have to accept it.  I doubt it’ll be noticeable once the blanket is in use, and the baby won’t care about it one bit!

With a little more than 2 months to go until Baby #3 arrives, I’ve stashed the blanket in a Ziploc bag along with all of the other things I’ve made for him. I foresee a major photo shoot once he arrives!

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