Ronan’s Football Outfit

On a whim, my sister-in-law and I decided that Ronan needed to be dressed up in a little football outfit and photographed in those delightful newborn poses you see from professional photographers.  I did a little research on Ravelry and found two patterns to modify.  Both pieces were made with Malabrigo Rios in “Coco” and “Natural.”  First, the hat:

Ronan's Football Hat

Ronan’s Football Hat

I made a ton of modifications to this pattern.  All of them can be found here.  I (poorly) embroidered some laces on the hat to make it look more authentic.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

The soaker got some laces, too:

Front of Ronan's football soaker.

Front of Ronan’s football soaker.

Back of Ronan's football soaker.

Back of Ronan’s football soaker.

098The details on the soaker can be found here.

The photo shoot went incredibly well, considering I was behind the camera.  It would have been easier to pull off had I had full use of my knee, but I did what I could.  My sister-in-law did a fantastic job posing him, holding up backgrounds, and slipping him his pacifier when needed.  Ronan did not behave.  He was crying, grimacing, and/or covering his face for most of the shoot.  Don’t let these shots fool you!

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This is by far my favorite. :)

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Look at that serene baby!

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Ronan and Daddy!

Ronan and Daddy!

I’m looking forward to doing a shoot with the girls once the weather cooperates.  It’s been rainy for the past two days, and we’re expecting more tomorrow.  Maybe I can get some shots of them in their Christmas outfits!

Miss Kirsi – Complete!

The final Christmas piece has been finished!  I can’t believe I knitted two sweaters, two fingering weight dresses, and a vest in time for Christmas!  I already bought the girls’ Easter outfits.  I’m not outfitting three kids again for a very, very long time.

005Kirsi’s Miss Daisy is blocked, buttoned, and ready for action!  Everything is the same as Eva’s aside from the size.  This one is the two year old size.  I hope to get pictures of all of the kids modeling their Christmas outfits as soon as I pick up a pair of pants for Ronan and some blouses for the girls.

Extra details can be found here.

Lightroom 5 – A New Experience

My software download card for Lightroom 5 arrived yesterday. (Squeeee!) I had been watching tons of tutorials and reading lots of articles while I waited for it to arrive, so I was confident I would be an expert once I had it installed. Silly me. I quickly discovered that I had no idea what I was doing, and, much to my dismay, made my poor sister-in-law look like a glowing alien.

I returned to YouTube, watched a few more tutorials, and picked a new victim. This time it was Kirsi. She fared much better than Maija.

Kirsi BandANow it’s not perfect, but I think it’s an improvement. I even edited a beach scene.

030I am pretty stoked, I must admit. I’m loving this new program. Previously I used GIMP, which probably does the same stuff as Lightroom, but I never bothered to learn much about it.  I doubt I’ll be going back, though, since I’ve now been spoiled.

The next step I’ll be taking is changing my camera’s setting to shoot in RAW instead of JPEG. I’m really nervous to do it, but from what I hear, it makes for better images. I’d like to get some more shots of the kids. Maybe something I can use for this year’s Christmas cards. Getting a three year old, an eighteen month old, and a newborn to pose together shouldn’t be too difficult, right?

Ronan – The Model

Before Ronan was born, Sara knit him an adorable hat.  I snapped some shots of him wearing it today.  It fits with a little room to grow, so it’ll be perfect for this fall/winter!

Edited 012The pattern is I Heart Cables for those of you who might be interested in making one yourself.

Edited 025Sara used Malabrigo Rios (she knows me so well!) in “Paris Night.”  Ronan must like Rios, too, because he didn’t mind wearing the hat.  In fact, he fell asleep wearing it, as is evidenced in the above photos.

I’ve been trying really hard to improve my photography skills.  Through a stroke of luck, I was able purchase a few more photography tools, and I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival so I can play with them.  The most important is Lightroom 5, which I’m DYING to use.  If anyone wants to pass along some tips and tricks or recommend some sites or books, I’m listening!  :D

Ronan’s Christmas Vest – Complete!

Three out of five Christmas outfit pieces are complete!

Ronan's Christmas Vest - Front

Ronan’s Christmas Vest – Front

This adorable little vest was knit with size 4 and 5 needles and in Malabrigo Rios in “Ravelry Red.”  I followed the instructions for the 6 month size (the smallest size available), but I used smaller needles so the vest would turn out a smaller size.  Ronan will be less than 3 months old come Christmas time, and he’s not exactly a large baby.

Ronan's Christmas Vest - Back

Ronan’s Christmas Vest – Back

The chest measures 13 inches unstretched.  The design is very giving, so it should last him through the winter.  This was an incredibly quick project, and although I hate seaming, I didn’t mind the two small seams on this garment.  I got to brush up on my seaming skills, which isn’t a bad thing.  (I sure needed it!)

I chose to use two Scottie dog buttons to close the shoulder.  I’ve had them in my button stash for many, many years.  I’m so glad I was finally able to use them!

Raveled here.

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. :)

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