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Kirsi’s Frippery

Hello, everyone!  I may have been silent, but I’ve been doing lots of crafting! I’ve been focusing on some child and baby projects.  They’re relatively quick, and you know I love instant gratification.  We’ve all been sick (and still are), but I managed to sneak outside with Kirsi for a few minutes to photograph her new Frippery.  I quickly regretted that decision once we went back inside and discovered that Eva had found a way to entertain herself in our absence.  You see, Eva got a pet fish (Frank) a couple weeks ago.  She was told NOT to feed him without Mommy or Daddy present.  She must have thought that was just a suggestion, because she fed Frank an entire bottle of pellets while we were outside.  There was more food than water in Frank’s tank.  Needless to say I banished the kids to the porch while I performed an emergency cleaning.  Now Frank’s tank is cloudy because the cleaning messed with his biological filter.  I’m more than a little upset.  I need to stop talking about this.

Anyway, I did get some cute pictures of Kirsi in her top.  The color really compliments her complexion and eyes.  The yarn was a birthday gift from my friend, Kristin.  Usually I shy away from variegated yarns, but this colorway worked.

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035The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Lotus.” I knit the 4 year size with size 6 needles. I want her to be able to wear this for a couple of years.  Right now it looks like an oversized tunic, which is cute.

011020028015I took a lot of pictures, mainly because she was rocking that top. I wish I looked that cute in my knits!

I did find a couple of errors in the pattern.  They are listed in my project notes. I contacted the designer a while back to let her know, but she never responded, and as of this post, no updated version has been released.  Besides the errors, it was an easy knit. I bet Eva will be asking for one in blue (of course) very soon!

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Elsa Coat

Last year I picked up some blue Wool of the Andes Bulky from Knit Picks during their annual Cyber Monday sale. It was dirt cheap and just the right color for a little coat I was wanting to make.  My three year old, Eva, is obsessed with Elsa from Frozen.  In addition, her favorite color is blue.  Coincidence? I think not.  I offered to make her an Elsa coat with the blue yarn and showed her this pattern.  She was thrilled, of course, so I got to work.

003 004 009 022Eva managed to get a little bit of use out of it before the weather got really warm.  I made it in a bigger size so that she can wear it next year, too.  It was a really easy knit, and I wouldn’t mind doing it again.  I was afraid the wool would be too scratchy for her, but she didn’t seem to mind.  Either she’s not as sensitive as I am, or the Elsa factor outweighed the itchiness.

The project and all of its details are Raveled here.


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Baby Sophisticate Cardigan – Complete!

Last night I put the finishing touches on this little cardigan that I made for my cousin’s soon to be baby.  She’s waiting until the birth to find out the sex of her baby, so I went with a gender neutral pattern and color.

Baby Sophisticate Cardigan

Baby Sophisticate Cardigan

I knit the 6-12 month size, but added more raglan increases since my gauge was off.  The pattern calls for 15 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches.  I was getting 18.5 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches.

Back of the Baby Sophisticate Cardigan

Back of the Baby Sophisticate Cardigan

The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Plomo.”  I used about 1.2 hanks to complete the sweater.  I’m using the rest to make a matching hat.

Swirly Buttons!

Swirly Buttons!

I hope this sweater fits the baby come fall!  He/she is due in August, so I was aiming for something that’ll fit when the baby is past the newborn stage.

Raveled here.


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Eva’s Bloomsbury – Complete!

I have been trying really, really hard to get some good pictures of this sweater.  Unfortunately, a combination of the weather and my toddler model has not allowed that to happen.  Maybe this fall I’ll be able to get better pictures!

Eva's Bloomsbury Sweater from the back.

Eva’s Bloomsbury Sweater from the back.

Eva's Bloomsbury Sweater from the front.

Eva’s Bloomsbury Sweater from the front.

Close-up of the lace pattern on the sleeves.

Close-up of the lace pattern on the sleeves.

This lovely little sweater was knit from the Bloomsbury Kids pattern.  I knit the two year size, even though Eva will be around 3 when she starts wearing it.  She’s pretty petite, and judging by the following pictures, I think I made the right decision.

Strike a pose!

Strike a pose!

Back of Eva's Bloomsbury Sweater

Back of Eva’s Bloomsbury Sweater

I used less than two hanks of Malabrigo Rios in “Purple Mystery.”  Love the yarn, love the color.  I went up a needle size to size 10 for the body of the sweater.  I used 9’s for the ribbing.  I’m not a fan of the loose ribbing, but I’ve grown to accept it.

Eva thinks her new sweater is wonderful, and every time she sees me knitting, she asks me if I’m making her another sweater. 🙂  I hope she’s just as enthusiastic about it come fall!

Raveled here.


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Eva’s Bloomsbury – First Progress Report

A few days ago a started a Bloomsbury for Eva. I’ve had my eye on this sweater for a while. It’s so pretty! I ended up buying both the child and adult patterns so I could make one for myself, too.

I decided to make the 2 year size after measuring Eva’s chest. She’ll be 3 (or almost 3) when she starts wearing it, but her chest measured a bit smaller than the measurement given for the 2 year size.

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Front of Eva's Bloomsbury Sweater

In true Meghan fashion, I was nowhere near getting gauge with the recommended needles, so I went up a size. The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Purple Mystery.” I’m absolutely loving the color.

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Back of Eva's Bloomsbury Sweater

I’m a little afraid that I’m going to mess up the lace. It’s not a hard lace pattern, but I am constantly distracted. At least I only have one patch of lace to keep track of now that I’m working on the body. I hope I don’t lose interest in this pattern by the time I’m finished. I have yarn set aside for matching sweaters for Kirsi and me. Wouldn’t that be cute? 🙂


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Baby Antler Cardigan

Yesterday I finished an Antler Cardigan for our baby-to-be.  It was a really quick knit, and it looks awesome!  This is the 0-6 month size:

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(I didn’t take any pictures of the back, ‘doh!)

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I used Malabrigo Rios in “Teal Feather” and size 6 & 8 needles.  The knitting was finished in 4 days, but it took me an extra 2 days to block it and sew on the buttons.  I went with some neutral gray buttons since we don’t know the sex of the baby yet.

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Antler Cable

I am absolutely in love with Malabrigo Rios.  I bought more to knit a sweater for Eva (which I’ve already started) and a sweater for myself.  I have some stashed, too, for a sweater for Kirsi.  It’s lovely stuff, and aside from those first two hanks I tried last year, I haven’t encountered any more horrible slubs. (Malabrigo replaced those hanks. Yay for great customer service!)

I’ve got the yarn on hand to make a blanket for the new baby, but I’m waiting to see whether it’ll need ruffles or a plain border.  Our anatomy scan is scheduled for June 4th, and I’ve been freaking out while waiting.  I’m an obsessive worrier, and I’m terrified something will be wrong.  I’m hoping for a clean bill of health for the baby, and a sex identification so I can move on to worrying about something else!


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2014 Ravellenic Sweater Progress Report #1

I have been knitting furiously since the Olympics began. I’ve even been giving up sleep to knit. Unfortunately, my efforts have not been rewarded. I am so far behind.

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I’m about 3 inches past the yoke. That yoke, by far, was the biggest I’ve ever knit. I’m accustomed to knit baby sweaters, which have tiny yokes in comparison.

The good news is that it fits. I made Kai try it on last night. It looks like it’s going to fit with just the right amount of ease. 🙂

I’m going to keep forging ahead, but I’m losing hope with each passing day. I need a miracle!