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When  my friend Rebecca told everyone she was going to have a little girl – 10 years after having her son! – I was pretty excited to do some baby knitting.  I asked her what her favorite color was, because I wanted her to have a special connection to the knits.  Her reply? “Pinky-salmon.”

Pinky.  Salmon.

Knitters – you and I both know that this was no. easy. task.  So after combing the yarn stores – both virtual and brick-and-mortar – for pinky-salmon yarn, I finally settled on Filatura di Crosa’s superwash Italian wool in the 1741 colorway.  It is half-way between a pinky-salmon and a vintage rose, but I think the real reason I chose it is because it matches my favorite Chanel lipstick: Rogue Coco in Mademoiselle:

We all have our inspiration, right?  I chose this particular pattern after seeing Alicia’s version in blue.  The pattern as written only calls for one row of eyelet lace at the bottom, but the two rows are much prettier, I think.  There are 20 rows between each button hole, so while knitting the rows for button hole 5, here’s what I did for the bottom of the sweater:

  • Row 1: k4, p to last 4, k4
  • Row 2: knit
  • Row 3 (ws): knit
  • Row 4 (rs): k5, *yo, k2tog* across, ending k5
  • Row 5: knit
  • Rows 6-10: continue in stockinette (keeping first and last 4 stitches in garter) until row 11.
  • Row 11 (ws): knit.
  • Row 12 (rs): k5, *yo, k2tog* across, ending k5.
  • Row 13: knit.
  • Rows 14 – 18: continue in stockinette (keeping first and last 4 stitches in garter)
  • Row 19: knit
  • Row 20: (button hole row) knit across to last 4 stitches, k1, yo, k2tog.
  • Rows 21-22: knit.  Bind off all stitches loosely.

It was difficult to find buttons that matched this yarn color, so I chose creamy, winter-white buttons, which compliment the hat and socks that I also knit as part of this set:

The sleeves were knit to be a little shorter than normal; babies like to chew on their hands, and despite the yarn’s softness, I didn’t want her chewing on wool.  This sweater will be a nice, warm layer over a soft t-shirt.

I am in love with this yarn.  I would knit with it again in a heartbeat!  Here are the project details:

Hopefully Rebecca will love her pinky-salmon sweater as much as I enjoyed making it.  ~J

 

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pitter patter…

These might just be the cutest socks ever, don’t you think?  They are so teeny-tiny and super-squishy!  Now that I’ve knit these, I don’t think I’ll ever knit a pair of baby booties again.  The cute factor is way high on these socks, plus, they will surely stay put on wiggly little baby feet – something booties seem to have a problem doing.
I knit these to go with the baby sweater I’ve been working on, which is also finished (I’ll share with you tomorrow!).  And of course, to complete the set, I whipped up a classic little hat:
I love knitting wee-little things.  Here are the details:

Socks:

  • pattern:Pitter-Patter Socks, by Jackie Ziegler (pdf download on Ravelry)
  • yarn: Filatura di Crosa Zara Solid (in Salmon – 1741 and Ivory – 1396)
  • needles: Size US 4 dpns.
  • size made: small

Hat:

Tomorrow you will get to see the sweater, complete with buttons.  Also, I finished my raglan pullover (which I am going to wear today) and sewed a Christmas apron.  It feels so good to finish projects – especially when there is so much more that needs to be finished before the holidays!

Have a great week, everyone.  ~J

 

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{Pattern from The Purl bee}

This little blanket is ready to be shipped to New York for my cousin Anna’s baby shower.   I am so pleased with how it turned out:

details

ravel me!

The details:

Hope your long weekend was filled with lots of relaxing and crafting!  ~Jenny

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{my first dress}

{my first dress}

You may have seen this dress before, most recently on Katie.   This is the  fifth habitual dress that has been made in the studio – the third in this exact fabric combination, but it’s the first time I’ve ever sewn a dress all by myself!  That’s right – I decided to cut, press, pin and sew (with french seams, of course) this dress all without Jaime – on the day I needed to give it as a gift, no less.

{the beautiful neckline}

{the beautiful neckline}

Four hours after I read through the pattern, the dress was completely finished.  Surprisingly, the french seams were not as difficult as I thought they would be, and I just love the elegant way they finish the garment:

{neat, tidy seams}

{the raw edges are completely enclosed}

The soft, dusty colors and the 1930’s feel of both of these fabrics are quite charming.   The orange thread was chosen because that is what the machine happened to be threaded with – thankfully, it matched the fabric, because I have no idea how to thread a sewing machine.  Or a bobbin…

{the sweet butterfly sash}

{the sweet butterfly sash}

Overall, I am just so pleased with how this turned out!  I can’t wait to try sewing something else…

~Jenny

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Remember this cuteness?  Well, I swiped one of Jaime’s onesies and made this:

{the little pumpkin set}

{the little pumpkin set}

I used some of the scraps from the baby quilt Jaime had made and cut out a rough pumpkin shape and a stem, then hand-stitched them to front of the onesie.  Then I used some green embroidery thread and hand-embroidered some little curliques, which are hard to see in 2am light:

{the sweet, frayed edges}

{the sweet, frayed edges}

The stitching is not perfect or even, but I think that just adds to the charm of it, don’t you?  I love how this set matches the quilt, which matches the onesies and burp-cloths she made. They are just perfect for a fall baby!

We also made a onesie for the Sweet Pea hat and wellies out of some blue and green flannel. I cut out a green pea pod and some blue peas and Jaime free-hand machine quilted them to front.  She is going to get better pictures of those next weekend when she goes to visit Kristen.

Now I am thinking that we should have made some matching pants…one thing always leads to another – it never ends!

Off to work on a ‘non-baby’ project… ~Jenny

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Baby T Collection

Please forgive the quality of these pics – they were taken from my iPhone at 2:30am on Saturday!  But I had to share before I’ve moved on to another project.  Baby T’s pending arrival caused a flurry of activity in the studio last week (Kristen’s baby shower was on Saturday afternoon).  After such great intentions to get all of the sewing done WAY before the shower date, of course these were finished up just hours before the shower began.  They were inspired by the burp cloths that Mom Jodie made for me when my little munchkins were on their way.  I used the fabric from the quilt I made for Baby T to embellish cloth diapers as burp cloths and some simple white onesies.

Baby T Collection - fall leaves

On some of the burp cloths I added fabric and ricrac.  On others, I free-hand machine embroidered leaves to match the fabric.  (that was my first time – and my favorite part!)

free hand

little critters burp cloth

I will take some better pics in a couple of weeks when I head up to Long Island for the next baby shower!  Kristen was just too antsy to take them home with her after her Delaware shower – and I can’t blame her 🙂

More to come soon on the quilt!

~ Jaime

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{my little niece}

{my adorable niece}

My little nephew is due to be born in October, so knitting a pumpkin hat seemed only natural!  I sat in the studio and knocked the orange base out in no time, but then I got to the stem and realized there wasn’t a stitch of brown yarn in my stash.  I debated making the stem green along with the leaf, but decided to run down the street to my LYS and pick up a skein of brown (any excuse to go to the yarn shop, right?).  It makes the hat look more authentically pumpkin, so the extra trip was worth it!

{love the decreases on the top!}

{love the decreases on the top!}

This hat knits up BIG.  I made the 0-6 month size, but it fits my 5 year-old niece.  What I love about this pattern is that you’ll get a couple of years out it – roll up the brim for a tiny baby-sized head, then just unroll it as the child grows into it.  The cuteness-factor on this hat is huge – Meghan was all giggles while she was modeling it, and now all of my nieces want a little pumpkin of their own.  Looking at this hat also makes me want Fall to be here….cozy sweaters, pumpkin pie and changing leaves is just what this girl needs.

{the view from the top}

{the view from the top}

The Details:

Just a side-note on the yarn – the Solstice was really a pleasure to work with.  The yarn is part of their Verde Collection, and is 70% organic cotton/30% wool.  The wool gives the yarn warmth and the organic cotton provides a nice smoothness – no itchiness here, which is great for babies.  The colors are muted, but in a sophisticated way.  I will definitely be knitting with this yarn again.

{love that face}

{love. that. face.}

My hands are tired, knitters!  Today is the deadline for finishing all of the gifts I am knitting for my sister’s shower.  Krissy arrives here tomorrow, and everything needs to be washed and wrapped before she walks in the door.  Here is the list of things that I need to accomplish before the day is over:

  1. Finish the Mets Hat
  2. Make i-cord ties for the white booties
  3. Make i-cord tie for inside of the gray sweater
  4. Sew buttons onto the white cardigan
  5. Make booties to match the pumpkin hat – maybe a pair of these

Oh, and I also need to bake 60 cupcakes, 2 batches of lemon bars, 2 trays of rice crispy-treats and 5 dozen cinnamon-crisp cookies.  Busy, busy, busy…

No time to waste! ~Jenny

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