Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tea Party Sundress

This Oliver + S pattern has been sitting and waiting for the greater part of a year now. Upon realizing that Alice was about to grow out of the largest size, I decided I need to finally make her a dress. It helped that my super-awesome husband bought me a serger for Christmas (after years of heavy hints and emailed links) that I was itching to use. For those of you wondering, yes, I begged and pleaded for a serger and let it sit for months before playing around with it. That’s a story for another day.

alice and miles

Anyway, I fumbled through my modest fabric stash for something suitable and kept going back to a couple half-yards from Joel Dewberry’s Aviary line. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough yardage. I don’t know what took me so long, but eventually I realized I could mix up the skirt fabrics a la the hippie dresses I made during my younger days.


I always overestimate the time it takes to sew clothing, especially with a serger. It took me twice as long to cut the fabric than it did to sew the pieces together! The result is a cute little springy dress that will hopefully fit her through summer. I cut and started the bloomers, but never finished. Alice is almost always in a cloth diaper, which are cute enough on their own, so I’m not too concerned about it.
alice in her new dress

Alice has plenty of room to grow wider, but the dress is already at her knees. I should have planned better considering she’s usually around the 30th percentile for weight and 80th for height. Oh well, at least we know Baby Girl number 2 can get some use out of it, too!

Pattern: Oliver + S, Tea Party Sundress
Fabric: Joel Dewberry, Aviary. Amy Butler Quilting Solids.

another action shot

Monday, April 19, 2010

Never say never

After I made 3 baby blankets over the course of one summer, I had my head examined and subsequently swore off knitting blankets forever. Sure enough, the next summer J talked me into making one more for his boss. Fine. One more, but never again. I kept this promise for awhile. I didn’t even make a blanket for my own kid! Luckily, I have good friends who didn’t let Alice go without wooly blanket goodness.

baby blanket with cat feet
Zoe gives the blanket her seal of approval

Fast forward to late last summer when a friend announced her second pregnancy and asked that I make her new baby a blanket. During the Summer ‘o Baby Blankets, I knit her first child a baby blanket and it had become one of her beloved blankies. How could I refuse making baby #2 a blanket? I’d rather knit something huge and boring if it’s going to be loved than something quick and entertaining if it will collect dust somewhere. Repeating this to myself over and over helped me actually believe it.

stitch pattern
Close up of the stitch pattern

So, I broke my promise to myself and cast on for another blanket. After making 4 Big Bad Baby Blankets, I decided it was time to move on to another pattern and selected a modified version of the Organic Baby Wrapper. With just a couple extra repeats, it was a perfect blanket-size and worked perfectly with my go-to baby yarn, Blue Sky Organic Cotton.

Pattern: Organic Baby Wrapper
Yarn: Blue Sky Organic Cotton, 3.5 hanks in Nut
Needles: Size 9 Addis
Mods: Larger needles. Added two repeats to the width. Only used one color yarn. Knit until it was blanket size.

cat and blanket
The entire blanket in all its glory. Ignore the mess, please.

Surprisingly enough, knitting the blanket was painless. Turns out adding a pattern instead of row upon row of stockinette can really improve the blanket-making process. Who knows, maybe I’ll even make one for my new baby? Let’s not get too crazy, though.

That’s right, I’m pregnant again! With another girl! We could be more excited that come September Alice will have a new sister. Bring on the next round of baby knitting!