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Camilla Kid - Completed

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Camilla Kid - by Carrie Bostick Hoge



Yarn: Knit Picks Swish DK in Lemongrass Heather
Needles: 6.00mm circulars
Ravelry:Louisa's Camilla Kid


Here's yet another Knit Picks Swish make. I've already made a baby sweater and a baby blanket with this yarn, and it's so squishy and soft and stretchy (and absolutely reasonably priced) that it's perfect for kid stuff.


I used 154g of this to make Louisa a Camilla Kid. I really like this sweater, and I really like how it turned out. I wish I had better photos of Louisa wearing it, since it wears very well (the fan pattern stretches over her little belly and really opens up the pattern) and the sleeve length is super cute (just a bit longer than 3/4 sleeve, but not quite full length).


Here's her big brother posing right along side her. #BFFs
Also, because it's garter stitch, it's not such a tight weave, which is good because both my children are pretty warm-blooded and tend to get overhot quite easily.

I did have to mod…

Ikea Cat Print - Completed

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We were looking to replace our curtains in our front room, and on a trip to Ikea I let the kids choose the ones they liked best.

They selected these cat curtains, which are way cute. Recently I put a huge desk along the wall with the front window (since we're entering HOMEWORK territory very shortly! eep) and so I didn't need full length curtains. I hemmed them and had enough fabric left over for some awesome cat print bottoms. I made a skirt for Louisa and some shorts for Nico:

The Skirt
I made this on the fly, with no pattern. For the skirt piece I used all the width I had and cut it to a length that seemed right. Unfortunately I can't remember my waistband measurements, but I think it was 3" thick and for width I cut it to her waist measurement.


Front

Back
Then I started adding pleats as I went, shortening the width till it measured the same as the waistband. I then used a French Seam for the sole skirt seam, and attached the waistband using this tutorial from Rosa…

Mini Briar - Completed

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It's been a while since I purchased Megan Nielsen's mini wardrobe pattern pack, and as of last month, I'd only made my daughter one pair of Tania's (which she still wears a year later, by the way) despite my best intentions to fill her wardrobe with garments from all three patterns.


I had actually attempted to make her a Mini Briar a few months ago, but the fit was all wrong (I went with the smallest size in the cropped version, and it just looked weird on Louisa, who's very tall and lean). Plus, the collar was a complete disaster, so she never wore it again after the initial fitting.

The whole experience kind of deflated my sewing confidence actually, but luckily it was re-ignited in June when I was gifted a pretty high-end sewing machine from my cousin. I knew the first thing I wanted to make with that machine was a successful Mini Briar, with perfect collar and all!


Obviously I didn't completely succeed on that last part, but certainly this t-shirt is good …

Leafy Baby Blanket - Completed

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Leafy Baby Blanketby Leila Alieva



Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted (in Lake Lost Heather)
Needles: US 8 - 5.0mm
Ravelry: Baby Blanket


Here are the finished photos of the baby blanket I've been knitting for the last few months. I mentioned in my last post that the pattern was easy and soothing, and the yarn is soft and squishy, so all in all, this was a really enjoyable knit.



I ended up blocking it as aggressively as I dared, and so the final dimensions ended up being about 33" x 33". Kinda on the small side, but baby isn't born yet, so this can definitely be a newborn baby blanket and last a few months before it's relegated to the closet.  It's too bad, because I had enough yarn and I could have added another pattern repeat to the width, had I caught it early enough in the process.


The leaf pattern turned out really great after blocking. So nice!

On a completely different note, I've been having some existential angst yet again about this blog, and whether or not I…

Leafy Baby Blanket

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I've been working steadily on a lovely project for a baby-to-be, and it's been really nice having an easy, methodical knit to come home to these days.


Life at work has been strange and stressful, but in a weird sort of under-the-surface kind of way, so I can't tackle anything head on. I generally don't have great mechanisms for coping with stress, and some knitting projects (daunting or complex ones) ADD to my stress level, which probably accounts for how this project even came to be...

I actually bought this yarn with a sweater for Nico in mind, but I COULD NOT get it to work. (The yarn is Knit Picks Swish Worsted, bought specifically because I had such success with it when I knit Louisa's Owlet) But with this sweater, I had issues from the start. I had to start it over three times do to fit issues (the first time I frogged it was because of gauge, the second was because I misread the pattern). Finally when I thought I was getting somewhere, I asked Nico to try it…

Bella's Mittens

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Bella's Mittens by Marielle Henault
Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids (Aran)
Needles: 5.0mm circular
Ravelry: Bella's Mittens for me
This was a quick and dirty knit, that almost fell below the radar. I knit these in November, when I had to start wearing mittens, and had grown tired of my current pair. I wanted something a little more interesting than just plain stockinette mittens, and these mitts delivered. I also wanted them RIGHT NOW, because winter was upon us, so choosing mittens knit in bulky yarn was key. I knit them double stranded, and they knit up ridiculously quickly, even though I knit them one at a time. I kept close track of my modifications, which you can see on my Ravelry page (most notably I shortened the cuffs significantly). Since this is yarn is acrylic, and therefore pretty stiff and doesn't breathe, I thought they'd be great for mittens. But alas, even though they are knit up chunky (doubled up) and even with those cables over the top, t…