11/22/16

Idun for Baby {Finished!}

I find dressing my baby enjoyable and frustrating at the same time. It is not the easiest task especially in cold weather. She is spending her days playing on the play mat, so lately, knitted vests and dresses are the most practical garmets in my daighter's wardrobe. 
I have completed the Idun dress I showed you a few weeks before. I really loved working on this project and also love the result. It keeps warm Palma and I receive lot of compliments. I used Drops Baby Merino yarn, which is easy to knit with and ideal for baby garmets. This yarn is sold also on a reasonable price, so I will be less sad when she grows out the dress, The contrasting yarn is a one-stranded, hand spunned and hand dyed leftover I used for a previous project. 
The pattern is well-written, the isntructions are easy to follow. I followed the smallest size, it turned out a 74/80 (6-12 mo) sized dress. I haven't been with the i-cord cast-on and cast-off, so I started the dress with a provisional cast-on and let the neckline opened to decide the edging later. Anyway, after completing the arms with the i-cord cast-off convinced me that the method actually works, so I returned to the neck and casted off that way. 
  
You might remember this vest I have made for her while expecting. It still fits! I was afraid that she would grow out before the colder weather. I think this dress is also big enough and she can wear it through months.

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11/16/16

Chevron Baby Blanket {Finished!}

I am a little bit behind with my finished works. Firstly, I would like to show you my Chevron Baby Blanket. This is the second blanket I made for Palma.
I have completed the blanket a few weeks before, it have been on my needles just for a couple weeks: started in September, finished in October.  I haven't followed any pattern or color scheme and altered the strands randomly. There are exactly 48 rows from each color, so despite the randomness, the result is balanced.
I used Drops Cotton Light yarn in colorways 01, 05, 18 and 28. It is great yarn for baby projects, since it has Oeko-Tex certificate, quite easy to work with, doesn't require special care and it is on a great price. 
 Palma really loves the garter stitch, she plays with her fingers pushing between the stitches.

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10/27/16

Progress on Baby Idun

As my baby girl grows, we have baby toys everywhere: in the living room, in the kitchen, in my husband's home office room, in the car, in our bed, on the countertop, in my purse.. When she gets busy with her toy, I can do the household chores and sometime even knit a few rows.
Currently I exclusively work on the Idun baby dress as for knitting. After finishing the stranded yoke, I returned to complete the sleeves and the neckline. So, now I don't have spare needles on my work. Sounds like a little victory for me.
I really like the i-cord cast-off, I have never tried this method before and I was concerned it wouldn't work, the hems would curl back. But it works perfectly! Plus those pretty i-cord hems doesn't break the simplicity of the stockinette, which I love! This time I will weave the ends immediately after the break, during knitting, because I don't want it to rest for days (weeks) waiting for the finishing touches. 
I worked a few rounds on the crochet basket too, but I am not too motivated on that project. 

Well, as always, I have plans. My baby needs a fancy hat/beanie/bonnet for her Christening, but haven't found the perfect one so far. So now I am asking for help. I am interested in both knitting, crochet and sewing. Please let me know if you saw a fancy pattern somewhere.

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10/21/16

Idun for my baby

I am so obsessed with stranded colorwork. It all started with my Idunn cardigan which is the most favourited among my projects on Ravelry. Well, I think so that cardi is just perfect. A few days ago I just came across a baby dress with [almost] the same name while I was searching for the right dress pattern for my daughter.
This is a cute simple dress with yoke. I casted on for the smallest size and will resize it if it is too big for her, but at this point I think it will fit well.
The purple yarn is Drops Baby Merino, the other is some leftover hand dyed yarn I bought from a Hungarian spinner. Both are DK or DK-ish - it is not easy to define the handspun yarn and the two types together creates a very interesting texture, Just love it! 
The pattern itself is clear and well-written, although it is not for beginners. (I almost missed out the short rows. I prefer when the designer clearly state the design element when it comes, because I not always keep in mind all the introductions..) Anyway, it is a great pattern!

I am almost finished with the chevron blanket, just weave the ends and block it. Meanwhile I can't wait to see it in use, but I just hate those finishing touches. Is there anyone else who feels the same?

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10/6/16

Chevron Baby Blanket WIP


My chevron baby blanket I've already showed you is growing nicely. I usually work on this project at evenings and nights while my baby sleeps. During the day I rarely work on it, I spend her nap time doing household chores.  
I am very grateful that I can stay at home and I have nothing else to do just care of our little daughter - okay, and of course cooking and running the household. But honestly, sometimes I am desperate for some 'oldfashioned' me time and I feel so guilty about it. I am sure that this precious time will fly away so quickly and I won't even remember how was like... and now, when I could enjoy every minute with my baby, I am thinking about 'me time'... My husband assured me, it is okay and encouraged me to do something reguraly for myself outside of our home. So I have restarted visiting my yoga studio once in a week. And I also bought a few books and ebooks to keep my mind fresh, And there is also knitting, sewing and decorating the house. And I reduced my Facebook time - my gosh, Fb makes new mums so shopaholic (and also paranoid).

So, I am really satisfied this blanket, I alternate the colors randomly. I don't want any colors to be the main color, so I try to use them evenly. The blankie will be fairly narrow, so it might serve as a cover in the baby crib. Anyway, there is just a little more to finish and than I'll jump into a new project.   

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