Black Sheep

We have spent this week sick. My baby cought a cold for the first time and I also got it. It is a miracle how easily babies could deal with cold, my daughter was happy and playful even though she was weaker than normally.
This week I have finished another crochet toy for my baby. I was searching for crochet dolls on Pinterest when these sheeps showed off. They were so cute and I've had a ball of pompom yarn in my stash from years. 
The pattern is from Amigurumi Today. The pattern calls for a special microfibre yarn for the head and body, so I had to rethink it with my stashed yarn to be babysafe and keep the stuffing inside. I made these parts with a DK black yarn and than I crocheted around with the pompom yarn. My implementation turned out taller and slimmer than the exemplars on the blog, because I increased more and englenghtened the decreasing section.
I started to really enjoy crochet again, it gives me the reward of actually finishing something in hours. I am also able to find time for crochet more easily, since evenings were too long lately with the sick baby.  
Now my daughter is starting to have a nice collection of handmade crochet and knitted toys which I would like to improve with more animals. The next might be a chicken or a hen, we have Ester in a few weeks.
Palma's soft friends: - Guess who is the favourite one?


Giant Crochet Butterfly

This winter in Europe is extremely cold and seems very long for me. And because this cold affects air quality, we are suffering with the worst winter pollution ever. So, me and the baby are closed to our home. We spend the days with playing and I try to work while she naps. I set up a schedule which helps me stay organized and productive. I think it is working.

During the past weeks I finished a bigger crochet project. I haven't crocheted from a while and really enjoyed that I actually could complete something big just in a few hours. I made a giant butterfly for my baby. 
In these days she is interested in blocks and everyday objects, like my mobile phone or slippers. This toy is in her bed, sometimes after the daytime nap I find her awake playing with it.
I have already knitted a bunny for her which took longer to get ready with. My daughter doesn't play with it too much. Maybe it is too big in her little palms.  I hope she will enjoy it later.
I haven't followed any pattern, it just came out of my mind. Babies enjoy exploring different textures with their little palms, so I tried to turn this enough interesting. I used simple and double crochet stitches, altered the colors freely, I fastened the flower, the eyes and the antenna very carefuly to be baby safe. 

I have completed a hat too. Sorry, I keep it in secret for a while, because at first I would like to get tested and then publish it. A few details so far: it is stranded colorwork and for babies.

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Last Yarn Along of 2016

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. This Holiday was really special for us, since it was the first Christmas with the baby. In Hungary we celebrate Christmas Eve with a big family feast and opening gifts under the tree. We always visit my parents and in-laws at the evening, so we did this year too. In next days we have visited our church, relatives and had friends in our home, there are busy days behind us. 

I currently read cook books. I live gluten-free from more than two years now, since I have been diagnosed with gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Altough, with the strict diet I keep it controlled, I realized that I ate too much meat and too much processed food since the baby arrived. I used to be health-conscious and I would like to turn back to that lifestyle and bring more creativity into cooking again. Now, I am really into Ella Woodwards' food philosophy and her simple recipes. 
Currently there isn't any particular project on my needles, just started to make baby booties for my daughter using the leftover purple yarn from the Idun baby dress. This time I don't follow any pattern.

I have already finished the lace yoke short-sleeved cardigan long before Christmas, but it seems to be too big for Palma, so I am not  motivated enough to do the finishing touches. Anyway, I am going to sew on the buttons and block it soon. I have another finished object to write about, but then I'll share my toughts on this cardi too.  

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Baby Vest with Lace Yoke

I really enjoy baby knitting: there are endless cuteness and they could be completed just in no time. And the most important: I am making stuffs for my baby. 
So, I jumped into a new vest recently. I have mixed feelings about this project. You know, I am always excited about new projects, but this time I just can't wait to finish it.
Well, about the pattern I chosed. I made a huge modification on the main pattern: instead of garter stitch I knit the body in stockinette. Garter is quite bulky-looking for me and it doesn't go nicely with the lace pattern featured in this design. Otherwise, the instructions are not clear here and there, so I don't recommend it for beginners or for someone who is not familiar with short rows and lace. The istructions for short rows aren't described well in the receipt. In the way they show it, there will be holes between the sticthes. So I used the good old wrap-and-turn method.

Also my yarn joice happens to be a mistake. I use Drops Safran which is a 100% cotton yarn, they say that it is ideal for baby garments, but for me knitting is too slippery, so my knit looks uneven, though I knit on 2.5 mm needles. I hope the stitches will stretch out nicely. 
I don't want to post something that negative, so I need to say the pros as well. I LOVE that the vest is knitted in one-piece and I don't have to return to finish here and there. Once I cast off, it is finished. The color of my yarn is just so lovely and so is all the bright color chart of Safran. I am sure that I will use it later too, but maybe more for crochet.


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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