Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First Knitting Post - what?!

How can this be my first knitting post? I knit all the time! Ahhh... I know why, because every knitting project I've done is usually late or "just in time" and gets sent out the door before I remember to take a picture! For example, these little fishies were wrapped and then unwrapped and then re-wrapped for precisely that reason - the photo shoot. This sweater is from a Zoe Mellor book that I found in our library (which has a great selection of knitting books, long winters you know...) and then my mom bought us each a copy. Mom went on to knit a zillion sweaters from it (I'll have to ask her for the official count but my guy alone has a rooster, a tiger and a puppy dog!). I used the rooster sweater pattern and mixed it with the butterfly border and then found the fish motif in another library book to come up with this 3-in-1 sweater. It's in a merino style cotton from Knit Picks and I'm wondering how it will hold up. To be honest it was very fluffy while knitting, I'm wondering if there will be anything left of it but the fish (which were knit in a different, lovelier cotton from local Knit Now shop) after a few washes. I like the idea of a cotton sweater and it is incredibly silky soft but time will tell how to holds up... I have visions of it getting wider and shorter, while the intended wearer, my super duper cute niece River just gets taller and slimmer! This could be a "buy local" lesson, I'll let you know.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Vintage Sundress

Here is a dress from a pattern my mom used for me (I assume!) in the 70's. It's Simplicity 7047 (see below). Fun and quick in Kaffe Fassett daisy print. I made the overalls for my guy when he was one but the colours I chose just weren't right and overalls in cotton are just not cozy enough for our climate up here unfortunately! In fact I had a box of one year old shorts and t-shirts and cute onesie suits that he never got to wear due to the cool temps. Some days we wonder why we live here, when we look at all that green grass, cherry blossoms and flowers you southerners are enjoying... But most days we wonder why you aren't all living up here instead!! Luckily, I know a little girl or 2 down south that will have no trouble wearing this little cotton dress... I just have to get going on something for her big sister next!