Sunday, January 30, 2011

Hoot-Hoot Skirty

This was inspired by this hat. The more I look at it, the more I like it. It's made from washable yarns as the mama who ordered this uses AIO's and pockets (cloth diapers that don't need a cover) and didn't want to have to worry about accidentally putting it in the washer or dryer. The main colors are in Berroco Vintage, which is about 40% wool, and the rest acrylic and nylon I think. It's VERY soft, and even though the label says to lay flat to dry, I put a swatch through the dryer and it came out just beautiful. The other colors are a variety of superwash wools from Karabella, Tahki, and Dale of Norway.

 Addy decided she wanted to model for me today and didn't care that these are too small! She really likes the little flowers....

Monday, January 24, 2011


K.. now I have a new favorite. I can't wait until I get pics from my brother of these on my niece. They're SO CUTE! I love the bloomer style! I used this pattern. Yes, I could have made up my own, but I thought it would be kinda fun to learn some new techniques, and this one has a different crotch than I've worked before which I quite like. I'll definitely be using it again. The bloomers are knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca with Plymouth Superwash Merino (blue) and Cascade 220 (green) trim. So soft and pretty! I really need a girl I think.

If you don't have a ravelry account, you should get one! I don't know if you can view that link without an account, but it's FREE and totally worth it if you're into knitting/crochet, even if you're only into shopping for it.

Here's our gorgeous little Rosie.  It doesn't show off the bloomers all that well... but MAN is she cute or WHAT?! :)  I totally have the most charming nieces in the world.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sushi and Elmo

 These sushi longies turned out TOTALLY different from what I thought they would. Just goes to show, sometimes things really do have a life of their own.  They were going to have just a row of sushi on the bum, but then I came across some really cute cartoon sushi, and I couldn't resist the inspiration!  These made me giggle as I was making them :). They're made from mostly Berroco Ultra Alpaca, but the green, orange, black and white are either Cascade 220 or Plymouth Galway

.Is there really anything to say about Elmo? Every kid who's seen them so far has wanted to wear them. Both of my boys took turns "trying them on" and my niece wouldn't take them off. She really likes longies. I went to my sister's to have her take some pictures for me and Addy modeled my peace sign longies, but really, as soon as I walked in the door she only had eyes for Elmo.  The white outside the black does NOT show as much in real life.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I actually love these so much that I really don't want to send them off. Just the colors make me want to keep them! The peace sign is knit in bulky Gaia in the Talulah colorway by Lollytree Yarns. I only had a little scrap of it that Mrs Lollytree sent me along with some adorable stitch markers and some white Cestari that I used to make the Hello Kitty shorties. I love this colorway so much that I really MUST get some for my own use. Seriously, I think I need a hat and scarf for myself out of it. Not only is the colorway scrumptious, the yarn is so soft and squishy!

I started the legs with totally different colors and decided I didn't like it at all. They needed to match the Talulah better. So I ripped them out and went through my scraps again and tried to match the colors as closely as possible. The burgundy color is one I dyed myself and apparently didn't set it well enough because it bled on the blue and yellow (curses!). I tried to get it out, hoping my trick from the Lost in the Woods longies would work, but alas, that was a one time deal. In the process of trying to get out the dye transfer, the longies felted a little so I was afraid that changing those few stripes would be impossible and I'd have to knit them all over again. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. It's pretty hard to tell which stripes I re-knit now unless you know what you're looking for, and that' s just fine with me!

For the stripes on the legs, I used a random stripe generator on Biscuits and Coolest knitting tool EVER.

Details of remaining color transfer. GRR!!! Must remember to lanolize with vinegar.

Here's the little girl who ended up with them. I wanna squish her cheeks. I seriously gotta get me a little gir!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ella the Elephant

This is an extremely popular fabric, and very hard to find. Just trying to find decent PICTURES to try to copy it was very difficult. I'm very pleased with how they turned out, and I hope the mama is too.

Cutest thing I've EVER MADE!

Yes... this is definitely the cutest thing I've ever made. I think the monkeys will remain my favorite forever. This one was made holding three strands of lace weight alpaca together. The marled brown is actually 2 different browns and a natural. This is one of those that I'm sad to see go. However, I'm pretty sure I have enough of the yarn left to make myself one... if I ever have another baby and if that baby happens to be a girl. *Sigh* Making baby stuff sure makes for baby hunger.