Posts tagged Baby

knitting update: kage, cowl, hat, beanie, and dress

I’m almost done knitting my kage sweater! Well, I’m done knitting, but working on weaving in ends, seaming the pieces together and finishing edges. The linen is so soft and lovely, I can’t wait to wear this sweater once it’s complete. And you want to know what’s exciting about this knit piece? It can go in the washer and dryer … AND it comes out softer each time! Yay linen yarn! You may be unforgiving but you do have your huge merits.

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And isn’t this the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? A box full of beautiful colors of yarn. Just wait and see what I’m going to do with it all.


Here’s a little hint – I may be opening up my shop again for a good cause. More to come on that later (and these photos make me giggle because I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to take off the whitening strip on my teeth)…


My friends are still having babies! And a good friend is having a little girl, so I crocheted up a familiar little hat and the sweetest dress.

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It may be one of my favorite things I have crocheted. I took some queues from this granny square crochet/fabric dress pattern but sized it down, added a shell stitch edge and changed the straps.

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Pretty excited to wrap this one up and see the mama-to-be open it up! 🙂


a bit of crochet and plans for knitting

I recently finished up a gift for a coworker that is having a baby boy any day now! She already had all of the supplies for this cute crochet pattern and I gladly took them off her hand to crochet up the Suspenders and Bowtie Diaper Cover Pattern. I think it turned out pretty cute! Can’t wait to see the little one wearing these items. 🙂

I’m still working on finishing up my Kage Sweater, but I have lined up my next project. Since Jude got a sweater, I have a sweater and one almost done, it’s time for Jason to get a sweater! He picked out the Slade Sweater (Slade, also known as Deathstroke, a DC Comic super villian – quite appropriate if you know our love of comic books). Pretty dapper:

slade sweater

We picked the Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in Prussian Heather, which is a lovely navy with hints of grey and lovely heathered bits of tan, green and silver.

slade yarn knit picks

I’ve only had the chance to swatch but the yarn is really wonderful to knit with. I’m looking forward to knitting some more with this yarn!

swatching slade sweater

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

A friend of mine had her first little boy recently and I had the honor of sewing up this little quick quilt for her! It’s Elizabeth Hartman’s Charm Squares Baby Quilt.

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

I’m really happy with how it turned out – I hope she likes it too! I tried to go with colors/patterns she said were in her nursery.

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

There’s also a grey chevron nursing cover to go with it all, because after all, I do love the practical things in life! 🙂


Dirghagama and ombre

We’ve been in Chicago (yeah, it’s kinda awesome there) and I’ll update on that soon. I’m a bit excited that I finished something so I’m going to share that fist.

This Dirghagama baby cardigan is a free pattern on Ravelry and it knits up super fast since it’s knit with bulky yarn! I can’t believe that I knit this. It’s a Texas baby cardigan! Short sleeves are perfect. This one is going to it’s intended baby girl recipient this week.

Dirghagama baby cardigan

I also was able to finish the rest of the ombre set I made for Monica and her sweet baby girl. I’m happy with how they all turned out!

Ombré baby knit gift set

kage sweater and baby things

Knitting really is such an impractical hobby when you live in Texas but I can’t seem to stop! I totally get sucked into browsing patterns and day dreaming my next project, which I have had a lot of fun doing on Craftsy, which I just discovered recently. I’m thinking about trying to make this chevron style beret once I finish up the other projects I’ve started…

I’ve made some good progress on the Kage Sweater – the back is done! At least this one is made out of linen.


Here’s how the back folds over to the front to form the neckline. Pretty excited…


I’m hoping to finish it by this fall. I don’t think the front will take long, but it seems I have been side tracked by making baby items for friends, because well, baby items are so much fun to knit! I just finished up these sweet little legwarmers from PurlBee and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out!

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I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of these on some chubby baby girl legs!


A Diana Hobo Diaper Bag

I haven’t had much time to sit down in front of my sewing machine lately. At least, not as much as I would like. I have one project I would like to finish and two I would like to start. Sadly, I think they may have to wait until the next sewing retreat. Sewing machines just don’t transport to the playground the way a sock and knitting needles do.

But I did grab a moment to sew up one of my Diana Hobo bags as a diaper bag for a good friend expecting her first little one. The fabric is Amy Butler’s Nigella, Starflower Tiles in Spinach here. I hope she enjoys it!

Diana Hobo Diaper Bag

WIP Wednesday: shower gift, quilt basting and more

Can you say, easily distracted by instant gratification projects? Well, I needed a gift for a friend’s baby shower! I had fully intended on making something for her since she is the sort that appreciates hand made. . . enter the free infant peasant dress pattern. Oh did I mention she’s having a girl? It’s so fun to get to sew little girl things. This little peasant dress was no exception, and it was so fast! It’s sized for an infant but I’m thinking it could easily turn into a tunic shirt and last for longer than the infant stage. The fabric is cheery and fun: Brook Yellow Sunshine Dots CP Designs for Studio E.

Infant peasant dress with crochet flower embellishment

I added a little crochet detail, well, you’ll see why in just a second. I mean it’s cute, but there’s totally another reason.

Peasant dress

Embraced the yellow and grey for the color theming, whipped up a bib and burp rag. Thought the ruffle would make the bib a bit more girly and fun.

Ruffle bib and burp rag

And here’s everything in completion. Oh yes, those little simply summer sandals were a part of the whole ensemble. That’s why there was a necessity to add the little crocheted flower to the dress. So adorable.

Baby shower gift

In other news, the scallop quilt top is pinned and I have begun quilting. I’m excited about the outcome of this one. You will have to wait and see for the results!

Scallop quilt pinned...

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 3
New projects – 3 (well they were last week’s new projects that got completed)
Currently in progress – 1 getting quilted (4 waiting on the sidelines – Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit, stripped bag)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

WIP Wednesday: Bibs, Burps and a Quick Blankie

A mom’s group that I’m a part of is providing some items for Project Care Case – which gives foster children items to call their own. I decided to sign up for blanket since I already had some cute little boy fabric on hand. I whipped this up in the course of one nap time – that’s a huge success for me! The fabric is Shade Garden by Henry Glass and I just love it – it’s so sweet! I used my walking foot to quilt diagonal lines across the fabric.

Quick Little Boy Blanket

I backed it with some cream colored fleece that I already had to make it nice and soft. That is probably the last time I do that – stretchy fleece + quilting cotton = not so much. I’ll stick to flannel the next time I want a soft backing! The binding is safari tots random dots in brown.

Quick Little Boy Blanket

I also finished up the bibs and burp rags in monaco by monaluna line. Love these fabrics. They are backed with terry cloth.


I made some oversized burp rags to go with the bibs. Simple but so necessary.

Burp Rags

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 2
New projects – 0
Currently in progress – 1 waiting to be quilted (4 waiting on the sidelines – Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit, stripped bag)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

Simply Summer Sandals

I was all ready to work on some sewing projects for my class and my machine stopped working. It was quite sad but it gave me a chance to finish up a crochet project that I had started that had been relegated to the back burner. My friends seem to be going through another baby boom right now which is quite exciting because I have a reason to make little baby items again! Especially little girl baby items.  . . which leads me to this fascination with crochet baby shoes that I seem to have developed. This started with the munchkin hat and loafers that I made earlier this year. And now I love these little Simple Summer Sandals from Two Girls Patterns. Two of my friends are having little girls this summer, so they just HAD to have some little cutesy sandals!

I did modify the pattern a bit because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to make the shoes with the flowers or without – they were so cute both ways! So I added a button:

… so the flowers could be removed!

I’m pretty proud of myself for coming up with such a cute and versatile solution.

Simply Summer Sandals

So much fun to make and finish out! I used Caron Simple Soft in Grey Heather for the soles and Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller Washable Ewe in Duckling and Zinnia. Love little baby shoes.