Incidentally, I was basically forced to knit so much, as my machines were up in Portland, receiving a yearly service. While I have a back-up machine at home, I can't do any projects (well, almost none) without my serger. Lack of awesome weather put a stop to me picking up my machines a couple weeks ago, though I WAS able to crank out ONE project, as it was fully lined - a gift for Camden's friend in Vancouver. I do not have any action shots of the friend in it at this point, but gosh - I sure wish Camden had a red coat!!! :O I've used the DMK Stylish Kid's Coat once before, and it's a super easy pattern, things going together quite well. I did size up to 4, with a length of 5. It's not supposed to be snug, by any means, but a size 4 is quite roomy on camden. I did use a 1/2" seam allowance for the sleeve/side seams; otherwise, the pattern used a 3/8" SA. As you can see below, I also used decorative stitching for underneath the collar - adding the girl's initials. A fancier move would have been to whip out the embroidery module, but I was lacking time.
Getting back on topic....I have knit a million (well, CLOSE) pairs of socks, hats, longies and a sweater!
I am awesome in that I used my Socks That Rock by Blue Moon Fiber arts in tie-dye yarn to make four pairs of socks and two hats! Back when Camden was a baby, I knit her a toddler-sized sock, but my gauge has changed since then, and I wasn't able to replicate the sock, so, I took it out and re-did it, along with making the match - finally ;) And she LOVES to wear them allll the time! I did have trouble with pooling on this size at the gauge asked for, so, I added stitches, which made them too wide around her leg/ankle, which is a bummer. I should have decreased sooner - before heading into the heel flap, but such is life. I used the Children's Easy Lightweight Sock Pattern. I have the paper pattern, but it can be found HERE on Ravelry.
As for the baby socks I have knit up - I've simply used the Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet sock pattern for alllll of them - one pair, including one tie-dye hat, is a gift, and my wee baby gets the same set, so, as you can SEE, I'm alllll done with tie-dye yarn. For realz. The hat to match the tie-dye socks is the Twist pattern by Melissa Goodale. I also have the paper version, along with the sister pattern, the Sprout hat. I love the pattern, but after knitting two of those in fingering weight yarn, I'm sort of worn out, aha!
|White/green pair knit using remnants from my stash - green pair is Madelinetosh (!!!)|
For the longies, I used the tried-and-true Evie Pants pattern by Marilyn Porter. It's what I used with Camden back in the day, though I hadn't knitted tiny longies for her .....tiny things definitely go faster ;) I've done two pairs so far. The green pair is Mosaic Moon, Salmon (of??) Wisdom and the blue pair is Maclir, also by Mosaic Moon. The Salmon colorway was left-overs from a sweater Camden has, and the Maclir was a purchase from a mom on Ravelry. I did make a hat to match the Maclir pair - the Otis pattern (FREE, people!!!). I do recognize it's larger, aha! Poor baby may swim in it, unless he/she pops out with gigantor head. One never knows. Anyhow, I DO have one more pair to knit up, when I receive yarn purchased from another mom.
The two hats are just the Blue Sky Baby's First Hat pattern - the green with Blue Sky Bulky and the red hat with Mirasol Sulka yarn - allll yarn from my stash, so another score! Clearly, the red hat is meant for months down the road, so, I hope the timing will be right for the fit, and I DO hope the green hat will fit right away, though it IS quite bulky (so, will it be COZY???). This pattern is honestly an easy fall-back pattern. I like the ribbing and garter brim - super simple and EASY to modify from baby through adult.
Lastly, I used the Puerperium Cardigan pattern by Kelly Brooker (also FREE in the newborn size!). I mostly did it because it was free. The pattern itself is simple, easy to follow, etc. I'm not in LOVE with the yarn choice, but I was being GOOD (read: poor!) and using yarn from my stash. It's Blue Sky Alpaca Melange, which is fuzzy and such. It'll work, but I do wish I'd had enough DK yardage in another colorway/yarn. The part I AM excited about is the buttons!!!!! Aren't they most beautiful??? They're Tessa Ann Designs, the Organic set - which I chose because it was rather gender neutral and fit with the yarn color/design of the sweater. I die at their cuteness. This is clearly the baby's first sweater, and the baby will also get to wear Camden's first sweater.
As for knitting in general, I hope to finish a sweater vest for Camden by tomorrow night, which will be her last for quite some time. As for sewing, I hope to sew a TON from Friday through Wednesday, when Matt is out of town on a ski trip!!! Those'll all be projects for Camden, so, we'll see what I can get through :O