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Monday, March 31, 2008

Nearly done...HAH!

I am nearly 8 3/4" done - that's the first side I started what seems
months ago. This is sloooooooow going for sure. I'm going to add
more to this as it is just barely the correct length when I pull it
too and fro a bit! Having pulled a week of bed rest due to a cold of
epic proportions, I feel I am now ready to tackle this project once

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Smock Dress

This attempt will be interesting to me as I am starting out with a
yarn that is thicker than the yarn recommended, so I had to go with a
hook that is smaller than recommended. It think it is making the
dress a little stiffer, rather than flowing and soft, but as I am
making the new born size, I suppose that is alright. She won't be in
it that long...... <sigh> .......a lot of work for a short period of
use! This is yet another pattern from the same book as the Hoodie.
Hopefully I will be able to finish this before the birth in May....

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Finished the hoodie...seems substantial and looks good. I hope
everyone likes it!

Finished product

Friday, March 14, 2008

Amy Jo's New Hoodie

I am almost done with the new Hoodie for Amy Jo, which is the same
pattern as the one for Alice Anne. I love the color, but it turned
out a bit heavier than I thought it would. I guess that is okay and
makes it more useful in cool weather. Right now the hood is on and I
am about ready to sew in the shoulders and sleeves then zip 'er up!
Still have to make the frog closure, which is a snap to do,
surprisingly. The yarn is Caron's Simply Soft in Soft Blue. I could
not finish size 2T with two skeins, so had to buy a third to finish
one inch on the hood. That's because I made the sleeves a bit bigger
and longer so it would last while she is growing into 3T.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

The New Yellow Sweater

I was finally able to finish the new sweater for our grandchild. This is another pattern from the book "Simple Crochet for Cherished Babies" by Jane Davis.  Beautiful sweater, but the bad and the ugly is that this pattern did not show the button hole at the neckline . I find that the design of her sleeves make the shape rather stair-stepped.  If I make this pattern again I will use a better increasing/decreasing method to have a smooth line.

I improvised and sewed the button on top of the placket and put a snap underneath. The choice of buttons was wonderful as far as color, but the little daisy petals snag the button hole if you are not careful.  I added a wrist band to lengthen the arms a little. They can be turned back in if the sleeves are too long, and hopefully makes the usefulness prolonged. I think this is going to fit more like a sweater coat right now...hopefully she can use it for a long time while it turns into just a sweater. I used Feza "Baby" yarn, 100% acrylic. It is extremely soft, but picks easily. If I make the pattern again I'll use something different....and make the button hole.  I have to say, though, I do love what she creates even if the patterns are iffy.

I am on to another hooded jacket with a frog closure for this grandbaby (2 years soon).  That way she and her soon to be new baby sister will have something similar, but different!  I'd like to try an adult size in black if The Mama might like something to match the girls.