Monday, March 31, 2008

If it's good enough for Bugs Bunny...

I finally sewed on the buttons and finished the Anouk pinafore for our neighbor's new baby girl, Izadora. But I couldn't relinquish the dress without taking pictures for the blog and for Ravelry. I really feel strongly that while looking at a knitted garment laid out is nice, seeing it on a real person is much more telling. I made Anouk in a 12 month size, and seeing as though I have a 12 month old... Silas was kind enough to model:
He hated every minute it was on and tried to take it off. Imagine it's a girl baby underneath that hat.
The picture below shows the side straps, which have two openings so that this item can continue to be worn well into toddlerhood. It can eventually be more of a smock-type shirt rather than a pinafore-type dress.
Since I've done intarsia now in several projects, the flower pockets were a snap. This may be a good project for someone who wants to do intarsia, but is a bit intimidated, since the skill required is minimal, but the effect is rather nice. This project makes a lovely gift!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Knitted Garden

I just had to share this, as it is really an awesome feat.
This is a project in England accomplished by 300 knitters. The whole garden, from flowers, birds, vegetables, and mushrooms to a pitch fork and lawn chair, has been hand knit. More detail pictures can be seen here.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Handsome Happy B-Day Hound

What a sweet little gift this ended up being for Silas' first birthday. My fear though is that the Handsome Hound may not hold up for long in the hands of a toddler. I've already had to replace an eye.
I'm pretty lousy at sewing and there were a lot of pieces to put together with this project. Of course, it was worth it in the end. That being said, I think the next time I make a toy, I'll choose something with less finishing work, and most likely, it will be crocheted.
I worked on Handsome Hound for just over a month previous to Si's birthday, and I finished him in the knick of time--just one day to spare!
He's very squishy and lovable (at least, to me). Another great pattern from Lucinda Guy!