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WIP Wednesday: Flower Power

I saw the Anemone Dress pattern on Ravelry a few weeks ago, and it made me do a little squeal. I just loved this sweet, sweet dress.

There is only a limited amount of time in a child’s life you can dress him or her as a flower, and I’ve got to get in there before the moment is gone!

I showed the pattern to BK and she really liked it. I took her to my LYS with me, intending to pick out a similar grey, as I really liked how understated it looked in the pattern photos. But BK was not convinced. And before I knew it, she thrust skeins of Cascade Heritage 150 in Flamingo Pink in my hands. Which means that our version is going to be mostly Flamingo Pink with an off-white petal collar. Really understated, right? 🙂

I just can’t say no to a nice Hedwig stitch marker. 🙂 
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New yarn, big plans

I’ve been very slowly plugging along on some current projects – primarily Baby Knitsnips’ Christmas stocking and the Business Casual socks – but I have also been plotting some great upcoming projects.

I have attended two fiber events since BK was born and picked up some great yarn.

First off was the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival. I attended that about a week after BK was born, which was crazy!! BK stayed home with daddy, as my mom and I made a very short appearance at the festival. My knitting friends are very involved in organizing it, and several of them had booths there. I buy from them at the LYS, so I looked for other must-haves. Last year, there was a woman who had beautiful sock yarn and had made it up into an adorable baby dress from Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. I thought about her yarn and that pattern for a whole year! I had to have some of it – the yarn looked like yummy candy. This year, I selected a skein and asked if the dress came in a larger size in the pattern, as it was a 0-3 months, and I knew I could not finish it for BK in time for her to wear it. She said oh yes. So I bought this lovely purple-pink skein, wound it up on the swift when I got home and dug out the book to look at the pattern. And discovered it only comes in the one teeny size. I was very irritated. So now I am on the hunt for a larger dress I can make with one skein of sock yarn. I’m open to suggestions!!

pink sock yarn

Next, I attended the Knit and Crochet Show. I was overwhelmed by choice there and hemmed and hawed for ages on what to buy. I drug my mom and BK up and down the aisles several times before settling on this gorgeous yarn made of milk and soy (Milky Whey in Pearl). It feels like heaven! I am more than a little obsessed. I’d never felt milk yarn before. I am planning on making the world’s yummiest cowl for me with it for the fall. Yum yum yum. I want to eat it up! I just have to decide what pattern is fabulous enough to show off this gorgeous yarn.

Milky Whey yarn

I also scored this fabulous yarn (Scrumptious DK/Worsted) during a sale at an LYS. I had been on the hunt for a while for the perfect yarn to make Hermione’s Deathly Hallows hat, and here it is! And it was on sale! Sounds like destiny to me…

Scrumptious DK/Worsted yarn

And lastly, I finally bought this yarn at my LYS where I attend knit night. I have been visiting this yarn for more than three months. I was holding out because I absolutely, positively do not need any more sock yarn. Last Friday, I finally caved and bought it. It is Lorna’s Laces Solemate and I love the very soft, feminine color of it (though this picture doesn’t do it justice). I believe it will end up being socks, but I’m not sure yet. I’m certainly open to pattern suggestions for this one, too!

Lorna's Laces Solemate in Ogden

So these projects will hit the needles in an as-yet-undetermined order very soon!

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FO: Sproutlette Dress

For a few months, I have been obsessed with the Clara dress pattern. I used to go visit it on Ravelry and look at how cute it was. I wanted the pattern, and would have paid for it, but they were only selling it with yarn – fingering weight alpaca yarn. It seemed very silly to me to make a summer baby dress out of fingering weight alpaca, and I couldn’t think of anything else I really wanted to make with that yarn, so I refrained from purchasing anything at all.

Then, Tanis released the Sproutlette Dress pattern in March, and I finally saw something that could scratch my baby dress itch! It was the perfect little baby girl knit, and I needed it badly.

Since I definitely wanted it to be a comfortable dress for summer, I decided it needed to be cotton. I ordered some Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in Deep Coral, since it reminded me of the original color Tanis made. I couldn’t wait to cast on!

I made a mess of it to start – all my fault – by using the chart and not noticing that the knits and purls are switched on alternate rows, since you’re knitting back and forth at the beginning. Much grumbling ensued. After ripping back, I started following the written instructions so I wouldn’t run into any more self-inflicted mistakes. It was all smooth sailing after that, and I was completely charmed with both the pattern and the yarn.

Two weeks ago, I finished up the dress and blocked it. It needed it, as the scalloped edging benefited from some straightening out. And here’s the finished product!

Sproutlette DressI made the smallest size, 0-3 months, and it seems a little big to me compared to commercially sized baby dresses. But the beauty of babies is that it will all fit eventually, and that if the dress is a little large on her, it’s still not a huge deal. I also loved the opportunity to put a sweet little button on the back.

back of Sproutlette DressI really liked the idea of using a contrasting color button, and I felt like it really had to be a flower to keep in theme with the dress.

Overall, I LOVED this little project. And my baby dress itch is over – for now.

Since it used far less yarn than I thought (about 306 yards – Ravelry page here), I’m still working on the Dandelion Days cowl with the leftovers, and still feeling unsure how that’s working together, but plugging along for a while longer before making a decision!