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This post is super late because I was so remiss on taking pictures, I know a lot of people love that part, I loath that part…I’m terrible at it!

There’s been some knitting and sewing ’round these parts lately….I’ve still got lots on the to-do list though! I like it that way!

I finished these baby slippers a while back, just never bothered to take a picture of them. I really just did them to see how the pattern worked out. I’ve got tons of sock yarn leftovers so these would be perfect. Of course, I knit a girly pair and everyone is having boys lately!
Baby Slippers
Pattern: Magic Slippers
Yarn: Sock yarn leftovers – love these colors
Made For: The next baby girl I know to be born!

Bubby Girl got a new toy as well – this super soft and snuggly sheep. Her name is Mary (get it?!) The best part about this, it was from leftovers as well – super cute and quick and used up leftovers, my kind of project!!
Bub's Fluffy Sheep
Bub's Fluffy Sheep
Pattern: Lamb from Itty Bitty Toys This book is full of awesome patterns! I can’t wait to make more!
Yarn: Leftovers of Berroco Plush and Sublime Organic Cotton DK – I doubled the Organic Cotton throughout
Made for: Bubby Girl

As much as I dreaded it, I took my Colorful Sock on the road to VT….it was going to be about 10 hours, so I needed some knitting. Can you believe I never knit a stitch on the way up!? Going North from MD is not fun. Tons of tolls, I’m talking probably $30 on the way up and pretty close on the way back! Ugh! I don’t even like turnpikes! Then detouring around the George Washington Bridge in NY – best thing we ever did, only added about 15 minutes to the trip, if that, and absolutely NO traffic. No trucks, tractor trailers, and all that craziness trying to get on the dumb bridge! Loved it!
But while we were there, I got lots of knitting done – and ended up finishing one of the socks…now if I could just go back on vacation and finish the other one! Ha! This is the perfect pattern for this very highly colored yarn. Love it! And this pattern lends to very thick, warm socks, which is nice too! Not a fan of the heel, but I followed the pattern because who wants to deviate while on vacation – definitely not me! Look for the second one to be finished sometime before Christmas!

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Catching up!

Wow, December 18th was my last post, that’s just terrible! There’s been a lot going on too. I just don’t know how people post everyday, or every other day! I’m working from home part time now, so that keeps me busy as well. But enough of the boring stuff!
I’ve been knitting as much as I can squeeze in, which isn’t much, but enough to keep me pretty happy!
Here’s the latest –
Bubby’s Baby Doll – aka. Dolly J.J.
Bub's new dolly
Pattern – Ragdoll by Debbie Bliss
Yarn – Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino – for the hair, dress and legs and Sublime Organic Cotton DK for the body and head
I switched up the yarns because I couldn’t find a color I wanted, but I’m glad I did, the body has a slightly different feel than the clothes and hair, which may sound silly, but to me makes it feel more like “clothes” and “skin”. Silly, I know. Either way, I think she likes it!
Bub's 2nd Wallaby
And that’s the 2nd Wonderful Wallaby I made for her, she was so excited that she and Dolly J.J. “matched” with their purple outfits.

I also finished a pair of French Press Slippers but who hasn’t, right?
Mommy's French Press Slippers
I used Wool of the Andes because it was in the stash, and had been for years, and it needed to get used. I’ve worn these things just about everyday since I made them, and I have a feeling by the time the fall rolls around, I’ll have to make a new pair. I love the button though – matches perfectly – it’s from Joann’s.
And let’s see, I also finally finished my Coraline – GASP! It took forever, mostly because I put it down for quite some time. It’s gorgeous, beautiful, lovely and and oh so warm. But, I’ve yet to get a picture of it! It’s on the to-do list!
I’ll post about my sewing soon – although it will be more of a “what I want to sew list” than a “what I’ve sewn lately list”!

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Whew – surprisingly I have been doing a lot of knitting lately! The summer is usually very busy for us, but with frequent trips back to WV, I get 10+ hours of knitting in the car time, plus about 3 hours when my husband is boating, and countless other hours too. It’s a good deal!

So, I’ve finished a few things lately and am chugging away at others. Nothing for me yet though, I’m getting there.

My favorite is her new Boheme. Very cute pattern,but I needed to size it up some to about a 2T. The only thing left is to find some buttons.   I used Cherry Tree Hill Supersock colorway Jewels.  I was so worried I wouldn’t have enough of this gorgeous yarn, but I just knit and knit until I ran out. Apparently this must be a one of a kind skein because I have gone to the end of the internet (and Ravelry) looking for another one, and I cannot find anything even close. I wish I took better pictures, the colors are amazing. It’s very mulberry, dark and light brown and light pink. Whenever I get around to dyeing, I will definitely try to replicate these colors! I was left with about 9 inches of yarn when it was all said and done.  I did the picot edge, but modified it some so I would have enough yarn. I really love how this turned out! She won’t model it though, way too hot around here!

Bubby's Boheme

Bubby's Boheme

And Lila has two new shrugs / boleros – both for the fall.

Debbie Bliss’s Baby Shrug

Yarn – Joann’s Sensations Tesoro – not a bad yarn, could be softer though. I had it laying around and have been stash busting, so it worked out.

Sizing was way off on this, so I did some measuring and made her the 9-12 month size, and it’s just about right with a little room to grow.

Lila's Bolera

The other one is this pattern from Sirdar. I used Elsebeth Lavold’s Bambool and loved it. This yarn has a great feel and look, just a little bit of sheen, very sophisticated looking. She has a little more room to grow in this one, I made the size 2-3. Hey, I’d much rather it be too big than to small, she’s not shrinking anytime soon!

Bubby's Bolero

You might notice a difference in my bubby girl, she got her first hair cut on the 15th.  It was hard on me, but it’s super cute now!

I’ve casted on for a new pair of socks too. The Faceted Rib Socks from Little Box of Socks. I’m trying to use up some of my stash, so I picked this one. The name “Colorful” is so appropriate, very short color repeats – with lots of different colors! I think this pattern is perfect for it. I’ve just about got one cuff finished, but it’s been on hold for a while now.

My Coraline has also come out of the bag recently and I now have 2 completed sleeves and a body, now to join the sleeves and start the fun part, the yoke! I really hope to have it done by the time the weather turns cooler. I guess that all depends on how the smocking pattern goes!

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I’m become obsessed – okay, not really, but all I can think about lately is sewing! I’ve got tons of things in mind, and just not enough time to even get started!

It started with having a daughter who is now wearing 24 month clothes – apparently, they stop making clothes with diaper covers somewhere around 18 months. Yet, not very many kids are potty trained and in big-girl panties at this age. So, alas, the need for diaper covers arose.

4 pairs later….
Bubby's Bloomers
The pattern is McCalls M5367 which is now out of print. I don’t plan on making any of the little dresses, just the diaper covers. I had to modify the pattern a bit after the first two pair, which is why the bottom two look a little smaller. This was my first time working with bias tape – on the inside cuff of the legs. I thought it was a smart design, and it turned out pretty well.

Three of these are for everyday wear under skirts and dresses that didn’t come with covers, the red polka dot one goes with this dress….
Strawberry Dress
Strawberry Dress
(I need to tack that ribbon down – I thought it needed more stitching, but the pattern didn’t call for it, but it keeps riding up)
I absolutely love how this turned out. A friend gave me the pattern, Simplicity 4246, I think it’s out of print now, but interestingly enough, the print on the front of the pattern was almost identical to this fabric! You can see it really well on the link if you zoom in on it. I must admit, the bodice lining almost got me, and it was my first time gathering, but all in all, I’m so happy with it!
And, to top it all off, we had recently ordered this strawberry barrette from etsy, prior to the dress, but it goes so perfectly!
Strawberry Barrette

I also finished a simple little skirt for her, two fat quarters, cut into 2″ strips, and sewn together vertically, hemmed at the bottom, elastic at the top. Simple as pie! And oh so cute – it’s her bedroom now and she’s sleeping, so no photo op’s for that one!

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Pretty Little Butterfly

Bubby's Butterfly

Well, I wouldn’t call it pretty, but at least I can call it done!! This thing was definitely more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Something about that bottom left wing kept messing me up! But anyways, it’s done, and although I’m not 100% happy with it, I’m happy that Bubby seems to like it.

My only problem with it is the size of the top wings, they are just huge in comparison to everything else, which means they are super floppy. And I can’t really think of any safe, toddler-friendly way to make them sturdier against the body. And here’s a shot of the back of the wings.
Back of Butterly

Pattern: Butterfly by Zoe Mellor
Yarn: Cascade Sierra – mostly leftovers from Bubby’s Turtle

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What happens at Grandma’s, stays as Grandma’s!!
Bubby Girl doesn’t get a whole lot of sweets at our house, but we let her indulge a little at Grandma’s. Thankfully this time she didn’t act like a crazy little banshee!
Licking Cool-Whip

And here’s my latest quick little knit, minus a face. The details always get me! She’s not afraid of it, but it’s definitely not the lovey I hoped it would be!
bubby's teddy

And for a great maternity giveaway – head over to simple for a chance to win a very cool maternity shirt from JellyBean Apparel. I’ll have to remember this site in the future….just in case!

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First FO of 2009

Here is my first finished project of 2009, and I absolutely love it! I’m starting the year off right! The stitch pattern comes from Cables and Arans, so I just put it together into a beautiful scarf!

Woven Cables Scarf

Woven Cables Scarf

Pattern – Woven Cables pattern from Cables and Arans
Yarn – Mirasol Yarn Sulka in Colorway 200
Needles – Size 13

C4F – Cable 4 Front, Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold in front, knit 2 stitches from left needle, then 2 stitches from cable needle
C4B – Cable 4 Back, Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold in back, knit 2 stitches from left needle, then 2 stitches from cable needle

Cast on 20 stitches
Row 1: *C4F* 5 times
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2 *C4B* 4 times, K2
Row 4: Purl
Repeat this pattern until desired length. Mine measures 58 inches. Block well, this pattern tends to shrink into itself, so I blocked mine out to 4 inches, and it seems to hold that shape well.

Anyways, that’s all I have for now. It’s been a less-than-stellar week around here – we’ve all been sick – there’s nothing like your 15 month old throwing up in her crib in the middle of the night. We got her all cleaned up, sheets changed and put back to bed, and she proceeded to throw up 30 minutes later. This went on from 2 until 5, every 30 minutes or so. Then the rest of us got it. That was Monday, and we’re still dealing with the remnants of it 6 days later. Whatever this bug is, it’s a doosy. Just about everyone we know has had it, starting with my parents over Christmas. Somehow we dodged the bullet then, but we weren’t so lucky this time.

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