Year 1

What a wonderful year it is been with our little birdie.  Full of all new experiences - both wonderful and scary! Happy birthday little bird!  It has been so wonderful to see you fly!


Seashells Blanket

This is the blanket I knitted for my precious birdie before she was born.  We've used it a TON, but recently had a sad incident where it ended up tangled in the wheel of the stroller resulting in a hole… boohoo!! Luckily, it was near the bind-off end, not the cast-on end and I was able to rip back past the hole.  And because it was already a little too square for my liking anyhow, I added another skein of yarn.

Pattern: Seashells Blanket by Svetlana Volkova

Yarn: Berroco Vintage (5 skeins)

Ravelry notes here!


Sewing for Baby: Butterick 3405

I was wandering around JoAnn's the other day looking for fabric for another project entirely when this beautiful print jumped out at me.  I had to have it for little birdie!  And I also needed a pattern, of course! I have been looking for something like Citronille's Apoline in a baby size (feel free to give me some suggestions) because I love the flutter sleeves.  This one doesn't quite have the same look with the lovely square bodice, but the tiny tucks on the front and button-up back won me over.

I won't tell you about the time I had trying to add snaps… but suffice it to say, I should have listened when I read this post on Crafterhours. Yes, I have the worst stinkin' snap tool in the world and I tried to use it! After that fail (and a sore finger from hitting it with the hammer - true story), I went on to make buttonholes instead, which are also the bane of my existence. I don't know if it is me or my machine, but I can't seem to make nice proper buttonholes. They work, yes, but just don't look to closely!

Pattern: Butterick 3405 - Size L, View C but with sleeves from View A added


New Pattern: Dogwood Cowl

I've made a few of these over the years and was asked by someone on Ravelry if there was a pattern for  sale.  So, I decided to write this one up.

Dogwood Cowl

Materials: 75 yards of bulky or super bulky weight yarn
Needles: US #11 (8.0 mm) needles
Size: one size - Adult

Class Picnic + Chicken Scratch

Ever since I stumbled across Chicken Scratch Embroidery on Pinterest I knew I wanted to use it on a garment for my little birdie.  The Oliver and S Class Picnic blouse was the perfect pattern for a little embroidery across the bodice and a little on the hem.  I made the 6-12 month size for my 10 month old against my better judgement.  It is a little tough getting it on and off (she HATES getting dressed) so this will only fit for a short time.  But I love it anyway! And the embroidery is so easy, it was totally worth it!


Rosette Hair Clip

I wish I could take credit for this cute little pattern, but when I was looking around at rosettes on Ravelry for inspiration and found this one by Eileen Vito, I figured there was no reason to reinvent the wheel! I knitted the rosette using US #2 needles and fingering weight yarn (madeline tosh merino light) following the pattern exactly.  Then I just covered the hair clip with felt, glued on a felt leaf, and then glued on the rosette.  So cute!!


Another Baby Quilt

This baby quilt has had three owners before I've even given it away.  I started it for my husband's friends, but when I found out they were having a girl, I had to make this one instead! Then we were sure my sister's baby was going to be a boy, but no, wrong again! So this will be going to a good friend who's little boy is due to arrive any day now!


A little freebie: Knitted Bow Headband and Hair Clip

I love making little things for little birdie's hair, not that she has much yet at 10 months.  She wore a few elastic headbands when she was really little but quickly outgrew them.  I really wanted something to go along with her holiday dress, but didn't want to use elastic for the band, so I knit one (and added a bow, too)!

Here is a little pattern for you:

Yarn: Fingering weight
Needles: US #2

CO 6 stitches and knit in garter stitch until band is desired length. Mine is 10.5" unstretched and 16" totally stretched out. Bind off and sew the ends together.  This doesn't have to be too pretty because you will cover it with the bow.

Piece no. 1 - Cast on 10 stitches and knit in garter stitch for 28 rows. Bind off and weave in the ends.
Piece no. 2 - Cast on 4 stitches and knit 10 rows. Bind off.

Making Up
Pinch Piece no. 1 in the middle making an "M" shape and place it on top of the seam of your headband. Wrap Piece no. 2 tightly around the middle of piece 1 and the headband and sew in place. Weave in your ends and you're done!

That's it!

To make a bow hairclip instead, I just knitted the bow and hot glued it to a ribbon covered hairclip using this tutorial to make it no-slip.

Cute!  And be on the look-out for a few more of these headband/hair clip tutorials.  I've got some other ideas in testing mode!