The Perfect Finish

I have always wanted to knit a cardigan with a traditional yoke pattern and a steek.  When I saw Kate Davies Wee Bluebells design, I knew it was the one! I chose to knit the tulips in a sunny yellow and as I worked away on the knitting, I knew I had to find the perfect ribbon to finish the raw edges of my very first steek! After searching all variations of "yellow tulip ribbon", "yellow tulip grosgrain", "yellow tulip jacquard" on Etsy and the web in general, I finally found the PERFECT ribbon.  I highly recommend Lina's Pretty Ribbon for beautiful trimmings. Delivery was quick, even from South Korea, and she added little extra ribbon to my package. I can't wait to put the finishing touches on this adorable little sweater.


New Pattern: Rosebud Bonnet

Rosebud Bonnet
This is a pretty little baby bonnet featuring a stranded rosebud design that is knit flat, a picot edging and wonderful I-cord ties. This is a pretty little baby bonnet works up very quickly in sport weight yarn.
Materials: 130 yards of sport weight yarn
Gauge: 24 stitches & 32 rows in 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch, lightly blocked
Needles: US #3 (3.25mm) 16-inch circular or straight needles and a set of DPNs, or needles to get gauge
Size(s): 3-6 months, 9-12 months
$3.00 OFF when you buy all three bonnet patterns (Snowdrop, Rosebud, and Stripes and Dots). Regularly $15, now $12 for all three! Just add them to your Ravelry cart to see the discount.

New Pattern: Marika Fair Isle Hat

Marika Fair Isle Hat
Materials: Sport-weight yarn, 1 main color and 4 other colors (Example: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino)
Gauge: 26 stitches & 34 rows in 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch, lightly blocked
Needles: US #4 (3.5 mm) DPNs, or needles to get gauge
Sizes: Newborn (Baby, Toddler) Circumference: 12 inches (14.5, 17)

New Pattern: Aleteo Hat

Aleteo Hat
Purled butterflies flutter and fly above a field of bobble wildflowers on this adorable hat available in baby to adult sizes. Aleteo means “flutter” in Spanish.

Materials: 150 to 200 yards of sport weight yarn
Gauge: 26 stitches in 4 in/10 cm in stockinette stitch, lightly blocked
Needles: US #2 (2.75mm) DPNs, or needles to get gauge
Sizes: Baby, Child, Adult


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!!