[sewing] [knitting] Petite Pullover & Pyjamas

Some sewing and some knitting for my little one: first La Petite which is a simple top down pullover mixing yoke increases and a raglan part. I didn’t do stripes but went for a very bright green, which is a colour that suits my daughter’s complexion.

 

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La Petite Pullover: colour is much brighter that this..

I used Annell Miami yarn which is an inexpensive cotton/acrylic blend that I really like. It’s a joy to knit, it goes in the washing machine, there are plenty of colours and it wears very well. Perfect for my dribbling baby or when she eats bread! I don’t exactly remember how you’re supposed to finished the hem and cuffs, but I didn’t want to do a garter stitch border or ribbing. I had planned to do a hem to be sewn to the inside, but as you can see, I never did and just left it as it is! I quite like this look, plus it’s the lazy way 🙂

The pattern is very clear, instructions are precise and bonus: they are given for two different weights of yarn. The sizes range from 6 months to 10 years, it’s really worth the 5.5 USD. There will be more versions of this in the next couple of years.. I will try to add a picture of her wearing it.

For my next make, you won’t see any picture because it’s two pairs of pyjamas required by the nursery and they’re staying there. They recently asked us to provide pyjama pants so that in case of an emergency evacuation if the babies are sleeping, they don’t end up only wearing onesies in the street. I’d rather not think about this happening… Anyway, my little baby is now the proud owner of beautiful handmade pyjamas with dots. The fabric comes from TyFlorian Boutik and the pattern is from one of the most recent Ottobre magazines (#9 from issue 1/2014). It’s supposed to be doubled, but I only used one layer of fabric. It’s already rather warm in the nursery and they wear sleep sacks anyway.

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Ottobre 1/2014 pattern #9

You couldn’t find an easier pattern and I did both in less than two hours, including the tracing of the pattern. I went for a 72 cm size (she’s 69 now) and I quickly checked the fit before giving them to the nursery. I added a sewn in little label with the size and her initials. I forgot to take a picture of the label, silly me! but I think it’s something I’ll do again, it will help me remember which size I did.

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Ottobre 1/2014 pattern #9

[other] time

Wearing her Owls Sweater - unblogged of course

Wearing her Owls Sweater – unblogged of course

It is nearly the end of the year, as usual a time of reflection.. 2013 has been a special year for me, as you can imagine with the arrival of my first baby. Everything is very different now, and I feel a brutal halt happened in the middle of the year. I’m still struggling to find balance in my life (and also to recover from sleep deprivation) and clearly I have had to prioritize. Whilst I’m now able to knit in the evening as I did before, time to sew has been hard to find. Naps are still very unstable, as they can be for the whole first year from what I heard, and I don’t like to engage in sewing if I know I only have ten minutes ahead of me. I suppose I have to work on this 🙂 … I might have to move my sewing machine to the kitchen table from time to time, so that I can sew when the little lady is awake and playing on her mat or in her high chair. I have no baby appropriate furniture upstairs where I sew, so I makes it hard for me to go there when she’s awake.

So I don’t have much to blog about of course! My online time has been drastically reduced too, as I used to go online during my lunch break at work. But with the baby I have had to take appointments with doctors and physiotherapist during lunch time, so no blog browsing for me.. This physiotherapist thing being over now and my work load lighter at work after the holidays, I hope to be able to come and read (and comment on) your blogs!

Congratulations to the ladies with babies who manage to sew and blog and comment on other’s blogs, I am truly amazed..

Many wishes for the new year to all of you, I’m really looking forward to seeing you again in 2014!