Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Now I´m ready for Christmas to come

As I told you yesterday the Christmas dresses for my girls are ready, now Christmas eve can´t come soon enough. I might make them matching cardigans, or even just buy matching cardigans. 

My husband came home early, so I went out for a drive and a short walk just to gather energy for the next days (weeks to come) at home. Chicken pox has only started with one of my girls, so I might be at home the next 2 weeks with someone sick. 

Pattern and yarn and etc can you find information about in my previous post, when I finished the first dress.  The needle size is 0.5mm smaller than the pattern recommends, as I knit loosely. 

Modifications to make size 1 year old , pattern starts in size 2 year.  Cast on 70 stitches, then follow instructions for 2 year old size, until after the "sleeves" then I increased until 12 stitches between and , then knitted desired length. 

The dresses are bit on the short side, but that is only because I followed the pattern to much, I made the 6 year old length, assuming that it would be long enough for my 3 year old, but is a bit short on her.  I measured her Christmas dress from last year, and the pattern recommends the length for 6 year old, that is the length in a store bought dress in 98 cm size. I´m not sure what Suzie Haumann was thinking, and whether she intended this as tunics instead of dresses? 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Simple mittens

I saw these mittens by Merete and decided to use the same pattern, and maybe embroider them. I haven´t embellished them yet, but they are already in use. 

Yarn:  Dale baby wool (held double)
Pattern: Barnehagevotter
Needle: 2.5mm and 3 mm
Size:  1-2 year (length 3-4 years) 

I have also finished the other Christmas dress, and was planning to take both dresses out for a walk tomorrow , and take some pictures, maybe on the beach or somewhere nice.. tired of ugly pictures. But since my older daughter is sick with Chicken Pox, there are at least 7-10 days of inside activities, and there are 90% chances that my younger daughter will get sick as well... there might be some time until it will be finished. In the meantime I have started another dress, but knitting time is limited these days. 

Friday, October 18, 2013


I had big plans for this maternity leave, I was among other things (like organizing every closet) going to get better at sewing.  I´m about to realize that I won´t fulfill all my plans (mostly things like organizing every closet and becoming a sewing domestic goddess).  I however managed to upcycle one hoodie that I had lying in my closet.

I used the instructions that you can find on this site

Monday, October 14, 2013

Winter is coming - warm socks are needed

My nine month old baby , seems to think it is fine to take of your socks where ever and throw them on the street, often I catch it, but when we were in Denmark she lost the last pair of wool socks we had (well just one of them) so now she has no socks that match.

I therefore used some scrap yarn (yay for me) and made these socks, that are warm and fit her well.

The pattern was a mixture of several patterns, but I mostly use this one as my sock bible pattern, the pattern is made for all sizes in aran and bulky pattern, but I just find some pattern on ravelry for the stitch count and then use the icelandic sock pattern. (I used 40 stitches and needles 2.5 mm)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

One down, one to go

I´ve finished the dress for my 3 year old, and I´m not in the mood to start another one yet (for my soon to be 1 year old) , but as I have planes that these will become they´re christmas dresses (please note that plans often change and dear husband if you are reading this (which he probably is not), I might see some fabulous dresses in a store as well that I will have to buy and that any comments made on these site can not be held against me)

the 3 year old was happy, the dress was pink and you can dance in it, that are her 3 outfit requirements these days, it has to be a dress, it has to be pink and you have to be able to dance in it.

I´m seeing this with some nice bolero or cardigans in front of the Christmas tree. 
With maybe silver shoes or brown... who knows. 

Pattern: Knit for your kid by Susie Haumann
Yarn: Isager Highland wool (1 1/2 skein) and Isager alpaca 1 (1 skein)
size: 2 year old, but the length of six year old