November 24, 2014

Winner, winner, chicken dinner

So I only got two entries for the knitted dress. And with help of the I got a winner.

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Tianna, send me your (or your sister's) address and I'll ship it this week.

Rachel, you can tell me what you want me to make for you and I'll do it. How about that? :)

November 21, 2014

Knitted Dress, Anyone?

Ilona Dress

I started this dress a year ago, if I remember correctly. I was going to make it for my new baby girl. Then I had that said baby and she did not sleep as much as I hoped she would. Then we went from London to Bulgaria and I forgot about the dress. Couple moves later I found the dress in my knitting basket. Finished but not blocked. The only problem was that my babe is not that tiny anymore. She is pretty much huge now.

The dress should be warm as it's made from wooly yarn. It is sized 3-6 months. And because Sonia cannot wear it I decided to give it away. I don't have any friends or relatives having babies right now. And the dress needs to be worn this winter as it's been waiting for so long.

So who wants it? Let me know in the comments and if it will be more than one person I'll randomly pick one. Let's say this Sunday is the deadline.

November 10, 2014

Baby Stripey Hat

Alyssa's teacher had a baby a month or so ago. I felt like I needed to make something for the baby as a gift. And as I am on the knitting kick right now, knitting a hat made perfect sense. I also got a little overall suit to go with it.


The hat turned out really cute. I made it and there was something missing. The pompom made it all better. I just love the splash of yellow on this boyish hat. The size is 3-6 months. Yarn - Plymouth Select DK Merino Superwash. It is very soft and perfect for a little baby.


This was a fast and easy project to make. Now I have to make 10 more hats for all my kids before we move to a cold country. Something's telling me I won't have enough time though. Eh.

I Am Back... Or Am I?

So it's been quite a while. My baby is almost a year old and walking. Making lots of messes and getting into trouble. Life with four kids is quite a busy one. Thus my absence in this space. I've been making things (both sewing and knitting) as I cannot live without crafting. It is definitely one of the things that keep me sane and keep me going every day. It did become a luxury as all my time usually is taken by my girls. Oh, and don't forget about the moving. Oh, those annoying moves across the globe. When you ship your craft stuff off and then wait for it for months, when you have to pack or unpack instead of crafting, when you have to spend all your time on making a new home wherever you are. By the way, we are moving in less than three weeks to Kazakhstan so I might fall off the face of the Earth again.

But here I am, wanting to show off one of my latest projects. My oldest daughter wanted to be Dorothy for Halloween and asked me to make her a dress. I, of course, obliged. I don't make costumes every year, nor I make costumes for all of my kids in the same year. But one a year is a good rule of thumb for me. That way it doesn't stress me out and I finish it by Halloween and don't have those late night trying to cram the sewing right before Trick or Treating.

Dorothy Fairy Tale Dress

The pattern is Fairy Tale Dress by Oliver+S. Size 8. All fabric from JoAnn's.

As I researched the ideas of the costume I wanted to make something that she'd want to wear after Halloween too. So instead of making a blouse and a gingham apron I made a gingham dress and a white simple apron (not shown here). I stumbled upon this idea and shamelessly did the same thing. I am so glad I did! The dress turned out so cute! It is an intermediate pattern but I wasn't afraid to tackle it as Oliver+S patterns are so well written. It did take me a week to make it as I was working in the evenings mostly and then allowed myself one evening to do all the hand stitching required by the pattern. But the end result looks quite professional. The dress is fully lined and has some tulle to make the skirt fuller.

Dorothy Fairy Tale Dress

I really do like everything about this dress. I will tell you a secret - I already made another Fairy Tale dress for the same daughter but you'll have to wait to see it. I see myself making a couple of more dresses for her to wear to church because this pattern makes a perfect church dress.

Dorothy Fairy Tale Dress

She loves her Dorothy Dress! And she makes a beautiful Dorothy.