Livie sweater: preschooler BlanketLife

Pattern: Livie sweater by Carrie Bostick Hoge. I mostly followed the directions for the 8th size (6y), but with my gauge being different, it’s a little bit smaller than the specified finished measurements.

Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Fuchsia (51176). This is one of my favorite Vintage colors – I’ve used it twice before (Wee LevenwickHexathrow). Another favorite color is Blue Moon (51191) (Silverfox Cardi, Odessa). I used just a tiny bit more than 2 skeins for this sweater.

Needles: the sweater is mostly knit on US 7 needles, with a predictable 5 spi and 7 rpi gauge. Some of the garter was knit on US 6s, and the sleeves were on US 8s because they were knit in the round, which is tighter for me than stockinette knit flat. The gauge measures the same, so I think that trick works for me!

Finished dimensions26.5″ chest circumference, 9″ from cuff to armpit, and 13″ shoulder to hem (it’s a cropped style).

The sweater is a little bit roomy on Sonya… or you can say she’s just living her best preschool BlanketLife, all cozy and warm and wrapped up! She loves the big button, which has an intricate purple design that proved difficult to capture in a picture. If you knit this sweater, I would recommend that you try it on to figure out button placement: I didn’t get it right just by looking at the sweater and estimating, really had to have Sonya try it on.

First embroidery sampler

After recently completing the Satsuma Street stitchalong, I decided to branch out a bit and try other types of embroidery. A few friends suggested checking out the Cozy Blue Stitch Club, and it seemed like the perfect thing – small, not too pricey, and in a way, open-ended, with the possibility of interpreting the design in so many different ways.

I signed up in May, but June’s shipment wasn’t quite my style, so I didn’t stitch it. But July’s was a beautiful sunflower with some other smaller flowers and grasses, and I loved it immediately!

In this one small design, I was able to try out a bunch of different stitches, including backstitch, whipped backstitch, Leaf Stitch, Cretan Stitch, Chained Feather Stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, link stitch… I used Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches and the DK Stitch Dictionary to look up the stitches (both purchased from the “used” selection on Amazon – and both in perfectly serviceable condition!).

I mostly worked with two strands of floss, except the sunflower middle, which is four strands. I stitched through the sampler cloth and a piece of linen (from a forever-ago UFO), as recommended. Mostly this was no problem, but there were some puckered bits in the middle of the embroidery that may have come from stretching the two fabrics slightly differently.

Knowing that I have more of these pieces coming my way, and that I didn’t want to spend $$$ each time to get them framed professionally, I bought a 6-pack of 7″ embroidery hoops on Amazon, and followed this tutorial to finish the back of the embroidery work. But first, I painted the hoop a happy yellow, which I thought went nicely with the aqua color of the fabric. The hoop is now hanging on a Command hook in Sonya’s room.

 

Baby gifts from one skein of Berroco Vintage

I must thank Huggie Hugs Rudolph and CPK Poodle “Adoptimal” for modeling for me, LOL! I didn’t want to stick those booties on them for fear of stretching them out, but I think they’d fit perfectly, too!

The noteworthy thing about these 2 hats and 2 pairs of booties is that I carved everything out of one skein of Berroco Vintage! That’s amazing!

Patterns: hats are Little Pip’s Acorn Cap by Kyrie Mead, and booties are Baby Hausschuhe by Ines M. I mucked with the stitch counts and gauges for both in order to make a set to fit a newborn, and another set to fit a 3-month old (ish).

Yarn: Berroco Vintage in “mocha,” precisely one skein for all these pieces! Vintage is my go-to yarn for all baby projects.

Needles: US 5 and US 7 throughout.

 

If the hat looks familiar, it’s because once upon a time, toddler Sonya had one, and looked so adorable in it!