This is a knitted dress I made for a friend’s baby. I love making baby gifts because the time I spend on them gives me time to think about the new baby. This dress is going to a first baby for such a nice couple, and while I made it I got to recall all the excitement and love and expectation that comes along with waiting for a first baby–and a girl, too. What a treat! I used the Garden Trellis Dress pattern from the book Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders. I used sport-weight yarn, so mine is a little bigger than prescribed, but I knew that going in. I actually very much like the size it turned out because I think it will fit the baby in her first year as a dress, and in her second as a tunic. I used Knit Picks’ Brava yarn in Tidepool so it could be easily laundered. I got a little sidetracked and miscounted on some of the diamonds on the skirt, so they aren’t in exactly the right places according to the pattern, but I felt like you wouldn’t know something was wrong unless you were staring at the pattern so I just went with it.
Whoa! Bad head-cut-off selfie! Maybe it was better before I had the phone, when I could only post about projects for myself that warranted enlisting husband’s help. Anyway, I used fabric paint and more freezer paper stencils on a t-shirt. I felt really brave doing this one because it was a shirt I kind of liked as it was, but thought would be improved with a design. Painting on a nice Eddie Bauer shirt requires a lot more fearlessness than painting on the cheapy Costco tee, but it turned out well once I braved it.
And I was just experimenting at this point. I sleep in this old pink shirt, and now I’ll sleep in it more often!And my husband bought a new (to him) car, and to surprise him I quickly painted shirts for all three kids so they could wear them when we went to pick it up. Fabric paint dries quickly and freezer paper stencils are reusable, so I got them done! It’s fun to make a big fuss out of a little family deal. This is what they’ll remember when they are grown, right?
I love this pattern, McCalls M4421. It’s so easy and fast, it’s comfortable to wear, it can be a dress or tunic, and my mommy used to make it for me when I was a baby! I’ve had this fabric for a year and finally got around to making Daphne a little something out of it. This is sure to be a summer staple for her; she already likes pointing to the foxes and saying “ning ning ning na ning na ning.” Because that’s what foxes say, right?
Once a week my kids and I meet a group of homeschool friends at a local park. It is the highlight of everyone’s week. The kids pick up their imaginative games where they left them the week before; the grown-ups sit and drink coffee, knit, and care for babies under the shade of trees. Playgroup itself is a joy, but I was feeling a little frazzled getting us all ready for playgroup every week as we were getting back into our warm-weather routine. Did I have the sunscreen? Snacks? Water bottles? Revolutionary War trading cards? (Don’t ask.) I decided I should make myself a bag just for playgroup, with pockets for all the things I need and keep it loaded all week, so all I had to do was pop in the refilled water bottles, hot coffee, and off I’d go. I used a medium-weight canvas to make the bag and designed it to be most useful as an object that is sitting in the middle of the picnic table, though it’s comfortable to carry as well. I put outside pockets for our water and inside pockets for sunscreen and my keys. A wide, spacious interior has been reinforced on the bottom with davey board (removable for laundering) and holds all our other necessary sundry. I bought more cute arrow embroidery from DesignsbySugarBean on Etsy and love the way it looks on this project.