Posts Tagged ‘ cardigan ’

UFO: little pink sweater

I started this baby ballet sweater more than a year ago to give to a little girl born right before Mr. O.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

Got 90 percent done – it was all knitted and partly sewn together – and hit a roadblock. I didn’t like the seams, I didn’t know how to neatly attach the wrap binding to the edge. I put it down.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

It sat. She grew. It sat some more. I swore off seamed sweaters and moved on to one-piecers. She’s way too big now and has been for many months.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

But 2015 is the year of finishing, of using up, of enjoying. So I picked it back up, decided it wasn’t bad and finished sewing her together. She will find a home with a sweet little girl who just popped out last month.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

Voila.

ballet blossom cardigan because new friend is lovely

Details here c/o Ravelry.

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Happy Birthday, little friend

The friend in question is growing up in a super fun, amazingly colorful — some might say psychedelic — household. His parents took down their backyard zipline so they could put in a climbing wall. Giant gardens, lots of bonfires, a million choices of tea.

In sum, his family’s a total hoot. I often wish we lived closer.

Hence this sweater.

cardigan because joel is one

Color-changing rainbow yarn, simple cardigan pattern, vintage blue buttons from the stash.

cardigan because joel is one

cardigan because joel is one

 

cardigan because joel is one

I ended up knitting this on 11s instead of 10s. I wanted the knit to be loose for the spring rather than tight and bulky for winter. That might have been a misstep; it’s a bit big.

cardigan because joel is one

One skein did it. Here’s all that remained.

cardigan because joel is oneFull details on my Ravelry page here.

 

An old sweater needs a fix

pearl cardigan

This dainty little sweater is an old family favorite. It belonged to one of my mother’s friends back when she collected elderly ladies. My sister had it last, then it started to fray a little in the neck. She gave it to me.

pearl cardigan

I don’t sew much anymore because I don’t have space at home to iron and cut out. So it’s super gratifying to find small projects to do.

I am going to pin this in place,

pearl cardigan

start sewing the inside, and then carefully hand stitch the outside.

pearl cardigan

The pearl adornments make it worth the effort, not to mention the sentiment of keeping this little guy going.

Looking around: Alice + Olivia

Inspiration abounds. Two staples and a frou-frou dress that’s not *too* fancy. I don’t have the approximatly $350 a piece though, so I wonder how I could approximate them myself?

This vintage Vogue might get at the shape of this cocoon top above. It’s short still but could lengthen.

pattern-vogue

The white underdress looks pretty simple: tank top attached to skirt. Like this maybe?

The overdress in gray silk (chiffon?) has more complicated sleeves which I’ve seen in a vintage Vogue pattern from my stash.

Then this infinity knit cardigan. Remains a mystery still.

I’ve bought Alice + Olivia patterns before and love them. Wore one of their skirt patterns in three or four versions one summer. Unrelated: Might have eye now on this dress.

Sneaky peek at vintage local luxury

Talk about jackpot! Thank you, Markham thrifts!

Here’s a peek at the luxe details while I get this beauty cleaned.

Pleated satin ribbon hides the lace lining seam.

cardigan-cashmere-fur-trim

Luckily there are discreet snaps to secure the collar.

cardigan-cashmere-fur-snaps

The clasp looks amazing but doesn’t hook anymore.

cardigan-cashmere-fur-clasp

My favorite part? I own another little piece of a local industry. It’s not Caron, but it’s amazing.

cardigan-cashmere-fur-tag