Monday, April 30, 2012

Tiny cards

I'll be sharing some small cards the next few days. These are 10x10cm, a format I have come to love lately. Especially for those card making evenings at someone else's house - when you talk as much as you make, so the brain needs something simple to work on. :) The papers are from some BG paper pad, can't remember which one. The cute yellow baker's twine is secured by a couple of dots of glue, but is fairly loose.
And in case you're wondering why I haven't made these pictures big and lovely like in the previous post - well, it just looked silly that the card was bigger on screen than in real life. ;)

Friday, April 27, 2012

Short-sleeved pink toddler jacket

I've resisted naming this post "The hated pink jacket", but that's what I've been calling this project for a while now. That recipe is rubbish. It’s a shame really, because the end result really is quite pretty. Cute, feminine and I can't wait until K is big enough to wear it! I chose to put buttons along the whole length because I knew K's mom would prefer it.

 The original lace pattern annoyed me to no end and didn't look like the pictures, so I made up my own (simpler) version. It basically looks almost the same, but knits up much easier. I chose a cabled cast-on and it looks gorgeous. When it came to casting off, I had hoped to find a pretty technique that could match the cabled cast-on, but hours of googling left me with nothing that looked good on garter stitch. My crazypants solution was to cast on the same amount of stitches with the pretty cabled cast-on and grafting it to the jacket. It was worth it (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).

Look at that back! Oooh... Also, I did a little trick with the neckline that I absolutely love. One extra stitch and a slipping technique gave me that gorgeous unbroken column of stitches running along the top (picture below). I learned that one from the baby "bunting bag" I did last fall. Details, as usual, on my Ravelry page.

Oh, and by the way: I've tweaked the HTML coding so that I can have these lovely big pictures! :) :) I love it and it looks fine from this end, but if you're having trouble viewing the blog, feel free to leave me a note.