The magic of owl buttons…


Its been a few months since I’ve posted.  Its not for a lack of desire – because while I’ve been sewing and knitting up a storm for the babe’s wardrobe, our girl’s feisty temperament has reared its ugly stubborn head and she has simply refused to wear any mama-made articles.  Truth be told, she’s refused to wear basically any but three outfits that she has (if they’re not blue, a hand-me-down from her friend Lily, or plastered with some hideous graphic, they’re not getting worn by this headstrong one.)


I’ve sewn adorable summer dresses, knit cuddly little cardigans, and have cringed with every scream uttered by my gal as I tried to wrestle each item onto her.  To no avail.  Because while there are a few battles I insist on fighting, arguing with Q’s newfound wardrobe selection simply isn’t one of them.  If I’m totally honest, I’m thrilled that Q is starting to become independent and showing her own personal style.  Its just making this crafter mama mourn the days when I used to be able to dress my baby girl in any of my homemade creations.

And despite her resistance to wear anything I’ve made for her, I charged ahead this past week and busted out yet another Plain Vest.  Because I love this vest.  Its the perfect combination of crunchy granola style and just plain good functionality because there’s nothing that combats New England winters like a wooly vest.  And I had vein attempts of being able to wrestle her into something with cute buttons.


It may have been a fluke (and she may never wear it again), but somehow I was able to get her into this gem yesterday.  Maybe it was the distraction of the baby doll she was holding, or maybe it was the adorable owl buttons that did it, but whatever the trick, she put it on without a fight and actually kept the thing on.  Thank goodness for owl buttons.

Sheer magic.


The pattern:  Pickles Plain Vest

The yarn:  Cascade Eco

The needles:  Size 10

The modifications:  I sized up the 12 month pattern to a 2T

CO 92 sts

8 garter ridges

Knit for 9”

Knit 19, BO 10, knit 34, BO 10, knit 19

CO 24 stitches at the beginning of each armhole

Next row: k2tog at the beginning and end of each armhole to tighten things up

1st decrease row–K4, k2tog (17x) to end (99 sts). Knit 4 rows.
2nd dec row–k5, k2tog (14x) to end (85 sts). Knit 3 rows.
3rd dec row– k5, k2tog, Rep till 8 sts remaining. K2tog, k6 (72 sts). Knit 3 rows
4th dec row–k4, k2tog to end.
Knit 1 row.
5th dec row (and buttonhole row): k5, k2tog, rep to last 4 sts – make buttonhole.

Knit 2 rows. BO.


And while they’re not terribly exciting, I did take about a million photos because I figured I may never get her into this vest again.  At least I have the photos to prove that once in a blue moon, I was able to get this kiddo into a hand knit.  Crafter-mama success!


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Geranium Fever…


I’ve done it again.  Discover another pattern, obsess over it and proceed to make it ten different times.  It really is an an addiction.  I can’t help myself.  I find a pattern that just WORKS for me.  And I run with it.  I mean, really run with it.


It started with the Birthday Geranium, then I just had to make a Christmas Geranium, then I just happened to have an extra 3/4 yard of leftover fabric from a baby quilt  and couldn’t resist making an oh-so-adorable 3-6 month size dress for a dear friend’s new baby.


Then I so loved that dress, that I ended up making a larger version for the babe in the same fabric.  And she wore it for the first time this Mother’s Day.  And it just made my heart smile.  Because what’s better than watching your babe running around the yard barefoot in her new handmade spring dress.  Nah much, in my opinion.


We tested it out on the swings… check!


and walking with papa… double check!


and running around the park…


And it was just the perfect “doing the vacuuming on the front porch while sporting your new bucket hat” dress.


The pattern:  Made by Rae’s Geranium Dress

The fabric:  Aneela Hoey’s Posy Meadow

The size:  18-24 month

The mods:  No mods (can’t mess with perfection), but I made the gathered skirt version with the capped sleeves.  Love the pattern, love this version.

The verdict:  I love the dress so much I’m already planning another one.  See, its a real sickness…

And the final shot of the day…. bucket hat tossed aside, pigtails coming undone, vacuum still in hand, but taking a rest and enjoying the rest of the evening sunlight before dinner.


btw, the bucket hat is this pattern.  Absolute fav summer hat pattern.  I made a sized 2T for the babe this summer (although her large noggin barely fits into it) – with some sweet leftover blue chambray and the fabric leftover from last season’s ice cream blouse.

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Sunshine, grass stains and a pixie hat…


We had a lovely weekend visiting family this weekend.  Q and I did a day trip (2 hours each way – which, when you have a child who turns into a gremlin the second the car seat buckles, can make for a fairly brutal trip.)  But we braved the gremlin’s car horribleness, listened to a lot of raffi (god help me), ate a lot of snacks (cut up olives and broccoli are the current fav), and stretched our legs at a rest stop where mama got to eat a jumbo pretzel at 8am while the babe showed off her newfound walking skills.

But getting to see the cousins while playing on grass in 60 degree weather more than made up for the car ride hell.

IMG_3755(as we’ve been buried under an enormous amount of snow for the past 5 months, i cannot tell you how happy i am to see grass stains – even on white pants.  yay)


The babe is sporting her pixie hat.  Still.  Because it was snowing when we woke up this morning.  At the end of march.  I love the hat but I am so ready to put it away for the season.

That said,  here are the details:

The pattern: Stella Pixie Hat

The Yarn:  Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Raspberry Mousse (my fav colorway that I’ve been hoarding ever since Rhinebeck three years ago – but I think this hat, and babe, are Raspberry-Mousse-Worthy.)

Modifications:  I modified the buttonhole rows slightly.  On the buttonhole rows, I worked 4 stitches even, then K1, YO, K2tog, worked rest of row even.  On the following row, I worked all stitches in the K1, P1 ribbing.

Also, I followed the mods I found here (thanks!) –

The verdict:  The pattern came together quite quickly and the yarn, as always, is an absolute dream to work with.  Its a basic rectangle sewn together with the kitchener stitch (I used this tutorial to show me the errors of my ways after my 5 first failed attempts at kitchener stitch.)  Who knew kitchener stitch could be so amazing (genius, in my opinion), therapeutic (you’ve really gotta pay attention to what you’re doing), and satisfying (no visible seams!!)  Seriously, ingenius…

The most annoying part of this project was sewing the neckband onto the hat.  But that is more of a me-problem, not a pattern-problem.  I just simply do not love seaming knits up.  Its a thing of mine.

But as the day wore on and the sun came out and we reached a whopping 62 degrees, the hat came off, the babe started rolling around the lawn, and we enjoyed a beautiful day in the sunshine.





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DIY Latch Board


or alternatively titled, “What an increasingly inquisitive toddler who has gotten bored of her current toys, 14” of snow on the ground hence the need for a good indoor project, and a hubby just itching to bust out his new power drill will get you.”


These latch board suckers are all over Pinterest and I figured it was high time we got on the bandwagon.  Especially since Quincy would rather play with anything other than her baby toys these days.  Wooden blocks, nope.  Fun stackers, nope.  Bongo drums (yes, we got desperate), not so much.  Figuring out how to open the kitchen cabinets and unscrew (yes, unscrew) the Pine Sol container and pour it all over herself, well, that was a winner.  So we decided to try to harness her desire for all things latched, screwed on, and just plain scary looking and created our own latch board.


So, with the temperature dropping and a massive storm heading our way, the hubs ran out to Lowe’s to buy all the gadgets to assemble this little gem.  Because, in the event of a storm, we could do without bottled water, but the thought of being stuck in the house with a restless toddler was enough motivation to get moving on this project.


Because its -6 here right now.  And I’d love to say we’re the type of family who gets outside every day to brave the elements no matter how frigid the weather.  But we’re just not.  I’m a wuss.  And I’m okay with it.


Hence the indoor project for the babe.


Admittedly, our version isn’t for everybody.  See how those light switches have those scary metal parts protruding?  Its not ideal, but we figured the kid can’t impale herself on it and given that she gets herself into worse scrapes on an almost daily basis, she can handle some scary metal bits here and there.


The winners:  the hinges.  Hands down.  Quincy LOVED the hinges. We’re going to have to go buy some more and install them.  She also loved the little mirror and the light switches.  The window lock and the chain lock are a bit too difficult for her to manuver right now, but I like the fact that she can’t do everything on here so easily just yet.  She’s got lots to discover on this one.  Which will hopefully provide hours of entertainment.  Ok, she’s 15 months old, I’ll take 20 minutes…

IMG_3173(check out the babe’s first haircut.  i think she looks very dorothy-hamill-esque.  poor thing.  sorry babe.)


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Geranium Dress… Christmas Style


I meant to post about the Christmas Geranium Dress way back when (you know, at like Christmas time), but well, it just didn’t happen.  So, here goes…

It was time for Christmas photos thereby making it time for a new dress for the babe.  Which, of course, meant busting out the Geranium pattern again.  I love this pattern.


The pattern:  Made by Rae’s Geranium Dress

The fabric:  Moda Essential Dots / White & Black

The modifications:  Adding a red sash to give it more of a “Christmas” flare

I really do love this pattern.  Its turning into my go-to baby dress.  Which makes me smile because I have a TON of ideas for fabu size 18 month dresses to make for the babe for the spring.  Which makes me curse our current sub-zero weather because I’m itching to get this kid in some more versions of the Geranium.  But not even I could subject the babe to a short sleeved dress in this weather.


So, I’ll just keep putting her in this gem with her little grey sweater and wooly stockings til we get some kind of  spring thaw…

and my favorite shot…





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in love with posy


its official.  i’m in love with aneela hoey’s posy collection.  i’d seen it online a few months ago and had been drooling over it ever since.  but i hadn’t pulled the trigger thereby successfully keeping my fabric diet intact.  until my oldest friend in the world announced she was expecting a baby girl and i needed to have it.  to make a quilt, of course.


because if there’s one thing i love making, its baby quilts.  small, patchwork, all that pink…  just love it.  i think the beauty of baby quilts is that when you think you just might be tempted to get bored with the monotony of all those straight lines, you’re done before the tedium sets in.


I just love these fabrics.  love love love.  as in, i just bought another charm pack.  because who knows when the next little baby girl will be arriving – thereby requiring yet another posy quilt.  because i could sew these suckers all day long.

And the finished project –>>


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