Introducing Baby Bliss!

G and I are very pleased to announce the birth of our little bunny, Lila (like lilac, the flower) Somerset (the region in England where G is from) on April 16th. She’s only a day old in this photo, but I think she looks a lot like G! Then again, look how she’s a ham for the camera, so maybe that’s how she takes after her mom (work that bunny hat!). I have no idea why one eye is a little more closed than the other in this photo, both her eyes are the exact same size. Maybe it’s a little wink at the camera.

And here she is coming home from the hospital:

I pretty much put her in that bunny hat every chance I get. Newborns are cute, but newborns in bunny hats make entire elevators of jaded hospital staff smile their biggest smiles.

Wee Wednesday: The End is Nigh

We’re in the final stage of my pregnancy, and I finally decided to stop being so lazy about taking some more bump photos! I can’t believe she is going to be here so soon. There’s still so much baby knitting I’d like to get done first! I guess we’ll see how far along I get with it all before she makes her debut.

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This is my favourite of the shots, which were taken while doing FO shots of the Upcycled Cardi, which I’ll post about REALLY soon!

These two hats are pretty much the cutest things I think I’ve ever knit:

Newborn Bunny Hat (Ravelled here)

Bunny hat 1

Newborn Kitten Hat (Ravelled here)

Cat Hat

I’m hoping I made them small enough to fit a newborn, I love the idea of her wearing them during the first couple of weeks out in the world. The Newborn Kitten Hat is a much-modified version of the bunny hat- Maybe I should have saved it for a Mod Monday post?!

New (FREE) Pattern: Gin & Tonic Hat

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You may recall seeing this hat on the blog way back! I was working on a hat pattern for a new yarn base for Tanis Fiber Arts, which is now known as Orange Label. It’s a blend of merino, cashmere, and silk that is out of this world soft.  I wanted to design a great little one-skein hat that would be a quick knit and the perfect use of a little luxury like this, and the Olive colourway was right up my alley. I’ve been wearing this hat a lot. 

My creation
Pattern can be found here, and the Ravelry pattern page is here

Modification Monday: Pomatomus Extravaganza

Original Pattern: Pomatomus

Knitter Extraordinaire: Mia (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Bigger gauge, and originally started out with the idea for a pair of legwarmers that turned into sleeves, and a stunning sweater was born. Great details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love the back story on this sweater. Mia originally wanted to knit a pair of legwarmers, but felt that they would work better as sleeves. She began working on the body, and kept reknitting it until she got the fit she wanted (got to love it when perseverence pays off). All that effort was definitely worth it- just look at that gorgeous, amazing sweater. I want one now, too!

Upcycled Cardi Challenge, Part III: The Body

I thought it would be helpful to show a quick video on how I do the embroidery for the cardigan:

Upcycled Cardigan from Julie Knitted Bliss on Vimeo.

Gatsby crashes almost all of my videos- he’s such a ham for the camera.

I’m soooo close to being finished! As of last night, I only have a little bit of embroidery left to do around the front edge.

In answer to the questions left on the last Upcycled Cardi post:

1. The knitted ribbing is attached by just sewing it on along the fabric, at both the top and bottom. I didn’t trim anything off the cuffs/sleeves before attaching the knitted ribbing.

2. The embroidery is pretty simple, I’m just winging it- I use a tapestry needle to mimic the exact same direction stockinette stitches are formed.

3. I’m using  6mm (US 10) needles for the k1,p1, ribbing, and a tapestry needle for the embroidery (the same one I’d use for weaving in ends). The same yarn is used for both the knitting and embroidery- it claims to be a DK on the label, but I don’t believe it for a second- it’s definitely worsted.

4. How the knitting is attached: After measuring [so, my gauge of k1,p1 knitting is 5 stitches per inch x cardigan circumference (29 inches) = 145 stitches to cast on for around the body. Sleeves use the same formula], I cast on and knit the ribbing independently of the cardigan. When length is complete, I cast off, and sew the ribbing to the fabric of the cardigan.

5. My skin: Thanks! I don’t do anything fancy to it- I wear sunscreen (spf 30 or higher) every day regardless of the season/cloud cover, use rose hip seed oil at night (any health food store will carry it), and drink about a litre of green tea a day (seriously). Although these days, it’s naturally decaffeinated green tea (I’m drink some right now, actually).  That’s it. I don’t do toner/masks/serums/facials/etc. I don’t have a particular moisturizer that I use (except the rose hip seed oil at night). If I know that I’ll be doing FO photos, then I’ll use a skin illuminizer on my face under foundation- it’s like liquid photoshop, that stuff.