So because I am having so much fun with this little doll baby, I've decided to start a new feature on my blog.
I'm calling it WWW- What Wednesday's Wearing.
Why? Well, I'm ridiculous, that's why.
Stop by my house at any time of day and Wednesday is dressed for some random event that she's not going to.
What? Yep, you heard me.
From skinny jeans to ball gowns, the girl is always dressed to impress. Impress who, you ask?
Me. Me and Scarlet mostly. We dress her up and then stare at her- I'll admit it.
Just a few days ago we dressed her up as a witch. Who doesn't do that though, right?!
Okay- so here goes...
Today Wednesday Jones is wearing a little beanie knit by me (don't look too carefully- it was my first time doing that kind of stitch) and a gorgeous Baby Biscotti romper given to me by my friend, Marti.
When I was a young girl, my Granny McDonald taught me how to knit. Now, when I say knit, I mean I knit squares. Nothing more than that, but I LOVED sitting with her in her small flat in Northern Ireland talking with her and knitting. She always made me feel so good about how fast I picked it up for a child and would show me off to anyone who came to visit.
My Granny was and INCREDIBLE knitter. She made us the most gorgeous irish Aran sweaters and I don't think she ever used a pattern. I am sooooo happy I still have every sweater she ever made me or the children. They will always be priceless to me.
Now when I look back at it, I wasn't good OR fast, but she certainly made me feel like I was. She NEVER became frustrated with me when I dropped stitches or couldn't cast on. My Granny made me LOVE knitting.
Now cut to 25 years later and one day I suddenly got the desire to knit again. I wanted to do something creative, but relaxing- something that I could watch TV while doing or bring with me when I went out.
The only problem was I completely forgot how to do it! And remember- I only ever knit squares with my Granny. So how was I going to do this?
Well, I headed to Barnes and Noble and after looking through MANY knitting books, I decided on this cute one.
It had SUCH cute hats and the directions looked like they were written for a true newbie. Guess what? I was right!!! It was PERFECT!
Between this book and a video or 2 on YouTube, I was knitting my guts out before you knew it!
I have made KK so many cute beanies and I always get such a kick out of seeing him in them. Here are some of my favs I've made him:
I think my favorite part of knitting though is every time I pick up my needles, I think of my Granny. I am so thankful that she had the patience to plant this seed in me. I think she's probably looking down on me with pride and showing me off to anyone who cares to listen.
I'm still not good OR fast, but I'm loving it and I'm loving the connection I feel to my past.
Here are some of the hats I've made for our new baby girl--
Baby gifts are my FAVORITE gifts to make and give. They're always so small and sweet and just yummy!
Dan visits a family every month who just had a new baby named Zane, so I jumped into crafting mode and came up with some cute gifties for him.
The first thing I made was a onesie with a Z on it. With a name like Zane, you've got to capitalize on the Z, huh? I then knit a little white beanie to match it. I LOVE a beanie!
Directions for Onesie-
Gerber onesie (or whatever brand you want) Iron On Stabilizer Cute fabric Double sided fusible web Thread to match fabric
1- Iron stabilizer to the front inside of the onesie (it needs to be larger than what is being sewn on the front) 2- Print a large letter out from your computer for a template and cut out the letter 3- Iron the double sided fusible web onto the back of the fabric 4- Trace the letter IN REVERSE onto the fusible web that is fused to the fabric 5- Cut out the letter (make sure letter is facing the right direction when turned right side up) 6- Peel the fusible web backing off of the letter and iron it onto the onesie 7- With a tight zig zag stitch or satin stitch (which I use), sew around the edge of the letter having half the stitch on the fabric and the other half through the plain onesie 8- Peel the stabilizer from the inside of the onesie
I got the pattern for the beanie out of my favorite knitting book Itty Bitty Hats.
Here's the other little beanie I made for baby Zane...
Can you tell I like the letter Z?
The pattern for the beanie also came out of the Itty Bitty Hats book, but I put my own twist on the beanie by adding a felt Z.