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FO: Pretty, Pretty Pinkness

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , on June 20, 2012 by annatestadoro

I’ve been meaning to post about this gorgeous little number since I finished it, but I wanted to make sure that the mother-t0-be I made it for received it first. She received it yesterday and really loves it. And I have to say, I really did to. I loved knitting it, as instead of garter or stockinette stitch the skirt has a sort of lacy pattern.

The pattern, as always, is a DROPS pattern. And although the pattern called for sleeves, I decided to leave them out and add a picot border instead. Then it can be work with something underneath or without, perfect for Summer or Winter. It’s made from DROPS Safran, which is 100% Egyptian cotton and a real joy to knit with.

The pattern also calls for two crochet flowers, but I decided to go with three to give it that extra little something.

I loved knitting this, at first I was a little worried about the skirt because it’s knitted in the round on circular needles with 196 stitches, which seem like a lot. But then as soon as I was knitting it was actually really easy and quick, I guess because it was in the round so it was just continuous.

The lacy effect of the skirt just looks lovely I think, and it’s so easy to knit. I was also quite pleased to be knitting with such a bright, girly colour, as I feel like I normally stick to quite boyish or unisex colours. The added peach picot borders to give a little bit of a contrast.

I’m excited to see the soon to be born little girl in this dress, as I’m sure she’ll look absolutely adorable!

I’ve also just added this on Etsy, should anyone want to order one.

WIP Wednesday

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , , on June 6, 2012 by annatestadoro

I’ve got two things to show you today. Both of them are nearly finished and I hope to have them finished by the end of this week or at least by the weekend. The first one is a vest that is on order from a friend in Northern Ireland. She’s the one I knitted the hats, socks and booties for just before Christmas. She was selling them for charity. She’s going to be gifting the vest and a pair of socks, which I will be knitting next.

And the second one is a gorgeous pink dress that I’m making for an old client of mine. She’s due to have a little girl soon.

I hope to give you updates on these when they’re both finished.

FO: Flouncy Dress

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , , on November 1, 2011 by annatestadoro

I finished this little dress when I was in Germany with my Mum, I know I’ve given you some teasers. Here, finally, is the finished piece.

This little dress is for friends of ours (but it’s a surprise yet, so I can’t reveal who they are). It’s such a neat pattern, and I especially like the flouncy skirt, it’s a pattern from Garnstudio. The pattern actually calls for a different yarn, but I decide to go with Drops Safran, as I had some left over in my stash and I wanted the dress quite airy and for hot weather.

The pattern is really, really nice to knit, and it has such great details, the skirt and the top just come together so nicely. I love the double moss stitch of the top, it just makes it look so adorable!

I didn’t exactly pick the colours, but rather used three skeins of yarn that I had left over. I actually think the colours worked out really well! I love the little pink skirt and then the turquoise body part just works really well and the yellow ties it off very nicely!

WIP Wednesday – Blogtoberfest: Day Nineteen

Posted in Baby, Knitting with tags , , , on October 19, 2011 by annatestadoro

I’m very pleased that my scheduled post for yesterday went up without a hitch, I’ll definitely be using that feature again. We had a really good day travelling yesterday. The flight from London to Hanover went really well and our visit to my aunt was lovely. Luke, the champion, then proceeded to sleep the 2 hours 15 minutes to my Mum’s house…here’s hoping the return journey is equally easy! In the meantime, a quick picture of what I’m currently working on:

It’s a little dress made out of Drops Safran, for friends that have just had a baby girl. It’s a pattern from Garnstudio, and while the start was quite tedious, try working 420 stitches on circular needles. I’m now loving this pattern, the flounce at the bottom looks fantastic and there are more nice details to come at the top. So watch this space!

A New Project: Something for Myself

Posted in Knitting with tags , , on February 10, 2011 by annatestadoro

I’m thinking about making something for myself at some point soon and can’t make up my mind as to which project I should start. They’re all patterns from Garnstudio, there’s this one:

I really like the look of it and think it’ll suit me quite well. I’m also trying to think about what colour I could use, I really like these:

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Or I’m thinking of this hooded jumper:

I’m thinking these colour options:

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Or then there’s this hooded jumper:

Colour choices are the following:

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I think I will make all of them at some point, but I just have to decide which one to start with initially.

Chic Blue Dress

Posted in Knitting with tags , , on January 17, 2011 by annatestadoro

This dark blue dress, made from cotton is from a pattern from the folks over at Garnstudio. It was one I worked on just before the summer last year and wore a couple of times during the summer. It was a great, easy knit, which might be down to the fact that the pattern calls for Drops Paris, which is a nice thick cotton yarn.

I did make the mistake of knotting together the different balls of yarn, which meant that when it came to finishing it there were a few bits that just didn’t look as nicely as I wanted it to.

I have to admit that I normally love knitting stockinette stitch, but I did get a little bit tired of it towards the end, so I was really looking forward to the moss stitch.

I also think it looks quite nice at the bottom, as it starts off the dress very nicely. I do think the colour works really well, especially as it can be teamed with a nice white blouse/shirt or a nice white top. There are so many different options!

And the crochet border finishes off the dress quite nicely I think. I’m looking forward to wearing this again this coming Spring/Summer, once I’m not pregnant any more and have lost some of the extra weight :-).

A Gorgeous Dress for a Gorgeous Girl

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , on January 6, 2011 by annatestadoro

This dress was made ages ago, probably still last year when we were still living at our old house, for a friend who was sending it to her friend in Argentina. I had made a dress for her friends little girl before, but found out that it got lost when it was stolen from their house, which I thought was a real shame. So, I was only happy to oblige to make another one.

I used a pattern from a German version of Burda, which is a magazine that I’ve been ‘reading’, or rather using since I was probably around 14 and I started my first major sewing project, a ballgown. It’s one of the best magazines out there as it gives you numerous patterns within one issue, so rather than having to pay a fortune for a single pattern you get 15-20 per issue.

I loved this pattern, it was incredibly easy to make and turned out really well I think and the fabric looks really girly. I like the little bow at the bottom, it gives the dress that little bit of extra flair.

Additionally, the colour of the neckline works really well with the fabric and gives the dress a certain je ne se qua!

Wedding Dress Choices

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , on January 4, 2011 by annatestadoro

As I mentioned in my first post of 2011 I will be making my own wedding dress. It’s not something new, I’ve made a couple of wedding dresses before, but unfortunately without taking any pictures as it was so long ago. However, this time it’s different, I think. Especially, as I will have my say in what pattern to make, the materials to use, what to add to the dress, be it embroidery or whatever else. And most importantly it needs to look good on me!

I’ve picked two different patterns that I’d like to combine, but I’m not yet sure which parts I will combine. The first one is this Vogue Bridal Original pattern:

I particularly like the skirt and the way it falls, but I think I’d prefer it without the train, I’m thinking that mine needs to be more practical. Particularly as I’ll probably be busy with a 4 months old baby. I do also like the top, but am not sure about the embroidery and the panel in the middle, I think I’d prefer it without. The second is a Simplicity evening wear pattern:

It doesn’t look great in the picture, but I really like the top half of the dress. I think the neckline will work really well and I like the fact that it would cover my shoulders. The skirt would have to be a little bit fuller though to make it into a proper wedding dress. So, I’m thinking of combining elements of each of these dresses in order to come out with a simple, but perfect dress for me.

Of course, I’m still not quite sure about materials either and that’s something I’ll have to think about in the next few weeks as I want to try and buy it before baby arrives, so that I can pick up the sewing at any time.

Maybe some of you have ideas? And what do you think about the two choices of patterns?

Cherries

Posted in Sewing with tags , , , , , on August 12, 2010 by annatestadoro

I know it’s been far too long since I last posted, and I’m ashamed that it has taken this long. It’s not because I haven’t been knitting, sewing or making anything, far from it. I’ve been very busy with all kinds of things. Cardigans, for myself, for babies; dresses, for myself, for my niece; socks, hats, you name it. But don’t you think that the fact that I have been making so many things should be even more reason for me to add them here? Well, some of the items I took pictures off have been lost, we were burgled three times at our last house (we have since moved) but this meant that all the pictures I had saved onto our computer, were lost. Nonetheless, there have been some new finished objects since which I will start adding here.

Let me start firstly with a little dress I made for my gorgeous niece Clara, who by the way will have a little sister or brother within the next month.

The pattern is one of the Burda baby range and it was really easy to finish. I made some slight adjustments to it while I was working on it, but I think it worked out really well. I think the fabric really suits the pattern and I actually like the fact that it’s girly, but not too much!

Little Clara was here with her parents in late June and we wanted to put her in the dress, but it was just slightly too cold to do so. It’ll be much better for her to wear it at home in Spain, where it’s much warmer at this time of year.

I didn’t use any interfacing in the little collar, even though it called for it. I don’t think it’s really necessary in a baby/toddler dress. After all it’s going to be much nicer on their little necks if it doesn’t have any interfacing, but maybe that’s just me?

My Mum’s Dress

Posted in Knitting with tags , , , on November 10, 2009 by annatestadoro

A little while ago I asked my mum to have a look at Garnstudio to pick out a design that she wanted me to knit for her. She picked this lovely linen tunic, for which I used exactly the yarn that is mentioned in the pattern: Drops Lin. It was really easy to knit, but at first I was a little worried that it was a little rough around the edges. As the skirt was knitted with quite large needles it meant that the stitches were quite lose. This is not something I’m used to as I always knit quite tightly, but it seemed to work well.
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Following the skirt I knitted some pleats for the first time ever. This was quite well explained in the Drops Design pattern, but I also found my Ultimate Knitting Bible that I recently bought (thanks to my friend Dom) extremely helpful. It explains very nicely how to do pretty much anything in knitting, how amazing is that?
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I made the smallest size of the dress as my mum is quite petite, and at first I was a little worried that it might be too small and that it wouldn’t fit her. But I didn’t have worried, it fits her perfectly and looks nicely elegant.
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I’m loving the fact that I’m starting to try out more and more new patterns as it is a perfect way to enhance my skills. I’ve still got a huge list of other things to finish, including a number of baby blankets (which take very long, compared to small baby clotes), some baby booties (nice and quick), a cardigan for myself (a new pattern) and a baby dress for a friend.
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I finished the dress off with a nice crochet border and of course my trusted label.
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