Friday, May 20, 2005

Sunshine in yarn form

Is it just me or is EVERYONE having babies? Lucky for the knitter, this means lots of opportunities to knit fun baby things!

I loved Knitty's Anouk when I first saw it, and when I found out that my brother and his wife were expecting twins, I was hoping that at least one of them would be a girl so I could make this cute sundress. At this point (they are due in October) they "know" they are having a boy and a girl! Yippee!! In the meantime, a friend of a friend (it's more complicated than that, but I'll try to be concise) had a baby girl last week. I had wanted to make something for their baby, so when the baby was a girl, I decided to try Anouk.

I decided to use (don't judge me) Bernat Handcrafter cotton. It was cheap, it came in the colors I wanted and it was the guage I needed. It's actually quite soft, now that it's knit up.

So, I digress. Here, in chronological order: the knitting of Anouk.

Oh, yeah, I changed the pattern to knit it as a dress, rather than the open sided pinafore in the pattern. I cast on the stitches for the front and the back together and knit it in the round. When I got to the point in the pattern when the decreases were completed, I separated for armholes and followed the pattern the rest of the way.

So, here we are:

the skirt and the rest of the yarn.

It knit up really quickly. I used about 1/2 skein of the green, and about 2 skeins of the yellow.

I hate to swatch. I rarely knit a complete swatch, just usually start my projects and measure guage when I'm in progress. Lazy? probably. I like to think of it as Practical. Yeah, that's right. If the guage is right, then I'm already on my way to the completed project. If not, well, maybe I didn't want to knit that anyway! (you're right, it's lazy).

I think I'll hang on to this pic and use it as an example of a swatch. Yeah, right, a swatch. (it's not a swatch. it's a pocket. shh).

Look at all these ends. ugh.

The finished anouk. (why is this picture so DARK? must figure out the digital camera better... hmm...)

So, there it is. So cute. I will be knitting more of these. Very fun.

Tomorrow I'm driving to Saskatchewan for the long weekend. My sister and her boys are hopefully going to be there. I'm looking forward to being home for a while. Yay Victoria Day long weekend. Boo really long drive (5 hours). Yay time with my mom and my nieces and nephews and sister. Boo really long drive back.

Enjoy the weekend! (my imaginary readers... :) )


  1. Imaginary readers? No, I love your things. That dress is great, isn't it fun to knit and sew for little girls? Keep it up!

  2. Actually I love to see all your nifty knitted things as well! I actually linked to you on my blog to make sure I could easily check out your stuff!

    Keep up the great work! I love the dress!! Very well done & what adorable kids!

  3. i love your annouk! I want to make one of these eventually and it's nice to see your color variations. :)


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