Welcome, summer!

Thanks for your sweet comments about my new cowl pattern. You should see some of the others too: Nova’s Birthday Cowl, Caro’s Philly Cowl and I’m certain that Ashley and Minty are working up their patterns as I type! Look for them in the coming weeks because nothing says summer like cowl knitting.

While mowing last week, Aaron found a rabbit nest a mere five feet from our tomato garden. I had already noticed some leaves nibbled down to stumps. Sadly, this could not remain. The rabbits can have any plants but tomatoes! Lawanna told me how to move the burrow and so that’s what we did this weekend.

Moving a rabbit nest

Between this and a trip to a nearby farm with chickens, geese, turkeys, ducks, peacocks and ponies, Beatrix squeezed a whole childhood’s worth of Nature into two days. She was delighted, terrified and, most importantly, exhausted.

What's in the bucket?

And as for the bunnies, there were five of them and all five are still alive and settling nicely into the new burrow. I feel terribly guilty about uprooting helpless babies so I’ve been checking in on them every day.

I took some time this weekend to work on a few sewing projects. Here is the latest addition to the toddler wardrobe.

Blue daisy dress

Pattern: Butterick 3782

Fabric: Feedsack III Daisies – Blue by Windham Fabrics

I bought three yards of this on eBay last winter so you will certainly see more of it in the future. I used about a yard of it and made the size 2 dress, which is a little big (wide) but otherwise fits well. These tank dresses make diaper changes a breeze and allow lots of room to grow. I also like the idea of dressing my daughter in something that is not bubblegum pink from Target.

It's not my best zipper

While my zippering skills have improved, I admit that I ripped out two zippers this weekend. I am surprised and relieved that this zipper looks clean (there was a great deal of cursing setting it in).

Pleat

The pleats were supposed to be basted in place until the bodice and skirt were sewn together. However, I rather liked how the stitching looked so I left it in place.

She thinks it's OK.

Lastly, I keep meaning to blog the lovely socks I knit in transit to Philadelphia last weekend. As I was catching up on blog reads this morning, I saw that Tiennie practically wrote my post for me! As it turns out, we both started a pair of socks with some Sundara yarn on the way to Philadelphia, we traveled to the same yarn shops and we finished our socks on the way home. The travesty is that we missed each other by mere days!! I suppose this means I should be looking for excuses to travel to Seattle!

Fancy Silk Socks

Pattern: Fancy Silk Socks for a Child of 5 or 6 Years from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush

Yarn: Sundara Sock in “Dahlia” from Nova

Modifications: I separated the cuff and the leg with two rows of purl. Also, I did not knit the lacy cables down the stockinette ribs because I thought it looked like overkill in the book. As it turns out, I should have waited a day or two for Terhi’s magnificent version. I might need to give these another try. Katy also just started a pair. See? All the cool kids are doing it. You need a pair.

Fancy Silk Socks

As it turns out, I missed a glaring error with the one sock until it came time to take the FO pictures: one of my lace panels abruptly stops on its way to the heel flap. I would never frog a sock back to the heel once the pair is deemed finished so I will live with a little imperfection. Pam sealed the deal by pointing out that less lace will make the heel more sturdy in shoes.

See how that lace pattern doesn't continue? Oops.

In the end, a 72-hour pair of socks? What a deal. I wonder if this is what it would be like to be unemployed and kid-free (or, in college) as a knitter. I could knit the world socks! Stay tuned for more sewing and a mad rash of startitis!

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25 comments so far

  1. Danielle on

    Wow! 72 hours? Color me impressed. Beatrix’s dress is adorable too. And the bunnies? So glad to hear that they are doing well! B’s face is priceless as she’s looking in the bucket!!

  2. grumperina on

    AND after Beatrix grows out of it length-wise, it will be a super-chic tunic to wear over jeans!

  3. Rachel on

    Great socks and I’m always impressed by the clothes you make for your daughter. Great fabric selection and this is no exception!

  4. pamela wynne on

    ok, I’m definitely going to crank out some of those tank dresses for the niece — love the little pleats!

  5. Amelia on

    What a lovely post, cute animals + lovely sewing + pretty knitting in a gorgeous yarn, what more can a girl ask for? I love the socks, I have that yarn and now you are giving me startitis as I am about to finish the Sundara socks that I am currently working on. x

  6. Kelly on

    oh my goodness that is the smallest bunny ever!!!
    Did you move the mama too??
    Love the dress, totally cute!

  7. Kate on

    That is the best curious child photo. EVAR!

    Also, the best childhood dress. You can practically feel it soaking up the memories. And in twenty years, it’ll be pulled out of a suitcase under a bed or in an attic, and she’ll say ‘God! I remember that dress!’ And you can say ‘I made that for you. I bought the fabric off of ebay.’

    Or maybe I’m projecting my own childhood. Except the ebay part, obvs!

  8. stacey on

    I love the baby bunny photo! Too cute! Glad they are settling into their new home….

    Super cute dress – anything non pink is a nice change!

    The socks – wowza! I have had that pattern in my queue forever. Long live Nancy!

  9. gleek on

    such cute bunnies! i’m so glad they all made it fine to their new burrow. the dress for B is so cute. the pleats really make it.

  10. Chris on

    What an adorable little dress! Lucky Beatrix. :) And such a cute little bunny – glad to hear that they’re settling in well to their new home.

    Gorgeous socks!

  11. Eliza on

    Oh, you’re doing two things I’m itching to do right now: sew and knit socks! (baby rabbits sound good too) If only there was more time and just mental space in my life! Love the socks and love the dress. So cute!

  12. Maritza on

    The dress is so sweet, and I love that print. Beatrix is so adorable in it! I love the expression on her face as she is looking into the bunny bucket.

    And the socks… yes, I definitely need a pair of those. Yours look great!

  13. terhi on

    Lovely lovely socks! Thanks for the link, never been one of the cool kids before. :-D

  14. jenna on

    The photo of Beatrix peeking at what I assume is a bucket full of baby bunnies is priceless! I’m sure I’d have a similar expression if faced with a bucket ‘o bunnies. :)

  15. Lawanna on

    So glad to hear that the moving of the bunnies went well… Beatrix must have LOVED getting to help with that… you know, I still have a couple of baby Holland Lops that need homes if you want to get her one as a pet :o)

    Gorgeous dress and socks… I just can’t seem to get things done nearly as fast as you do… I’m jealous.

    -Lawanna

  16. Susan on

    You were kinder to your bunnies than we were to our anthills, which we doused with boiling water.
    I’m with you on the “no bubble-gum pink from Target” clothes. Especially since my daughter is undeniably a redhead, pink is NOT her color. I just wish I had more time to sew for her.

  17. maryse on

    we have bunnies, i just don’t know where they live. where did you move the burrow to? how did you do it?

    anyway the dress is very cute. and miss B. is adorable.

  18. nova on

    Every time you sew B something, I swear, I feel like I need to make someone’s girl-child a cute dress (keep in mind, I don’t really sew clothes). I am so glad that you found a good pattern for that Sundara yarn, the socks look great!

  19. Nicole on

    Too many beautiful things to comment on. Your gorgeous daughter, her beautiful dress, baby bunnykins, rosy socks… All so beautiful!

  20. tiennie on

    She’s so adorable! Love the dress and socks! And darn it for missing you all in Philly. I was so close. You definitely need to come to Seattle!

  21. Ann on

    Beatrix looks lovely in her dress – love the material. Your socks look great too & consider the missing lace as your signature on the sock.

  22. Ariel on

    Love those socks! I knit them (well, one of them) as written and love the way they turned out. Yours are awesome too – amazing how a small change gives the socks such a different look!

  23. schrodinger on

    All far too cute, with B being the highlight!

  24. alison on

    Cute as dress. Well done for moving the bunnies.
    I love your socks

  25. knitrelief on

    that little dress is too cute…and I love those fancy silk socks…


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