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Happy Friday Everyone

Sprout (and Mommy) slept for seven hours straight last night. It was glorious and I feel amazing. So this is a very happy Friday indeed.

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He makes my kids look really good.

I am seriously spoiled when it comes to photographers by my friend John.

The day I went out to take some photos for Sprout’s one-month-aversary, John met me out there and snapped a few too. While my photos turned out pretty good, John got there when the lighting was INSANELY awesome and grabbed these:

In short, if you are in need of a photographer, contact John. The end.

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Head games

I call this one “Whip it”:

And I think she kind of looks like a Shriner in this one:

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Autumn Sweater

So, yesterday was our photo shoot. Hopefully John doesn’t get mad at me for posting this first proof, but he put it on my Facebook page so I figure it is fair game….

I know it doesn’t show off the wardrobe or my belly or anything like that, but I am in love with this photo. I can’t wait to see more!

I pretty much agonized about what to wear up until the last minute. I actually made a trip to the mall and Target about two hours beforehand and made a couple purchases, one for me and one for Bean. I wound up wearing what I bought for myself and went with the original gameplan for Bean.

Remember how I said I was going to buy the Old Navy sweater? Well I did. It got here and it was huge and hideous and nothing like it looked in the picture online. I tried it on then immediately took it off and went straight to UPS to return it.

So on Wednesday afternoon I decided I was going to knit myself a little cardigan instead. I found some surprisingly soft, bulky wool at JoAnn’s and went home to cast on for this sweater. I got about 3/5 of the way done on Thursday afternoon and since it was knit in one piece from the top down I was able to try it on. It was very apparent that this sweater was not at all designed for someone with my bust size. They aren’t even that huge! I usually wear a small to medium, which is what this pattern said it was for. I was totally bummed and began ripping.

I was very frustrated and was seriously almost going to chicken out of the whole photo thing. I know I have nice clothes and had plenty of options to choose from, but I don’t know. When I’m pregnant it just feels like nothing looks good on me or quite the way I want it to at least.

Anyway, a few hours later I decided another attempt was in order, but this time I decided to design my own sweater so that it would be exactly what I wanted.

I ripped back a few times during the design process, but eventually came up with something I actually liked.

I know, I know… terrible photos. This is what happens when you try to do the photoshoot of your own sweater yourself. You guys will just have to wait not so patiently along with me while John works his magic.

In the meantime, here are the specs and the pattern:

Pattern: Autumn Sweater, by me (below).
Yarn: 5 skeins Lion Brand Alpine Wool in Cinnamon
Needles: US 10 bamboo circs
Size: Medium-ish ?
Made for: Me
Modifications: none
Started: 4 p.m. November 5, 2009
Completed: 1 a.m. November 6, 2009

Body
CO 115 sts
Work in seed stitch until work measures 9 1/4 inches (or desired length, if you make it longer you will need to compensate with more yarn).
Change to garter stitch and knit 6 rows.
Next row (RS): Knit
Next row (WS): K4, purl to last 4 sts, K4
Rep for 3 inches more, ending with a WS row.

Arms
Next row (RS): K27 sts, BO 4 sts, K53 sts, BO 4 sts, K 27 sts.
Next row (WS): K4 sts, p23 sts, CO 29 sts, p53 sts, CO 29 sts, p23sts, K4 sts
Next row (RS) K27 sts, pm, p29 sts, pm, K 53 sts, pm, p29 sts, pm, K to end
Continue working as estabilished, purling all rows between markers for a total of six rows, ending with a WS row.

Shoulders
Next Row (RS): Knit to 3 sts before marker (K2tog, K1, sm, k1, ssk) continue knitting across row repeating decreases at each marker.
Next Row (WS): K4, purl to last four sts, K4
Repeat last two rows 10 more times, for a total of 11 decreases before and after each marker.

Neckband
Next Row (RS): Knit
Next Row (WS): Knit
Next Row (RS): K2, BO2, K to end
Next Row (WS): K until two sts remain, CO 2 sts, K2
Next Row (RS): Knit
Next Row (WS): Knit
Next Row (RS): BO all sts
Weave in ends and attach a button.

Since it rarely gets super chilly here in Southern California, I think this is the perfect sweater for Autumn because of the short sleeves and the open front. Also, the one button at the top means preggos like me can wear it too.

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Sweaters for Olive and Archie

So for those of you that don’t knit or appreciate craft projects, I am sorry. This is how nesting and fall manifests itself in me. I kind of go into a knitting/craft project frenzy.

In continuing my quest to use up scrap yarn (I always seem to have just one or two balls of yarn leftover after a project), I decided to knit Olive and Archie some sweaters. You guys remember Olive and Archie, right?

Ever since I decided to make these dolls I have planned to make them extra clothes and all the other accessories that go along with the WeeWonderfuls creations. This time I didn’t buy/follow any of the patterns she has and decided to just knit some up on my own. Olive’s sweater came out a tad smaller than I would have liked, but overall I am happy with them and so is Bean.

And yes, I may just be a bit obsessed with that colorwork pattern from the Elsie Mitts. Good thing I ran out of the yarn or it may have been necessary to stage an intervention.

Pattern: My own.
Yarn: For Olive’s sweater dress I used less than one skeins Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Lake Ice Heather, Knit Picks Telemark in Cilantro Heather and Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK in a light pink color that I don’t have the actual name for because I don’t have the yarn label anymore. For Archie’s sweater I used less than one skein Knit Picks Telemark in Cilantro Heather.
Needles: 3.5mm bamboo DPNs
Size: Olive and Archie size
Made for: Bean’s dolls, Olive and Archie
Modifications: none
Started: November 2, 2009
Completed: November 4, 2009

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It’s all in the details.

I’ve decided to take a new approach to this whole photo shoot wardrobe business. The new approach is based on the fact that Bean has one fallish outfit that both Stephen and I have items in our closet that coordinate with. I also decided that a pallet based on oranges and browns would be appropriate for some fall photos.

I think more than the varying votes, I found some of the other commentary to be useful in coming up with what we’ll be wearing. Stuff about bright colors popping in the photos, little details, whether or not I’ll want “fall” themed photos in my home year round (the answer is YES, I love fall), etc. Anyway, I decided to base what we’re going to wear around this outfit of Bean’s:

I know it is kind of cheesey in that it screams fall, but I just really love that little shirt on her!

So I’ve decided to go ahead and get the Old Navy sweater. I have a long sleeved orange-ish (different shade) tee that I’ll wear underneath and I’m pretty sure I’m going to wear some jeans (albeit some different, real deal maternity ones because those AE ones were comfortable for all of an hour) and my boots. Stephen has a couple of different shirt options with jeans, maybe one of his favorite jackets and some brown shoes.

I loved Barbie’s suggestion of something knitted for Bean as well and decided that she needed a fun beanie to go with that outfit (and cover up her bald little head). I already had the yarn on hand too so no more unexpected purchases for the photo shoot were necessary. The whole thing only took me a few hours to figure out and I just love it!

Pattern: My own. And I actually wrote it down (follows)!
Yarn: Less than one skeins Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Earthy Brown and Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Persimmon Heather
Needles: 7mm bamboo DPNs
Size: Made to fit my 13 month old daughter’s head which is in the 50th percentile for her age.
Made for: Bean
Modifications: None
Started: October 30, 2009
Completed: October 30, 2009

And what is a cute beanie without a cute model to fill it out?

So for those of you interested in making your own version of this beanie, here are the instructions:

Using 7mm DPNs and chunky yarn, cast on 45 sts (15 on each needle) and join for working in the round being careful not to twist.

Starting with a purl round, work 10 rounds garter stitch (in the round this means one purl round then one knit round). Next work 12 rounds stocking stitch (knit every row).

Row 22: [K3, K2tog] to end.
Rows 23 & 24: St st
Row 25: [K2, K2tog] to end.
Rows 26 & 27: St st
Row 28: [K1, K2tog] to end.
Rows 28 & 29: St st
Row 30: [K2tog] to end

Break yarn leaving a longish tail. Thread tail through remaining loops and pull tight. Weave in ends.

The flower is not my own. I used this pattern from Lion Brand, but only did it in one color. After it was completed, I fastened it on with a button in the center and then tacked it down in a few other places so that it wouldn’t be flapping all over the place.

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Attempts at maternity Fall fashion…

In two weeks our amazingly talented friend, John Stephens, is going to shoot our family and just me for some maternity/family photos.

And now I’m agonizing over what to wear.

I kind of want to get this sweater from Old Navy, just for the shoot (well, I’d wear it the rest of the winter too, but mainly just for the shoot):

I’d either pair it with some jeans and boots or a skirt, tights and boots and I’d wear a long sleeved tee underneath (not sure which one yet).

My frugal side, the side that doesn’t want to spend nearly half my monthly personal budget on a maternity sweater that I’ll only get a couple months use out of, says to just make do with what I have. So this is what I have… (I cut my head off in most of the pictures because my hair is insane… which, by the way, the stuff I bought at Sephora does nothing for me… and I’m really not good at making cute little faces when I’m taking my own picture like Emery)

Option #1

Eggplant ruffleneck short sleeved sweater from GAP Maternity, AE straight leg jeans (still burnt that they discontinued these ones), brown leather Aldo boots.

Option #2

JCrew ribbed tan sweater that I’ve had for several years, brown satin belt, GAP Maternity flowery pleated neck sheer shirt, same jeans and boots. Another option for this one is some boot cut maternity jeans and pointy flats that are the exact pink of the flowers.

Option #3

Heathered green pullover that I knit myself, same jeans and boots.

Option #4

Heathered purple sweater tunic, brown thermal (though after seeing this photo I think it looks better with this grey turtleneck I have), same jeans and boots.

Option #5

Brown thermal, green Motherhood Maternity top, same jeans and I think I had some bronze flats on with these (see picture below).

Option #6

Striped brown thermal, burnt orange gathered sleeve tee (coloring is a little off in this photo, it is much darker and less red looking), AE jeans, bronze flats.

Option #7

Orange/green/brown plaid Target top, brown cords, bronze flats.

Option #8

Grey ruffly Target sweater, green tank top, maroon Banana Republic silk slip dress, grey chevron tights, brown leather Aldo boots.

So, what do you think? Buy the sweater or make do with what I have?

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