Monday, July 09, 2012

I do frou-frou, do you do frou-frou too?

About time I blabbed about some actual knits, doncha think? I intended to start blogging daily this month It feels like time is an out of control ball of yarn, unwinding so fast you can barely grab it as it unspools.
Months ago, on a wet winter day, I ducked into my LYS with Zoe and her mama along. I offered to knit something of their choosing, and pointed Giuliana at patterns using worsted weight yarn. Lazy? Perhaps. I like knitting worsted yarns, what can I say?  We both fell in love with the book 60 Quick Baby Knits,* designed to use Cascade 220 in all kinds of sweet & speedy ways.
See what I mean by sweet? Knit applique & ruffles. I am such a freakin' granny. 
We chose a tunic & pants ensemble, and Spud & Chloe Sweater for the yarn, because it felt so awesome to touch, and is machine washable, too. (50/50 cotton wool). It's a little heavier than the Cascade 220. I followed the basic instructions for proportion & structure but changed the numbers, so it didn't come out huge and way too bulky. It took up almost every inch of the yellow skein (Firefly), plus 1.5 skeins of the pink (Watermelon).
This right here is just about my  frou-frou-enough level. I crocheted the neck and armhole edges all around instead of picking up & knitting garter rows, and left off the pants hem ruffles. I would love to show it to you modeled, but my model is still a bit too small. I adore the tunic and suspect she'll wear it like crazy, with a shirt under it. The pants are a little bulky--sort of like baby sweats- but we'll see. It's got a short row tush. I loved that part of the design, to make room for diapers.And the picot waist,with elastic inside. I think she'll rock the style. Don't you?
So, about that daily blogging. I may still give it a try.
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* there are at least 4 other knits I may make from that book soon--but now that Wear With All is out , I am dying to knit the baby tunic dress. It is too adorable!


Jenn said...

This is adorable! She will definitely rock it.

craftivore said...

Adorably frou-frou! Love that word and am going to find a way to get it into my daily vocabulary.

Anonymous said...

"It feels like time is an out of control ball of yarn, unwinding so fast you can barely grab it as it unspools." This is great knitting/life wisdom. I tweeted an abbreviated version of it!

Ellen Bloom said...

What a SWEET little outfit!! You did a great job, Grandma Gale!

Stacey said...

It turned out SO adorable!!!

Mary Lou said...

I think my yarn ball just went down the front steps and out into the street...although I have chosen sloth as one response to it all. Reading in the shade, for instance. ADORABLE BABY! and the knitting is cute, too. I am making a baby pants pattern to go with the tunic. Test knit? Glamour shot?

Jan (jcoop on ravelry&twitter) said...

So cute--baby and new frou frou. What a lucky grandchild!

Anonymous said...

ZOMG. ZOE O M GEE!! What a cute giggling girl!

Nice knits too. Good on you for overcoming anti-frou tendencies. Just the right level of frou. No doubling up on the frou.

xooxxo Kay

twinsetellen said...

Such happy pictures. A little frou is nice on a little girl, as long as she also gets to wear overalls a bunch of the time.