Category Archives: Baby Oh Baby

Three Things

1. Yipee! We have a finish over here! FinallyAGirl’s little spring bunny dress is all smocked and done. It would have been nice to have finished it by Easter, but we had a little unplanned hospital time with TheManoftheHouse, so there were other priorities. It’s all good though — little bunnies are just as happy in the spring and summer as they are at Easter!

Thimbleanna: Smocked Dress

I purchased my patterns online at The Children’s Corner Store. The dress pattern is Lee and the pattern for the smocking is Baby Bunnies. There are kits available, but I had my own fabric — the pink 1/64″ pima cotton microcheck that is available in my little etsy shop. I love this teeny little check — it’s so sweet and it was a dream to smock.

Thimbleanna: Smocked Dress

I put my favorite little flower buttons on the back and added white piping where I could. I really wanted to add piping on the sleeve cuffs, but I wasn’t sure those little bias strips of fabric would be very happy with a straight-cut piping putting a crimp on their stretchy style. There’s a deep hem in this dress — maybe with any luck, FinallyAGirl will be able to wear it next Easter. Or, maybe, with even better luck, she’ll wear it out this summer and I can make another dress! ;-D

Thimbleanna: Smocked Dress

2. I updated my blog header. Yipee Again!!!

3. I was surfing around Ted Talks the other day and ran across this interesting talk by the author of “Still Alice”.   “What You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s”.  My first reaction was to go learn how to knit.  But I already know how to do that, so, I need to find some new skills to learn.  Every. Day.

Here’s to smooth sailing into the weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

The Princess and the Pea

I had baby cuddles last weekend! We visited FinallyAGirl and her parents and mostly just laid around. And took some pictures! SweetiePie saw a baby picture months ago that we liked, and we decided when the time came, it would be fun to try and re-create it.

I’m generally of the less-is-more camp when it comes to pictures – especially for babies. But, once in awhile it’s fun to play, so we did. First, a few tools were required. I scavenged some old pallets from work (well, I didn’t really scavenge – they cost me $5 – the only part of this project that I didn’t have at home), gathered the tools, and cut the pallets up and re-sized them.

Thimbleanna: Princess

It was time consuming, but, really not that hard (except for a few stubborn nails).  After the pallets were cut to size, I covered the fronts and sides with fabric that I raided from my stash/etsy shop.

Thimbleanna: Princess

We hauled those pallets with us on our little visit, set them up, and then, Ta Da! The Princess and the Pea.

Thimbleanna: Princess

Fun, huh? Kind of a lot of work for just a few pictures, but I figure the bed can be used for dollies later, right? Or, if you need a picture of your little princess, you know who to call for the bed LOL.
While we were playing, we took another fun shot.

Thimbleanna: Princess

It was a little nerve-wracking to have the baby hanging there, but we hurried, and protective arms were never far away.

Ok – that’s all I’ve got. The weeks of summer are flying by – I hope you’re having a good one!
XOXO,
Anna

Baby Bibs

Ok, I gave you a break from baby stuff with the little backpacks on my last post, so, now I’ll make you suffer again LOL.  Really, it will slow down after this because I haven’t been working on any more baby stuff.

I made FinallyAGirl a few bibs before she was born.  I love to make bibs — you can do almost anything with them.  When TheFirstChild was born, someone gave me two really cute little homemade bibs and I loved them so much that I traced around them to get a pattern that I’ve been using for many years.  I was going to say that I used my embroidery machine on a few of these bibs, but, as it turns out, I used it on all of them.  First up — some elephants that I’ve used before on terrycloth with a simple bias binding.

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

Next, simple cotton with a ric rac edge.  SweetiePie loves polka dots and monograms.  I think this one might be her favorite.

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

She also love pompoms.  This little bib is like the tied quilt that we made at the baby shower.  I don’t think those pompoms will last very long, but they’ll be easy to cut off if they start to look ratty.  ;-D

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

And this last little bib is my favorite.  A little pink plaid ruffle, some big stitches, and a Peter Rabbit embroidery.  I know it looks like Mama Bunny is putting Peter to Bed, but she’s actually feeding him.  Poor little Peter must be sick.  I Love Peter Rabbit!

Thimbleanna: Baby Bibs

Now it’s back to regular programming.  I’ve been working on a new shirt and I need to get started on FinallyAGirl’s quilt (I keep saying I’m going to get started!)  It’s also that fun time of the year when market purchases start to trickle into quilt shops.   These fun crochet-edged double bias tapes arrived last week.  They’re SO cute and I’m looking forward to using them on clothes and quilts.

Thimbleanna: Crochet Edged Bias Tape

Have a great week — it’s supposed to be blisteringly hot here by the end of the week … Think SNOW LOL!
XOXO,
Anna

Baby Sweaters

Thank You so much for all of your very sweet comments about FinallyAGirl. I’ve been missing her terribly this week and luckily, we’re going to see her this weekend. Yay!

I’ve been busy over the last few months making a few baby sweaters that I couldn’t show you until they were given to SweetiePie – which we did when the baby was born.  I love little knitting projects because I can take them to work and knit at lunchtime a few days a week. The first sweater is the famous Baby Surprise sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman. This was a super fun sweater to knit, but boy, the first time, it takes a leap of faith. This is what the sweater looks like when you finish knitting.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

Does that look like a sweater to you? Me neither. But, have faith, a little change-o presto and it looks like this:

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

I don’t even remember how I twisted it to put it together, but I do remember that the only seams are along the top of the sleeves. No side seams, so that was nice!  My only frustration with this pattern was that there was no indication as to what size the finished sweater would be — maybe it’s  because you can use this pattern for babies all the way to adult sizes, depending on the size yarn and needles that you use.   I was hoping for a 3 – 6 month size, but I think this is more like a 0 – 3 month size.  For those interested in the details, I used US size 3 needles with a Koigu yarn.  The pattern has been published in several books and all the details, along with pictures of other Baby Surprise sweaters, can be found on Ravelry, here.  Not included in the pattern is the little picot edge along the front and bottom of the sweater and around the sleeve edges. My buddy Bonnie mentioned that she had a friend who did a picot edge on her baby surprise sweater, so I googled a picot edge and crocheted it when the sweater was finished.  I think this makes a really fun baby gift and I’ll definitely be making it again!

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

The second little sweater I made is the Nouveau-né by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (aka The Yarn Harlot).  This was another fun little knit, and oh, what a pretty little sweater pops out at the end!  This sweater is knit in a much more traditional manner — top down on circular needles, so there are no side seams, which I love.  I also LOVE that beautiful little honeycomb stitch on the yoke and around the sleeve and body hems.  It’s so pretty and and it’s fun to run your fingers along the top to feel the bubbly texture.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

The pattern also has instructions for little booties, so I made them too.  It only contains instructions for a 0-3 month size — oh, how I wish it also included  larger sizes.  I’d definitely make it again for when our little miss gets bigger.  The booties seem large to me — more like a 6 month size, but what do I know — it’s been a long time since I’ve been around little baby feet.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

For those interested, I used US size 3 needles and the yarn is Millamia Naturally Soft Merino.  Both little sweaters have flower shaped buttons (sorry, the whites aren’t showing up very well — white is so hard to photograph!).  Yarn and buttons for both sweaters were purchased at my LYS, Knitting Off Broadway.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

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I LOVE baby knitting and I’ve started on another new project — a few lunch times a week, week after week, add up to some fun finished projects!

And now … it’s the weekend. T minus 2 until I can cuddle that little baby — Yipee!!! If you’re an American, I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!!!

XOXO,
Anna

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Baby, Oh Baby!

Oh Boy, what a week we’ve had here in ThimbleannaLand! Our sweet little FinallyAGirl has FINALLY arrived. She was 8 days late, but she’s arrived safe and sound, and for that, we are very grateful! Waiting, Waiting …

Thimbleanna: Baby

… and, at last, at 10:43 p.m. on June 21st, our cherub was born. At 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 20 inches long, she’s the perfect size. And, well, just all-around perfect. Or, as my buddy Brigette would say, she’s perfect in every way.

Thimbleanna: Baby

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And, of course, there is nothing in this world to rival the sight your child holding his first child.
The Unspeakable Joy of the Amazing Miracle of Birth.

XOXO,
Anna