Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Yarn Along: Bonnets and Belles


I finished the smocked dress but haven't done the finishing. I'll post a picture when I do. Right now, I'm knitting a bonnet for a college friend's baby using a pattern that I worked up myself. I love knitting with cream for babies, the color's softness reminds me of newborn sweetness.

This week, I read Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. I really loved it! It's much more satisfying than Cranford which was just too much in bits and pieces for me. I was surprised by just how much regard I had for Dr. Gibson by the end of the novel but I guess that was supposed to happen. Getting to know her characters was interesting. Several times I was convinced that I thought they were tedious only to realize that I had eagerly picked up the book again to see what would happen to them.

I also tried to sew some handkerchiefs this week but got defeated by the rolled hem foot on the sewing machine. I'm taking a breather on that for now but have not yet admitted defeat! The idea of embroidering flowers and bumblebees in the corners is just to charming to give up so fast!

I'll be sharing this on this week's yarn along as well as frontier dreams.


6 comments:

  1. you are right about cream and babies. such a great color on them. :)

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  2. I'm another cream for babies lover. I just bought a beautiful cream merino to make a baby blanket. So soft :)

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    1. That baby blanket sounds like it will be luxuriant!

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  3. Don't give up on the rolled hem foot! It will come. I've done cloth napkins with it and once you get the roll going, it gets easier. I sometimes leave them hooked together and do a whole long side after it's started and then cut that apart to avoid the corner issue. What are you using for fabric??
    I also have just rolled it small myself and not used the foot for this.

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    1. I am using muslin. I had wondered about rolling the hem myself and then ironing and sewing. Corners are always an issue for me as my skills are rudimentary. I like the rolled hem so much though and I'd really like to master it for the sake of doing this for our family for the long term.

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