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I finally got my copy of Doodle Stitching…and I was kind of surprised at what I decided to make first! I think I was excited to do a sewing/embroidery project since I just took a sewing class this weekend, too. And then, of course, there are the babies. All the babies that are arriving this spring. And these babies, they need little squishy handmade animals with cute stuff embroidered on their tummies, you know? I started this felt owl without a specific baby in mind (thinking maybe I’d make a whole fleet of them…and I still may), but I’m pretty sure I know who this one is for. 🙂 This owl is 4″ tall. More pics on Flickr.

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bunny embroidery

Check it out—my first embroidery project! I thought maybe I’d be really responsible and methodical about this new hobby, perhaps try the Circle Sampler from The New Crewel as my first project, until I realized that I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the idea of teaching myself new stitch, after new stitch, after new stitch…and was kind of procrastinating on learning to embroider at all.

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I was poking around WhipUp the other night and came across this free embroidery pattern. Turns out, the designer is Andrea Zuill, who’s Etsy shop I’ve always admired. (I learn something new every day on The Internets.) I immediately thought it was a lovely design, and then I remembered that my sister is doing a bunny thing for the new nursery, so what choice did I have? I jumped in.

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Obviously, I modified the pattern. I thought it best since I only had a 6″ hoop, and also largely because I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. I decided to do a simple little outlined rabbit, omitting the fancy border stuff and adding the leaves at the bottom,and I used what I believe to be “backstitch.” I wasn’t even sure if it was finished, until I decided that it was. But that’s all embroidery has to be, right? Pretty little outlines in thread? And I did do the bunny tail in French knots, so I gave myself Beginner’s Bonus Points for that.

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Ok, even though the design was WAY simplified, um…why didn’t anyone tell me embroidery was so fast??? Jeezaloo! All those years of knitting and knitting and knitting and spending days and weeks and months on ONE project, spending a king’s ransom on yarn and some obscure size needles that I had to special order, only to have it be all wonky and unwearable at the end….and…oh my gosh…I’m suddenly exhausted.

I made this bunny during Lost. AND kept up with the plot, thankyouverymuch. (Well, as much as I ever do.) I doubt embroidery will take hold of me the way the knitting did, but it’s an incredibly nice change of pace right now.

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This is the first knit gift I’ve finished for my nephew-to-be. I actually had a hard time finding a satisfactory sweater pattern for a baby boy. I wanted something that was a little different, but not too cutesy, and still interesting to knit, but would not make my nephew roll his eyes rightout of his head when he looks back on his baby pictures 13 years from now. (Yeah, I thought that far ahead.) I finally decided that Elinor’s Seed Stitch Baby Jacket would be just about right. It’s a simple little hoodie, but the texture and double-breasted styling make it just special enough.  I used 3.5 skeins of Elann Superwash Worsted in “wheat” on size 6 needles, and chose some dark brown leather buttons to contrast. All that seed stitch slowed things down significantly, and made my wrists ache if I worked on it for too long, but I am so happy with the finished product that I forgive you, Seed Stich. Other than that, it was a fairly easy knit, although somewhere along the line it is apparent that I completely forgot how to use a measuring tape, so I adjusted all subsequent measurements accordingly…sort of….looks proportional to me, anyway. And this is what I like about knitting for babies: they are every size at some point in time.  Whether Mom stuffs them in that sweater on the particular day that it just happens to fit is another thing altogether. (Be vigilant, Sis. I want pics of the little guy in this one!)  There are a few more photos on Flickr, too. 

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