Friday, March 30, 2012

Wild Iris Candy Girl Ready To Ship

What a fun knit this was

It was a final test knit for Melissa of “Dakine Knits”

The yarn is from Blissful Knits. BBR in the colorway

“Wild Iris” with custom mini skeins Raya dyed for this project.

 Candy Girl & Cali 002

Custom knit for a sweet little redhead,

A coordinating headband and

“Something Beautiful” shrug

Candy Girl & Cali 004

This was my 3rd in the testing round and I know I’ll be knitting more!

The pattern for “Candy Girl” which was released yesterday, is the first of a new series Melissa will be offering in the next few months.

I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

What’s on your needles?


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Waldorf Knitting

Three Tiered Doll Skirt by Deborah Minner & Butterfly Shrug for Dolls by Shannon Talbott

I’ve fallen in love with knitting these skirts and butterfly Shrugs.  

Talk about instant gratification!

The Butterfly Shrugs fit the 12-16 inch traditional waldorf doll,The skirts are 4.5-5 inches long & fit 15-18 inch doll

We have a few different sized Disney dolls I want to try them on also

My hand dyed Merino for the shrug and Cascade 220 for the skirt

Doll & Rain Barrel 010

Again my hand dyed BFL for the shrug and skirt with cascade 220 lime accent in the skirtDoll & Rain Barrel 006

Mosaic Moon “Spiced Cocoa” skirt and Cascade 220 embellished shrug (More on the back)

Spiced cocoo set 013

and a single skirt

Doll & Rain Barrel 013

I think I need to be a bit more gender balanced so there will be a few boys shorts and sweaters to come.

Stocking 28 March with Little Trunks Knits

Monday, March 19, 2012

Candy Girl

The new pattern from Melissa of Dakine Knits is in final stages of testing.

The simplicity of this dress style is like a canvas, pocket, bow, embellishing, swing top, there are just so many possibilities. The dress has a snug fitting bodice with negative ease but, a tad large and you could layer it over a top or “t” as the weather changes. 

My first test knit is size 18mo using Lollytree. 

Unfortunately I’ve misplaced to tag to note the colorway. 

Bodice and lace in Lollytree, solid stripes in Cascade 220

Candy Gir; 005

The second is a 0-6 month using Cascade 220 marls for the stripes and Inspired Mama Makes “Earthy Rainbow”  for accented straps, bow and lace

Earthy Rainbow Candy Girl 007

I have 2 more lined up

One is a custom using these wonderful colors from Raya Of Blissful Knits

I was thrilled when she said yes to creating mini skeins!

The greens are not showing correctly in this photo


From fellow etsian eweandmeyarns

I think I’ll do the bodice in the yellow or deep teal and skirting in the colorway……I can’t decide but I know this one will be finished with a bit of embellishing on the skirt.


These will be stocked with Jenny on Little Trunks Knits the 28th of this month

Off to knit


Friday, March 16, 2012

Test Knitting for Myself

Test knitting and it’s for me!

The “Painted Hills Shawl

Design by Raya of Blissful Knits

Painted Hills Test 003

I’m using a colorway of hers “Secret Garden” on

 Blissful Knits & Dyeworks Cloud MCN Sock

I’ve drooled over this colorway for a while & as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it…exactly what I would use it to make I wasn’t sure but, then I saw this shawl Raya designed and I just knew!

Although the colors are not that of the “Painted Hills” theme, they are perfect for my tastes and style.

Painted Hills Test 001

Raya is know for her intricate and detailed designs & I’ve knit quite a few of her designs over the past few years.  I have to admit reading the directions of her patterns and thought “what? No way!”

I’ve learned to just follow the directions and am always pleased with the results  & so far “Painted Hills Shawl is proving to be no different!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sea Turtle Cali Cargo Set

Is in the mail

This was such a fun knit and one of my new favorites. 

Sea Turtle Cali Cargo Set using “Sea Turtle” from Eco-Wraps, the Cali Cargo pattern from Dakine knits, also the convertible bloomers pattern from Carina Spencer.

  Originally the Mama wanted a dress but there wasn’t quite enough for that so, we came up with this version as a swing top.  Coordinating greens and blues, finished off with an embellished   “Sea Turtle”.  I think it turned out cute!

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Another YYMN Custom, a Rumba Skirty.

This was knit using “Fruit Loops” by Retro Baby.

Such beautiful clear colors they have.

Ruffled Rumba Skirty 006

Ribbed legs fitting as bloomers & 3 tiers of soft ruffle

I loved how these turned out and hope the Mama loves them!

On the needles now is a test knit that just needs a few final touches the blocking


Keep an eye out, I’ll be stocking again with Jenny of Little Trunks Knits Hyena Cart the end of the month.  Let me know what you’d like to see listed 8-D


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

“Moms Iris” Shrug and Bloomers

Iris bring back memories of my Mom’s gardens.  She seemed to always have purple Iris’ in her flowerbeds no matter where she lived…or where we traveled.  Iris’ still give me that warm  feeling of coming home and I now keep them in my own flowerbeds

Mom’s Iris’ Deep Lavender Shrug using the “Something Beautiful Shrug” from Dakine KnitsMom's Iris 002

With Matching bloomer/shorties using the Convertible Bloomers pattern by Carina SpencerMom's Iris 008

using an unnamed colorway (I call Mom’s Iris) on “Peace Fleece” 

Also listed is a small soaker using the remaining green

Forrest Floor Soakers 005

On the needles now is another pair of bloomers

Forrest Floor Soakers 006

and a test knit for Dakine Knits

Lollytre 001

I’ve been slow on posting but the knitting is rocking!

There will be a few other customs to post tomorrow

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

“Fresh” Summer Shrug

It’s amazing what you can do with leftovers. 

Last September I finished this YYMN custom.  I had a tad of leftovers, about 1.5 oz.  I always feel a bit uncomfortable when there is excess like this, I never know what to do with it & feel a bit guilty even when the customer says to keep it.  When the Mama asked me to make a spring shrug…well, I found a use for those scraps.

A sweet and simple summer shrug, embellished with the scraps of “Fresh” a wonderful colorway from “Green Strings”

Ribbing on the sleeves, hem & neckline trimmed with “Fresh”

Fresh Green SHrug 001

I’d saved all those little scraps and embellished a simple button flower

Fresh Green SHrug 002

And, with the bits remaining added to the back

Fresh Green SHrug 003

Making sure the design is flat enough it will not be uncomfortable for her little one

Fresh Green SHrug 004

I’ve found I love playing with leftovers!

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Few Things to “Finish”

As I’ve said before “finishing”, the weaving of ends and sewing on buttons drives me batty.  No idea why, it’s like the home run stretch and stopping right before you cross the finish line!  I’d been keeping up and weaving in ends as I went, I even was sewing buttons on before a garment was done…but I am a back slider.  I have a pile of items to finish.  Buttons, weaving in ends and a bit of embellishing is all that is needed.

Today is finishing day…..

a sneak peek for a YYMN Mama.This outfit will be done today

DYE & Sneak Peeks 005

& This shrug will be woven, embellished and buttoned!DYE & Sneak Peeks 006

If I can keep myself from casting on with this!

DYE & Sneak Peeks 007

Wish me luck!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Needles Have Been Busy

Working on customs and warm weather knits.  The longies are giving way (but still available) to spring and summers shorties

Smudge Pot Shorties a fun colorway by fellow Etsian Stash Up Yarns.

Think newspaper print, blues, grey with a touch of red and off white


Listed and ready to ship

“Think Green Shorties” Every shade from the forest floor, greens browns and touches of gold

Half linen stitch pocket for all those treasures to be found

Think Green Shorties 007

And a YYMN custom using the A line version of the Dakine Knits “Flirty Skirty”

The wonderful colorway is “Dream In Color” by Raya of Blissful Knits


There are a few fun girly summer outfits waiting for buttons and blocking which I plan to have listed next week. And not to be left out, there will be a few more boys shorts or soakers also

Don’t forget, you can always email or contact me through Katidids Knits on Face book.