Ruffle Bum

I have been promising my cousin that I would knit her a soaker for for her girlie since Februaury.
Well, I finally got it done.

That is the front.

The best part is in the back.

Cute, huh? I don’t have it on a baby because my baby is way to small for this puppy. I had so much fun with this soaker.

Three things about this knit:

1. The pattern is from the Sheepy Skirt Collection, but the ruffles are my own creativity at work. I had to figure out where to start and end the ruffle rows, and next time I will make them shorter. But, I did get them centered perfectly, so I am happy.

2. This is made with the same Madelintosh Tosh Merino that I made V’s most recent soakers with. While her soakers have faded in color, they have also felted just enough to make them totally awesome diaper covers while still retaining their softness and beauty, making this yarn my favorite soaker yarn to date. Too bad it is so costly… and I am a little bummed about the fading, but light pink is just as pretty as dark pink, so it’s all good.

3. I hope it fits. After knitting teeny, tiny, newborn sized soakers, this larger size (for an almost one year old) looks enormous! I am glad I finally got this done because if I waited much longer I would have been knitting toddler size longies instead!

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Rookie Mistake

It was a bag of dirty diapers from our last outing. It was stinky and wet.

I dumped it unceremoniously into the washer, added what diapers were in the diaper pail, threw in my soap nuts (lovin’ those, by the way), and started the machine.

It wasn’t until the second rinse cycle ended and I started moving the clean diapers into the dryer that I knew of my error.

That was when I saw it. It used to look like this:

Now, after a trip through the wash, it looks like this:

Yup. That was my favorite shortie that I made out of my favorite yarn. (The brown one is to show how big said shortie used to be.)

Darn it. It now graces the body of The Dancing Queen’s doll.

So, as a consolation, I knit this new and better diaper cover.

Another Sheepy Skirt in (the rest of the) Madelinetosh Tosh Merino.

But I am still bummed about that shortie.

What a rookie mistake.

Fun Knitting Again

Last week, I realized that my reluctance to cast on more diaper covers was purely out of boredom.

So, I bought a new pattern.

This is from the Sheepy Skirt Collection in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Twig and Posy.

I know that sounds nice and expensive, but it is exquisitely soft, I have enough yarn leftover to make another, and I am knitting from my stash and therefore have fewer and fewer options.

I am sure she loves it, she just needed a nap when I decided to stage a photo shoot.

Three things about this knit:

1. This pattern is fabulous and worth the money. While I am sure that I could have figured it out myself, I like all the options (24 pages of options, to be exact) and I will definitely be knitting many of these cute little skirties in the future.

2. This yarn is gorgeous. But it is a pig to crochet. I hate crochet anyways, but the crochet picot edge is so cute so I pressed through and conquered.

3. I may have to pull the leg cuffs out and make them bigger very soon. They are pretty snug right now.

Oh, and a fourth – I put little flowers on the ends of the i-cord drawstring. I am unreasonably proud of this.

It is almost as cute as the baby wearing it! Almost.