You'll notice that I have a tendency to lump all my photos into one posting. This is because I'm lazy, primarily, but I also like the way they all look together! I particularly like the pinks, blues, yellows, and greens in this spring-y posting.
First of all, I must dance the happy Blue Cardy dance! It's really done! I kid you not!
Here's the dark blue side, with nifty round buttons and pockets:
Here's the light blue side, with a little fish on the chest that I embroidered to match the buttons:
Here's the birthday gift together, cardy and backpack:
What have I learned from Blue Cardy?
1. Gauge is important. Without careful attention to gauge, your two contrasting sides won't fit together exactly, and there will be some puckering. This will bother you even if it doesn't bother anyone else.
2. Buy more yarn than you think you need, and don't give away the extra ball at a stash swap until you're quite sure you don't need it. (It was touch and go there at the end!)
3. If you don't feel like doing it just like the pattern, don't.
4. American children are way bigger than French children.
5. If your intended recipient outgrows the gift before you give it to him, never fear. People get pregnant all the time.
On to more fun photos! Here is a fun new project, made from Crystal Palace "Choo-choo" and "Squiggle." I got one ball of each at the Meetup Stash Swap, and decided to make a little easy belt, garter stitch on the bias, with the two yarns held together. I like it!
And here are some more photos of my Stash Swap acquisitions. This pile of yellow chenille and novelty acrylics are going to go toward a funky layette for the new CNITU sibling. (Sis is going to find out the gender in advance, so I'll combine it with blue or pink accordingly.)
I'm going to make this fluffy washcloth brown into teddy bears, and maybe a teddy bear costume for CNITU this Halloween.
Now a couple of things for me! First, the new project, the camisole from Vintage Knits (super close-up for full appreciation of Rowan cotton glace):
And here's White Lies lingerie, all ready for finishing. Scandalous!
Also, I was dissatisfied with the French knot I used as a button on PM's purse. Found the perfect button at Joann and replaced it on Saturday. She loves it! (She kissed it several times after I sewed it on. It might even get a name, we'll see.)
How satisfying to find the perfect final touch!