Cape Ann Modern Baby Quilt

Moda Cape Ann Modern Baby Quilt Oliver S

Last year I stumbled upon Moda’s fabric bundle Cape Ann by Oliver + S.  You see, Cape Ann Massachusetts is perhaps my favorite place on the planet.  I’ve gone every summer with little exception since I was two and I have so many sunny, salty, family-filled memories of the place, that I can close my eyes and feel the warm air and smell the ocean whenever I need a little pick me up.  Which is a long way of saying, I had to buy the fabric.

Moda Oliver S Cape Ann

 

I held onto it until the right baby came along. I managed to eek out two quilts from my little charm pack, using a wide expanse of soothing Kona Bone background.

Moda Cape Ann Modern Baby Quilt Oliver S

Moda Cape Ann Modern Baby Quilt Oliver SSome soft dove gray flannel on the back.

Moda Cape Ann Modern Baby Quilt Oliver S

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Twin Baby Quilts

Twins Baby Quilts

Some very special friends are about to have twin babies.  Twins!  I wanted to make each one a unique quilt, with their own colors and patterns, but keep them related, so I guess you could call these fraternal twin baby quilts.  For each I used a very traditional quilt square in modern and brightly colored fabrics, placed on an expanse of neutral white background.

A magical unicorn for baby girl, this square is called Thistle Bloom.

Thistle Bloom Baby Quilt

Thistle Bloom Baby Quilt

A mythical whale for baby boy (a Stepping Stones square).

Stepping Stones Baby Quilt

Stepping Stones Baby Quilt

Both have a neutral gray and white flannel backing and curved corners.

Thistle Bloom Baby Quilt

And I received a rare treat of getting to see my quilts in situ, ready and waiting for babies to arrive!

Twins Baby Quilt

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for a Friday finish!

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Winter Knitting

Classic Mittens

I’ve been knitting up a storm this winter, enough to make up for the decided lack thereof here in Vermont.  It might not be a snowy wonderland, but the wood stove still blazes and I’ve logged plenty of hours behind the needles.  Here’s a quick woolly tour.

Some purple alpaca mittens, shown above, to match the hat I made last winter.  I started out with leftover yarn from the hat project, didn’t quite have enough so I ordered some more, and now still have about the same amount of leftover purple yarn.  I guess that’s how it goes.  Maybe next winter I’ll knit a matching scarf (and order even more of the same yarn.)  It is gorgeous, soft and warm Knit Picks Andean Treasure in Indigo Heather. And I used PurlBee’s classic mitten pattern (ish- I modified the cuff to a simple rib, rather than the folded rib.)

Then I knitted this furry, fuzzy, mohair cowl.  I really had a desire to dig into my existing yarn stash this winter, and I had scored a beautiful skein of this yarn as part of my summer donation of old sewing supplies, patterns, fabric, quilted bits and yarn.

boucle mohair cowlboucle mohair cowl

It’s a Vermont-made boucle from Yellow Dog Farm and having never knitted anything with this type of yarn, I was eager to try it out. (Ignoring that I had no need for another cowl, and I was in the middle of knitting a sweater dress.) It was a fun break from the dress, and though this yarn was a little tricky to knit with, the texture hides every sort of error and it was a quick, mindless, knit-and-watch-TV kind of project. I shipped it off to a special friend.

Purl Sweatshirt Sweater DressAnd I finished this big warm sweater dress!  Followed the same PurlBee Sweatshirt Sweater pattern that I used for my very first sweater.  I wanted to use up a bunch of worsted weight yarn from my stash, hence the color blocks.   I’m tempted to call this my Cherry Garcia sweater- it looks like a pint of ice cream.

Purl Sweatshirt Sweater Dress

What the heck- I’ll throw in this lavender cardigan.  I actually finished this in the fall, and it took me ALL SUMMER to knit.  Knitting a sweater out of DK weight yarn is a horse of a different color, a very slow moving horse. This one is also seamed (sides, sleeves, shoulders) and I was unprepared for the time required for seaming.  It felt like I spent an entire day sewing the seams, which was kind of a buzzkill after having spent about one million hours knitting the thing.  But she’s pretty, isn’t she?  And those are vintage buttons I found at the antique fair.  No run of the mill buttons for something that took this long to make! I used the Kim Hargreaves’ Agnes pattern from her book Vintage Designs to Knit. The book has some really lovely patterns, though I wish there were more knit in the round rather than seamed options. I extended the sleeves to full length because who in Vermont needs a three quarter sleeve sweater?  No one, that’s who.

Kim Hargreaves Agnes Sweater

Kim Hargreaves Agnes Sweater

Happy knitting to you and yours!

 

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