Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Dutch Baby Dudz Gallery

Tomorrow I will be bringing my first batch of wool soakers to the Hop Scotch Store, a children's shop that specializes in locally handcrafted items. The proprietor tells me that they are working on building up their base of cloth diaper customers and that the items they have in stock are selling very well. I'm so excited! Here are some of the items I'll be stocking at Hop Scotch. (Please pardon the poor lighting in some of the photos. I've noted where color is not accurate.)

(accurate color in last photo above)

(color is actually the same as the navy stripe in the red, navy, and white striped shorties below)

(accurate color in last photo above)

I'm also getting ready to launch my Etsy shop, Dutch Baby Dudz. I have lots more to do before that happens, since I've been focusing on getting items done for the Hopscotch Store. I'm shooting for early September for my first stocking on Etsy. I can't wait! You can check me out here!
This has been taking up nearly all my knitting/crocheting time lately (this and Sockapalooza), so knitting content on the blog has been pretty scarce. Thus, I thought it was high time to share what I've been up to. Wish me luck!

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I'm Done!

My socks for my Sockapalooza 4 pal are done! Like 'em? They might be for you . . .

Pattern: Baby Cable Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks, over 80 stitches
Yarn: Knitpicks Dancing, Rumba
Needles: US size 0 DPNs
Gauge: 10 spi

Now I just need to wash them and decide on some cool goodies to send along with them.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Fattycakes and the End of the Wool Soaker Parade

My first Fattycakes diaper. (Can you tell this flannel print is my practice fabric? Not the most boyish print--ahem!--but it's covered up by a soaker, and it was cheap, cheap, cheap.)

Turned out cute, don't you think? I don't have a snap press, so I had to wing it with some snaps and a snap kit from Joann's. The snaps are pretty wonky and not placed quite right (too far in from the edges on the front), but it works. I may try front-closing Aplix next time. I just wanted to follow the pattern as closely as I could the first time around (though I did tack and encase the elastic instead of zig zagging it on, since my Lastin isn't here yet and all I have is polybraid, which doesn't work well with the zig zag on my sewing machine.)

And here's the final soaker for T's summer stash of woolies. Sorry about the crummy pics. Apparently, my camera doesn't like this color, or maybe the lighting is just bad today. The bottom photo shows the color better. (It's still not quite right though--it's a sage green. It looks exactly like the color of sage leaves to me IRL.)

Pattern: Fern and Faerie pattern #406
Yarn: Patons Classic Merino, sage
Needles: US sizes 3 and 5 and (and 4 for the flat knit portion of the body, since my tension is looser for flat knitting than knitting in the round)
Mods: started with fewer stitches for the waistband and then increased for the hips in the first row of stockinette.

I really like this pattern. The cool thing is that it includes instructions for both a soaker (flat or in the round) and longies (flat or in the round), and they're all customizable to the body measurements you need. You knit a gauge swatch, take a few measurements, plug the numbers into the formula, and voila! The perfect fit for your babe. Awesome!

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