After driving for 9 hours, we arrived at the first stop on our vacation. Birmingham is such a pretty city. We stayed at the Hyatt Place, across from the Galleria. Very nice place. We got up early so we could get back on the road. Five or so hours and we should arrive at our destination - Pigeon Forge!
Simplicity 2989 is the jumping off point for my version of this RTW dress that Rachael fell in love with many months ago. We didn't buy the store copy even though it was 50% off because the only one left was a size 3. Believe it or not, the dress fit Rachael, it was just way too short.
After taking Rachael's measurements, I've decided to make a size 4 width (she actually measures closer to a 3) with a size 8 length. I will not be making the skirt as full as the dress in the pattern and I'm still debating on lining the skirt and adding the petticoat ruffle.
These are the fabrics that Rachael and I picked out; however, after studying the picture I've decided to go with ribbon around the bottom of the bodice.
BTW, I had the picture of this dress up on my computer screen as I cut out the dress. Rachael came in the kitchen, looked at the computer and said, "Are you sure I like this dress?" Good grief, she's been asking me to make this dress for the last 5 months!
For Thanksgiving, the girls and I went to my mother's. I needed a few easy, portable projects to take with me during down times. Hats! Yes, hats.
Hats are an easy, fun, and rewarding knit for little time, effort and money (most of the time).
Without further ado....
The "Neapolitan Beret" (named after the ice cream), made with Debbie Bliss's Cashmerino Aran. The design is Amanda Keey's Candy Beret from her book Baby Beanies.
This is the Aggie Flour Sack made for my nephew in Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton. This design is also by Amanda Keey and you can see here why I fell in love with this hat. Photography can be everything.
With the yarn left over from RT III's hat, I made my brother, Taylor, A Hat Fit for a Brother - Aggie Style. The design is by Stephanie Nicole and the pattern can be found on her blog.
After finishing Taylor's hat, I asked Cody to try it on so I could see how it looked on a man. I was totally shocked when he requested his own knit hat. A Hat Fit for a Husband - Camo Style is what I've come up with. This was made with Bernat's Camouflage Ombres.
I think this is Cody's first appearance on my blog.
Next, I made an LSU cap for Debra using the yarn from a leg warmer who's mate had gone missing. The design is by Kate Oates and is a free download on Ravelry. I got a little irritated with myself about this one. I knitted the entire cap, including making and sewing on the pom-pom before I realized that I had made a 3-6 month size. It's just a tad too small. Anybody out there want it? Let me know.
Last was the Peppermint Hat, also by Kate Oates from Issue #8 of Knitcircus. I've called mine Cherry Truffle because of the colors I used. Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino in chocolate and carnation.
And that concludes the Hat Parade.
BTW, if you are on Ravelry, my user ID is sew42mom. Please, let me know who you are so I can friend you and look at your projects.