Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bienvenida Olivia

My Salvadoran friend, Elizabeth just welcomed her second grandchild into this world. She's already Abuelita to two-year-old Monica and now has little Olivia to rave about, too. I took a break from my Deb's Cardigan to whip up a cutey-petutey baby garment based on the Stefanie Japel's Whirligig Shrug.


Say hello to my Bienvenida Olivia shrug. What a great little baby sweater that came together in just two days!


I stash dove and found two different colorways of DROPS Fabel. Separately, the colors don't thrill me, but together, they're a perfect pink and purple explosion. Using these two colors together eliminates dreaded color pooling. As a comparison, check out this baby bonnet that was made with the pink colorway. I wouldn't have been happy wiht the giant pink stripe. But by combining the two different colorways, I eliminated the issue altogether.


Of course, I can't leave anything alone, so I changed up the front, replacing the double roll trim with more seed stitch. I enjoyed knitting another top-down raglan, too. Good practice.



While I was photographing this little project, Tom sat down at the dining room table. I looked up and realized he matches the shrug perfectly. Now girls, imagine what would happen if I'd made Tom a sweater in that color! He is so strange. Love him though. And he does look great (but not pretty!) in pink.





6 comments:

  1. What a pretty little treat! I have been thinking about the "new baby" gift for a new cousin! Baby Shrug - I think this is just a thing!

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  2. That little shrug is absolutely adorable and I just love the color! And Tom looks great in his shirt! :)
    Sandee

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  3. Hi Julie, love this little shrug. I have a question about using two skeins at a time. Do you cut off each time and have all those tails to weave in or do you carry them along somehow? If they are carried, could you describe or demonstrate how you do that? I have several single skeins of sock yarn that could be used together but not sure how this is done. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. I learn so much from you.
    Terry

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  4. Thank you, girls!

    Terry, the bottom line is that I used the two strands like they were one. When the pattern said to cut the yarn, I cut the yarns and then wove in the ends together as one strand. I didn't need to carry anything because the two different sock yarns were also used together. Does this make sense?

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  5. It makes perfect sense, thanks. I thought you used them alternately like in the sleeve you started on the Norah Gaughan's Callen. That must have been done different. Thanks again.
    Terry

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  6. Combining the neutrals with the pink was brilliant. It's still girly, but not bubblegum. Thanks for this post! (and the other photos - including the pink-garbed man - are fun to look at too!)

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