Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snow makes for GREAT designing/knitting time!

We are having some wonderful snow days .... starting on Friday, the 5th, we are now on our 5th day of lots of snow on the ground.  We were only off-power for about 24hours (when we high-tailed it to Raleigh to stay with dear, dear friends) ... so now all is good.  The kids are building an igloo and a "luge" run in the back while dh shovels the latest snow-fall.


I'm doing what any self-respecting mom/wife would do -- baking bread, cookies and cakes; keeping the house cozy warm; and, of course ... knitting.  Knitting up a storm, as it were!

Our last snow-filled weekend, (January 30-31), I designed and knitted a few things for a niece's first baby. 

Introducing, the "Eliza Collection" ...
A bevy of booties!  These five pair of booties ... in graduated sizes ... are all knit in Dale of Norway's Falk - a washable 100% wool that knits up beautifully and will hold up nicely to lots of washing.
Heart sox
Lavender and Lace
Ballet Flats

But the piece de resistance ... the real glory of the "Eliza Collection" is
Miss Bellissima Bunny the Ballerina.  Inspired by a design by Lucinda Guy in her book, And So to Bed, mine is knit all in one piece (except for the removable circle skirt).
Wearing a knitted-in pink leotard, Bellissima is 15-inches long.  She is a very cuddly bunny with her stuffed belly and her flat appendages.
Her full-circle dancing skirt is fun to knit -- all garter, short-row shaping making the circle with eyelets for a drawstring waist.
A sweet face, embroidered before stuffing, completes are little ballerina.  She is knit in a washable cotton-blend yarn and is made to withstand anything Miss Eliza does to her.

So what do you think of the "Eliza Collection"?

Happy knittin'
Mary C. Gildersleeve
By Hand, With Heart -- hand-knit designs


DonnaMarie said...

Oh Mary! These are just lovely! I really like your ballerina bunny too!

I have a great longing to learn how to knit. I have taught myself a bit and want to do more creative things. I do know how to crochet, but I love the look if a knitted pieces!
I just need someone to look over my shoulder and say "No, do it this way..." well...that and a vault to hold it in when I am not using it due to yarn-nappers! LOL!

Ladybug Mommy Maria said...

FANTASTIC! Wow - I wished I live close to you so you could teach me! Magnificent!

stellamaris said...

Such adorable booties! I love the sweet bunny, too. You are such a lovely knitter. I want you to know that I enjoyed your book In His Image. It even inspired me to knit a scarf for my dd for Christmas! A miracle! Thank you, Mary!