In the midst of all that, I managed to get a little knitting in. I finished the Belle sweater - designed by Cosette Cornelius-Bates (Cosy). You can check out her AWESOME blog here: www.cosymakes.com and her fabulous Etsy store here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/cosymakes.
I'm so pleased with how the sweater turned out. It's a fast and simple knit - and best of all NO SEAMING! I knit Belle in the 24 month size and it fits Ruby perfectly. Keep in mind that Ru is only 12 months old, but she's in the 85-90th percentile for both height and weight so she fits in 18-24 month clothes now.
Here are a few shots... sorry about the runny nose. Ru caught her first cold. Poor baby! I'm amazed I even got one of her smiling, because she's been SOOOO crabby the past two days. Praying the rest of us don't get it!
I still need to block the sweater so that the ruffles and button band lay correctly. For the non-knitters, blocking is where you wash your garment, then lay it out as you want it to look and pin it, so that when it dries the wool will take on that desired shape.
The sweater is knit in Merisoft Merino in HP66 and SPD332. I used Malabrigo worsted in 204 velvet grapes for the button band. The buttons are from Close To My Heart. Gotta love it when your scrapbooking supplies can double as knitting supplies.
Ruby took her first steps a few days ago. She's really starting to get the hang of it!