A Lavender Mermaid!

Okay, I know it may seem like I make only Lalylala dolls now – I am working on other things, but a lot of them are top secret projects that I can’t talk about yet. All will be revealed in time, but for today…yes, I made another one! This time I decided to try Mici the Mermaid, and she’s probably my favorite so far.Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid holding buttercups

We have about a million buttercups in our yard right now (which I love), so I thought I’d use some as props, and I love how these pictures turned out. Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid holding buttercups

Mici is made of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in colors Cloud and Haze Heather (with a little scrap ball of dark purple for her girdle), and size 2.75mm hook. I also used a gold metallic thread mixed in for the tail and hair; it was really difficult to get a good picture of it, but you can see it a bit in the photo above. A tip on the thread if you decide to do this: make sure you buy a bunch of spools! The yardage did not last as long as I thought it would, and I kept having to go buy more. I think I ended up using about 6 spools of this DMC thread.Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid in bunch of white peoniesI like using wool to make these toys, because it’s kind of sticky and sets up well when you stuff them, but the downside is that you can’t just throw it in the washing machine. I usually recommend that toys be hand washed anyway, to keep the stuffing where it should be, but it’s nice to have the option if you’re in a hurry. Still, the colors that Wool of the Andes is available in are hard to pass up, and it’s nice to work with.

The body and tail were pretty easy on this one, but the hair was incredibly time consuming! Each little swirl is individually crocheted and then hand sewn onto the head…not quick process. This is her after the first row, about the time I realized this was going to take me a lot longer than I thought!Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid in process of getting hair

Yeah. It was a lot of work. But when she was all done…man was I in love!Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid sitting in a tree

I’ve seen from some other people that they made their Micis a little bikini top to wear, and I also toyed with sewing or knitting one, but nothing I designed looked quite right, and in the end I just left her the way she was. I think it works! If you like my Mici (or want one in another color!, she’s available to purchase in the Etsy Shop, or you can get the pattern to make your own over at the Lalylala website!

Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid laying on bricks

Have a great weekend everyone!

Modern Baby Bonnet

Just a reminder before I start today’s post: there is still one day to enter my stocking giveaway, if you haven’t already :).

I’ve finally started unloading the boxes in our upstairs (I know, we’ve been here five months, but there’s been a lot going on!) and I found an almost finished baby bonnet that I’d been working on:

Image

How sweet is this? I’d totally forgotten about it (the hazards of having a thousand projects going on), but it’s from one of my favorite baby knits books, Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. I picked it up several years ago at Half Price Books, and I’ve made probably half of the projects in it with great success. All the patterns are very easy to follow, and each of them are labeled with an experience level, which I found very helpful when I was new to knitting clothes. This hat is made from the Modern Baby Bonnet pattern, and is a super quick knit. Definitely a great weekend project.

Image

Please excuse my somewhat unorthodox model; we don’t happen to have any 3 month olds around that I can borrow :P. The yarn is Caron Simply Soft, which I love for baby projects since it’s so soft but still machine washable (very important in baby clothes). When I found the hat, all it needed was a button, and I happened to have a one in my stash that fit perfectly.

Image

Image

Once I added the button, I felt like it could us slightly more stability since babies tend to tug on straps, so I also added a snap closure.

Image

The back is also really sweet:

Image

I don’t know if this is technically raglan shaping since it isn’t a sweater, but it has the same effect. I’m also knitting a couple of top down raglan sweaters right now and I love the look of these increases. It appears that this pattern is free if you follow the Ravelry link, so I highly encourage you to check it out!

This bonnet has been listed in my Etsy store if you’d like to give it to a baby in your life :).