I have finished my very first Geranium dress! It was so fun to sew and the pattern is truly excellent. My friend Vicki alerted me to the fact that it now comes in sizes 6-12 and I couldn't buy it fast enough. Having seen so many on the internet I knew it would be just the kind of thing I would love to sew and that my daughter would love to wear. The fabric is Liberty of London which I have had for ages and it was so beautiful to sew with. I made the size 8 for my 71/2 year old and it was way too long for her (she is very tiny) so it has a very long hem which I hope means we will get at least two years of wear, if not three. Because of this dress I finally learned how to sew buttonholes on my machine (Bernina 430) I used this wonderful tutorial on Dog Named Banjo, which was so detailed and well written even I could not go wrong. It reminded me that I love the internet for being so useful and having so much information at your fingertips.
The skirt, also made in Liberty, is the simple skirt by Dana Made It. Again, love the internet because in less than ten minutes I had watched the video, measured my daughter and started sewing. I made an extra wide casing for the elastic and sewed about an inch from the top to make a ruffled bit at the top of the skirt and added the little velvet bow from my notions box. Done and done. It looks adorable on and I will be making many more of these for spring and summer.
On the needles I have the V Neck Down Pullover for Men for my lovely Andy. I know it is a bit of a boring stockinette-all-over sweater but that is what he likes and there is no point making anything other than what he really likes otherwise he will never, ever wear it. I am using Malabrigo Arroyo yarn in colorway 51 VAA on 4mm needles. And inspired by Kyrie, I am joining in with Ginny for Yarn Along and am reading Adventures in Yarn Farming by Barbara Parry. It was recommended to me by Vicki and was a gift from Andy. I am loving it and spend hours dreaming about farm life.
And now to run and pick up the kids from school after a most delightful lunch with my dear friend Barbara who filled me with joy when I saw her pregnant belly for the first time! I am so excited at the opportunity to be around a baby again, it feels like so long. And yes, I will admit, I am pretty darn excited at the prospect of baby knits too.