FO: Sister Sweaters for Homecoming

New favorite baby knit alert! I’m now jumping on the Flax sweater bandwagon. You’ve probably seen a billion of these on Ravelry and now I understand why.
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This is a Tin Can Knits sweater pattern and is in one of their free collections (go ahead and run over to Ravelry and download your pattern) and it’s a super simple top down sweater in sizes from newborn up to 4XL for adults! I asked Yuvay what kind of sweater she wanted for Homecoming for the girls this year (spoiler alert it was 80+ degrees and too warm for them to wear their sweaters so we’ll do a fall photo shoot later). I’ve kind of made it a tradition now between us that I make Maddie a sweater for homecoming every year. The first year I made this lovely varsity style sweater.
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And last year I made this adorable tiered red jacket.
Maddie's tiered coat
Maddie’s homecoming sweater
Yuvay was pregnant with Olivia last year, so I knew this year I’d be making two sweaters for my girls. I should also note that Yuvay’s in a sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, and their colors are red and cream. So typically I make the girls sweaters for homecoming that are in sorority colors (plus Howard’s colors are red and blue so it will always match any Howard paraphernalia too.
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So this year I asked her what she wanted me to do. She said let’s do a pullover in just cream and make them the same because apparently the only things the girls have that are the same are pajamas. Matching sister sweaters it is and it gave me a chance to try Flax. I used my standard Caron Simply Soft yarn (they’re apparently having a flash sale today if anyone is interested in getting 25% off) in cream and plugged away. What I think elevates Flax a bit more than others basic raglans is the super simple garter stitch details down the sleeves. It’s so simple and yet it adds a nice little bit of polish to a simple sweater. I can’t wait to see them both wearing them this fall.

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FO: Fall Cardigan for Eli

In between learning two color brioche and finishing a sweater for my Mom, I was able to whip up a cardigan for my girlfriend Leah’s little boy Eli.
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Eli is only 4 months old but you may remember the blanket and baby whale I made for him in June. I decided since fall was coming I wanted to make him a cardigan. I pulled out my trusty Baby Sophisticate pattern and a ball of Harvest Red Caron Simply Soft (Mom requested the color red) and got to working.
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On Instagram, in my stories (I post a lot of pics to my stories) I took a poll for which buttons I should sew onto the cardigan when I was finished. By the time I was done the vote was 50-50! So I went with the cars since I’ve done mustaches before. And the only alterations I made to the pattern was that I did a ribbed bottom and ribbed cuffs this time around. Eli is only 4 months old but I made the 6 month size hoping he’ll grow into it and thought having ribbed cuffs would make it easier to roll up. I didn’t get to put the cardigan on him while I was with him this weekend.
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We were too busy trying to convince him to eat cereal, which he gobbled up like a champ. I am working on a couple of other kid garments right now, so I’m sure that will be what I’m sharing for the next month. Right now I’m making matching cream colored Flax sweaters for Maddie and her little sister. They’re quick knits and they look so polished and cute in tiny sizes. I like the garter stitch running down the arm. And Flax is a free pattern worked in worsted weight and is super easy for a first time sweater if you’re a little nervous about sweater knitting!
Maddie’s sweater
Also this is why I never sell what I knit. It’s always covered in dog hair. LOL Cher plopped down on the Flax sweater and let me know it was time to stop knitting and start petting. Beanie also prefers to use my balls of yarn as headrests. And I’m totally okay with both. LOL So what are you working on right now?

FO: Dolls and Diversity

While I was in Chicago I got the chance to finally meet up with an online friend in person. I’ve known my girlfriend Pem since back in my old blogging days. She worked for a brand I loved and we just clicked so we’ve always emailed and kept in touch via social media. She has two children and one day I saw a picture of her daughter holding a doll that looked nothing like her and I said to myself that I needed to make Leia a doll that mirrored what she saw in herself.
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I made what is now affectionately known as Little Leia. This is the same doll pattern from the Susan B. Anderson Mary, Millie and Morgan doll I made previously for Maddie. I ordered the Knit Picks Brava Sport in the color almond to get a skin color close to Leia’s and when I did her hair I decided to cut it in a choppy little bob to mimick her own haircut.
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For the record, growing up all the dolls in our home were black. These are my sister’s Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls (my sister’s name is Anne so clearly she had to have an Ann doll).
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I didn’t even know Raggedy Ann and Andy were white until I saw a cartoon version of them and I thought, well that’s odd because our Ann and Andy are brown at home. That’s also how I felt about non-black Santa Clauses LOL. My mother believed that the dolls you play with should look like you and they should. I’ve taken that to heart and love making dolls when I can for friends. Seeing yourself in everyday things makes you feel more like you belong, like you’re the norm. And sadly in 2017 we still don’t have as much diversity in our products and mainstream culture as we should.
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So here’s Leia with the death grip on her doll. She was so excited. And here’s the great thing about when I gave her the doll, she looked at it and said, ‘that’s me!’ with such excitement and joy it made my heart want to explode. She pointed everything out to me and said, ‘that’s my hair, those are my eyes, that’s my button nose…’ She knew that doll was meant for her and Pem told me that when we left and they went to a museum later she told everyone that was her little Leia and fell asleep clutching her doll.

I can’t make a doll for everyone but I’m happy that I can make some of the little girls in my life dolls that show them how beautiful and special they really are in this world. Diversity matters. Representation in the world matters. And sometimes all it takes is seeing the joy in giving a little girl a doll to realize it.