Sometime in early October I finished a blouse for Lauren’s friend, Eliza. This would be the second year I’ve sewn for E and the beginnings of what I hope will be a long running tradition. Last year’s blouse was one of my favorites, but I think this one is quite spiffy, too. Like the red dress, the pattern is from Kids Happy Homemade Vol. 2—a
great book with lots of simple patterns (what else would you expect?).
The sizes are on the larger end of what I usually see offered in most
Japanese books and also seemed to be pretty generous so it’s a good
choice for those of us who are well out of the toddler sewing phase. I would
definitely make this pattern again. Lauren wants one just like this
only a dress. Christmas plaid?!
The yarn has become a sweater! A sweet, classic yet modern, delicate sweater. And if I can brag a little, I finished within a month after buying the yarn. And see the piling? You know, usually highly undesirable but it’s the evidence of just how much this sweater has been worn and loved in its short life.
The Helena is a fantastic pattern—a really fun and quick knit. I made the size 4 which is largest the pattern is written for, but it’s plenty roomy. I figure Lauren can get two good years of wear out of it. (Then I’ll make it again with a larger gauge). Instead of i-cord ties in the front, I added buttonholes and the glass buttons. I also did one extra repeat of the lace pattern at the bottom, to give it a bit more length.
I’m just so happy with how this sweater turned out.