Two more leafy patterns

To complete my mini-collection on the leaf theme, I recently released two more patterns: most recently, the Petites Feuilles Vest, and a couple of weeks ago, the Petites Feuilles Boots.

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The idea behind the vest was that it had to be truly unisex, with a simple yet well-thought-out design. There are a couple of techniques in there that even more experienced knitters might enjoy. I thought the addition of an optional secret pocket would allow knitters to have fun with color pairings as well as use up small amounts of leftover yarn. I like that the pocket bind-off hints at the color of the hidden lining. Also, little kids are usually enthusiastic about pockets, and I’m always thinking about what they’d like, too 🙂

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When it comes to the boots, the main idea was to make booties that would stay on little wriggly feet, so that meant that ties were a must. In my experience that’s really the only way a bootie will stay on a tiny foot.

I chose garter stitch for the bootie because picking up stitches is so easy and clean with garter stitch (you need to pick up stitches around the sole to work these booties seamlessly), and also, garter is very stretchy, which means that the booties should get a maximum amount of use.

Finally, I wanted the booties to be tall, not only for my leaf motif to fit, but also to make them extra warm and easy to put over pant legs. I also had a vision of my daughter wearing her boots with striped stockings underneath and a short skirt 🙂

I have to say I am not 100% satisfied with the photos I took for the pattern page, my daughter is constantly on the go and it was very difficult to get a decent shot that would show off the boots properly. Some of my testers, however, made some adorable versions and I made a little montage because they are just too cute (photos used with permission, clockwise from top left, boots by marthajane73, serendipitystitch, sweetbasil and t-a-n-y-a):

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These two patterns, as well as the Petites Feuilles cardigan and the Petites Feuilles bonnet, are available individually and also as part of a 4-pattern bundle with a discounted price.

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All patterns are available in my Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy stores.

 

Pour Mila

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Petit cadeau de naissance pour BĂ©bĂ© Mila, qui Ă©tait très impatiente de naĂ®tre! J’espère que le colis arrivera Ă  bon port et que la maman aimera!

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Modèle perso, laine Debbie Bliss cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

Modèle perso, laine Debbie Bliss cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

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Modèle 3ème Bébé de la Droguerie modifié, laine Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

Modèle 3ème Bébé de la Droguerie modifié, laine Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

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Here’s a little present for Baby Mila, who was in a hurry to come into the world! I hope the package will make it to its destination safely and that mom will like it!

The ballerina pattern is my own, the bonnet pattern (I modified it slightly) comes from a French book called “Le 3ème BĂ©bĂ© de La Droguerie”

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino

Liberty Bias: La Droguerie

I’m baaack: le retour!

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Ouh lĂ  lĂ  c’est un peu sporadique ces temps-ci chez Frogginette, non?

Pour me faire pardonner, et en attendant que l’inspiration revienne, je vous laisse en offrande deux petites paires de chaussons de garçon (une commande d’une amie):

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Modèle: Le 3ème Bébé de La Droguerie, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

Modèle: Le 3ème Bébé de La Droguerie, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

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Modèle: chaussons Kiholo by Muriel, laine: Rowan cashsoft

Modèle: chaussons Kiholo by Muriel, alias La Pelote Masquée, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

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Pour le modèle (gratuit! Merci Muriel!) on clique ici. A noter que Muriel propose des modèles de tricot pour enfants absolument ravissants sur son nouveau site, Kids Tricot. Foncez-y!

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Oh my, time does fly, has it really been this long since I last posted? Erm. I promise I’ll be better now. To show you that I mean well, here are two pairs of small-teeny-bitty-cute baby booties for two brand new baby boys (this was an order from a friend)

Etsy boutique!

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Où ça? A droite! Regardez il y a du nouveau!

Voui, il faut bien Ă©couler les milliards de chaussons que je tricote sans relache (au lieu de finir mon Trico’13 – ahem…) C’est une vraie manie!

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Bien sĂ»r, vous me direz les chaussons c’est bien mimi mais il faut diversifier, tout ça, et je suis bien d’accord avec vous, il y a d’autres choses dans le pipeline figurez-vous!

Ça vous plait?? J’attends vos avis avec impatience! Tous les modèles sont rĂ©alisĂ©s en mĂ©lange cachemire/mĂ©rinos et Liberty (Cliquez sur l’image dans la colonne de droite pour voir tous le modèles)

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P.S.:

Je peux tout Ă  fait expĂ©dier en dehors de l’AmĂ©rique du Nord, mais il faudra que je me renseigne pour savoir quels seraient les frais de port selon votre destination… Donc le mieux c’est de m’envoyer une “convo” sur Etsy si vous ĂŞtes intĂ©ressĂ©(e)s

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That’s right! And there is a link on the sidebar, so check it out!
What can I say, I had to find an outlet for all the baby booties I’ve been knitting (instead of finishing this month’s Trico’13…)

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Of course, I can hear you saying that it would be nice to see other things beside baby booties, and I hear you, I do have other projects in the pipeline, so stay tuned!

I eagerly await your opinions/suggestions! All of the booties are made with a cashmere/merino blend and Liberty (Click on the image in the sidebar to see all of the items)

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P.S.:

I will ship outside of the US/Canada but I’d have to get a quote, so the best thing is to convo me on Etsy so that I can let you know what the specific shipping cost would be for your destination.

Bootie Fever: the Relapse

Here are three more bootie designs! I’ve had these done for a while now, I just got around to photographing them. What do you think?

Encore trois modèles de chaussons! Ils sont faits depuis un moment, mais je me suis enfin décidée à les prendre en photo.

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Slumber Jacks:

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For the rugged, outdoorsy, exploring babies. These are made out of soft, super warm merino wool and lace up snugly to stay on no matter what.

Pour les bébés explorateurs et amateurs de grand espaces! Ces chaussons rustiques sont faits en mérinos et garderont les petons au chaud grâce à des lacets bien solides.

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Berry Pickers:

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For the little mademoiselle who appreciates the finer things in life, we have a dressy pair or merino mary-janes with integrated 100% cashmere sock cuffs. The decorative buttons are Liberty-covered.

Pour les élégantes demoiselles, une paire de babies à bride en mérinos, avec hauts de chaussettes 100% cachemire intégrés. Les boutons décoratifs sont recouverts de Liberty.

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Arabesques:

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Pure heaven for tiny delicate toes: 100% cashmere tiny ballet shoes with satin ribbons.

PuretĂ© et douceur du 100% cachemire pour des chaussons de futur petit rat de l’opĂ©ra. Ruban en satin.

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Now that I got the bootie fever out of my system (hopefully), I am going back to more grown-up projects. Can you guess what my next FO will be? Here’s a sneak peek:

Maintenant que je me suis lachée avec tous ces mignons chaussons, je suis de nouveau intéressée par des projets qui me garderont au chaud cet hiver, MOI!

J’ai commencĂ© un modèle assez populaire dans la blogosphère… Le reconnaissez-vous?

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FO: Saartje’s Booties

How totally adorable is this? I think a newborn would be able to wear these for no more than a couple of weeks, they are so tiny. But why be reasonable and knit bigger ones? These are so quick and easy, you could knit one custom-sized pair every week.

Most of you already know this pattern, I’m sure, but if not, the added bonus is that it’s completely free and readily available here.

These are being promptly shipped to my friend’s brand new little girl, LĂ©onie, who was born 3 weeks ago… I hope they will fit her!

Pattern: Saartje’s Booties (free pattern)

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (Denim and Mauve), leftovers from various projects. Very little yarn was needed, a 3-4 yards maybe

Needles: US 2

Time to knit: a couple of hours while watching TV

Buttons: translucent white from Joann’s

More Booties

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I was strong at first: I only bought the size 2mm dpns at the “Art et Laine” LYS (there were no needles that exactly match a US size 2 but you can’t really tell the difference) and I used some left over yarn from the Ribbon-Tied Dress (Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino) to make these. I did buy the cute bunny buttons, but that was it. I was proud of myself for being so reasonable.

The pattern was from one of the French magazines I bought last week. I was easy enough, and made for very stretchy little booties. I obviously made the mistake of making two identical booties, instead of making the second bootie’s strap on the opposite side, but that is another story. So the baby who will inherit these will have to have two left feet — or is it two right feet?

Of course, once the booties were done, I did go back to the Art et Laine store, cracked under pressure, and bought some delicious yarn, which was reasonable, but not exactly cheap (the Euro is so strong these days.) I’m using it to make a scarf. I don’t want to say too much yet about the exact pattern I’m using, or the yarn itself, as I want it to be a semi-surprise for Gabe (he does know a scarf is coming his way).

A trip down Memory Lane

Here are a couple things i’ve sewed and knit in the past and given away to friends for new babies:

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The (free) pattern for these can be found here. They are super-duper easy to knit, and really quite adorable. This particular pair went to Elise, whose mom has a great blog here

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These were so easy to make, I found a tutorial here. I happened to have a scrap of Japanese print cotton, and I thought it would be fun to have a face on each foot. I made these for Dil, Gabe’s nephew, as he was just starting to walk, and he wore them to death.
Here’s the back, and i’m not sure it’s visible but the sole was this purple faux-suede that was furry on the other side, so the inside of the shoe was quite cozy, perfect for little baby feet. The only thing I modified was the sole – the pattern makes for a very wide toe area, so i had to take the fabric in a bit.

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