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Monday, August 06, 2007

Icky sweet, but not icky

The moment I laid eyes on the Bella Baby Dress, I knew I had to crochet one. Then, of course, my friends started giving birth to boy after boy after boy. The nerve of some people!

Thankfully, I found out that a beloved co-worker was in the family way -- and having a little girl. So here is my finished Bella:

It's so violently feminine, I felt the need to photograph it in front of a brick wall in order to tone down the saccharine. I considered photographing it in a dark alley, or perhaps with a chalk outline.

You may recognize the yarn as the A.C. Moore Luxury Aran Cashmere from Tubey. (And if you think I'm self-absorbed for suggesting that you'd remember my lowly Tubey, please know that two Spiders actually recognized the yarn. Scary, I know.) If you can get yourself to an A.C. Moore, this is a super alternative to Debbie Bliss.

I knew I had a few months to finish this, so I kinda dragged my feet. Could have finished it in maybe a week, since the popcorn stitch is totally addictive and simply flies by.

I made the largest size, which seems big enough for a toddler or maybe kindergartner. Future incarnations will be more teensy-weensy.

Now I need a new project for Stitch n Pitch on Wednesday. Who will I be seeing there?


Blogger Ashley said...

Alas, there is no more Luxury Aran Cashmere at the A.C. Moore, at least not the one by my parents' that I go to every so often (in PA). Last time I was in there it was in the clearance bin at 50% off so I bought mountains of it.

It's great yarn, but my favorite thing about it was the instruction on the label to "Live the Fantasy!"

5:39 PM  
Blogger An Abundance of Lisa said...

I'll be at the Stitch & Pitch! Play ball!

7:03 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

It is darling!
And you'll be seeing me on Wednesday. :)

7:03 PM  
Blogger SJ said...

That is super adorable!

I'm in the same boat as you -- so many pregnant friends, so many boys! And here's me, dying to knit a cute girly garment!

7:51 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

chalk outline?! ahahaha, that would have been *awesome*! hee hee. that would have tickled me silly. :D

i'll be there! but you already knew that. ;)

8:51 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

The dress is too adorable. The chalk outline idea cracks me up, but I don't think it's too sickly sweet - in pink it would have been...

I'll be there Wednesday, let's go Mets :)

9:17 PM  
Blogger The_Add_Knitter said...

Violently feminine, love it. But you still have the gender f*ck thing happening because you did it in BLUE!!

10:54 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Violently feminine, sure, but so cute!!!

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Adorable! I'll see you Wednesday.

8:51 AM  
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3:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is really adorable. The nerve of all your friends to have boys! :—)
I hope you get to see it worn. Nothing like chubby arms in a cute dress.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Super cute dress!!!!!

Your description of the yarn really makes me wish for an AC Moore!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Faith! said...

A.C. Moore? What is this magical place?

11:09 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

That is the cutest dress I have seen in a long time. I must convert that to knitting and make it. I must, I tell you. I have a little girl who would think that was the best thing ever and wear it all the time.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Kym said...

I love the texture- it's awesome! Dude, AC Moore has gone downhill in the past few months!!!! I bought the same luxury aran in a golden color and I also bought the yarn for my clapotis there,and they are now both discontinued from the store's stock. Now they only sell the stuff from red heart and lion brand and lots of awful novelty fur. I think a protest is in order...

11:33 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Very cute!

12:55 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

so cute!

sorry i didn't get to chat more on wed, hope to see you soon!

1:55 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

funny how people keep getting into the family way and then refuse to make girls like you'd want them to. Anyway, it is adorable, and I'm glad you didn't photograph next to a chalk outline. I would have freaked out at the implications for the unknowing baby girl. Nice job!

7:37 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

Oh my gosh, that is adorable!
Ahhh...yes, girls and knits are too much fun!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Yarn Coffee said...

Oh fun! I've been to Stitch-N-Pitch! I went to the game in Philly back in June.

Have fun!

Beautiful dress, I'm sure the little girl will keep it forever and perhaps even pass it down.

1:16 PM  
Blogger lomester said...


Unfortunately my AC moore has recently turned into a complete replica of Michaels (not that there is anything wrong with that - love their 40% off coupons!)

I need to go back and see if things have changed.

2:15 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

Congratulations!! Sorry it's a bit late, I've been a little MIA lately. But that is so exciting :) You guys are too cute.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous valerie said...

I love it! I am thinking about making this for my daughter, it'll be my first dress if I do. :)
Yours is beautiful

6:30 PM  

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