Saturday, August 18, 2012

Itty Bitty Knitting

Our newest beautiful grand baby arrived in June.  In anticipation of baby Avila's birthday, I've been knitting since late spring on her little treasures!  We've just returned from our visit to see baby Avila and her BIG brother Mason -- so finally I get to share her precious knitted trousseau with all of you!

 this little beaded coat is so special-
just like our baby Avila

every little bead is sewn on - one at a time!!
the beads are centered on both the front and the back
(only a Grandmother would take over 10 hours to sew all of these beads in place!!)

can you see the tiny little beads on the 
"made by gb" tag?
(you can click on the photo for a closer view) 

the little matching pants have a single
beaded flower on one leg
(each little bead securely sewn on one at a time)


the details--
Pattern book - #292 DK Baby (Berroco)
Entiat Cardigan and Finlay pants
Yarn -- Berroco Pure Pima
(I loved knitting with this yarn! 

I choose complimenting colors for the coat and pants.
the pattern does NOT call for beads --
those were added by me!

 a little knitted shrug 

a special little tag is attached to each item
(aren't they cute?)
(the inspiration for the tags was found on Pinterest!)

the details-
shrug pattern -- Debbie Bliss- Simply Baby pattern book
yarn - Naturally Caron Spa - yellow
Baby Bee peach fuzz - multicolored carrier thread
(the Baby Bee line of yarns has been discontinued -- this was part of my stash)

a little beaded hat


the details- 
pattern -- Tilli Thomas #177
yarn- Tilli Thomas Flurries-Beaded Australian Merino
(note-- the beads on this yarn are rather large
 -- so after the hat was made - I pushed every single bead to the outside of the hat) 

 a storybook blanket fit for a little Princess

 the details-
yarn - Lorna's Laces shepherd worsted
pattern - my own design

a "baby size" version of my own Autumn Gold hat 

the details-
pattern - my own
yarn - Hobby Lobby "I Love this Yarn"

Some photos of baby Avela ~~~


modeling her new beaded hat--
(snuggled in her Mommy's arms)

Mason and Avila
he loves her!


My friend Mary has been on a knitting binge as well.  She is expecting a new little grand baby just any day now!  Here are some items from the BEAUTIFUL  trousseau that Mary made for baby Nora Jane-- 

 a little beaded sweater 


  the details -
pattern -- Susan B. Anderson, "Itty Bitty Nursery"
yarn - Debbie Bliss cashmerino
(the pattern does not call for beads, those were added by Mary!!)

a little fairy blanket  

the details-
 pattern -- basket weave stitch
yarn -- from Mary's stash
(the blanket and embellishments are Mary's own design)

precious little hats for baby Nora

the details -
the hat patterns are Mary's own design
yarn -- part of her unending stash! 

And --- made for a friend as a shower gift ---

 a storybook blanket for a precious little boy

the details-
yarn -- Sensations Shimmer Boucle
carrier thread -- Hobby Lobby "Peach Fuzz"
(the Peach Fuzz is part of Mary's stash -- as it is a discontinued yarn)

pattern -- Mary's own design
(she knitted the embellishments as well)

An update on the Harvest nests --- they are almost finished!!! The photo shoot is scheduled for later this week!  Yippee, yea! whoopee, Hallelujah!!!  (can you see me doing the happy dance?!!)

Now all I have to do is figure out how I am going to list 45 RESERVED nests in my etsy shop!!  If you are on the list -- keep watching here for THE Harvest Nest post --- coming SOON!!


ps --- sorry for such a long post!!


Joan Carver said...

Absolutely gorgeous knitted baby items...I have a granddaughter,and never knitted her anything :( I can always wait for you to list some darling sweaters and hatsthere one day!!!!! Wow, you've been busy if you have that many nests almost completed...How do you do it. I'm thrilled to "know" you and you are such an inspiration!!!! Beautiful baby hats, sweaters and blanket!!

Mereknits said...

I would say those are very lucky babies. Each and every item you made is so special. Love them all. And boy is she a beauty! I bet you are thrilled.

Createology said...

From yarn and knitting needles you have created heirloom treasures for your newest little granddaughter. Each item so beautiful and special. Mary's treasures are also beautiful and heirloom treasures. I am swooning over all the luscious soft little knitted pieces with beading. Blissful knitting...

Joyful said...

You're a wonderful grandmother. Those are beautiful treasures you've made!

Linda Carole Bloom said...

These are so beautiful and precious! I love the first outfit with the ruffled cuffs and the complimentary colors. Lucky Avila! (Love the name too!)

Shirley said...

Oh Vicki, What precious memories knitting for that special little one. You can tell that big brother is going to take care of her. Everything that you have knitted is just beautiful. The bead work. You can tell grandma's do very special things for little ones. They are loved and cherished. Have a great weekend. Hugs Your Missouri Friend.

Acorn to Oak said...

Oh my goodness! Those are such beautiful baby gifts! The special little touches add SOOOO much! I love them all! What lucky and very loved babies!

Kim Stevens said...

I'm really not sure I will ever get my jaw off the floor. You are sooo talented and creative ( and busy) and I'm wishing right now I was able to fit into those precious things. I adore your story book blanket, and OH those hats!!! Wow, wow, wow!

I'm going to have to get my little pumpkin fairy out to get ready for a photo shoot, so I can share your lovely creation with everyone!! : )

The Magical Christmas Wreath Company said...

Those blankets are off the scale! Amazing!

Jacoba said...

How adorable and cute, Vicky,
Beautiful baby.
I have a tip: instead of sewing the beads on, you could first them on a string and then allow them to run along with your knitting, the technique of antique beaded bags.
But it is very pretty as it is, really gorgeous.
Happy day!

Lois Evensen said...

How pretty!!!!!

SuZeQ said...

Words escape me. These beautiful treasures are going to be so appreciated. I love them so much - just wish I had a little one in my life to commission you to make something. Mary shared these with me a while ago and I now you gave me the chance to love them all over again.

Cannot WAIT to see the Harvest Nests. I know they are out of this world!!!!

knitalatte said...

My, my, my, what a feast for the eyes! All your pieces are exquisite, Marys are too! Loved all the yarn choices and that they all are made with love. Oh and the tags, off to check out on Pinterest.

Looking forward to your post about the 45 completed nests, now thats a harvest!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What lucky little Grand Girls to have such beauty made for them. Gorgeous and amazing.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

All your baby items are absolutly beautiful!! And to top it off your bead work is lovely!! Of course you know how much I also love your flowers on the hat and your living vine blanket!!
My favorite is the shrug!! Your colors are perfect and you can see how soft the yarn is. Avila is blessed to have such a talented Grandmama!! these are items that will be kept forever!!

Sue said...

Such beautiful treasures, the knitting, and dear little Avila. The love that has gone into all these things really shines through.

Very excited about the Harvest nests!

Dorthe said...

Hello my dear Vicki,
you are an amazing knitter,- and the models you made are so sweet and so beautiful. I LOVE you added the pearls on the little jacket, it looks lovely, and I admire all the fantastic work you did. So cute are also the carpet and little hat- and the sweet cardigan.Your new grand child will look the most lovely baby in thise treasures.
Your friend also made such sweet items for her own grand child- must have been so cosy to knit together.

yaya said...

Wow and Wow again! They are all so beautiful and such great treasures for these babies. Your Granddaughter and Grandson are just adorable. How lucky they are to have someone dedicate so much time, effort and most of all, love to make these. I'm not a knitter but I sure do admire anyone who does! Just amazing!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Aww the photos of the little ones are so sweet. You can tell they are gonna be best buds already!

Wow, you have been busy. I love every thing you made.

I am in awe over the blanket. Did you follow a pattern for the little bird? He is just so sweet, I really adore him. I love the yarn colors and everything about this blanket! This is such an awesome design, you really should submit it to one of the magazines, or sell in on Ravelry. It's awesome.

I love that you sewed the beads on by hand. That's what Gram's do, they show their love in the details!

Blessings always

susan jenkins said...

Oh my, vicki! I'm swept away with all of the gorgeous baby sweaters and hats and the little jeweled one! We have no babies here any more!! Our newest is almost 5!! Congradulations on your newest, what a blessing they are.
Lovely things Vicki, just lovely!!
xx Susan

Kristie Franklin said...


Boy, you have been a busy bee! Avila is so fortunate to have you for her Mamaw. Beautifully detailed outfits...I think the beads are so pretty.

Gee, it's been years since I tried knitting! I wonder if I can still do it? HAH


suziqu's thread works said...

Well Dear Vicki
I've been wondering if you have been knitting in your sleep to get all of these grand baby items finished for your little grand daughter with making all those 45 nests AS WELL! Such a sweet matching set beaded so lovingly and beautifully too as only a grandmother would do - 10 hours of utter beading enjoymnet!
The little pink beaded hat too! and, not to mention, the embroidered rug.
All perfectly knitted by loving hands.
Sending love and hugs,

gigi knits said...

Beautiful !!

Anonymous said...

New sweet babies in adorable handmade outfits - it doesn't get any better than this! All so precious!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Vicki,
I love every adorable knitted piece you and Mary have made. The love and hours you both put into your gifts is so special. I haven't been knitting but doing a lot of quilting. I will no doubt pick up my needles this fall.
Thank you for listing the patterns.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Lululiz said...

I don't know where to start, lol, everything is just so adorable! Those little baby outfits embellished with beads, that fabulous blanket, and and and........... every single thing is so beautifully made.

nanny said...

These are so pretty they give me chills. I mean they look just heavenly. The colors, the yarn, the about a princess!

marda said...

Oh my what lucky lucky little grandbabies!! Vicki your items are pure treasures. And little Avila is a living doll. Your friends gifts are just so special too. Gifts to be kept and handed down to the next generation.
Looking forward to seeing the new nests.. and I'm one of those "reserved" people. I'll be watching.

Tammy said...

Goodness Vicki! You and Mary are such talented, creative knitters! All of your projects are absolutely, incredibly gorgeous! Such lucky little babies to be the recipients of such lovely, heartmade gifts! Congrats on finishing the nests. Hope you are having a fabulous week. Tammy

Maggie said...

What bliss! You & Mary are so talented and so very, very lucky to have gorgeous grandbabes to knit for.

Beedeebabee said...

Those knitted treasures are all so, so beautiful. :) What lucky babies! I love all of the delicate beading and sweet embellishments you added. You make everything you create very special with those perfect little touches! Such a precious little girl Avila is, Vicki! You are so blessed to have her, and she you!
...I can't wait to see those harvest nests. I'm positive they will be totally amazing!!! Hugs to you dear friend! xoxo

Anonymous said...

So very beautiful. Congratulations also on your new grandbaby. What a blessing she is I am sure.


Deb said...

Beautiful her name, too! And you have outdone yourself, Vicki, on all of her knitted wardrobe!! Amazing...they are definitely heirloom pieces. Love all your beautiful work!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, such an outrageously wonderful trousseau, Vicki!! Magnificent creations each and every one! blessings ~ tanna

Lili said...

Now that is just darling Vicki! The whole idea of knitting a baby trousseau for your little Avila. What a lucky baby to have such beautiful gifts (and treasured heirlooms) from her GB!! You inspire me so much!! xoxo ~Lili

Hartwood Roses said...

What a wonderful treasure of love these beautiful baby knits represent!! The shrug you made may be the cutest baby sweater I have ever seen ... note to self, I will remember this pattern the next time I want to knit a baby sweater.