Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's Sweater Weather!

Hi there! Just a quick post about my latest project: a cute little shrug sweater from Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel. Check out my progress below...I'm almost done constructing the body. I'm finally using the new stitch markers I made as an extra little Christmas present to myself!

Such a gorgeous book, by the way! I purchased it last year when I was recovering from back surgery and earmarked several skeins of yarn for a few sweater projects, but Spring came and my ambitions flew out the door. Ha! Anyway, I'm hoping this shrug turns out perfectly so I can move on to a few items from this book while the weather is still so chilly.

Stitch crucial for "serious" projects! ;)

Since I'm expecting baby #3, I'm in the mood for nesting and knitting baby hats! But I couldn't get started on anything for the baby until I finished a hat to match my new winter parka. Even though I've always lived in the midwest, I really can't handle the cold! This hat is seriously warm and beyond soft in an alpaca and merino wool blend. I added embroidered daisies with french knot centers with a contrasting chunky alpaca yarn.

One size fits all!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from our little Fancybelle Boutique family!

The shop has been closed since Christmas but I plan to re-open in a week or two, once I've restocked supplies. What an awesome holiday season we had! I'm so grateful and amazed for all of our wonderful customers and I really had fun being Santa's little helper this year! Our personalized sterling and gold jewelry was such a hit amongst holiday gift-givers...and who wouldn't want to be a gift recipient of a pretty bauble like this:

Or this?

Or this?

Can't wait to get started on some new creations for the shop! We have lots of our adorable Baby Belle leggings and some new hand-sewn items in the pipeline to brighten the remainder of these long winter months. I've been using a little of my holiday break to focus on personal projects and I'm re-discovering my love of needlepoint. My grandmother taught me how to embroider when I was a child and I was very proud of my "masterpiece" table runner when I finally finished all the pretty embroidered flowers! Here are some shots of my latest...personalized Christmas stockings for me and my daughter:

Time to run! Best wishes for a fabulous 2011!!