Saturday, March 7, 2009

Double your pleasure...

A friend of mine became a first-time grandmother of twin boys recently, and I offered to stitch a baby sampler for them. Just finished it yesterday. This is the 12 Houses Sampler by Drawn Thread stitched on summer khaki 36 ct Edinburgh linen over 2 threads. I substituted DMC colors for some of the hand-dyed threads. And I modified some of the specified colors where I thought it worked better. I added the path, fence, birds and flower at the bottom since I had extra space between the names. The houses use some specialty stitches which were fun to do, but hard on the eyes on this fine-count linen. The babies don't have middle names, only middle initials. The babies were conceived in vitro and the initials stand for the names the doctors gave their blastospheres. The photo is clickable if you want to see more detail.



I also found another fascinating pattern for a dishcloth. This is a round one that did not require double pointed needles. It's knit using short rows to create wedges and requires only one seam at the end to connect the first wedge to the last wedge. The pattern can be found here. This is knit using Rosewood Sugar and Cream cotton yarn.


12 comments:

Ranae said...

I love DT designs, I have never seen this one. You finished it so cute. I love what you added.
The dishcloth is beautiful. I wish I could follow a pattern like that

Ranae said...

oh yeah! I forgot to add I didn't make those bunnies. I am not that talented, lol. They are beanie babies.

neta said...

I love this embroidery!
It is so beautiful ad unique.
It reminded me my grandmother she also used to make this unique embroideries for new born babies.

Miss 376 said...

what a lovely sampler and that dishcloth is amazing

Mylene said...

That's a beautiful sampler and a lovely dishcloth. Well done!!

Daffycat said...

Very sweet baby sampler!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Annie,
This is a very pretty sampler and the way you personalized it makes it unique. Wonerful job on finishing it!

Jenny said...

I love your sampler, it looks wonderful and what a nice gift to receive!

Rachel S said...

LOVELY!

Sandra said...

Annie both are beautiful, let me tell you your knitting it's inspiring, love the patterns and the colors you use for your pieces...

Pumpkin said...

You did a lovely job Annie! What a sweet design you chose :o) A very sweet story to go along with it too.

LOVE the dishcloth!

Erynne said...

And she knits too! I can't knit for beans but love the look of it. Kewl dishcloth!
Lovely sampler Annie! And the finishing is just fab! Do you know if there is a tutorial online about how to finish like that?