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Burdastyle - Kid's Animal Socks 10/2016 #143 Pattern Review

Monday, March 19, 2018




Good morning everyone!

Today I am reviewing a knitting pattern that I got from BurdaStyle.com. Pretty cute, right?!

The pattern itself was an absolute breeze to knit up. Getting the directions from the pattern that were missing....not so much. After I started knitting these socks, I got to the gusset and realized that the directions stopped there. I emailed BurdaStyle and it took them what felt like forever to respond. In reality it was probably only about 10 days but when you are anxious to finish a pattern....that is pretty much eternity. 😜 Anyways, I spoke to a really nice lady who said she would forward my issue to the pattern department. Another few days passes....and the pattern department must have been confused as to what I was asking and copy and pasted the directions for the gusset, which was not the missing part. 🙄 I responded again.....and then waited. At this point, I started searching Ebay for the magazine that the socks originated from. I found a copy and promptly bought it for $19. I still hadn't heard back from Burda at this point and so I went ahead and forwarded the instructions to them. They were SUPER fast at updating the pattern, sent me an updated copy and graciously offered me a free  pattern. While I wasn't thrilled with the time to took going back and forth in the emails and getting nowhere, I feel like they handled it well in the end and I really appreciate that. 
I used Cloudborn Fibers Highland Superwash Sock Twist for all three colors. This was the first time I purchased yarn from Craftsy and I really enjoyed knitting with it - I will definitely buy some more! I used US 2½ - 3.0 mm and met the gauge of 30 stitches and 42 rows. I was worried that my daughter would say the yarn was scratchy as she usually does with wool but she hasn't complained yet and has been wearing them all day.

I don't typically care for a heel flap toe (I like a  Fleegle Heel the best!) but these had a nice little garter stitch edging along the flap which made picking up stitches really easy! The size I chose for my daughter who wears a 13 shoe was the 30/31 euro. I feel like they are a touch big but that is totally fine as she will get more wear out of them this fall/winter. 

I accidentally did a 1×1 rib instead of the 2×2 because I had just cast on a different project right before and forgot what I was doing. Since the rib was only an aesthetic mistake, I chose to keep it the 1×1 because I hate doing ribbing. haha. I also did a single crochet around the ears instead of double because I wanted the ears to be a little smaller in size. I chose to omit the hair detail on the front and black claws on the toes as I thought they were creepy looking. lol.

All in all, I would 100% recommend this pattern. The directions were super clear and easy to follow. It took about 1 day per sock to knit and I have only knit a couple pairs of socks before this!

Happy knitting,

Angie






COFFEE + THREAD NINA BLOUSE BLOG TOUR



Hello everyone,

I am so excited to be a part of another Coffee + Thread blog tour! I have so much love for Olga's designs that it is such a good feeling to be asked to showcase one of her patterns. ❤️ 

When Claudia asked if I would like to sew up a Nina Blouse for the tour....I was really pumped because I adore Olga's patterns and also thought it could help re-ignite my passion for sewing which has been a little lost lately. There was a moment when I thought I wouldn't be able to do it due to work commitments, but Claudia assured me it was a fast sew. She was absolutely right! So fast that I managed to sew up two tops! I will only be showing off one today but am hoping to photograph the other this week and post to IG. 😌
The Nina Blouse pattern comes with two sleeve options: cap sleeves (regular and scalloped) and long sleeves. I opted to go sleeveless. While not labeled an "option" in the pattern, it needed no adjusting to omit the sleeve piece. I simply just bound the entire arm opening with bias. I chose no sleeves because sleeveless button up tops always remind me of my mom who has worn this style of top my entire life. I hadn't talked to my mom all week, so my missing her must have carried over into my sewing. My thought was that it will be nice paired with a cardigan until it warms up a bit and then she can wear it this summer. 
The shoulders have three super cute decorative tucks. They are the perfect dainty touch!

Side note: the pictures are going to be a random mix of outside and inside. Normally I try to be somewhat cohesive but due to weather and whatnot, I went with wherever I could take a decent photo. haha. Winter and spring always have me cringing for pictures because it is always so windy and cold. And I am not a photographer by any stretch of the imagination so I just turn the knobs, say a little prayer and hope for the best. lol. The first round of pictures we went outside in a skirt....


This lasted about 10 minutes before we were literally running for the house to throw on some jeans hoping that would feel warm enough to take a few more pictures. Sadly, this was the only savable photo in that 10 minute period but I wanted to throw it in here to show how stinking cute it looks paired with a skirt. Versatility people....it's what we all want in a pattern! 
The second round of pictures were outside our back porch where the wind wasn't as fierce. It was also when I realized that the chickens have been hanging out there and had to edit a few clumps of chicken poo out of the frame....casualties of living on a farm. 😂 
Back to the top...I am totally hooked on this little blouse. Any top that looks equally as cute dressed up or down is a winner in my book. 

Finally....my last attempt at photos was held in the dining room. The sun doesn't hit this room whatsoever so I was nervous that they would end up super dark and grainy but I was happy to see a couple keepers on the SD card. 
We chose the classic peter pan collar for our top but the pattern also comes with a scalloped collar and optional ties as well - be sure to check out the other Blog Tour contributors to see those variations because they are all adorable!
Some more details about the pattern....

The Nina is sized from 12 months through 12 years. For size reference, I chose size 5 for my scrawny 7 year old. Her chest measures 22.5" and the 5 fit her perfectly. Joni is a 5 in most other patterns right now so not only was it true to the size chart, it was also true to what I have been sewing for her lately in other patterns as well. I think I might have added an inch to length because she is taller but I can't seem to find my notebook! I usually have to add an inch to most patterns so I am 99% sure that I did. Just remember, it is always a good idea to measure your own child prior to sewing any pattern as they grow so quickly!

I really enjoyed the construction of this pattern. It yielded a beautiful finish on the inside and out - YAY!

The fabric I used was given to me a while back (thank you again Erin!) and is a cotton voile by Avril Loreti. The shank buttons are from Joanns.
Joni and I would like to extend a very big thank you to Olga for a such a fabulous pattern and Claudia for inviting me along to share in the Nina making fun. You guys helped me feel like I want to sew all the things again and Joni LOVES her new blouse! 💕 

Be sure to check out the Nina Blog Tour for more Nina Inspiration!  Olga has a special discount running for the tour. Get 20% off with the code NINAPATTERNTOUR, good through 03/19, 11:59 pm Central Time Zone.

Have a wonderful week,

Angie






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