When people heard that I was pregnant with another girl, they often told me: 'how nice, now you can use Rosa's wardrobe and stuff once again!' Well, part of me said yes to that thought (Rosa has lots of lovely clothes that she's grown out, wouldn't it be nice to see them worn again?), but the truth is that my taste is constantly changing and evolving, and I just happen to like many things and many styles, so I also thought that a new girl would be a nice chance to try some new baby girl styles. I mean, I know now that kids already start to develop their own preferences real early, so this would be my probably last chance to really dress a kid according to my ideas for a short while! ;)
During my pregnancy I somehow developed a huge love for wool and knitwear, something that Rosa hasn't worn much as a baby. Rosa always wore lots of bold and colorful Scandinavian and retro print clothes, but somehow this time I fell for soft and simple knits and slightly more classic basics. So during my pregnancy with Julie I bought lots of beautiful basics and knitwear at Petit Bateau (I never thought I'd become a Petit Bateau fan but somehow I did) and a lot of wool clothes, sweet handknit sweaters and cardigans and stuff like that. I kept telling myself that this changing taste probably meant that I'd have a very different baby this time: maybe my love for slim fit and elegant little Petit Bateau outfits somehow predicted that I'd get a very slim, quiet and elegant little baby this time? ;)
Well, at first my prediction seemed sort of correct: Julie was quite tiny and fragile at birth, and she couldn't hold her temperature during the first week or two. So hurray for all the wool and warm knitted cardigans, and of course for all the tiny Petit Bateau onesies (even the smallest sizes were too big for her!). But then the Big Growth began, and within just some weeks Julie caught up with her heavy-at-birth big sister and became a real heavy-weight herself. So despite all my blabla forecasts about her becoming this elegant little Petit Bateau baby, at almost four months she's already outgrown her French 6-month-old onesies ;).
But I still love classic sweet basics for Julie, and particularly knitwear, so now I desperately want to learn how to knit... Which is probably quite a hopeless plan, because I have no time for it at all, and I also have very little patience for crafts that require a lot of effort for a relatively small result, but I want it anyway! Lately I've been collecting lots of great knitting ideas and examples, so I'm planning to show you some of my favorites.
Because in the end I'm rather realistic about my chances of becoming a professional knitter within a few weeks from now, I've decided on something smarter: I've commissioned other people to knit the things that I can't make yet! On etsy lots of great shops that offer beautiful knitwear can be found, and lots of them also work on custom orders. The images in this blog post are examples of (wool) clothes that are being made by Hungarian etsy shop LolkaWear. I ordered two pairs of knit dungarees and two dresses from this shop, and the results are really beautiful! I also ordered bought knit clothes at a few other etsy shops, I will show some more soon!