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Handmade Korean hanbok for First Birthday (Dol)

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Korean celebration for 1st birthday is a big deal. You invite all your friends, family, coworkers in a banquet hall, prepare Korean food, rice cakes, and you dress up, you dress up the kid in the traditional clothing, and the kid plays a game to predict his future/career. 

We don't have any family members other than a cousin here so we decided to keep it really casual, and do a bbq party at a local park with picnic shelter. We are not great at bbq-ing so we catered from Famous Dave's BBQ, made some decor, and ordered cupcakes from our favorite bakery. 

At the last minute though, I decided that even if he is just half Korean, he deserves a birthday hanbok, the Korean traditional clothing. It was too late to rent it or order it from Korea, and I seem to make his clothes for all his important dates anyway (his 100th day, for example). 

So I picked some 100% linen fabric I had in my stash, to go with our Fox/Navy theme. 

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 I used a gold metallic bias tape for the neck binding, and used a gold ribbon for the ties to make it super simple. I added a cuff in black and gold shantung fabric for an accent and more "Asian flair."

Logan really loved his new clothes and walked around the park in them for a while until it got too warm (it was 78 but felt hotter because it was lunch time). 

I can't believe we are here celebrating my baby's first birthday. :) 

My handknit gift to Baby's 1st Birthday.

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We survived our first year together! He, as an infant, and I as a first-time mom. It was just too quick. I still feel like I just gave birth last week. But looking back, there were so many milestones both for him and for me.

As his first birthday gift, I wanted to make him something cute, and remembered this pattern I bought, Teddy

And obviously, I felt kind of lazy, and also because Logan's grip got so much stronger in the past few weeks and he will pick up and eat anything, I decided not to put any eyes or nose on it. 

He will even pick up loose thread from his clothes and eat it. ((SIGH))

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The gray yarn is the same yarn I used on Marty's Unfortunate Sweater

And I decided to go with 18mo size, because he has been slowing down on gaining weight, and now just growing up in height. He's becoming quite slender (still with a lovely cute pot belly and chubby thighs) now that he has started walking since 10 months. 

Right when I cast on the sweater, as it happens, we hit 85 degrees everyday. It's too warm to wear it now but in the mornings and nights when we walk the doggies together, I make sure that he is warm. Better to be a little warmer for 20 minutes or so than to be naked and cold!

I also made a handsewn gift for him, which I'll show you in my next post!