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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


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))


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!

Marty's Unfortunate Sweater - RFO (Refinished Object)

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The end (hopefully) of a 6-year journey:

To recap very quickly: Marty and me, dating. Adopted a dog. Second day, the dog ate Marty's sweater. Sweater was one of the only 2 sweaters he had. The knitter girlfriend promises a sweater. Girlfriend becomes wife. Finally at 4-year anniversary, she casts on the sweater. Finishes the sweater in December 2014. Sleeves don't fit right. Baby born. Sleeves refinished now in November 2015.

The said dog who ate Marty's Sweater in this picture:

he has been very good to our sweaters since then so I hope no more unfortunate incidents. :)

otherwise, Marty will have to wait another 5 years for a new sweater.



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Lightweight sweaters for fall. Tee: Handknit, "Sweet Lil' Tee" pattern; Coat: Burberry; Jeans: AG Jeans Bootcut.

Lightweight sweaters for fall. Tee: Handknit, "Sweet Lil' Tee" pattern; Coat: Burberry; Jeans: AG Jeans Bootcut.

Last Sunday, the Daylight Saving Time ended and we did "fall backward." (as in Spring Forward/Fall Backward, for those of you not in the U.S.) And as if the weather finally realized it was time to move on, it rained on Monday. 

And today, I officially feel chilly in my sleeveless top and PJ shorts. This, my friends, officially marks the beginning of "colder season" in Southern California. 

Obviously, I wait all year for this time to wear all my handknits. Socks for bedtime and morning, sweaters and shawls for walking the dogs, and hats for rainy days. And I like to wear lightweight sweaters like my Sweet Lil' Tee for this transitional time into more colder season. 


Although the tee has cap sleeves, it is knitted in 100% merino wool. It is very insulating and therefore, all it needs is a light coat or a jacket to complete the look for the season. 

To accessorize, I like to keep things simple -- a men's watch ("borrowed" from my husband), orange brown lipstick, with tall heels to match the bootcut jeans.