Happy Mother's day to all of my friends, family, and readers who are mothers or who serve as mothers/mentors for children around the world. Thank you for all you do! In that spirit I wanted to introduce you to Leelee Knits or Aly818 on Raverly. Her designs are exclusively for babies and kids. You know she hit my weakness. I HAD to write about her gorgeous designs.
Aly or Leelee has created some designs that are just spectacular. She explains her design journey on her blog: "Welcome to my blog!
I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 10 years old. I love the satisfaction of making something beautiful that I can gift to family and friends or use in my photography (I am a newborn photographer as well). However, I have found it very difficult to find knitting and crochet patterns that are beautiful and modern. Most patterns out there are outdated or just not something I would want to wear or make! So I guess my goal is to provide current, soft, beautiful designs that are also fun to make.
I personally design and write each pattern so that it is easy to read and follow. Each pattern includes the type of yarn that I used for the item in the photo, needle size, and row by row instructions.
On this blog you will find patterns for purchase, as well as some helpful free tips related to knitting and crochet.
Thanks for visiting!" They say necessity is the mother of invention and Leelee Knits has really proven that statement to be true! Her stunning patterns include photo worthy baby pants to kids cowl patterns. All available on her own storefront, Ravelry page, and Etsy shop.
Leelee is from Calgary, Ontario, Canada so she understands that sometimes cute things also have to be warm and functional. This is one thing that attracted me right away to her designs. She offers plenty of blankets, lace baby wrap, hats, clothes, mittens, mitts, and scarf patterns to choose from, however they are not the usual colors or designs. She chooses her color schemes to attract the eye, yes, but the designs are functional as well as beautiful. We know how much it costs in time and materials to make a beautiful project, but knowing it will also be used and passed on is truly the treasure in the knitting/crochet craft. Yes there are a lot of us out there chasing the dollars of people who wish to purchase cute photo props or gifts, but I think when we look at it honestly those of us who have been in the business a long time are in it for the sheer joy of knowing what we make is a treasure. Clearly Leelee Knits has those same aims in mind also in her designs. Really just so precious.
I am always looking for fresh approaches to my photography and presentation of my work. I've been working at selling my handmade knits/crocheted items for over 10 years. Sometimes I struggle with the photographs simply because I've just run dry on ideas and I do not have small children/babies in my life to photograph. I really appreciated that on the Leelee Knits blog there is an article about photographing one's projects more effectively. Recently I've purchased a doll that is the same size as a small preemie baby and I have also purchased a doll which is the size of a small newborn baby. Leelee gave me some pointers on better photography. Now I just have to implement them. Trying hard not to go overboard. :) The article is primarily aimed at helping people with their etsy store but I think that the same can be said about those who sell on facebook. You can check out the article here.
I stumbled across Leelee Knits blog when looking for something a bit different to make with some pretty pale pink chunky weight yarn I had at home. I came across this pattern. It was so eye catching and nearly the identical pink as the yarn I was looking to use up. After seeing the pattern I decided I should add a contrasting chunky weight color to "liven" my project up just a bit (that yarn is currently on order). :) So as I perused the blog I fell in LOVE with the little bonnets for newborns. As she wrote in her blog it is hard to find modern, soft, patterns that we'd want to put on babies! My favorites are the pixie bonnets which you can find for sale in her Etsy shop.
Some of the clothing patterns for kids these days are not very imaginative. Leelee Knits has some CUTE baby and kids clothing patterns. The little overalls, pants along with this set of patterns are so adorable! Totally photoready! The imagination runs wild when you think how sweet babies will look in those designs with the right accessories.
I am a big fan of making kids accessories that will last and look stylish. (and of course persuading kids to wear the hats/scarves/mitts is easier if they have a modern look) I think Leelee Knits has developed a look and style that is all her own. With matching sets of hats, scarves, cowls for both boys and girls. There's a plethora of adorable patterns you can check out on the blog. I wanted to link to my favorite neckwear design for boys and the most darling hat and hand warmers for girls! Of course there are dozens of patterns on Leelee Knits blog, shopping page, Etsy site and Ravelry page so please take a look around the pages! You don't knit or crochet? Thats alright I do.. contact the linked page or send me a note through this page.
I would really like to thank Leelee Knits for making this Mother's Day weekend a little bit more FUN! I am going to purchase this pattern today for my own use!
**Opinions expressed on blogs about which I write are the opinion of the blog authors and DO NOT necessarily reflect my own opinion.