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Today’s giveaway is from Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons. Her Coco pattern has made a serious splash recently, and she has generously offered up a printed copy of the pattern to give away to help get us psyched for Spring Top Sewalong 2014!

Coco is sewn with low-stretch knit fabrics, and would be a great pattern to learn how to sew with knits on a regular sewing machine.

We asked Tilly if she had seen any Cocos out in the wide world (ok, ok, out in the wide internet) and she showed us a few lovely versions. Here’s Adey of Sew Convert’s White and Stripes:

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And Janet of Kitchen Table Sewing has already made a closetful of Cocos. We really like her Silly Sausage Dog top.
Janet's Coco
Check out the Coco Pinterest gallery too!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

Leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 8 AM EST (Wednesday, April 16) for a chance to win a printed copy of the Coco pattern by Tilly and the Buttons. One winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email for shipping information, and will receive the pattern by mail. Void where prohibited by law.

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Are you ready for our first Spring Top Sewalong Giveaway? Adrianna Appl over at Crafterhours (remember her from the KNITerviews?) is the designer behind Hey June Handmade Patterns. She has generously donated a PDF copy of her Lane Raglan pattern to one lucky winner today!

Hey June Lane Raglan

Notice how knits are such a big deal these days? Aren’t you glad Rae did a whole KNITerview series on the blog earlier this year to prepare you for all the fun challenges involved in sewing knits? I couldn’t believe the selection of knit fabrics when I was at Joann’s the other day to pick up some, ahem, essentials (see how I’m posting hopeful fabric in the Flickr Pool? You should too!). But anyway, you probably wanna just see the pattern you could win.

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To give you an idea of what you can do with this pattern, check out Melissa Esplin’s Lane Raglan with a kangaroo pocket; it looks so comfy and stylish!

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Thanks for the pattern Adrianna, and good luck everyone!

Spring Top Sewalong 2014 is underway! Read more here; and add your photos to the Flickr Pool!

To be entered in the drawing, leave ONE comment on this post by TOMORROW at 8 AM EST (Tuesday, April 15). One winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of the Lane Raglan pattern from Hey June Handmade as a digital, downloadable pattern by email. Void where prohibited by law.

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Some photos from the past couple of weeks. Hugo is now 2 1/2 weeks old, and getting back into Baby Mode has been a bit of a transition. You think it will be Old Hat, and in some ways it is and in some ways it’s not. I’d forgotten how much babies sleep. I keep thinking, is this normal, to sleep this much?? And still, how can he sleep so much and still manage to take ALL of my attention? It’s hard, and different, and wonderful, all at the same time. Like the first week when I cried every day. It was super stressful when he didn’t gain any weight the first week and we had to keep going back to the doctor’s office for weight checks when all I wanted to do was stay in bed and sleep. I seriously do not know what I would do without Mr Rae. He gets the Super Awesome Husband award for coming along to the doctor’s visits, taking care of all the meals, the house, and the other two kids, and bringing me chocolate milkshakes. And each week is easier than the last.

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He manages to get himself held nearly all the time.

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I wanted to do something special for Hugo since as the third child he’s already gotten the short end of the stick (no baby book, for instance — oops! who has the time? — and even though I try to take pictures of him every day, I definitely have fewer photos already of the little dude than I did with either of my other two), so I decided to have newborn photos taken of Hugo and I’m so glad that I did. Here’s our photographer, Kari, working her baby-whispering-magic when he was just a week old:

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I was completely blown away by how many great photos she got of the little guy. Here’s a favorite. Kari just happened to have a little stocking cap that matched a green cloth diaper I made!!

And you can see even more on Kari’s blog at this post if you like (including some of our whole family). I’m so glad I have these photos, they are absolutely precious.

Finally, a couple of photos of Hugo from when we left the hospital. It’s crazy how much he looks like Clementine.

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