A couple of days ago, I shared with you the video showing you Nampy and promised to share some pictures with you. Here they are as promised.
The following slideshow video shows the making of the bear from start to finish. I got so engrossed in making her, I forgot to take progress photos during the stuffing process. This is the time when you really get to see the personality of the bear.
It's wonderful to know that these memory bears go on display. They become part of everyday life and each time someone sees them, they trigger such happy memories. I really do think it's time I made one for myself.
I'd like to introduce you to the latest memory bear I've been privileged to make. In the video I tell you a bit about her, you might be able to tell, she's very squishable.
I'll share some photos with you later in the week.
I've been busy working on the blanket and I can now see the end. All being well, it should be off the needles and ready for finishing by the end of the week.
In the meantime, I've received a parcel with items for the next memory quilt. Whenever these parcels arrive, I spread everything out to see what's there. I leave them somewhere so I can spend time looking at them. This is when they start to 'talk' to me.
These two are the main pieces for the quilt, what would they say to you? They've been quite chatty here but no decisions have been made yet, I shall having a conversation with the lady that sent them this week. I just love quilts that have a story to tell.
The joy of doing commissioned pieces comes from finding just the right materials, even if it takes some searching for. The request was for a bum bag to use while dog walking. Doggy fabric was required, but apparently schnauzers rarely appear. So the search began.
We eventually ended up in the USA. Spoonflower had just the right model. It ended up cheaper to have the fabric printed and posted over than it was finding anything similar here in the UK. That was the outer fabric sorted, add some waterproof lining and we had everything we needed.
The size of the bag was dictated by the pattern, and this time, the zip has gone in the top. The zip and straps have been triple stitched for security. The strap is adjustable, so can be worn with or without a coat. There's plenty of room for doggy treats and other essential.
It should be arriving in it's new home today. Hope pooches and human approve and enjoy their walks. I shall be looking for red spotty fabric this weekend, someone else has a wish that needs granting.
I don't know how I forgot to show you, I finished the draw string bag to go with the baby bag.
This bag is for those time when you're out and about, and baby has an accident. Not only does the nappy need changing, so does everything else. This bag means, the dirty clothes can go in and be kept separate from everything else. The drawstring closure means it's easy to use, and everything is secure. It's also washable, which makes it very practical.
The complete set comprises the main bag, a travel changing mat and a little laundry bag. This little one will definitely be stepping out in style.
To go with the bag, I've made a travel changing bag. When folded, it fits neatly into the pocket at the bag of the bag. I've used the same fabric as I've used for the internal pockets and for the trim on the outside pocket.
Originally, I was going to use towelling. I felt wipe clean material was cold on a baby and I wanted something that would be comfortable and washable. When I was telling a friend what I was making, she went and brought me some material to use. She's from Sweden, and it's readily available there. They buy it by the metre to make waterproof sheets and for bibs. It has a towelling front, and a rubbery back. The bonus is, it's washable up to sixty degrees. It was perfect for this little changing mat.
Over the years through blogging, I've made a few friends that seem to have been around forever. From time to time, they like to throw me a challenge, and I love them for it. This one is extra special. Not only was it something that I'd been wanting to make for a long time, it means a special lady is going to be a grandmother. In a strange sort of way, it makes me want to make this extra special. I've seen her youngest two grow up through the blog, so to be able to make something for the new generation is special.
The request was for a baby bag. Grandma wants pink, mum likes neutral, and do what you like, I trust you. Famous last words, lol. Now, I know I was told to go and do what I wanted, but I did want everyone to be happy so the search for fabric began. First choice, photos sent, and they were perfect. Then came my little sketches and from that, this was born.
It's a messenger style bag, with an adjustable strap handle. This means it can be carried over the shoulder, or placed over the handle of the pushchair. Inside are pockets, the ones along the back are elasticated. The fastening is by using a velcro style fastening. This means it will be easy to open and close with a babe in arms. The pocket across the back will be handy for those moments where you just need somewhere quick and easy to put things away/
The project hasn't ended here. To go with the bag, there's going to be a little changing mat. I've been given some very special fabric to use for that. I'll show you tomorrow all being well for stage two of the nappy bag challenge.
I loved knitting this cardigan, and I'm hoping I'll get to make myself one-sometime!
The search for buttons was a bit of a nightmare. As someone said, it's like shopping for perfume, what you like someone else won't. I settled with the dark wooden ones, and in real life, they don't show up as much as in the photo, the light was bouncing off them.
The cardigan is now off to Bonnie Scotland, where it will have a brief stay before going to the warmer climes of France. I'm hoping it will make it's new owner very happy.
For now, I have smaller knitting projects to concentrate on, socks! Mind you, this first pair are extra long and seem to be going on forever.
So, I said the replacement orders had arrived. That meant I could carry on and get the bag finished, or so I thought! This time the fault was mine. I had assumed that D rings came in pairs, but apparently not. I've put in an order, and it has been dispatched, I just need to see if it comes today, or Monday.
Despite the mix up, I have been able to make some progress. Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of the outer part of the bag.
The strap is done, ready to attach. One of the tabs and it's D ring is sewn and in place. The closing flap has been made, as well as the outer pag and it's all clipped in place waiting for the final tab to go in place. It is so close to being finished, it's quite frustrating. Never mind, it meant some other sewing got done. You'll just have to come back to find out what.
I thought I'd put everyone out of their misery and show you the cardigan sewn up. No dismembered bodies here any more.
I love this style, and would quite happily knit one for myself. The hunt for buttons will go on. I managed to get yarn yesterday, but not buttons, so I'll be visiting another shop.
This cardigan has been knit using Rico Fashion Country Aran, colour aubergine and pattern number 131. It's been a joy to knit.
When the buttons are on, I'll give you a final look. Now on the needles are socks. Jonathan has asked for work socks as he's worn through the ones I made him before.
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.