Jumpers and Cardigans
Oh, I just love knitting baby things. Even though I knitted for the boys when they were little, there is just something special about knitting for little girls. It's been a while since I've knitted matinee coats, but I just loved making this one.
I've knitted it using a lovely baby DK in a very pale mint green. The buttons did come from the trusty button tin. There will be more baby items to come, although I must finish Jonathan's jumper first.
Jumpers and Cardigans
The one thing I love about making baby items, they're so cute. These little shoes looked so sweet even before being sewn up. These are perfect for sliding onto little chubby feet and keeping those toes warm on the chilly days coming up. They'll look fantastic worn over a pair of white tights.
I think I'd better go and get some work done before I get too broody. Trouble is, it's another baby jumper on the needles.
Jumpers and CardigansJumpers and Cardigans
Well this seems to be the best way to combine two of my loves, knitting and embroidery. I'm on a mission to use up some of the odd balls of yarn and there is a need for baby items here. We've got two babies arriving very soon, one of each variety, so I thought I'd get busy.
This is a very simple cardigan, but the addition of the embroidered lazy daisies makes it just a little special. My trusty button tin came up trumps for the buttons too.
It's a good job I like this yarn, there is still lots more on the ball to use up. The top is covered, I think we'll go for the feet next.
Jumpers and Cardigans
One, two, three....
I just love this fabric, so much fun. It seemed perfect for making a large baby comforter/blanket. I ended up with baby blue plush fabric for the back, but it was a tough decision. I nearly went with the green that matches the planets.
This comforter is quite large, over 40" square. It'll be perfect for using around the home, or in the car. It just needs a good press, then final photos can be taken.
Now then, where was I? Four, five, six ....
Quilts and Blankets
This came about after a conversation with a friend who wanted to help her young granddaughter make a cover for a new arrival. The easiest way to explain how to do it, was by making a video. I do hope you'll find it useful too.
The baby makes have been continuing. This time, it's a small coverlet, perfectly sized for a Moses basket. The top flap folds down and is edged with lace. The back and top flap are made from smooth cotton and the main part from the waffle cotton.
All the baby quilts have now been washed. I can get them pressed and the final photos can be taken.
I have to say, I've really enjoyed making these. I have one more larger blanket to make. All the supplies have arrived, and it's high on the to do list for next week.
You'd think after all the time I've been doing videos, I'd have got the hang of turning the camera on and off at the right times. However, it seems that some days I never quite work it out.
While I was doing the tutorial for the fleece backed blanket, I'd messed up with the camera on the first section, so a retake was necessary. As it was just for the layering, I made a small comfort blanket.
I imagine there will be other time when I get it mixed up, so I'll soon have a good supply of bonus projects. It's not all bad and I'm sure I'll find a home for them somewhere.
In other news, just a reminder that this month's featured class is the bag workshop-It's About The Bags. The fun will be kicking off tomorrow, but you can come and join in any time.
All About the Bags
It's still all about the babies here, this time another lace trimmed coverlet. Last time it was a pink edging, but as I couldn't get blue, I've gone for a silver edged lace. The white ribbon just finishes it off nicely.
Here are the two together. Which is your favourite? Pink or Silver and White?
The sewing machine has been getting a work out this week. The post man bringing supplies to replenish my stocks of thread so I've been able to get a couple of things finished.
The idea for this came when I was talking to a friend on Facebook. Her granddaughter who is just starting to sew, wanted something to make for a new baby brother or sister that will be arriving soon. This is a simple and fun way to make a special blanket. I've done a video tutorial to help and I'll be sharing that here later in the month.
For this one, I've used fleece on one side and the textured cotton for the other side, but you can use cotton with any design that suits on the other side. This size blanket is perfect for using when baby is in a baby seat or in the car. It will get a proper photo shoot after it's been washed, I'm waiting for another couple of baby makes to be finished and I'll get them done together.
Those that follow my page on Facebook would have seen a sneaky peek of this on Monday. This is the first of my baby makes that will be appearing over the next few week.
This is a coverlet which will fit a Moses basket or a small pram or pushchair. Although mainly white, it has a pink lace and ribbon detail at the top. The top part and reverse is just plain cotton, while the bottom part has the seersucker effect cotton.
It will need it's final finish, but this one is done. I'm just waiting for some thread to arrive and the second one will be ready to sew together.
I'm hoping to get back on track with the sewing tomorrow, so there should be some more new items coming soon.
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.