Tag Archive | baby

Booties for a Baby

Yesterday evening my neighbour’s baby made her entry into the world. I knitted up the booties sometime ago, so today I just had to make a little box for them to go in. I got the box instructions here. This is the finished box:

I made two so that one could be used as a lid.  This is the booties in the box:

And finally here are the booties…I love these little rabbit buttons:

The One Yard Swaddle Blanket

I have been very quiet of late, mainly because my crafting has been focusing on a wedding present for my sister (which I can not blog about until after her big day) but also because following our holiday in the Cotswolds I have been struggling to catch up with my study…something that I finally managed to do today.

A little while ago a brought this very cute fabric:

S has always loved monkeys so when I saw this I thought I would buy some to make him something as part of his Christmas gift. I brought two metres and what I have settled on I only need one metre for so I had a look through my trusty book:

and settled on the swaddle blanket:

I choose this one because the material is flannel and it will be a handy gift to have for the next friend who has a baby. It was an incredibly quick make, probably taking me about two hours including the tracing of the pattern from the sheets in the front of the book (can anyone ever get them back into the pocket?).

Here is the finished item laid out flat:

And purely for illustrative purposes, here it is with my childhood bear, Lemonade, all swaddled up:

Lemonade has been kept in a wardrobe since Little One took a fancy to her and she had to have some emergency surgery, so I think she is quite pleased of the outing modelling gave her.






Finishing the Baby Jumper

As I posted the other day, I received news that my friend I have been making the baby jumper through went into labour, this lead to me frantically finishing the jumper so that I can post it off to her and the new baby.

Today I managed to sew it all together and knit the ribbed button band:

I also had these lovely little polka dot buttons that I thought would go beautifully:

This means the jumper is now ready to go, I am sending it off with the booties that I made in the holiday workshop:

Baby Jumper – Finishing the Front

Today I received news that my friend had started labour. This news meant that I needed to ensure that the baby jumper I have been working on is completed to send over to her. Today I completed the front, which is the last section of knitting. All I need to do now is sew it together, knit the ribs and block….hopefully not too much of a task to complete quickly.

Here is the completed front:

I will be sending this along with the booties that I made in the workshop on holiday.

A Holiday and New Craft

I have been very quiet over the last week or so because I have been on holiday, it was my 30th on Monday so S took Little One and I away for the week. We have had a lovely holiday in Nailsworth in the Cotswolds.

Once we had settled into the cottage we stayed in we went off exploring the local area and the first shop we stumbled across was Mother Goose, much to my delight (and S’s dismay). We spotted in the window that they do workshops in knitting and crochet, upon venturing in an chatting to the shop owner it was agreed that an individual workshop could be run for me the next day. I was so pleased with this because I have always wanted to learn to crochet and had brought myself a child’s kit with the aim of teaching myself:

I previously used a child’s knitting kit to learn the basics of knitting (with the aid of S’s mum) which worked nicely but I could not understand the instructions in this kit, I think this is mainly due to me being a leftie and not being able to rotate the instructions in my head.

My individual workshop was run by Sophie Buckley and we aimed towards making some baby slippers. In Sophie’s studio are some gorgeous crocheted bags which are simply beautiful. I have never progressed beyond chain stitch before so aiming to produce a finished item that I could give as a gift gave me some focus. I choose to complete the slippers in red so that they would go with the jumper that I have been making.

We started off by cutting out the soles:

Add the punching the holes into the soles. I then proceeded to doing my first crochet stitch:

This is the slipper with more crochet work:

I have found out that I crochet very tight and I need to work on loosening my work so that I can get the hook back into stitches. During the four hour workshop i managed to finished one slipper completely and did the bottom part of the second slipper. I then took the materials back to the holiday cottage and completed the second slipper whilst it was all fresh. Here are the finished slippers:

I loved making these so much that I immediately brought some wool and sheepskin from Mother Goose so that I could make a pair for myself. I had taken the crochet kit away with me on the holiday so I proceeded to make some granny squares over the remained of my holiday (post to follow), I am so pleased that I have finally got the basics of crocheting because I have wanted to have a go for ages.

If you ever find yourself in Nailsworth I definitely recommend a trip into Mother Goose and if you find yourself with the opportunity to participate in one of their workshops (and they have tons) give it a go, Sophie was really clear with her instructions and pointed out bits to help me along  (for example in triple stitch I tended to alter the direction of wrapping my yarn half way through).

A Baby Beret

Yesterday I made a little jacket for a friend’s baby that was born yesterday morning. I decided late last night that I would also like to make a little hat to go with the jacket, so I fell back on the fail safe Little Brits in Spiffing Knits book:

And choose the Beret that is featured on the front. I started this last night and it has taken a surprising amount of knitting. This is the beret on the knitting needle waiting for the thread to be taken through the remaining stitches:

This is the beret all sewn up:

The beret in the pattern has a bobble on top, but because she is a June baby I thought it would be nice to do something else. I found these lovely flowers from Chic Envelopements and thought that using the same fabric as the jacket would bring the two items together. Here is the beret with the flower on top:

I will now packaged the jacket and beret off for posting so that my friends have them before baby is six months old (this is how old another person’s friend was before I got my present to them).

Making the Most of a Double Bank Holiday

I have been somewhat quiet over the last few days on the blogging front, mainly due to work and wanting to get things all sorted before the long bank holiday and a week off in a couple of weeks time. I have still been crafting, just not getting around to blogging about my makes. Today I thought I would share with you all the activities that I got up to over the weekend and then one project that I have finished.

To start the weekend, S, Little One and I made our way to Hastings to visit some friends that moved out of London at the start of the year. They have a dog too so Little One loves going down to visit, because they haven’t seen each other since the move we thought we best let them meet up outside of the house so they could have a good play together, this worked a treat and the playing continued for the weekend. On Sunday we took them both to Camber Sands, I have never been before but it was perfect. Here is Little One and Rudy playing on the sand:

Then on Monday we took them to Hastings Beach, Little One had her first swim in the sea which I found slightly terrifying and tired herself out, ready for the trip back to London.

Yesterday, we joined in some of the Jubilee festivities and went along to Hyde Park to watch the celebrations on the big screen. It was amazing seeing so many people gathered for the same occasion and the rain did not dampen spirits. Little One was a bit unsure of the rain so when I put up the umbrella she clambered onto my lap for protection…she is convinced she is a lap dog and has no appreciation that despite her name she is not exactly suited to this:

They this morning I received the exciting news that my friends’ baby arrived early this morning. They had a little girl so I managed to use up some fabric that I have been waiting ages to use:

I had a look through the sewing books on my shelf for some inspiration and settled on a newborn jacket from the 101 ways with a metre:

I had to alter the pattern slightly because it was for a multidirectional print meaning that the pattern was attached at the shoulder seams, I separated the front from the back and added in enough fabric for a 1/2inch seam allowance.

This is the finished jacket:

And a close up of the neck:

I added a button onto the neck closure (which is done with an internal snap) because I was not too happy with the bias binding on the corners. This was a very quick project meaning it was perfect for finishing off today and posting to my friends.

Baby Jumper – Another arm and starting the front

Recently I have been working on a red baby jumper for a friend, whose baby is due in July. Last time I posted about the jumper I had just completed the first arm.

I have now finished the second arm:

and started on the left hand side of the front:

This is in addition to the back of the jumper that I had previously finished:

I don’t know if I am getting quicker, but this jumper seems to be knitting up really quickly…I’ll easily have it done for July. I am also aiming to make a swaddle blanket to send off with the jumper, there is a nice pattern in the 101 ways with a meter book that I posted about before.

Baby Jumper – An Arm (and my first Birthday Present)

This evening I have completed the arm on the baby jumper:

Now for something completely uncraft related….In June I hit the big three ohh. Today my dad popped in to drop off my birthday present from him and mum (I will see them the weekend before but S, Little One and I are off for a week in the Cotswolds so will be travelling light). They said that I could open the present right away and this is what they have brought me:

A set of six pans….is getting excited over a nice set of pans a sign of getting old???

Continuing the Baby Jumper

Today I returned to studying (although it was tempting to delay this in preference to finishing off my corduroy dress) so I have not done any crafting today. I thought it would be good to blog on the progress of the baby jumper that I started the other day (I will return to the corduroy dress tomorrow).

I have now completed the back of the baby jumper:

and made good progress on the first arm:

I am trying to do a little bit of the knitting each day so it is progressing quite nicely. I best go now and continue with the registration of this module.