Archive | May, 2014

Things For My Baby!

30 May

In January, I was waiting for the arrival of my second daughter. I had finished work at the end of December (just before Christmas), and my 3 year old was back at pre-school, so I had a bit of spare time. I decided to crochet the new baby a wee cardigan following this pattern here. I was very happy with how it turned out, although next time I’ll use a plain coloured wool as the multiple colours makes the pretty shell stitches hard to see. Luckily, I also had enough wool left over to make a matching hat using this pattern here. Here’s the complete ensemble!

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My next project was to do something with the wooden letters I had bought to put on the wall in her room. These were plain MDF ones from Spotlight. I opted to use scrapbook paper, white paint, a craft knife, and some glue for these.

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Here are the letters up on her wall (in her newly decorated and painted room. Note to self: painting a room at 31 weeks pregnant really does make you quite tired the next day!)..

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After Scarlett’s arrival, I was inspired to make one of those framed commemorative things with details about birth date,weight, etc. I found a template online here, and made one for Scarlett as well as her big sister.

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The realities of having a newborn and an older child meant that I was quickly running out of hands to do things. I borrowed a friend’s ring sling and was very taken by the convenience of baby carrying. I ended up making a couple of ring slings (using the pleats based on this tutorial here, SlingRings can be purchased in NZ through Woven or We Two).

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.. including one for my daughter to carry her soft toys!

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This quickly became a bit of an obsession as I discovered that Spotlight tablecloths make great ring slings, especially for the mums in one of my mums groups!

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… and they also make great wrap strap mei tais (loosely based on this pattern here)!

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Finally.. my latest project involved getting some wrap fabric by the metre from Colimacon et Cie in France, and hemming it to make my first proper woven wrap!

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So, that’s it from me so far. I’m back at work from maternity leave in July, but have a few more baby carrier projects I’d like to have done before then. Fingers crossed I’ll have the time!

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