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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!

Pumpkin Halloween Costume!

25 Oct

We don’t normally celebrate Halloween in the Southern Hemisphere, but it’s becoming more and more popular nowadays. This year, our friends will be holding a Halloween party and so I decided to make my daughter a pumpkin costume! The hat was based on these two patterns here and here, and modified to make it a bit bigger for my almost-3 year old.

The pumpkin top was based on a google image search for “kids pumpkin costume”. Then I just free-styled it from there with some orange polar fleece material, black cotton lining for the face, and a white jersey cotton lining in the inside. I’ve stuffed it with some old wadding I had, and elasticated the hem.

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I’m pretty happy with the final result, and my daughter was very excited to try it on!  Looking forward to heading to the party next week!

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Monkeys, Rabbits, Vests, and Bags!

24 Mar

A few of my latest projects that I haven’t had a chance to put up on the blog yet. Hope you like them!

1) A crochet monkey [pattern here] – a christmas present for a friend whose little boy loves monkeys!

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2) Crochet bunnies! [pattern here] – these were a christmas present for my little sister who loves bunnies! She had a grey rabbit for a few years, and I had a white one (may they both rest in peace), so I thought these two were a fitting pair.

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3) A crochet vest for my daughter [adapted from newborn pattern here] – I managed to find a huge ball of purple yarn for $5 from Spotlight so wanted to make something practical with it. I ended up adapting a pattern I’d used a few times in the past to make vests as gifts for friends with newborns.

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4) Matching bags – I wanted a bag with a longer strap than my current one and couldn’t find anything I liked in store. Ended up whipping up a bag for me, and had enough material left over to make a wee bag for my daughter too.

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Crochet Baby Boots

13 Sep

I’ve had a bit of a creative “lull” lately as work has kept me busy in the evenings, as well as the epic Game of Thrones books, but I took a break from reading to make some wee baby boots for a colleague who is expecting twin girls. These are based on the pattern for the baby slippers I made earlier, but I have added a few more rows to extend the slippers over the ankles to turn into boots. I reckon they’re pretty damn cute!

 

Crochet Elmo Soft Toy

31 Jul

I think I say this about every project, but seriously, this is my most favourite project YET!

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I found the pattern at Maggie Makes Stuff and thought it would be ideal for my wee girl who loves Elmo but doesn’t like any of the Elmos we’ve found in store that sing, dance, laugh, play the drums, and so on. I ended up using Moda Vera “Honey Joy” yarn from Spotlight and initially bought three balls thinking that Elmo was going to be a lot smaller than what he actually turned out to be – I ended up using 6 balls all up. I tried using the recommended 3.5mm hook to start off with but it was impossible to crochet with so ended up using a 6mm crochet hook and feeling for each stitch with my fingers. The eyes, nose, and mouth were crocheted with a 4mm hook, with three extra increase rows for the mouth and one extra increase row (and double the extra rows before decreasing) for the eyes and nose. The end result is an Elmo about the size of an infant or small toddler!

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Elmo took just over a week to finish, with crocheting most evenings for an hour or two. When I showed my daughter the final result this morning, her wee face was so adorable. Here’s a few photos of her and her Elmo.

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I’m sure Little Miss C and Elmo are going to have plenty of fun adventures growing up together!

Crochet Toddler Cardigan #2

6 Jul

After vowing to never make another cardigan because of the sheer time commitment, I found this lovely pattern in my local Spotlight. Well, I had gorgeous dark pink wool that I’d bought on special, so I set off on my mission to make a “sooky boys and girls jacket” (as an aside, I’m still not sure what “sooky” refers to).

I wasn’t too sure what size it was going to end up as I couldn’t find anything on the pattern sheet to give me any clues, but hoped that it would still fit Little Miss C (my 19 m.o. daughter). For the most part, I followed the pattern as written. The sleeves I had to make 4 rows longer than stated (15 rows instead of 11), and I ended up orientating the hood a different way to the instructions. The instructions were a bit funny and contradictory in places (I guess that’s why they have a disclaimer in fine print at the bottom that says “the information on this project sheet is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed”). However, common sense prevailed in most places, and after spending a good 1-2 hours most evenings working on this in the past 2 weeks, here’s the finished result. I love the texture with the treble cross-stitches, and the 8ply wool means it still feels nice and “chunky” and warm.

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To my relief (after spending so long on it), it fits my daughter, and should do for a few more months yet! Yay!

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Another Crochet Newborn Hat

5 Jul

Yup, there seem to be lots of babies (or expectant babies) around me at the moment!  This one is for a workmate who has just had a baby girl. I thought I’d try a different pattern so used a shell stitch beanie pattern this time. The basic 5-petal flower pattern was from here. The wool was left over from my daughter’s cardigan project. I think the end result is very cute!

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I tried to get another photo to illustrate the pattern of the hat but it’s a bit hard without a newborn head to try it on. Hopefully this will suffice!