My best friend is due her second child in about two weeks (Her first is nearly 9 years old so it's a nice big gap!). So i needed to make something special.
I picked out a nice combination of colours that would be gender neutral and pulled out the Moderne Baby Blanket pattern as its worked really for me twice before. This time not so though.
Although the yarn was all dk weight they all seemed to knit up differently. From the offset it seemed wrong, but I persevered, thinking I could block it out at the end. But that didn't square it up. And neither did adding a border. It's an absolute mess. I may weave in the ends and just give it to the kids for their teddies.
My second disaster is a jumper I knit for my God-daughter, who will soon have a new sibling. I could try it on Emily for size. Although she's a year and a half younger she's tall and is actually bigger than my god-daughter now.
This jumper hasn't been blocked but it just seems all wrong. The neckline is very high at the front and seems very small. I may not have done the back neckline correctly as the instructions didn't make a lot of sense. It's the Sweater With Shoulder Buttons by Claire Montgomerie from Easy Kids Knits. I might try redo the neckline, and block it. It would be a shame to have nothing at the end of all that knitting!
The arrival of the new baby is fast approaching so I toddled onto Ravelry, took out some worsted weight wool and 6mm needles. I still want to make a blanket do I picked Cabled Cradle Spread from Pickles.
I only started last knit but it seems to be knitting up quickly and the pattern is easy to remember.
Here's hoping the baby doesn't come early so I've some time to finish it!
Emily is going to a party at Build-A-Bear Workshop so I thought some build-a-bear sized clothes would be a good present. I picked up a little cardboard suitcase in Tiger and searched Google, Pinterest and Ravelry for a few patterns.
The final touch is some wings, with elastic straps, so the bear can play dress-up.
Now Emily wants all the same clothes for her bear!
The paper bag I had been using to hold my pegs finally died,
So I decided to make myself a new fabric one. I found an old baby hanger and drew around it on some red cordroy fabric.
Then I cut out a hole to put the pegs in and out. But I cut the hole too big! So I picked a fabric to add as an insert rather than starting from scratch. A little bit of lace to girly it up, and a few motifs cut from the fabric and machine-sewn into the front on the bag.
Then I stitched up the side and inserted the hanger.
Emily is going to a party on Monday for the little sister of one of her friends. And this morning I realised I'd no gift. And no little dresses left in my stash. All the dresses I have are age 2-4, and this little girl is only turning one.
So out came the sewing machine and a good mix of fabrics. I'd forgotten how much I love making little girls' dresses, mixing colours and patterns.
This dress has quite a summer feel in fresh blues and peachy orange.
Now if we could just get some summer weather here in Ireland!
There's not been much crafting done the last week or so. The kids are off school for two weeks so we headed down to my folks in Wex for a few days.
The weather has been glorious, just like the summer, so it was a great time to be in the Sunny South East!
Rock climbing with Granny and their Aunty Katie.
Enjoying the beach at Kilmore Quay, where we also got our dinner at the best chipper in the world. The Salter Chipper has the best fish and chips I've ever had, probably because the chipper is right across the road from the quay-side where the fishing boats unload. You can't get fresher fish than that!
At a Teddy Bear's picnic in Rathwood, Co. Carlow on the trip home. They met Goldilocks and the three bears, took a ride on a train, made their own teddies to bring home, fed some geese and had a picnic. It was well worth a visit and we will definitely go back there again.
Now we're back home and it's back to household chores. But at least the weather's still good so there's good drying!