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A peek inside my knitting bag...

 

knitting bag content

 

Some projects in various stages of progress.... a cowl more than half way done, a tiny cardigan awaiting some sleeves and a little cardigan only just cast on. Plenty to keep me busy.

Little in-between-makes.

 

pillow with baby booties

 

The baby booties were done in a leftover from the Sunshine Day Afghan, the doll version. They hardly take any time to knit up and they make a nice little extra with the baby cardigans I plan to knit for the local baby boom.

 

The pillow... Well, as I was cleaning up my sewing space I came about a single patchwork block. And a day later, a small pillow (35 x 35cm) popped up when I went through the attic space. It was a matter of minutes before I put the two together. I took the square, added a double border, some good batting and set to quilt the lot. No big plans, just a general feeling that it might work out.

 

pillow stitching

 

I love the result. And what I love even more is that with a fresh cover, this pillow can go from being stored to being used. 

 

pillow

  • The bigger baby version of the Sunshine Day Afghan is on well on the way to getting finished...

 

big sunshine day afghan

 

I'm using Cascade Eco Alpaga yarn to join up the flowers and oh my, it's just so soft! And I rather like the muted grey in combination with the colors that ended up in the flowers. Hmmm, this is turning out just as I had imagined it could.

 

And doesn't this blanket make a great pair with the other baby blanket that needs a touch of 'finishing'?

 

blankets to finish

Spring is well truly present today.

 

spring sewing

 

It puts a spring in my step.

It makes me pick sweet spring fabrics.

It makes me sit outside while I sew them up.

 

What do you do when spring springs up?

Quite high up on the list of baby essentials are baby bibs. At least on my list they were...

 

baby bibs

 

So far, for all those chubby babies that are springing up around us, I've decided to include some fancy bibs in the presents. By now I have made two sets.

 

One set for a girl.

 

girl bibs

 

And one for a boy.

 

boy bibs

 

They make a fun little project and use up hardly any fabric. But best of all they are practical and cute as can be.

If you want to make some yourself, check out Amy's template.  

 

little pile of baby bibs

As of last week Ursa Minor is covered by a Sunshine Day Blanket.

 

a sunny day blanket

 

This winter I have been working on a Sunshine Day blanket (pattern by Alicia Paulson) and somewhere halfway through it all I messed up my materials. After a few nights I realized I had made almost 40 flowers with a crochet needle that was one size smaller than it should have been. Just the kind of realization one is waiting for...

 

messy blanket

 

But I decided to keep the smaller sized flowers and I combined them with two leftover balls of silver grey yarn. Perfect blanket size for a well loved bear. 

 

all folded up

 

Now I'd better not forget to finish the slightly bigger version of this blanket...

These are the latest editions to my small pile of baby hats.

 

clover hats

 

They are all Clover hats and this particular batch are all sized 3 months, presents-to-be. And more importantly all made with leftover yarn.

Isn't it the best feeling when you can transform a leftover into an amazingly beautiful and practical item? And these Clover hats are not just beautiful, they are a great fit. And I should know as my youngest has been lovelingly wearing them all through the winter...

 

I'll add them to my modest pile.

 

pile of hats

 

little pile

It's difficult to knit up something more cute than a piece of baby knitwear.

 

folded cardigan

 

This particular one is the Little Korrigan Cardigan. Size 3 months and done in Malabrigo Sock. If my memory serves me correctly it's colorway 'Impressionist Sky'. It didn't even take one skein to finish it. 

 

cardigan

 

It is destined to become a baby gift for one of the many babies that will be born this spring and summer. That should make for at least one happy baby!

 

cardigan yoke

back of quilt block

 

Behind the scenes of the latest thing I'm fiddling around with. Small blocks that will make a doll quilt.

 

front of quilt block

 

Really small blocks. The teeny tiny blocks that are in there measure 1.5 cm in their finished state. The entire block comes to 10 by 10 cm. Well, 9 by 9 once it's set in place...

 

quilt block in place

 

It's a fabulous way for using up scraps. The tiny squares start life as 2.5 by 2.5 cm blocks, the flowery ones as 4 by 4 cm squares and the giant ones, well they start out by being 10 by 10 cm. 

Petite and delicate. It's going to be such a pleasure to quilt this one up.... I can feel it!

Slowly but surely some knit and crochet work comes to life.

 

knit and crochet work

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