Ruffles here, there, everywhere

I don’t know if it’s because I’m having a baby girl, but I’ve been adding ruffles to everything. Well, not everything but you know what I mean. If you look at my Ravelry project page, I haven’t used ruffles before I got pregnant. Must be the hormones.

First I knitted a shawl for myself and added ruffles to the edge.

Silk Shawl
Ravelry project page

Then I knitted a small pinwheel blanket for the bubba and added a ruffle edge to that. It’s actually a lace border but it turned out ruffley anyway.

Pinwheel blanket
Ravelry project page

Finally I finished off the Milo baby vest with even more ruffles!

Milo with ruffles 1

I blogged about this soft cotton vest two months ago and I finally got enough motivation to finish it recently. My gauge was off. So instead of fitting my girl in spring, it’ll fit her in summer or fall next year. Oh well. Better too big then too small.

I did learn two new techniques from knitting this little vest:
1. Cabling without a needle. Easier than I thought it’ll be and the cables went much faster.
2. Decrease (or lace) bind off to create a stretchy bottom hem.

The ruffles were crocheted and it was just trial and error really. What do you think?

Milo with ruffles 2

Pattern: Milo (Ravelry)

Yarn: EcoOrganic Cotton from Ecoyarns

Needles: 4 mm

Ravelry project page 

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Cotton Jersey + Muslin Baby Set

It’s funny where we get inspiration. I was at Spotlight looking for fabric to sew a teddy bear and came across the cutest printed muslin fabric. Even my hubby got excited over it and actually told me to buy it. HE told ME to buy MORE fabric. Strange but true! 

I wasn’t actually sure what to make with the muslin. I didn’t even know how much I needed. I just bought a metre and thought I’ll make some washcloths or a small wrap for my baby. I’m 25 weeks pregnant now. How time flies! She’ll be here in no time. Yikes! So many things to do still.

Anyway, I digress. I was inspired by this blanket and this baby wrap tutorials. I thought I could combine them and make my own baby blanket out of the muslin fabric and the organic cotton jersey fabric from Ecoyarns, which has been in my fabric stash for yonks. The final result is beauuuttifulll and better than expected. I’m so proud to show you my first ever baby blanket.

Muslin blanket on crib rail

Yep. That’s the name we’ve picked for our baby girl. Baby Yasmin. Do you like it?

Muslin blanket folded

Muslin blanket both sides

I used the organic cotton jersey fabric for the back and the quirky printed muslin for the front. The jersey fabric gives a good weight and warmth to the blanket. I think it’ll be a great year round blanket for Sydney’s weather.

Muslin blanket pile

To be honest, I want one for myself! It’s just so soft and squishy. Hubby and I were fighting over it on the sofa. Hahaha…

Muslin blanket in cot

If you’re thinking that I was so clever to combine the red and brown for the binding, think again. It was a big fluke! I didn’t know how much bias tape I needed and I could not decide on the colour at Spotlight. So I bought one pack each (5 metres per pack) and it was a good thing I did! When I was doing the binding, I realised I needed both packs so that’s why it’s half brown and half red. A wonderful accident!

Here’s another excellent tutorial I would like to share. As this was my first time sewing on bias tape, I was rather clueless. YouTube video tutorial from Amy Karol to the rescue! It is truly a no-swear method.

Well, it won’t be a baby set if it was just a blanket, right? Of course not. I sewed matching hats too. Ta-da…

Cotton baby hats

Aren’t they just so sweet? The organic cotton jersey fabric was the star of the show this time. You can find the clear photo tutorial and template here to sew your own baby hats.

I’m as proud of these baby hats as I am with the blanket. I overcame my fear of sewing with jersey knit fabric and even learned to use the elastic overlock stitch on my sewing machine. Yay me!

Cotton blanket and hat set

Well I hope I’ve inspired you to get sewing. Something. Anything. Instant gratification is such a good therapy for busy people like you and me. To enable you even more, I would like to remind you that Ecoyarns FINAL FABRIC CLEARANCE is still on. All fabrics are 50% off! Yessereee. A big fat 5-0. I cannot emphasize to you more how cool an opporutunity this is to stock up on organic cotton fabric. And ladies, it’s a clearance. Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever.

Go on then. Go crazy. It’s your last chance! 

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Easter is just a hop away!

Crochet Easter Bunny

Look who’s popped over to say hello today. It’s Miss Bunny. *waves* She’s very excited because Easter is just a hop and a skip away. She was looking for chocolate Easter eggs and got stuck in the fruit bowl. Silly girl. I helped her out of course.

Crocher bunny and bear (sides)

She was looking high and low for the chocolate eggs when she felt someone following her. Who is behind you, Miss Bunny?

Crochet bear

Oh! It’s your beary good friend, Little Sleepy Bear. Hello cutie pie! Are you looking for chocolate Easter eggs too? *nods*

Crochet Bunny and bear

I hope both of you find those chocolate eggs. I’m sure there’s some around somewhere. 🙂

Crochet pattern: Crochet Spring Bunnies (It’s free!)
Yarn: EcoOrganic Cotton from Ecoyarns
Hook: 3.5mm (E)

 

Pssst…

I have pinned other great Easter craft ideas on my Easter Fun board.

Pinterest Easter Screen Shot

Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest while you’re there! Have a good long weekend! 

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Lazy Weekend + Crocheting

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? It was a little cold and overcast around here. But I’m thankful for every drop of sunshine I can get on the weekends. I’m definitely not missing the rain.

Mt Ettalong

We had a quiet one and spent a little bit of time outdoors, just the hubby and I. We went bushwalking and strolled along the beach. The cool weather kept most families away but the die hard swimmers were not put off by the cold water and there were weekend fishermen along the rocks trying their luck. The café near the beach was, however, bustling with families having brunches and boy, the coffee aroma was so terribly tantalising! Although I do miss having a proper cup of coffee every weekend, I was good and stayed away. I already had my daily dose of caffeine that morning. 

Pearl Beach

Anyway, I had grand plans of showing you the Milo vest (pattern in Ravelry) I’ve been knitting on and off. I thought I would have it finished by now but I had a little problem with it and have lost interest in it. You see, I didn’t check my gauge. I intended the vest to be worn from newborn to 3 months but because of my lazines, the vest is too big! The chest size will suit a 6 month old and older. Argh!

Milo WIP

It isn’t the end of the world of course. It just means my baby girl will only get to wear it late Summer or Autumn next year. So as you can imagine, I’ve lost motivation to finish the vest right now. Instead I’ve been pottering around with other things. Pretty sweet things to be exact. 

What do you think? Are you in love with this granny bunting as much as I am? I’ve got a toothache just looking at it! It was so quick to crochet and I added the little flowers to make it even sweeter.

Granny Bunting with flowers

I have it hung over my TV in the living room at the moment. The colours really stand out against the dark blue wall. I think I’ll have to crochet another one to hang over the crib in the nursery. Yes, I think I might have to do just that.

Notice that I’ve got Letters and Numbers on the telly. I love that show! Do you? I am truly amazed by the skills displayed on the show. How do they work out the letters and numbers so fast? I hope watching it will let rub some of that cleverness onto me. 

Bunting banner

Can you work out what I’m trying to say here:

I <3 EcoOrganic Cotton

That’s right! I LOVE EcoOrganic Cotton yarn! 🙂

Crochet patterns used:

Happy crocheting!

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P.S. Ecoyarns have pledged to support Tree Henge with a percentage of its profits. All money raised from Tree Henge is put back to restore life to Australia’s natural environment. Thank you for helping Ecoyarns support this worthy cause!

Happy Hats

I have to be honest. I don’t know much about keeping babies warm in winter. I grew up in Singapore and all we had to deal with are heat and humidity all year around. With my little girl being born in August, I do feel a bit daunted about keeping her comfortable in the cooler months. Even though winter around Sydney is mild relatively to other parts of the world, I personally struggle with it at times. So naturally it does my head in trying to figure out the most suitable knitting and crochet clothes to make for my girl.

I blogged last week about the rather warm jacket I made for my baby girl. I thought it would be suitable to rug her up in it if we go for an evening stroll by the water. Doesn’t the orange and blue colours of the jacket remind you of sunsets over a river? I can just imagine us walking along together and watching the birds head home.

Fisherman's wharf at Woy Woy

So what if the evening was extra brisk and the wind was picking up? I didn’t want my girl to have a cold head! I searched through Ravelry for baby hats and boy, there are a LOT to choose from. I was certainly spoilt for choice. I did pick two hats to knit. They’re different from each other but both knit with EcoOrganic Cotton. I simply cannot ignore how comfortable this cotton is for the mild winter around here and the colours… Oh, let’s not get started on the beauuttiffuuulll colours!

Again I was fortunate enough to have my friend’s baby daughter to model one of the hats for me. She’s such a trooper. Look at her modelling my Aviatrix hat (pattern on Ravelry). Her eyes will melt your heart…

Newborn Aviatrix hat

The camera clicks away and she patiently waits for me to show off the pretty hat. She does not mind one bit that she had the hat on her head. That’s a good sign!

Newborn Aviatrix Hat

But she did finally show signs of boredom. The camera just isn’t fun anymore. Haha…

Newborn Aviatrix hat

The next hat I knit is a bit unconventational for a baby girl because I knitted it in a dark blue colour. But I did make it girly with a crocheted flower embellishment. It’s a Simple Baby Hat (free pattern) and I tweaked it a tiny bit by knitting an i-cord before casting off. I think it looks cute with the little tail on the top. No pretty model to show off this hat for me unfortunately.

Simple baby hat with flower

I think it still works for a girl. I’ve been doing quite a bit of window shopping for baby clothes and I’m often attracted to the clothes that are multi-coloured. The plain pinky ones are nice too but I think mixing that up with lots of colours make the outfit much more fun, don’t you think?

Frothy flower

I love this crocheted flower. There are many crocheted flower patterns around but I think this one was super cute and the size just right to dress up a boring hat. The flower pattern is available for free too! Got to appreciate those generous, creative people out there.

Well I got to run. I’m studying part-time and I have an assignment due in a couple of days. Eeek! Have yourself a fabulous week and catch up with you soon!

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Friends & Babies

A couple of my friends, who I met through Ravelry (Yay Ravelry!), have had babies just weeks from each other. I had them over the other day for morning tea and it was such an experience to have the babies meet one another for the first time. There was a bit of fussing and unsureness, and at times, their crying would set the other one off! Fascinating to watch. But I think it was just good to enjoy banana bread and tea and catch up again after so long. Everyone’s been a bit busy with being pregnant and having babies. You know what it’s like.

Friends and Bubs

Now what’s that got to do with knitting I hear you ask. Well, for starters, I’m pregnant too! Isn’t it weird how a friend’s or colleague’s pregnancy could increase your own fertiliy? We’re over the moon as it is our first and we just found out yesterday we’re having a girl! 🙂 Yay! So… over the last few weeks I’ve been knitting for my own little budle of joy who is due in August. 

I love the Baby Sophisticate pattern and had it stored away in my Ravelry favourites for awhile now. I didn’t know that it was going to be a girl when I knitted this so I kept it as gender neutral as possible. What do you think of the jacket I made?

Baby Sophisticate Jacket

I love the colours on it. It’s so unlike anything you’ll find at the shops. I used a Moda Vera yarn I bought at a Spotlight sale last year for the main part of the jacket and the lovely bright blue collar and edge trims are none other than EcoOrganic Cotton. The colour is aptly named Peace. I wanted a soft and gentle yarn against my baby’s sensitive neck and you can’t go wrong with EcoOrganic Cotton. For the life of me I cannot remember which Etsy store I bought those cute buttons from but they’re just perfect for the jacket I think.

My friend, Vanessa, was kind enough to loan me her beautiful 8 week old daughter the morning she was here to model my baby jacket just for YOU. Her first modelling job and I think she did a spectacular job!

Baby Sophisticate

Baby Sophisticate

All together now… Awwww…. Isn’t she just precious!

I also made an equally colourful baby hat to match this jacket but you’ll have to wait until next week for that one. 😉  Enjoy the rest of your week!

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Summer Crafting Part 2

Summer is officially gone and autumn has greeted us with devastating floods throughout many parts of New South Wales and Victoria. We are safe here where we are but nonetheless we are touched by what we see on the news everyday. Our thoughts are certainly with those badly affected by nature this last week.

I feel even more blessed to be able to continue my life quite untouched by the heavy rain elsewhere. I am knitting regularly now and I’m in a happier place than I was in the miserable cold summer. Reality and my expectations of what autumn should be is matching up. My brain is at ease with that. 

Woy Woy again

So let’s continue where we left off last week. I showed you the pretty potholders I crocheted while trying to get my crafting mojo back. It still brightens up my day whenever I lay eyes on them. Such simple pleasures when you create something yourself.

I also wanted to make something to show off the softness of the EcoOrganic Cotton. They are just so lovely against the skin. Well, it’s a no brainer really. I made facecloths! I so, so wish you can touch these!

Spa Facecloths
Free pattern (Ravelry)

The facecloths are just pure luxury against the skin, especially when you’re having a spa moment in the bath. Simply light some candles, pour your favourite aromatic oil into the bubbly bath and soak up the warmth. Stay in that moment and enjoy the softness of the washcloth against your skin as you lather your weary body with gentle soap bubbles. Feel your sanity returning to you…

Spa Facecloths

Oh EcoOrganic Cotton, how I love thee! 

My love affair with this yarn continues over the next few weeks. I’ll be using EcoOrganic Cotton in such happy ways that I really, really can’t wait to show them to you. It feels super good to be working through my stash too. It’s ironic how being frugal actually makes me feel proud of myself. *Pats myself on the back* So until we meet again, take care and happy knitting! ^__^

ETA: I almost forgot to tell you that Ecoyarns actually has 10 different types of cotton yarn to pick from. Ten! I have also tried Pakucho organic cotton but not the rest. Interested to see how each one knits up. So many choices, so little time!

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Summer Crafting Part 1

It has been a wet and cold summer. I’ve never seen so many overcast, grey and wet days at this time of year before. Typically the miserable weather would make it ideal to spend more time knitting and crocheting as it was just dreadful to be outside. But somehow I lost my crafting mojo a couple of months ago and struggled to find it back. All I wanted was summer – warm days at the beach, barbecues with loved ones and to spend as little time indoors as possible. Alas, wishful thinking indeed!

I needed to stop mourning for a lost summer. I’m sure like many of you stash diving is a well trusted form of therapy and I dove deep into it. I needed something bright and happy, something that would perk me up and forget what I could have been doing in the sun. To my delight, I found a large ziplock bag full of leftover Eco Organic Cotton from my crocheted blanket and it brought a big smile to my face. Those colours just sang to me and the softness of the cotton begged me to touch them.

I thanked myself for having previously printed a few patterns and tucking them into the bag of yarn. I could get started straightaway! Yay! Within a short couple of days I had crocheted a pair of cheerful potholders. I even made them doubley thick so my paranoid self could use them without fear of being burnt.

Granny Square Potholders
Free pattern available here 

Look at those colours! Don’t they remind you of summer – blooming flowers and sunsets and sunrises and summer salads and cold drinks and all those wonderful things in between?

Granny Square Potholders

But they weren’t enough. The potholders showed off the beautiful range of Eco Organic cotton colours but I wanted something to be touched and caressed. The yarn is heavenly soft and would be perfect against the skin. So I whipped out my knitting needles and spent the next week slowly chipping away at another project.

Do you want to see what I made? I’m afraid you’ll have to wait. I’ll show you the finished product next week. 🙂 Until then, take care and hope you enjoy each sunny, warm day to the fullest!

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Last few days for Linen and Lace Sale

These are the last few days for the Linen and Lace Sale.

All linen and lace items are 20% marked down until 31st October. Make the most of this sale!

The Certified Organic Cotton Laces are durable and soft. I have used these as straps on sleepwear, decorative motifs on clothing and there are a few laces that have edgings one can pick up stitches and knit.

Lacegiselle

Here is a progress picture of the top I am making with MerLin yarn

The name of the pattern is Coral and is by Helga Isager in her Aminomo 2009 Collection. Very pretty top that flatters lots of different figures.

P1020015

 

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