This weekend it’s been all about taking care of ourselves.
The weather has been awful and am so glad we didn’t go away for the bank holiday.
Our babe has her first proper cough and cold and needs lots of TLC.
Far too much tv has been watched, but I’ve managed to get some knitting and sewing done. Her mat for yoga (above) using all fabrics from stash (Well, everything I make these days is from whatever I’ve got in the cupboard.) – machine pieced and handstitched binding; some baby socks for a newborn and I also started this cotton sweater too.
Designs for Babies & Toddlers JHM001
Debbie Bliss for Jaeger (1998)
Patons DK 100% cotton – Ecru (508g)
85 x 70cm
I made this in dribs and drabs and it took me forever. I started it at the end of January…….but baby and other things took priority around here, so there was nothing like an arrival to spur me on. (I feel sorry for the roadkill rabbit in the background! He’s constantly being tossed around by his ears)
I’d always liked this pattern, so was keen to try it out and it’s going to a special friend, who will really appreciate it. She loves Debbie Bliss’ patterns, so it’s quite appropriate. I decided not to do the triangular edging, even though it looks fantastic, it’s a real pain to do and took me forever on the alphabet blanket. Consequently, I decided on a top and tail border instead and basically worked it out as I went, which meant I only had to pick up stitches from the bottom. It’s pretty straightforward border and I decided on a diagonal K2 P2 rib for the main part. See the closeup for details, which you can easily work out from the picture.
Pattern book available here and here. I bought mine in Liberty some years ago.
All packaged up and in the post and I just had to include a babygro from POP
Machine sewn and handfinished, reversible pinafore using recycled fabric and a vintage pattern. I’ve not done much sewing for a while, so this was something to kick-start the ‘sewing brain’ again. It’s not at all practical – most likely needs dry cleaning and gets dragged about with a crawling baby. However, there are major moves afoot to stand! So, watch this space. Young Coco will be back in dresses when that happens.
Reverse view showing ribbon ties. I wanted grosgrain but couldn’t find anything the right colour. This isn’t 100% right either….
Front view showing the red and gold tulips. The original pattern called for bias around all the edges but I wanted a cleaner line than that and think this way was an improvement.