Saturday, 7 September 2013

August Crafting

Hello lovely readers. Hope you are all well. This post is a little delayed as I lost internet for a week end Aug/beginning of Sept. Having gotten myself a basic smartphone earlier this year, I didn't feel completely cut off but it was a little isolating. One of the major issues with no internet was that I started my maternity leave and having the internet would have made it much easier to chill but not having internet access made me think I should be doing this and that. Ah well, it's back now so I can read and reply to emails more easily and write this post too!

August's creating was almost exclusively maternity/baby related. I did do silver project for a friend's birthday but I haven't seen her so I can't show it to you yet, just in case she reads this. I completed a fair amount this month. My tutoring was quite light so I had quite a lot of spare time. First the knitting/crochet projects:

This is Blueberry bear. He's a King Cole pattern (#2000) designed for use with their sprinkles yarn. The yarn colour is called blueberry and I thought this was a lovely name for a teddy bear. Here's the link to my Ravelry project page for more info.

Next is a little dress I made for a friend's baby. The pattern by Rebecca Gunn and is free. You can find it on her blog here. I love the self striping yarn! Here's the link to my Ravelry project page for more info.

Next, a super quick make for me. A fribbly scarf using Wendy Frills yarn. I loved the colours and it makes up really quickly. The instructions for the scarf are on the yarn band.

I also made these little booties for bump. They are in the same yarn as the hat I made last month. Such a cute pattern but very very tiny. They are a free pattern by Saartje de Bruijn that I have done before. You can find it here. I knitted the smaller size in double knit and slightly larger needles before but this time I knitted the larger size with the recommended needle size and 4ply. Very tiny though. Not convinced they will actually fit a newborn. Here's the link to my Ravelry project page for more info.

Probably my favourite make this month is this minion. He's a free pattern by Linda Potts and it can be found on her blog here. Here's the link to my Ravelry project page for more info.

My other August projects were sewing. I made some maternity clothing from scratch and also adapted some charity shop purchases. The two adaptations are a pair of trousers and a skirt that I removed the waistband of and added an elasticated one. Here they are:

From scratch, I made this wrap cardy from super slinky jersey I picked up a little while ago. The free pattern is by Megan Nielsen and can be found here. Since taking the below picture I took out the sleeves and cut new ones as I felt they were too tight. I do love this wrap though. It will be great for breastfeeding too and for general wearing, not specifically maternity. The pattern was really easy to follow too.

I also made this maternity dress. I like it...I think. The fit could be better but it was quite an ambitious project for a novice sewer like me. It's a free pattern by Miriam of Mad Mim and can be found here. The design of the top part does lend itself to breastfeeding though I don't know how the dress will look with no bump. We'll have to see.

I also lined a toybox for baby with a remnant of elephant fabric I found in a local sewing shop. Just a quick little job really but here it is. Not a perfect fit but it doesn't matter as it's now filled with toys!

I think that's everything (apart from the aforementioned silver project). Quite a creative August! Some were started in July though. Not much done so far in September yet but there is one major creating that's been cooking for the last 9 months that's due this month. Hope to be introducing a little someone to you all soon. :o)

Till then, happy creating everyone.