Monday, March 22, 2010

Wrap up

I finished the red sparkly wrap!

semi FWCC DIY Red 03-12-10 2

Its 30 inches wide by 3.5 yards long. And we love it! So far we've only used it for a couple of different hip caries, the photo above is a Semi Front Cross Carry but it was a bit fussy, so we switched to a Coolest Hip Cross Carry (vid) and like that one much better (the look similar because it's the same general wrapping technique, the only difference is how the baby sits in it)

CHCC 03-15-10 1

We also tried a Short Front Cross Carry, but nether of us found it terribly comfortable (I think our wrap might have been bit too short), so I think we will be sticking to the hip carry for now, and TW really likes being able to look around more. Maybe in a little while I'll try the Kangaroo Carry(vid) and see how we like that.

When TW is a bit bigger this wrap will be long enough for us to try a handful of back carries too.

But I haven't finished he teal wrap yet, that one is longer so I'm kind of dreading the hemming process, specifically the ironing, but really that's all that's left to do, as it is all trimmed and ready. And it will be handy for a wider variety of carries.

I also finished a few more pocket squares for Bill:

more pocket squares

The weather has been so nice lately that we've gone for several walks, it's been lovely! But it's been very bright too, after our first walk I grabbed some gingham out of my stash and whipped up this quick and dirty hat:

gingham hat 03-22-10 back

gingham hat 03-22-10 front 1

Seriously quick and dirty, I think it took me about 15 - 20 minutes total, because I wanted to be able to use it that afternoon. The edges of the brim aren't finished, and it's a bit uneven, but when we took our walk we got several compliments on TW's cuteness. So it can't be that bad.

gingham hat 03-22-10 front 2

gingham hat 03-22-10 front 3
After out first walk where the ha nearly got blown off by the wind I grabbed some bias tape I had already made up and put together another tether to pin to it so we wouldn't loose it in a sudden gust of wind. (sheer luck that the bias tape I had on had was a matching fabric!)

gingham hat 03-22-10 2

When we were in Jo-Ann's the other day to pick up some more suspender clips for paci/toy tethers we kinda both fell down in the fat quarter aisle:

lotsa fat quarters 03-22-10

The pile on the left are some I like for Mei Tai panels, and the pile on the right are some Bill grabbed for pocket squares. Its ok, they were on sale...
(I see a lot of ironing and sewing in my future!)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sew what

Sew, um I mean, so, I haven't had as much time as I would like to knit, but I can eek out bits of time to sew, and sewing is so awesome, because even though I don't have a lot of time, I can still get a finished object relatively quickly.

For instance, I made TW's Mei Tai so that I could change out the patterned panels in front; making panels is quick and easy, and fun to pick out the fabrics to match my outfits.

mei tai panels 02-28-10

and even more!

more mei tai panels

I like how I can fold them all up together in a neat little square when I'm not using them.

And one more modeled with cute baby, (I know I said to match my outfits, but sometimes, I can do nothing but clash, I think it’s a SAHM thing)
mei tai green panel worn 02-28-10 2

when I pick out fabrics for the panels, I usually just buy fat quarters, the Jo-Ann's I go to is usually very busy, and while it would be cheaper to buy from the bolt, I would be standing in line forever, I think it's a fair trade off.

So I don't waste any of it, I've made a few tethers...

teathers 1 group

TW doesn’t really use his paci that often (usually only in the car seat, and when being flown around by his daddy) but it's easier to model the tethers with them. Tethers can be used to attach almost anything to you or something so it can't get tossed or dropped on the floor. like pacis, or toys to keep baby entertained, or even their sun hat in summertime.

They are just strips of home made bias tape with snaps sew on each end to make loops. One loop can be snapped around the item to be tethered and the other used to fasten it in some way. I used a hair tie looped around the handle for his car seat:

teathers 1 use blue

or it can be looped into itself around a strap:

teathers 1 use leaf

or it can be pinned with a safety pin, or you can buy suspender clips and use those to clip it onto items:

clip tether

I've also been making a few pocket squares/hankies for Bill, he likes to dress up, and is really into the whole male fusion thing, but fancy silk pocket squares are a bit beyond our price range, so while I was picking out fat quarters for the Mei Tai, he picked out a few patterns for pocket squares, they are super easy to make, just trim everything so that it is square (seriously, some of the fat quarters were more like parallelograms hat rectangles, we think our Jo-Anns may have been hiring out the cutting duties to blind monkeys with Parkinson's.) and hem them up!

hankies 03-02-10

I have a few more waiting to be ironed, as well as another big project:

sewing wips

I'm going to sew a few wraps for TW and I, it's another way to baby wear, by securing the baby to you using a length of cloth.

I bought two lengths of linen/cotton fabric with sparkles on one side:

sparkle wrap fabric

I've trimmed them; now all they need is ironing and hemming!

I think I may use the leftover bits I trimmed off to make more panels for the Mei Tai (they are so addictive!)
And I have a few other project in mind as well.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Some FOs and an almost FO

Wow a month just disappeared. If you haven't guessed by now, having a baby can be a bit time consuming.

I don't have nearly as much time to knit as I once did, but I do have a few FOs for you.

First, a super easy little hat for TW:

tommy's new blue hat

no real pattern, I just cast on a bunch of stitches, knit around, decreased and then made a little i-cord and knitted it.

Modeled:

in his new hat 02-10-10 1

in his new hat 02-10-10 3

also finished is a knit panel to cover us up when we go for walks:

black seaweed

pattern: seaweed (ravelry link)
yarn: knitpicks WOTA bulkly in coal
needles: US size 9 (5.5 mm)knitpicks interchangeables

I know it doesn't look like much in the picture above, so here's a kinda crappy picture of us in it after we got back from a walk the other day:

after walkies 02-22-10

it's a bit short on top, the pattern says to stop after two inches, but I think I probably could have gone to 4 for better coverage. Ah well.

I also finally finished the purple bluebell socks!

purple bluebell socks finished

and a better picture of the pattern:
purple bluebell socks finished closeup

my usual toe up two at once short row heel pattern, but with the bluebell rib pattern from sensation knitted socks plugged in.

yarn is knitpicks palette in eggplant and clematis heather.

I also have an almost FO:

bsj almost done unfolded

bsj almost done folded

the Baby Surprise Jacket using my own handspun, all it needs is for the shoulder/arm seams to be done up and for me to pick out buttons for it. But I made it in toddler size for next fall, so I'm in no rush to get it done.

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