Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Purple sweater

This has been in progress for quite a while, but I finished it up on a trip to Wisconsin! This pattern is from Sunset's Beautiful Things to Make for Baby and the yarn is Lion Brand Jamie Baby. This turned out very cute! Simple cluster stitch repeated, I like the way to yoke and sleeves make for a rounded shoulder instead of 90 degree angles like a lot of baby sweaters have.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cross Stitch Framed

I got this all framed up and it's ready to take to the fair in July! I've never taken a big framed picture so this will be something new for me!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Crochet bib

Another crochet cotton bib, this one with ties is from the pattern at Peanutzmom's Pattern Place. Easy to follow, made a nice proportioned bib. It's the reverse colors of this one.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pacifier Leash/Clip

I was at Target shopping for a baby gift and I saw these pacifier clips. I'd seen them online, but when I felt them in person and realized they're just ribbon (and not even very good quality ribbon) with a clip and some velcro, I thought I could surely whip a few up. I made these two with a length of ribbon 8 inches long, a mitten clip (left over from my old ironing board cover) and some velcro. Then I saw these online and thought "Snaps, even easier!". But just how many of these things does a kid need?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Crazy Stitch Baby Hat

Unlike this hat, this one turned out very tiny! The pattern (from Marine Corps Kids) says sport weight yarn and that's what I used but mine looks preemie sized. It's very cute, adorable even, because it's so wee! I like the stitch, it makes a fun scalloped, tessellating design.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Failed shoes

These little cloth shoes are the first project I didn't even bother to finish. You can see in the picture they are little mary jane type booties with a button closure. But they were just so...ugly. The shape is kind of like a muckluck, so the light floral print just wasn't working for me. And the shape is very clunky, they remind me us shoes for Cabbage Patch dolls, with their huge club feet. Not worth all the top-stitching involved. Bleh!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Baby basket

I have a deep love for BBC period dramas! I recently started watching the Lark Rise to Candleford series, which I am thoroughly enjoying. In season 1 episode 9, I learned about a most wonderful custom! Miss Ellison (the Reverend Ellison's daughter) delivers the parish Baby Basket to an expectant mother in Lark Rise. Apparently, the ladies of the church donate all sorts of baby items to a communal basket which is loaned out to a family while their baby is in need of such things. What a brilliant idea! And back then, when everything had to be handmade I imagine it would have been quite an undertaking to prepare for a baby without hand-me-downs.

Mrs. Arless, the recipient, moaned that nearly every butt that walked down the road had worn the nappies in the basket! But isn't that a grand plan? Since babies are rarely in the same size long enough to wear out clothing and such (you only have to go to garage sales to know that) they would pass them on and on. Nowadays, I would hardly think this idea would fly, though. People are so obsessed with hygiene and germs, but I thought this was a really lovely idea.

I tried researching the custom but I can barely scratch up a mention if it. Maybe I don't know the correct term, they just called it the baby box on the show. I found one mention of the "parish baby basket" in the book The Rise and Fall of Art Needlework: Its Socio-Economic and Cultural Aspects by Linda Cluckie. She mentions that it is a charitable purpose that ladies might embroider for. I wonder how widespread the practice was.