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Spring Sewing

Come spring in Christchurch, specially in Hagley Park , Daffodils ,Hyacinths , Cherry Blossoms, Kowhai,  Magnolias, against the bright clear blue sky , together with   brand new green leaves on  the trees,  put on a spectacular show for all to enjoy.DSC_0393DSC_0425.JPGDSC_0428The flowers, sunshine and the bird songs does something to the mind and automatically uplifts the spirits.

I was in the mood for tidying up my messy craft corner.As I was cleaning, I realised that I had  posted about this very special  bag only on Instagram.This space being place to record all the things I make, I decided this bag had to be on the blog. DSC_0123First of all,it was the fabric name ‘Makers’ by Cori Danitini  that caught my attention and then of course, the print  was too hard to pass by.DSC_0128I decided to make a reversible bag using a picture I saw on Pinterest, as reference. Since I used the entire panel for the pattern, I only used the panel size as the size of the bag and kind of made up as I went along. I also used the panel for lining so that it would be truly reversible.DSC_0131I also referred to Ayumi’s Reversible patchwork bag pattern for attaching the drawstring casing.

The beads I got in India, came in handy for adding finishing touches to the cord.

The sweet print and pattern came together so well and quickly became a personal favourite finish.

The flowers , birds and the general magic of witnessing the earth come alive in a myriad of colours, cast a spell on me and I had to do something to celebrate the promise of warmer days in the air.

I tried the same pattern I made for the previous bag but this time with fusible interfacing. It did not turn out exactly as I envisioned it. Will keep trying though.

The bag and the tulips that grew in spite  my negligence  of my garden ,had to be documented and hence they are here.DSC_0346

The Putitputi pouch collection  was inspired by the desire to bring all the delightful elements of spring into the craft space.

Putiputi by the way, means flowers in the Maori language  These pouches were well received and I was thrilled with the positive feedback I got on them too.

Of the two people who bought from this collection, one of them has received her package and was extremely happy while the other unexpectedly  has not yet received hers thanks to NZ post. Fingers crossed it will reach her soon. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say  about her bag.

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The other couple of projects I made were commissioned by a lovely lady from church. She wanted two baby blankets  in blue for friends who were both expecting baby boys. Her other brief was  something that will not be available in the regular baby sections of stores.

I decided to go with my ever favourite woodland theme for both.

For the first quilt I went with a simple squares and it measures 30″ x 35 ”

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For this quilt, I used the Fast Four -Patch Pattern from Diary of a Quilter

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In my hurry  to pack and give it to her, I forgot to take pictures of the backing. Both the quilts are backed with dimpled minky fabric.

It completely made my day to  see the happy smiles on her face and hear her say that it was hard for her to choose which one to give her favourite friend .

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Antler Hat

Every single winter since I came to New Zealand, I’ve wanted to get a cabled hat. A cream one. Now I’m not big on wearing hats but that’s another story. Anyways, every time I see a cream cabled hat in Kmart, I’d come with some excuse not to get it .The underlining  fact behind all those excuses is one and only reason .And that is ,like every maker, I always think I can totally make that  .

Only, I never get around to making it because I’m distracted by something or the other . Another reason I’ve realised over time is that when something intimidates me, I keep putting it off until I work up enough courage to tackle it. Thats what happened to the cabled hat as well.

Then in one of the video podcasts I watch, I saw a baby cabled hat and heard of the Antler hat pattern from Tin can Knits.Since this site is widely spoken of as a beginner friendly pattern site, I decided to give the baby Antler hat a go, the smaller size seemed less intimidating. The sizes run from baby to adult size.

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A few false starts later, it was smooth sailing. I still made a few mistakes because I was too tired   and sleepy to count properly or distracted.

I used one whole skein of Heritage Polwarth   and 5 mm Chiagoo needles.

Project Details :

Yarn : Heritage Polwarth 8 ply  shade : 404 Karr Pink  Batch 103932-33

Needles : 4mm and 5mm Chiagoo needles

Pattern : Antler Hat by Alexa Ludeman

Tid Bit : “Now I’d actually pay you to make me something like that ”  Those words coming from an usually disinterested teen is high praise  I think and says a lot about the pattern 🙂

DSC_0349This hyacinth plant is special because  it reminds me of a friend who came by to spend half a day with me. When she came to visit me, she brought this lovely hyacinth plant for me. I never knew hyacinths had such  sweet scent before then.We shared a meal, learned a little bit about each other, exchanged recipes and bid good bye.

When the flowers withered, I planted  the bulbs and did not remember  about them until I saw the flowers.

They remind me of  a lovely time and also that spring is slowly making her entrance .Can’t wait to see the earth bloom and come alive with flowers of different colours.

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Baby gifts

Baby showers are a great excuse to make baby gifts. I love making gifts for babies not only because of how adorable they look but it also makes me marvel at the miracle of life itself, in the words of the Psalmist, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made”.Those verses in Psalm 139 : 14-16, they get me every single time.

I have been plotting and planning to make gifts for a special friend in church, who is having a baby very soonbaby quilt

This was not the original quilt I had planned for her. Like I have done several times before,I changed my mind after I finished making  quilt top with the fabrics I had got before and decided to make her another one

For this simple baby quilt,I used  the dreamy , whimsical woodland themed Hushabye hollow (by Lydia Nelson for Moda) charm pack that I had in my stash plus some extra yardage to make this quilt so that the baby can use it upto toddler stage. I backed it with the softest minky in a soothing  fawn colour. I also added my Hold&Cherish label to it.

Then I also made her a stroller knit blanket with 100% New Zealand Organic Merino.This yarn is no longer available so I’m really happy I had enough to make this blanket. I misplaced the care labels I had printed earlier somewhere and so couldn’t attach it to the blanket. knit baby blankie

The pattern for this blanket was part of a test pattern I did back in June here. You can read how I got to be test knitter in the first place here. Makes me smile every time!

I used my 4.5 mm ChiaoGoo fixed knitting needles for it and they are a dream to knit with.I’ve used a few circular knitting needles now to know that ChiaoGoo fixed circulars are my favourite . I plan to get them in a few sizes and lengths.

My friend is on FB and Instagram .I didn’t want to ruin the surprise  for her so I did not post it anywhere else online, except here because the maker in me couldn’t contain the excitement of having the gifts ready to give  to the precious baby. Fingers crossed these gifts will be received well  by my friend and be used till they fall apart.

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Sweet Baby set

 This Vanilla and Chocolate  baby blanket was custom made for my cousin who is going to have a baby soon.

The Blanket is my run-to baby blanket.

While I have made many baby blankets for little ones in the family, the flip flops are a first.

I rarely make baby booties or flip flops. I might have made a couple for Lil B and then for my nephew, that is it.

It took some time for me to get my head around the concept of  having to make a new born to three months size. Are baby feet really that small?!! What if it is too small, what if it doesn’t fit … ah those doubts come without calling!And then I checked the sole size for newborns and the size was spot on! phew! big relief.

I so wanted to add a ribbon to secure it tightly .The to-be parents have chosen not to find the gender of the baby yet and wanted a gender neutral option. And so i made this. After I packed and posted the package to Auckland, where it has reached now, I got an idea for a simple tie. Ah, hind sight is always 20/20!

At the moment I’m on a making mission . I have finished some of the unfinished projects that I had sitting in my WIP basket. Feeling very productive, I made a few more things with the plan of stocking them  in my Etsy Store.

Its the photography part of it that gives me the heebie-jeebies. However, slowly but surely  we will over come that too 😀

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Round Ripple Blanket

After I finished knitting the As sweet as honey Blanket, I wanted to make another blanket  for the little one . You see, I was feeling a tad guilty about not making a blanket specially for him. 

I had been eyeing this pattern for quite a long time, I tried once and failed mostly because I wasn’t paying attention .Then lost interest and gave up on it.

 This time around,there were no hiccups.I loved how quickly  it worked up and really enjoyed working on it. 

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The natural coloured yarn was gift from my aunt .she gave me two skeins of the Bernat Soft Boucle in Natural and the maroon,  also Bernat Soft Boucle ,was a ROAK(random act of kindness) from Shelle


Project Details: 

Hook :  6.0 mm  (J)

Yarn:Bernat Soft Boucle ( Natural and Maroon)

Pattern: Round Ripple 

Tid Bits: I added a Reverse Crochet edging  so that the edges would be sharp. 

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As Sweet As Honey

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The  brother and Sil announced that their baby no 2 is also going to be a boy. After having three boys in the family, we were waiting with baited breath for them to announce ,they were going to have a baby girl. Surely there needed to be a balance in this  high energy all boy household.

When they did announce that they were having a boy, all that the Silly aunt could think of was, what was she going to do with the lilac blanket that she was almost done knitting , anticipating a little girl.

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The Brother and Sil, being the good sports that they are, happily asked her to send it anyway! “We’ll get away with it as long as we can, the baby was not going to know what color blanket he was wrapped in” they joked.But have promised to point in her direction ,should he decide to sue them for therapy.

True to style, the grandparents can’t really understand the fuss about the colors.

In all honesty, small town that I am , did not know of the gender colors until I had Lil B and happily dressed Big B in colors that I liked. My brother and I wore all the colors of the rainbow too, when we were younger.Then the brother moved to the US of A, and started wearing grey and such boring colors 

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Anyways, the boys are super excited, there is going to be one more boy in the family.They high- fived and declared, they have one more hand to gang up against me! Ha! Really?!! Why?!!

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Baby Set

The much awaited new addition to the Clan, has finally made  his grand entrance, three days after his due date, just a day earlier to his grand aunt’s birthday. He is the cutest, with a tuft of thick dark hair on his perfect round head and perfect little features. My hands are just longing to hold the little munchkin and give him a squeeze.

I am not sure when I will be able to do that , but  these are the things that will be making their way to him in a few days  across the Ocean. DSCN2567

I’ve learnt to stick to familiar patterns when making gifts .The pebbles manly vest and the baby hat with ear flaps_ I have made both  before.I wanted to add a pair of bootees too, but I wasn’t able toDSCN2568

I found that little Scottie iron on patch at Daiso and  thought it’d look cute on the sweater.True enough it does, doesn’t it?. I think the mom will love it as she is a dog lover.

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Deneen’s Baby Blanket

It started as just a trying out an edging, session .I got carried away with it and crocheted way into the night till I was done  .

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The Close Up

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Project Details :

Pattern : Deneen’s Bubble Baby Blanket

Yarn :   For the Body _4 Skeins of King Cole Baby in Colour 059 Dye 62142

For the edging _0.5 Schachenmayr nomotto Bravo in Colour 8281 dye 81387

Hook : I /5.5mm Boye

Tid Bits :

I’ve made this pattern before.I didnot realise  that until I happened to check out my project page in Ravelry.Today when I was searching to link the pattern, my own previous post came up in the search! And guess what! I first tried the Tiramisu Blanket, this time as well and then switched to this one as it wasn’t quick enough!

Its the same yarn too!

This time around, I did not crochet with two strands of yarn Iike I did before.I made 110 foundation chains.

Good thing I decided to do a different colour edging this time around. :))

For the edging :

This is what I did.

Row 1 :Sc all around, make 3 SCs in the corners.

Row 2 : Sc, 3 Ch, Sc in the same stitch, skip 2 Sc, then repeat Sc, 3Ch, Sc . Repeat all around.

This pattern has become my run to pattern for a quick gift  .You can see how fast this worked up since I posted when I started as well.