The little one is due to make her appearance any day now and I am so excited - it seems like it's passed in the blink of an eye, but yet an eternity at the same time! I am hoping she will arrive on her own schedule, but if not I am booked for an induction on Thursday so only 5 days max to wait.
Today I thought I'd update on my nursery crafting, since that's where I have put most of my effort. First the nursery curtains...
Now home dec sewing is not something I do a lot of. It's like alterations and remakes for me - just not my thing. I really admire people who get pleasure from making cushions and duvets (and curtains) but for me it will always be a chore. Unfortunately I couldn't find any ready made curtains I liked so making them was my only option.
You may have noticed by my previous posts (here and here) that I have fully embraced the creation of softies. This has been a revelation to me as I would have never thought I would love making toys so much. Not only are they pretty quick and easy but you get to use up all those odd balls of yarn and bags of stuffing that are lying around cluttering up the place. I am going to go out on a limb here as well and say that a cute little toy may even be more appreciated that a lovingly handworked blanket for some people - we all know not everyone appreciates how much effort goes into some of these gifts but a sweet little animal always gets a gasp! Here's a rogues gallery for your amusement. The odd man out is the pink teddy on the right hand side - he is my first teddy from when I was a baby!
I previously mentioned I had signed up for the Amigurumi Woodland Animals course on Craftsy - I am so glad I did!The teacher is as adorable as the projects are. I diligently worked through them all in order. Even though I am a pretty experienced crocheter I did pick up some new tips along the way, yet I think a determined beginner could certainly handle this course. I particularly liked the bonus lesson on baby-safe eyes. So simple but I will now use them on all my softie projects.
The first project was the bluebird, which was super simple and took only 2 evenings after work to complete. I think my fella likes this one best of all, even though there is absolutely nothing to it. I even fantasised for a while about making several in fine yarn to make a little mobile or thing to string across the pram (I still might do this). I used a double strand of 4ply baby wool and a 5mm hook.
Wow, this is turning into a marathon post but one more project before I sign off. After making and loving the giraffe from the Craftsy course (not so) Itty Bitty Giraffe, I signed up to Susan Anderson's other course Wee Ones. This is a course for seamless knit toys that you work from the top down. First you make one of three heads, then you pick up stitches and knit the body and arms like a top down sweater. The legs are added like 'afterthought heels' in sock knitting. So a great opportunity to learn and practice some intermediate techniques in a small setting. I made the rabbit and she came out lovely - the only change I made was to substitute chain loops for the pom pom tail - just to be sure it's baby safe. I think mine might be a bit chubbier than the example as the little top is a bit more cropped than I thought it would be. This is another terrific course and one I can highly recommend.
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