Fall Time Is Crochet Time

It is funny, how I set aside crocheting this summer, and favoured sewing instead. Probably the sunshine and warm weather calls for other activities than cuddling up on the couch, surrounded by yarn.

But autumn is back, and I have started different crochet-projects again.

The first one is the most important one, and also the most exciting of all: Have I told you that I’m going to be an auntie again??? Well, I am ๐Ÿ™‚ According to the plan, my husband’s sister is giving birth to her second, a baby boy, in exactly 4 weeks. Well, we know that the business of birth rarely goes according to any plans, so let’s just say, it can happen anytime. We are all very excited about the growing belly and looking forward to meet the new addition to our family. This baby, just like my now 3-year-old niece, is going to be a winter baby. Winter babies need lots of cardigans!ย 

I went to my favourite local yarn shop, resisted the urge to buy everything I saw, and after a lot of hesitation and yarn touching, I chose a few balls of super soft, easy care merino wool baby yarn in different colours. You see, I am about to crochet a lot of cardigans and vests, not only for my upcoming nephew and my niece, but also for my own children.ย 

For the newborn cardigan, after days and days of research on my pinterest board, I chose this pattern: the simple method of making two granny hexagons, and join them. You can find a lot of tutorials on this, I chose to follow this oneย of Trash to Treasure. I made two identical hexagons, each of 8 rows. However, I didn’t make a hood for the cardigan, as it is going to be mainly used inside, and not as an outside jacket. For the closing I opted for a pair strings instead of buttons.ย 

And here it is:

Hexagon Baby Cardigan

 

What you cannot see on the picture is that is just so lovely and soft! You just want to rub your face in it ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope the baby will appreciate it too ๐Ÿ™‚

Details in grey and baby blue

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Crochet and other beautiful things – and by that I mean, a newborn baby

I have been practicing diligently. I find the best way to do so, is to engage myself in different projects.

My very first crocheting project is the retro circle blanket. I really love making the squares, it is quite relaxing on the evenings. It is also very popular with Cherry, she always crawls up next to me on the sofa, helping me by holding the pieces I am done with, and praising me “Oh, Mummy, this is beautiful. Have you made this?” ๐Ÿ™‚ She also emphasized the fact, that she looooves the colours I chose, so I decided, that the blanket is going to be hers, once done ๐Ÿ™‚ It is going to be 7*10 squares big, and I am doing quite well, 20 of the squares already being done. Originally I wanted circles of 5 different colours, but obviously Cherry got to pick more, since it’s gonna be her blanket, after all. “Pink is my favourite… but also red and purple and orange!” So I’m gonna include those colours as well ๐Ÿ™‚ The more the merrier, ain’t that right?

blanket progress

In the meantime I also started and finished another, tiny little crocheting project too.

Our dear friends welcomed their baby daughter to the world exactly two weeks ago, and today we visited the new little princess and her 4-year-old big brother in their home. I thought that I’m gonna complete the store-bought gifts with something hand-made, and decided to try to make a pair of baby booties for the little girl. I started Thursday evening, and finished it today, literally 2 minutes before we sat in the car to go and visit them. Excellent timing, I would say ๐Ÿ™‚

I followed a pattern I found on Bernat, and used some nice, rosey yarn.

baby booties

Aren’t they just the cutest little things? ๐Ÿ™‚

tiny booties

Well, I think they are a perfect match for this perfect, beautiful, peaceful and absolutely wonderful baby girl. Tiny booties for a tiny baby ๐Ÿ™‚

tiny baby

During our visit she hasn’t cried at all, when I held her she had no weight compared to my kids, and her Mummy was shining ofย happiness. Little angel ๐Ÿ™‚

The printer drawers

For this post I have to get back to last December.

This is when I decided that I was going to attempt to make two of those beautiful, colourful printer drawers for the shared baby room, that are so popular in Denmark, and very expensive. I gathered my inspiration and paper supplies mainly from Papir og Tapet, a little webshop, started by a Danish mother. After that I went to a hobby shop, and bought two of the biggest printer drawers I could find ๐Ÿ™‚ And I was ready to start my very first DIY project, hurray ๐Ÿ™‚

I started by painting the drawers. And again, and again ๐Ÿ™‚ Each of them got 3 layers of plain hobby paint. Since I wanted to make all the decorations for my daughter pink and green, and for my son blue and red, I chose a neon pink colour for hers, and a simple blue for his. I became a little exhausted by all this painting (I was mainly painting during the night, in the kids sleeping time), I took some break from the actual physical work, and turned to planning. I carefully measured the boxes in the drawers. and picked two times 46 custom cut pieces of paperย scraps. That was by far my favourite part, I love picking nice papers ๐Ÿ™‚ For my daughter the dominant colour of the scraps became green, and for my son, red. I also paid attention to details, and tried to collect patterns and motives that are somewhat connected to my kids, like squirrels and birds and Mickey Mouse for her (we used to call her Squirrel when she was a baby, and obviously at that point she was fond of birds and Mickey Mouse Club House), and cars, trains, stars, vikings, soldiers and hamsters for the baby boy (yes, we used to call him Hamster ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

All I had to do now, was to glue those scraps in their destined places, and I was ready, and happy, and very proud of myself, after all, these to babies were my very first ones ๐Ÿ™‚

First they were put up in their temporary places in the apartment we used to rent at that point, each of them above a crib/ baby bed. But now they are hanging happily in their final spots, in our new house ๐Ÿ™‚ I will come with more pictures of them, when I write about the baby rooms, I promise ๐Ÿ™‚