Another big girl crochet cardi, this time with flower

This is the last result of my big-autumn-kids-cardigan-crocheting era.

When I found this tutorial on Vicarno’s Mama, I knew instantly that this is going to be a cardigan made for my daughter, and also one made for my niece. You can see the first result, my daughter’s striped, colourful cardigan here.

As for my niece, who just turned 3 years last month, I decided to modify the original pattern to start with 50 chains, and using dcs again, instead of hdcs. I decided to go with different colours, divided a bit differently, and also, for a more feminine look I made a shell-edging alongside the neck, bottom and front openings, plus, I added a crochet rose to the chest.

What do you think? ๐Ÿ™‚

Big girl crochet cardi with flower

 

I am actually very happy with the result. I am thinking about going back to my daughter’s cardi, and finish the edges with shells there too, because it gives a little bit more straight, finished look to the cardigan.

Look at the details ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how the two different kind of yarns, the merino wool and the alpaca-mohair blanding work together.

Details with flower

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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

Little Girl’s Tee Dress

I am on a serious stash busting mission recently. Yes, I guess I have a problem – when I see some cute fabric, especially when it’s designed for kids, and even especially when they are on sale, I just cannot help it, I have to buy a meter or two of them… Probably you know the feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, this habit of mine actually leads to a storing problem of the above mentioned cute fabrics. So I decided that this summer I am not going to buy new clothes for my kids (or for myself), I am going to make them. Because I can ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tee Dress

So I decided to make a small, girly version of the summer dress I made for myself, and asked Cherry to choose a fabric from my stash. She picked a lovely, summery fabric with funny peacocks on it. After picking the fabric, she pointed out, that one of her little horse toys is very sad, because he doesn’t have his own blanket, and is freezing, poor thing. So after I am done with her dress, will I make a blankie for the horsie of the same fabric please? Well, of course I made one. I don’t want to be blamed if the horse catches a cold, or something ๐Ÿ™‚

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Making the dress again was super easy and super fast. I just picked a shirt that fits Cherry perfectly, folded in half and placed it on a piece of pattern paper. I draw along the edges, and prolonged the pattern at the bottom to the desired lenght, so instead of a shirt, it becomes a dress.

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Once the pattern was done, I took the fabric, and folded it into 4, with the wrong side out. I placed the pattern alongside the fold, and cut it. This way I got two pieces of dress-like fabrics, that I just had to sew together along the shoulders and sides.

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After that i adjusted the lenght of the dress and cut a little bit more of the neckline in the front, zigzagged all over, and sew a hem on them. And done ๐Ÿ™‚

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Told you. Easy ๐Ÿ™‚ Now we just have to wait for the nice summer weather to return, so Cherry can wear it.

 

Summer dress

Oh, hello! How have you been? Haven’t seen each other for a while, eh? For about a month…

I haven’t been lazy, though… I have done a lot of things, I just haven’t found the opportunity to write about them. Well, probably I could have if i really wanted to, but I guess I was suffering from some kind of writers’ block. Anyhow, I am back, rejoice ๐Ÿ™‚

This is going to be a relatively short post, since I have the board of the School’s Support Association coming for a meeting in the evening to discuss a lot of important things, and I still have to make the house look presentable, and bake something for them.

But let me tell you about my new favourite dress! Originally I am not a very big fan of dresses, somehow the shop bought dresses simply don’t seem to fit me properly, they all hang on me in a weird, uncomfortable way. Even the jersey ones. At places they are far too tight, at other points they are just too loose. But now I decided to end this, and make my own summer dress!ย 

I found this very nice tutorial of a Tee dress from ICandy, and I followed her steps. It was so easy, I cannot even tell you! I might make a few more of the same dress, in different colours, probably also different lenghts…

I just took my favourite T-shirt, drew a pattern around it, extended it to a comfortable dress lenght, grabbed a piece of summery-flowery knit fabric, and tadaaa!

Dress Collage

Please excuse my shiny, white legs, even though summer and sunshine is coming, I can reassure you, my tan will not get any better than this, sorry ๐Ÿ™‚

I simply love this dress! I have been wearing it day and night (not literally, of course), it is simply perfect for everything! For example a lovely stroll around in Grenaa, when we visited my husband’s parents, for my mother-in-law’s birthday last Saturday.

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Shop Opening

The time has come, my darlings, I have opened my shop ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been working on my Etsy account very diligently, and after listing my first 11 items, I am now officially open, hurray ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s all prop some virtual champagne for the occasion, shall we?

Right now I only have children pants for sale, but I will keep you updated about everything new, wether you are interested or not ๐Ÿ˜›

I am very excited, a little bit proud and a tiny bit scared at the same time, and I am very-very curious if anyone ever going to buy anything from me… ha, that’s the spirit ๐Ÿ™‚

But anyway, if you have kids, grandchildren, if your best friend has kids, grandchildren, or if you are just interested in my new little shop, check it out!

The Tilda Belt

Saturday’s gonna be a big day: Paddington turns 2! Yay ๐Ÿ™‚ It also means a nice little family celebration at his grandparents, and Mommy (aka me) wants to look nice for the occasion ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a beautiful, deep turquoise warm jersey dress, my Mum sewed it for me for Christmas. And though it is officially spring now, a warm jersey dress will just do fine in the current temperature…

However, I think the dress needs a belt. Something lovely. So today I fixed one for myself ๐Ÿ™‚

I looked around a little bit on Pinterest, and found this tutorial on fabric belts. Didn’t look too complicated, so I gave it a go ๐Ÿ™‚ I read the instructions once, chose a beautiful birdy fabric from Tilda, that will go in colour to the dress, and went over to the sunroom, which I currently use as a sewing room.

tilda fabric

 

This is how I did:

First of all I cut off a wide stripe of fabric, and zigzagged the edges, just to be sure. Then I folded itย in half, right side facing up, and ironed it, to create a crease.

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After opening up the fold, I folded a little part in and pressed it along both sides by ironing them.

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The next step was to fold in and press the edges, just like in origami ๐Ÿ™‚ All the way long I made sure that the folds are the same size on both sides.

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Now I folded ย the belt again, wrong sides facing, and ironed again carefully, to make it ready for sewing.

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Finally I sewed along all the sides.

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And ta-daaam, it was already done ๐Ÿ™‚

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I tried it on with my turquoise jersey dress. I really like the result, however, the belt could be a little longer, so I could make a nice big bow on one side. Anyway, maybe next time I will make a longer belt. Live and learn ๐Ÿ™‚

turquoise dress

But you can also wear it with some jeans…

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Ballon pants for my kids

When it comes to dressing my children, my first priority is that the clothes are practical and comfy. They are at the age of 4 and 2, they should have clothes on that allow them to crawl, to jump, to roll on the floor, to climb upstairs, to tickle each other (an the parents… and vica versa), to paint, to glue, to cook, to go outside and play catch-me-if-you can, to fight with the dog over food…

But I also like to dress them cute and stylish. In funy colours, with fun patterns, in clothes that are a bit unique and not everyone has them in the kindergarden.

When I shop for them, I mainly do it in H&M, because I find that it is good quality for good price, and also looks very nice. But last week, when I went to one these shops to find some new pants for Cherry (she seemed to grow out of all her trousers just overnight), I was a little bit disappointed. All the trousers offered for her age and size were the skinny style jeans, in different colours, or leggings. I didn’t want to buy her more leggings, she needs something a little bit more warm, and I am definately not going to buy her skinny jeans, because they are a pain to put on her, they are pushing her belly when playing in them and don’t allow free movements. Even I find skinny jeans a bit uncomfortable, and believe me, it is very rare that I am climbing over low fences or under small bushes in my free time, holding some plushies under my one arm and some sticks in my other hand… I understand that skinny jeans are in fashion, but for girls aged 2-8 years? No,thank you.

So I came home, and turned to my good-old pattern of balloon pants. You might remember, that I purchased some gorgeous fabric from Spoonflower recently. Well, when I was washing and hanging the fabric, Cherry saw them and immediately expressed her desire to have something made for her of the fabric with the dog cameos on. And Paddington did the same, repeating his favourite word, cars cars cars (so far that is the only word he says in both of his languages), pointing at the cute blue fabric with cars, buses, trucks and tractors on. So the choice of fabric was kind of clear ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here are Cherry’s new balloon pants, with dog faces on them, nice and comfy, wide and warm around the legs, and with some soft jersey fabric at the waist, which is my favourite part in the whole pattern, because no matter how much she fiddles around in the pants, her little waist is never gonna get uncovered and exposed to the cold.

Cherrys

And here are Paddington’s, I don’t even remember how I managed to finish them, because he was always next to me when I was working with the fabric, petting it, and pointing out the figures on it, repeating cars cars cars and tractor tractor tractor like a broken record ๐Ÿ™‚ He didn’t even want to let the pants out of his sight for the little time I was trying to make a picture of them, notice Paddington’s little fat feetsies next to them on the picture ๐Ÿ™‚ 2 seconds later he snatched the pants from the floor and started to run around with them in the room…

Paddingtons