I made these stuffed fabric stacking rings for Amelia. Once she can sit, I'll make a little wooden post for her to stack them on. For now, she likes to practice her new ability to hold things with the green and blue rings.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I used Fuzzy Mitten's siamese cat pattern, with minor modifications--I did the ears differently than directed, and modified the face shape very slightly.
I used a great alpaca/wool/silk blend for the body: nice and firm, but soft. The darkest brown yarn matches Amelia's baby blanket
Monday, June 18, 2007
After 3 months of wearing whatever would go over my distended body, I've been dying for some new clothes. Specifically, I want a dress: dresses are so cute this season, and I like dresses best anyway. Unfortunately, they're also the hardest thing to nurse in, so I'm planning to make a couple myself, engineered for easy nursing! They may become prototypes for a line of nursing clothes I'm considering making...
To prepare, I padded the boob area of my dress form (which I made) to match my new, nursing proportions. Of course, the rest of me doesn't look like that yet, but: wow.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Presley's mother gave me the little yellow baby hat on the left; it's one he wore when he was tiny-tiny. I love the pattern, but it's acrylic yarn, so I decided to copy it in nicer yarn. In the middle, you can see the yarns I choose. On the right, you can see the hat in progress.
The hat came out so-so. The melon-colored yarn is too floppy for the style, and I think the original knitter changed needle sizes for the neck band, which I didn't do. All in all, the original has a much nicer shape.
I'll post another photo when she get's old enough to actually wear it.
Monday, June 11, 2007
When Amelia first came out, she had a Very Small Head. The lovely volunteers at the hospital make baby hats, but that was her only hat, and it was acrylic (okay, I'm a yarn snob).
I tried to buy her another one, but apparently, baby hats don't come that small, so I resolved to make one.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
...I (mostly) finished the dressers after two weeks of frustration and great deal of help from Presley's mom, Andrea. I learned that lesson: "accept help". I didn't learn the other obvious lesson: "keep it simple": I stubbornly stuck with my original design, including the inside of the drawers in a contrast color!
This is a project I undertook the first week after Amelia's birth. ...Well, actually the first 2 weeks.
I quickly realized that all those tiny little clothes, etc. needed a place to go, so I ( okay, my mother-in-law) bought some little dressers. I've always wanted to do a project with Milk Paint ever since my husband started using it in his art, so I chose unfinished wood dressers.
I designed two color schemes and sent Presley and his mom out for supplies. The problems began almost immediately: The pink dresser required two colors: Salmon and Salem red--the art store was out of Salem red. They're still out, that's why the top drawer is unpainted!
If any of you have worked with milk paint, you know it's a project just to get it mixed. I did a pretty bad job at first, and ended up needing more white to make up for waste. I also discovered that certain colors--including white & light tints--gel up in the fridge and become unuseable!
The day I started this prect was the first day I experienced "baby blues"--I felt hopelessly incapable.
In the end, I mostly finished the dressers