Baby Bassinet

When we found out we were Pregnant with our second baby it was a bit of a surprise, not unlike our first baby, but we actually realized what adding a child to our mix looked and felt like. Jesse was only 6 months old and we were just getting used to his little self being there. It was pretty surreal. But more then that it was going to take some thought to manage these two littles, since Jesse was nowhere near being done with his crib. So I thought about getting another crib, and a very good friend even offered me one to borrow, but then one day on my ramblings through Goodwill I found this:iphone june 2014 074It was priced for $25 and my pregnant brain couldn’t decide if that was too much or not. So I texted a picture to my Husband and he laughed and said you better get it or I will go there and get it. I just about missed out because of pregnant brain. I took it home and then I got excited realizing the fun I could have. So one evening I went to Joann’s fabrics (click here for a link to coupon page) and probably spent two hours feeling all the fabric and looking at EVERY conceivable material that could work and eventually I settled on this mixture of prints and patterns:

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I love that its yellow, teal, and grey, and has birdies. Not too feminine for a boy (even though at the time we didn’t know what we were having) and definitely made me smile. Most of these will be made into a patchwork blankie, with the grey mink as the backing, but that hasn’t happened yet. I only got the bassinet done before the baby was born, but I am planning to make the blankie yet for him, because nobody ever outgrows a mink blankie. Anyway back to the bassinet, I had to build the mattress and bumper pads from scratch, so really all I did was measure the bottom and sides and cut foam to that size and then sew a cover for the foam:

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I found the Green foam at Joanns as well and cut it to size. I did two layers since the thickness wasn’t enough with one but all the other kinds of foam Joanns had were too thick. I didn’t want him to sink into it.

The second picture is of the end of the zipper. I sewed it in flat and then made the corners of the cover by turning the whole thing inside out, folding it diagonally against itself, and sewing a line across the corners. Like this:

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It was a fun Project but I got close to not finishing because I went into labor a week early and was still working on the bumper pads for the sides. I didn’t get any good pictures on doing that process since I was kinda just trying to stay sane and focus through the contractions. But I did get the mattress and one side done before the little man came the next day. Here is a picture of him breaking it in just home from the hospital 🙂

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And here he is today just playing in it for fun.

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He has out grown it now, so we found a different use for it:

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I do believe they have too many stuffed animals, but oh well at least they have a place to put them 🙂

Till next time, hug your babies tight and remember to thank God for them everyday.

Next up Matching outfits for a wedding.

Another one . . . . And a free pattern.

Well this post is about another hat. One with a little more intricate detailing then the previous hats. It’s also about another baby Jones. We are expecting to welcome a new little Jones in the next month or so, which is very exciting, as well as scary. With our first little monkey we decided not to find out the gender before he was born, and we are doing the same with this baby Jones. So I needed to make a hat for this baby that can work for a boy or a girl. Because every baby needs to be welcomed with a hat, or ten, duh.

So I choose this teal cotton since it works for a boy and with a little embellishments and bling also works for a girl. Here are some pictures:

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Here is a link to the free pattern which is called the horseshoe lace cap.

The band of this hat is worked in the rib stitch, one purl one knit, but the knit stitch is worked in the back loop which gives the band a nice tight braided look. Here is a picture of what the rib stitch worked in the back loop looks like:

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This is what a normal rib stitch would look like:

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Now in case it’s a girl, I found this great tutorial on how to crochet triple layer flowers

I haven’t sewn the flower the hat yet, but plan to fix it with a big sparkly button in the center of the flower if it is a girl.

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Here is a picture of the top, with my little guy modelling it. The picture is a little dark, but it shows the details very well.

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So to conclude, if you would like to find out whether we had a boy or a girl, comment and come back to get details and pictures. Then be sure to bug me till I post pictures if it takes more then a month, and a half. 🙂 >

Red Scarf For Christmas

After going through all the totes and boxes of various crafts, yarn and material this summer, I decided I have way too many unfinished projects. They are started with really good intentions but then that new pattern just screams to be made. So I put aside what I’m working on and start a new project only to realize a couple months later the first one isn’t done yet. So I made a pact with myself, for every two old projects I complete I can start one new one. That way its not just working on old projects all the time but eventually I should catch up, right? Well so far I have managed to complete four old projects (I think I might have started at least three new ones though, oops) I just have to post them now so you all can see the finished product.

This is a scarf I started last year around Christmas time. It was snowy and cold and I made the mistake of browsing the Hobby Lobby selection of new yarn. They had this amazing lace weight ruby red with sequins attached yarn. I needed it. It was perfect for this pattern which I got from the book ‘Knitted Lace Of Estonia’. It is a very good book, by the way, if you are interested in Knitting lace and comes with a DVD tutorial. So here are some pictures:

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Cast on

The cast on was a technique I had never tried but it wasn’t difficult to do. It started with a crochet chain of scrap yarn, you can see the grey I used. Then the lace yarn was picked up through the chain and cast on the needle. You can see this on the picture to the left a little better. After the desired number os stitches were cast on you just started to knit the pattern.

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The pattern was very pretty and it was called the Triinu Scarf. It is a variation on the Lily of the Valley pattern. As you can see it has little nupps in the center of the V’s. These are created by picking up seven stitches in a single stitch and then knitting all seven stitches into one on the opposite side. (the technique is a little tough at first but its not hard once you get the idea) If you have had trouble doing this one please comment and I can give you some tips on how I made it work for me.

Reverse cast on to finish lace edgingAfter completely knitting to the end of the pattern repeats and finishing with a lace edge, it was time to complete the matching lace edge on the bottom where the original cast on had started the scarf. This was so simple and something I will do again on any scarf.

The scrap thread was simply pulled back and the chain slowly undone to reveal the loop of the cast on stitches. As I was pulling the scrap thread out of its chain I picked up the loops with my needle and just like that had all the stitches cast on seamlessly. I then knitted the same lace edging as I had finished the other end with, and the scarf was complete. Below you can see the Lace edging drying  out after being blocked to make the points more prominent. And the final picture of the completed scarf.

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It was completed just on time for Christmas this year and I gave it to my Mom. If you look closely you can see that this scarf is also featured in the banner/picture at the top of my blog.

Merry Christmas to all and A Blessed New Year. My new years resolution is to complete more half made projects 😉 and start a couple of new ones.

Triplets for Christmas

Recently in Grand Junction a set of Triplet baby girls were born. They have two older sisters and the parents were greatly surprised at these new additions. Some good people in the Community decided to pitch in and help organize and gather up things for these new little ones. My Mom and I found out about it and decided to crochet the three quilts that follow. I had a bunch of yarn that wasn’t being used and since the colors were perfect we got started the minute we could.

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Mom made the one on the left and in the middle and I did the one on the right. They are a granny square pattern, hounds tooth (my Mom loves this stitch, and I’ve never done it) and the zig zag pattern. Mom finished around them with a simple chain picot combination.

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New Baby Booties – Crochet

It all started with a granny square blanket, well actually it started with yarn lust. The yarn was exceptionally soft and had such a pretty combination of colours. There was purple, light green, yellow and then a variegated one to match. I made the granny square blanket first and had just a little yarn to spare. My sister had sent me some patterns she purchased (here) to have me make booties for her new baby girl. Well those scraps screamed at me to make more booties to go with this blanket.

As you can see I had all the patterns and was trying to decide which ones to make.

I started with the purple and made the sole of the bootie.

Then I switched thread and used the variegated one to do the pattern part, and completed it with purple, and sewed on the little white buttons.

The second pair made with pearly white and pink yarn. I love these!!

This is the completed product. I think they turned out well and they only took me about 45 minutes each Bootie.