Fluffy jumpers for babies

Now there are two babies to knit for. I’m not sure I can keep up with demand as well as my expectations of what I should be able to achieve…..so many things to do, so little time……

However, after the Christmas presents were (finally) finished, I turned my hand to a bit of knitting for our little boys.

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Such has been the pressure to meet the Christmas and baby deadlines I don’t have photo’s for the finished crochet baby blanket, the knitted pram blanket (in the same fluffy turquoise/lilac yarns as above), the elephant comfort blanket, the tiny baby cardigan and hat, the big baby jumper…....oh and the giant version of the crochet christmas tree. The little version was a quick secret santa present for work (below). I liked it so much that I made one for myself :) It did add to the pressure though, but hey, it amused me and that’s the main thing. Mine is 13 rows of bobbles whereas the little one below is just 7 rows. It was made with 3 strands of yarn and a 9mm hook - I basically kept going until I ran out of wool!.

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The Christmas homemade extravaganza

This Christmas I surpassed myself. I may even have reached the pinnacle of homemade excellence never to be repeated again. The festive family treat was……..



………drum roll……….

…………a crochet mini-me doll.

Doesn’t sound that great, but the detail provoked the expected response of hilarity all round.

Now for the big reveal…….our family!

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We do seem to be a bit of a wild haired bunch! I’m the one next to the lad with trainers. Sadly, I ran out of time for everyone to get footwear. The smallest members of the family were a bit tricky, especially the one not born at the time of the unwrapping - see below…..our youngest member of the family safely came into the world on 27th December. Obviously, he was tucked away under the dress for Christmas.

Apologies for the slightly blurry photo’s, it was all a bit of a rush to finish and wrap before the family xmas get together which was 3 days before Christmas!

 

Another little family group with the ‘big’ baby……he’s not actually that big, it was just a bit tricky to make to the correct proportion as I had to make it up as I went along.

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Now for the brother and sister duo, which is already out of date as the lad now has blue hair instead of grey - it doesn’t show up so well on these photo’s but he is actually a dark blond in real life

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This is AC….(everyone’s Aunty ), looking a bit ‘Adams family’ in my interpretation

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Last but not least……me and Richard

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Thanks to the inspiration and pattern from Kerry Lord ‘Edwards Doll Emporium’. For information these dolls were made using the smaller doll size from the Simply Crochet magazine calendar.

It doesn’t quite end here as I’m making a Shamus (the dog) and Tigger (the cat) to add to the daughter’s little crew…….photos will follow.

Batty about bats

 

I couldn't resist making this little chap when I saw the pattern in 'Edwards Menagerie' by Kerry Lord at Toft Uk.

After all the fuss and bother over the bat survey for the barns it just made me smile to think of someone reporting it to the local planning authority. Obviously, once we have lights he won't be able to perch on the wiring, but I'm sure we'll find somewhere for him to go. I'm now making a second one.........just because.......

Cray fish

 

We were very surprised to see this on the the lane up to the barns a week ago after a very heavy downpour.......

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We were in a bit of a rush because we were just about to set off on our holidays and didn't want to spend a lot of time investigating. However, it seemed quite dead (or a little bit plastic) so we moved it to the side of the lane with a stick and left it. We will conduct some further enquiries and see if it's still lying around!

Baby Grow Bag

There is still a baby theme at the moment in my world of home making, with the latest request being a couple of baby grow bags. This sort of thing wasn't around when my babies were babies so I had to do a bit of investigation before starting. I made a pattern from baby's current shop bought bag and set about making one with some subtle but cute fabric, some spare quilt wadding and a cotton sheet (a too small reject from our bed), and of course a zip. I'm a bit out of practice at making things, but was pleased with the finished bag. More to the point, Mum and baby loved it.

Crochet teddy bunting

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It seemed a good idea to make use of the crochet ribbon from the parcel, so now it's teddy bunting for the nursery. Ahhhhhhh

The teddy pattern is from patternsforcrochet.co.uk - thanks for the free pattern!