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Scrap Sunday: Small tissue issue

Small tissue issue means there will be a big tissue issue post too, I just don’t get much time for crafting or blogging these days. It is all about decluttering and phone calls. Speaking of decluttering (I know, I am already getting off the track in line 3), I realised that the best way to declutter is to transform clutter into gifts for dear friends. Imagine, you are giving someone a pot and this person will then always remember you when she or he uses that pot to cook a delicious meal for family and friends (it is a big pot). Or when you give away some precious yarn instead of a knitted item. That way people can remember you not only when they are wearing or using whatever you knitted for them (which would be very time consuming for you) but you are also giving them the pleasure of creating something with their own hands. Of course I wouldn’t recommend giving someone hand dyed silk/merino if that person needs … say… two years for a tiny knitted square.

Anyway, back to Scrap Sunday and the tissue issue.

In my last knitting class, when we were celebrating the most outstanding projects people had finished over the course of a couple of weeks, months or even years, I realised that whilst I had helped many people to fall in love with knitting, I seem to personally have moved on. I rarely find the time to knit and focus much more on the sewing recently (or not so recently). In fact I am slightly jealous of my own students who have progressed so well and achieved so much whilst I am not able – for whatever reason – to stretch myself knittingwise.

So I decided to get started with a new and cool project soon, there is no point now just before moving and in the meantime to knit at least a little something for a friend who has patiently been waiting for a promised birthday gift since…. well, a while.

I came across a pattern for a tissue cozy (I guess a mobile phone would fit too) and made one using some left over pink Rowan Purelife Revive that I had used for a dress for my friend’s daughter and some green Stylecraft Cotton Classique.

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I added a bow because the little girl is always wearing cute hair clips. Well until she looses them.  I am so pleased to finally have used my knitting needles again, I even took the time to put it on ravelry.

 

 

 

 

Me Made May or Oh dear, oh dear

Yesterday, I read a blog post about Me Made May, a challenge just perfect for me as I often make things for others but not for me. Initially I wanted to participate next year but then I thought, better now and half hearted than forgetting about it (which is what would happen in the deep darkness of my brain, lets face it). It just made me pick up a few things (and thoughts) that I had lost in the piles of work.

So I pledged to sort out my wardrobe (which is still blocked by pregnancy clothes), to continue certain projects and to actually wear my me made stuff three times a week. So lets have a look at some of the things that I have actually made for myself (as part of the sorting out the wardrobe pledge)

This is actually one of the first items I have sewn for myself (not counting some experiments as a teenager, for example the christmas tree outfit for carnival). I had used a Burda pattern, following my measurements and it turned out to be about three sizes too big. I wanted to donate it to a charity shop and make a new one but my lovely sewing teacher showed me a few tricks, most importantly making that little pleat in the neckline to bring the front in.

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at the back, we made the darts longer, basically up to the neckline which was far too wide for my narrow shoulders.IMG_4867

I am pleased I had altered the initial one rather than making a new one and I would definitely still wear it but breastfeedingwise it is not quite  ideal 🙂

I would also love to wear the next one, but again, not exactly ideal for breastfeeding. This is the same pattern but modified to fit me (still needed to add that little pleat though).

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A couple of skirts which definitely don’t interfere with the feeding:

A super comfy one, using a pattydoo pattern:

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Recognise the fabric? Great idea but never really fitted.

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Another pattydoo skirt. Might make another one.

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A pleated skirt made for my nieces baptism, when I was a little bit pregnant.

IMG_3598 Maternity Rock blau orangeThe aim is to turn it into a non-maternity skirt…. it actually still fits as I made it to be worn under the bump. But there was a pleat mistake on the side so I will have to redo it definitely. Or maybe turn it into a dress. I liked the fabric so much that I had bought the remnant piece when I saw it. It might be enough for a bodice.

And one pregnancy top. That one might actually still fit, it is just a bit long.

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And then there is the fashion course dress. Not technically for me but also not for anybody else. But anyway, wool and too hot for now.

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And the coat, lets not forget the coat:

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Obviously too warm for now.

Let’s not forget about the knits:

3-in-1 by alfa design, still amazing, a bit tight these days but too hot anyway.

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A summer top. This could actually work. Just not suitable for baby vomit as difficult to wash.

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And then a handful of accessories:

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Oh dear, oh dear, what have I been thinking. How will I be able to wear a me made item three times a week? I actually own more than I thought I would. I just didn’t realise how unsuitable they are (one of the big points of me made items… usually). I guess, I’ll have to move to the north pole for the rest of the month and start bottle feeding.

Shriek Sunday: eye catching body parts

Warning: This post contains the description of unspeakable things, female body parts misused for baby feeding and there is even a picture of a BREAST. Naked. Really.

The holidays are finally coming to an end. We have done lots but nothing spectacular (unless you call a daily visit to the same playground spectacular). As we didn’t travel anywhere, we frequently pretended to be tourists and had lots of unhealthy food or healthy food in the pretend cafe at our dining table. (Can’t recommend this place, ridiculous prices, a single breadstick for £1!) We had stomach bugs, teething, eye tests, two visits to the fun fair and one immunisation which lead to multiple running away threats (a day later even). He would have taken his sister and initially the baby brother. But as this one needs to be breastfed he would have left him behind with the horrible mother that drags her children to nurses with needles. Which leads to today’s topic: the baby hat in the shape of a female breast or as others would call it: the booby beanie.

A dear friend of mine and midwife wants to learn knitting to be able to knit a booby beanie. As she wanted to present one in about a weeks time, I offered to knit one for her and let her learn knitting without the stress of a deadline.

I followed this pattern, written by Amanda Rundquist (she seems to focus on food now and I will definitely check out the website. That burger looks rather yummy, even at 8.30 in the morning (well, it is almost lunch time for me, I am up since a few hours).

I used some Rowan handknit cotton from my stash.  I chose the yarn because it was the one that came closest to my own skin colour, but it looks a bit unhealthy, not enough red in it. However, I think it will be presented to a bunch of Japanese midwifes, so it might not be totally wrong, maybe a bit too pale.

I did see a few hats online that were white or light pink with a bright pink nipple. I guess these colours make the hat look cuter but I personally think if I choose to put a breast on the head of my baby than it is a statement. Tongue-in-cheek pro breastfeeding in public. So I think the more natural and realistic the better.

I altered the pattern slightly as I was comparing with my own reality. So the colour change is two rows later but I didn’t decrease down to 5 stitches for the I-cord and did a few rounds with 8 stitches instead to form the nipple.

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I knitted the smaller size and didn’t do a tension square as it will only be used as a sample but it fitted the baby well enough to wear it for a picture 🙂

Stillkappe 2And if you stare hard enough, you can actually see my skin! Really. I tried hard to cover my breast with that baby but I failed. Luckily this was in the privacy of my home and not in a public space 😉

 

 

 

yarn bombing result

Here I am again ☺

I still owe you pictures of the yarn bombed tree. In fact we had enough for three trees in the Physic Garden at the Dalgarno estate. Corner Nine organised  and funded the project. We had a end of party project that almost blew me away, literally.

The tree we had planned to yarn bomb.

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and a second one.

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with a few details

and the third one which is my personal favourite.

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I like the shape and the smooth surface which shows off the knitting much better as the rather knobby No 2 plus there is my daughters piece coincidentally joined with mine. Isn’t that romantic? There will be a joined piece of work of us forever in London, even if we are long gone (back to Austria, back to Austria, I am not overdramatising things, don’t worry)