May 26, 2012

One more cardigan

Made a second cotton cardigan for Antea using the same pattern as the yellow one, with some blackberry stitch on the sleeves and on the back.

Knitting companion

My knitting companion I made in November.

May 19, 2012

Ryan Berkley embroidered animals

One of my first projects for the nursery was this set of embroidered Ryan Berley animals from Sublime Stitching. Next I want to try to embroider these in "needle-painting" as seen on this Ryan Berkley blog entry. It makes these ones look skimpy!

May 16, 2012

Baby espadrilles!

I love espadrilles for the Summer and when I saw  these Culture Baby espadrilles I wanted them for Antea so much!
My friend Xana sent these from Barcelona today. They are so perfect!

May 12, 2012

Cloth shoes

Working on some cloth shoes based on this pattern. For the first pair I used two different pattern cotton fabrics, but for the second one I used jersey fabric for the lining because it softer in contact with her little feet.

May 11, 2012

yellow cardigan

I knitted this cotton cardigan for Antea. By the time I finished it was already too small...

May 10, 2012

My first cross-stitch sampler

I am finally ready to start my first cross-stitching project.
It is based on a sampler from Alicia Paulson's "Embroidery Companion" that I adapted using the free version of Stitches, which I am really happy using. It is very versatile and easy to use and if you have experience using Adobe Photoshop, it is practically intuitive how to access the various tools.
More soon!

May 9, 2012

diy nursing nightie

When I got pregnant, one of my first purchases was Amy Tara Koch's "Bump It Up". I felt I didn't know how to dress and the book helped me getting inspired and even excited about maternity outfits.
After nine months of adjusting to a new body I felt I was on top of my closet and pregnant identity.
After having the baby I needed a guide even more! I am still adjusting to the new me. Starting with what to wear while nursing, namely for sleep. I haven't found nursing sleepwear that I like and I came up with this solution that I am very pleased with.
I had a vintage nightie I had bought at a yard sale and realized that the 1950’s cut is very flattering for larger busts.  You can adapt it to any nightie with straps. I noticed that this one has the adjusting sliders on the front whereas many nighties have them in the back, or none at all – just plain straps. But you can still use this system and either have a fixed height (with the simple strappy ones) or adjust them in the back.

You’ll need:
- a nightie with straps
- elastic (I used thick round chord elastic)
- 2 buttons
- thread
- needle
- scissors (I got these beautiful stork ones from Sublime Stitching)

Start by cutting the plastic loop that joins the adjustable strap to the nightie, and remove it.  

Cut a piece of elastic and insert it on the strap, where the plastic hoop was. 

Sew the ends of the elastic together. This is tricky if you are using chord elastic because it will fray, so I had to stitch it a lot. 

Turn the loop so you don't see the sewn spot.
And there you go! It is very easy to open and close and it looks very pretty.

Little girl rainbow

There was a rainbow over the city when she was born. 
My life will never be the same.