Tuesday, September 30th, 2008...9:10 am
Ok, ok. I’ve been away for a looooonnnnngg time BUT I have news and craft for you.
Firstly, in the grand tradition of bloggers who mysteriously absent themselves for longer than usual…
I’m going to have a baby! It’s due towards the end of March next year which makes me just over 15 weeks at the moment. It’s so exciting / wonderful / terrifying for us. Life has been a whirl over the last few months. Thankfully, I have been very well – no morning sickness, just a little tiredness but of course, in my head it’s a different story(!)
I’m working through the mental chaos by applying myself to knitting and sewing. My lovely mum brought me a new sewing machine for my birthday. I used to have an entry level Brother machine, but it was glitchy and not good with anything other than the lightest fabric. I now have a lovely Janome which whirrs along like a dream. I first used it for my most ambitious sewing project to date – a baby quilt.
It’s so far from perfect, it’s untrue, but I love it all the same. I still have to blind stitch the binding, but then it’s nearly done. I made it from my old work shirts. There was something very satisfying about cutting them up!
My binding is a continuation of the backing, I have just folded it over. Consequently, the ends of my quilting stitching are visible and unsightly. I think, as a final touch, I’ll need to sew on some ric-rac or tape to hide the ends. I guess I should have sewn on a separate binding.
The knitting, is of course, all baby-orientated. I have been making efforts to find gender neutral patterns, but it’s quite difficult. I’ve been told that vests are good baby garments, because you can slip them on easily over their baby gro/onesie. I thought that the vest below looked quite neutral, but since knitting it, I think it looks a touch girly. Perhaps I should have used a slightly more rustic yarn? I might hold off knitting more garments until we know whether it is a boy or a girl!
In the meantime, I can get busy with the baby socks. Yaay! Small socks! That’s what we like. I’m also knitting a little cot blanket. I wanted to use nice, rich colours and this season’s Rowan Pure Wool DK colourways came up trumps.
It’s just a simple feather and fan stitch, which I find quite enjoyable to knit.
I’ve got a bunch of stuff in my Ravelry queue which I can’t wait to cast on for, but the thing I am most looking forward to is *this* workshop at the Make Longe. I love the effect binding gives to sewing, but I don’t know how to apply it, and the bib and slippers look so cute!
I should have plenty to blog about if this creative urge continues.