Month: January 2016

My favorite bibs


Yesterday, during Yannick’s afternoon nap, I made a second bib for him. Well, we DO have a BUNCH of bibs, but since Yannick made it a game to take them off as fast as he can, there’s basically just one that I’ve been using all the time… and which – as a pretty obvious result – is chronically covered under several layers of food stains.

A while ago I found this tutorial from Delia Creates and I really like the knot-and-buttonhole detail which Yannick hasn’t managed to open – yet… Our other bibs all have Velcro closures which provide almost no resistance to the monster’s attacks.

I got the fabric well before Yannick was born (or I was even pregnant…) on a fabric market in Kiel. I just instantly fell in love with these adorable farm animals and might have purchased my very first kids item right there. 🙂

Ironing with owls

My little ironing board got a makeover!

(This is not the one we use for ironing our shirts, by the way. It’s the one that “lives” in our guest room with my sewing machine and the other equipment. I use it for my smaller sewing projects – it’s just over half a meter long and hence doesn’t take up much room at all.)


I actually already made this new cover in November or so, but then it was only recently that I used it for the first time while making these slippers.

The previous cover featured a really ugly grey and green pattern – and a nasty burn mark… 😛 It felt pretty good to finally throw it out! And these happy owls are the best ironing buddies I could imagine! 😉

A little knee patch


While Yannick is starting to explore his world on his feet – preferably pushing our chairs around and trying to make some first steps along the couch – he’s still essentially using his knees to get around. And a few days ago, he finally did it: he wore a hole into the knee of his jeans! His very first!

So when Yannick was taking his afternoon nap I got ready to simply iron a little patch on to repair it, but then changed my mind and went for a more special treatment, one that befits our little monster! 😀

UPDATE (27 Jan 2016):

Yannick instantly loved his new friend and immediately tried to pull his arms out – good thing I had secured those with triple (!) stitches… 😛


Bobble mittens


And here I’m back with more knitting – the announced break didn’t last very long, eh?!

I think I mostly came to like knitting so much because it is so mobile: you can work on your project wherever you like. And there are no power cables or foot pedals to worry about. I can even get a few rows done in all those moments where Yannick is happily playing alone. But then I can still jump up and run at anytime if required.

And I find, once you know a few basics, you can “build” pretty much anything. Not to mention the huge variety of different patterns and stitches to explore…

Anyways, I had a lot of fun knitting these popcorn stitch mittens which i lined with micro fleece for some extra warmth.

Happy birthday, Angela! 🙂

Quilting experiments

For over a year I have wanted to make a cover for the headboard of our bed… Last night, I finally revived this project by finalizing the pattern and starting to cut the pieces. As a pretty detail I would like to quilt this cover. However, as I have never quilted before, I felt that a practice piece was needed. And as I didn’t want to just use some throw-away-scraps, I recently made this little padded zipper pouch for the Kobo that I got for Christmas and experimented with a leafy pattern that I think will look great on our bed as well.


Can’t wait to scale the process up tonight when the monster is snoozing! Will keep you updated how my “real” quilting project is going… 😉

Grippy slippers for the monster

A little over a week ago Yannick stood up and started walking holding our hands. And now he constantly wants to be on his feet, pulling himself up on everything and everyone. He also has a few pairs of socks with rubber dots on the soles that help him stay upright, but I just wanted to make some slippers, too. So on my quest for something cool I came across this tutorial for TOMS-inspired baby shoes and made them my last night’s project, using the same rubbery fabric for the soles as for this door stopper – which is what I got that fabric for in the first place anyways… 😉


While being super fashionable it turns out that the pattern was obviously designed for kids with wider feet than Yannick’s, but with an extra pair of socks they stay on – at least until he decides to take them off! 😛

Kiddo-proofing our fireplace

With Yannick getting more and more mobile and even more curious, last Saturday, we were on a mission to further child proof our house. We already had protectors for the power plugs in place and all accessable cables removed a little while ago. Now we got a second baby gate to keep Yannick from climbing up the stairs and installed a whole bunch of these annoying hooks to our kitchen cabinets and drawers.

One thing that Yannick kept attacking though, was our fireplace. And as the chair in front of it didn’t really help anymore and we got tired of pulling him away from the danger zone all the time, Paul quickly cut a board to cover it and I found two little handle knobs in my Ikea leftover box. I guess that’s all that was required, but when Paul just casually said “you know, we could even paint a fire on it” I definitely didn’t need a second invitation!

And a spray can of chalkboard paint and a package of non-toxic kids chalks later, this is what our fireplace now looks like:


Now let’s wait for some monster hands to make a mess out of it! 😉


Ha! It only took about two and a half minutes for him to attack… 😛


Warm ears for my sweetheart


I proudly present my first knitting project in a grownup size! Hope Paul likes the pompom – at least he can’t complain that it is too small… 😛

Now I need a little break from knitting I think! I know I already said that after the baby slippers and then made three toques… But this time, my next crafts project will be in a different discipline for sure!

Another pointed toque…

Because I liked the onion-like shape of this toque so much (and because 1.5 ft of snow that fell over the past few days make it impossible to ignore the fact that winter has eventually come…) I decided to knit another toque – for Yannick this time. And since I just learned how to make braids I went for an all braided design. I’m in real awe for people who make whole sweaters like this – my hands were crampy enough after this small project 😛

Can’t wait to put the toque onto Yannick’s head for our next stroll and to admire my little gnome! 🙂

UPDATE: I actually could not wait, but tried it on right after Yannick’s afternoon nap…