Over the last few weeks, the big monster has shown a real interest in cooking. Besides watching me in the kitchen, stirring his building blocks and making lego soup have been some of the first activities that would keep him busy on his own for (somewhat) extended periods of time. So after he had transferred the armrest of our couch into his counter top/stove using more and more of our kitchen equipment, I decided to make him an apron for his birthday and give him his first own utensils.
I found the scribbled grey and white pin stripes were perfect for a little mister’s kitchen gear and added a red pocket and straps as color accents. And, as I simply couldn’t resist, I also made him a little chef hat… 😛
Just as I had expected, he instantly liked the apron but really didn’t want to wear the hat when we first tried everything on. To my big surprise though, he didn’t mind wearing it during our last pizza making session. And even better: daddy had the camera ready! 😉
Our little cold-blooded monster got another really warm sweater. After some alterations the fit is much better than the panda which turned out quite boxy with giant sleeves.
I decided for a striped design this time and I really like how it turned out. I would totally wear it myself! 😉
Everybody knows that babies grow quickly… and yet it still strikes me HOW quickly. It seems that I am constantly sorting the clothes out that the little monster has outgrown after wearing them only a few times. The latest one was his little snowflake toque. While it fit perfectly for the first few weeks, it now doesn’t cover his ears any more.
So, this time he got a navy colored one. And I went for two simple red stripes rather than another fancy pattern since he’s only going to wear it for another three months or so… 😛
Our little monster quickly feels cold. Especially at night he really seems to appreciate all these layers to keep him warm, usually two shirts, a sleeping bag and a flannel blanket. And our house is really not cold… I wanted to knit something different than toques for once anyways, so I decided to make him a little sweater. As I was getting a bitq tired of all those snowflakes, I wanted to put a kids motif on the front. I found a panda illustration that I liked and that I thought was simple enough to be transferred into a knitting pattern.
It turned out a little shorter and wider than I intended, but hey, it’s my first sweater, so I think I should be happy with the result… 😜 The monster’s hands were nice and warm for the last few hours though, so I guess he likes it!
Last month a little girl named Lara was born in Kiel, Germany and when I asked her mom what they still needed, she chose a sleeping bag. I still had some of the owl fabric that I used for the new cover of my small ironing board and I thought it was just perfect for a little girl’s sleeping bag. And I find it looks quite nice with the navy lining and zipper that I also found among my supply treasures. So yeah, more owls and sleeping bags… 😉
As it happens, it was also Lara’s older sister Mila’s third birthday two weeks ago, so I thought she might like a sleeping bag too for her baby doll. Just hoping she doesn’t have one yet – and also likes white flannel bunnies… 😉 I definitely had a lot of fun with my very first doll project ever and I particularly like the dark burgundy shade and how the bias tape around the arm and neck holes matches the bunny’s floral dress.
And after a record time of three weeks, the parcel was finally delivered today… 😛
Congratulations again to the whole family! 💛
We have had our first snow here in Ottawa two days ago… It has still been mild and fortunately, the rain washed it all away quickly, but it was enough to make me decide to knit a little winter toque while waiting for the new family member.
In order to figure out a design, I looked at my yarn stash and the toques that I made last year… and almost immediately decided to make one to match Daddy’s grey and green snowflake toque. So here it is – I just finished it! 🙂
I could only fit a small part of the snowflake pattern into the newborn dimensions, but I think it still looks really nice. And of course, I had to scale Daddy’s massive pompom down quite a bit!
So little monster, we’re ready, please don’t make us wait too much longer! 😉
UPDATE (5 Nov 2016):
The toque has been worn for the first time yesterday! And I think it did a great job keeping a pair of tiny little ears nice and warm. 🙂 It was not a real winter day yet, but the wind was quite cool, and at least I now know that it fits and that we are ready for the real frost!
On Friday it was the first cooler day here in Ottawa this year. Not really cold, but enough to protect the monster’s ears while at the playground. But when I put his beloved grey Hamburg toque on, I noticed that it has gotten quite a bit tighter since he last wore it in spring and bearly covered his ears…
So I made him a slightly bigger one today while he was napping, copying the shape of the grey toque. And once again, I really apprechiated my new walking foot. It made it so nice and easy to sew the knit fabric, even to line up the stripes along the side seam. I really like the navy and yellow stripes and they go really well with almost all of his clothes. It is only a light jersey toque for fall though, once the really frosty days start, we’ll have to find or make a warmer one!
We tried to get a nice picture of the monster and his new toque at the playground today, but he was not cooperating. I tried again after we came home, but he wouldn’t keep it on for even 2 seconds… 😉
UPDATE (26 Sep 2016):
I was luckier today, so here we go! And he even kept it on the entire time! And even better: we got some compliments from another mom for “this adorable toque” – that totally made my day! 🙂
Last week a little Swedish boy named Dag was born… 💛
Not knowing the baby’s gender when I made this sleeping bag a few weeks ago, I chose what I think is a neutral fabric – aren’t those little owls the cutest? – and lined it with some soft white flannel. In order to prevent any irritation from the zipper, I also added a little fabric flap at the neck.
I really like the concept of sleeping bags (especially when the little ones start rolling around) and still use them with our monster, too. Now I’m just curious to hear how Dag will sleep in there!
Congratulations again to the proud parents, Moa and Anders, to their beautiful son!! 💛
With the nice (or almost too hot…) weather, we’re in the backyard and on the playground on a daily basis. So I found the monster could use another pair of shorts since all those grass and soil stains require them to be washed a bit more often these days. And after this series of PJ shorts it was such a quick thing to just make one – I almost forgot what it felt like to finish a project in just one or two sessions!
And I already had some of this blue grey fabric which I found perfect for this. It is not quite like denim, but a heavier – and hopefully more robust – cotton blend. So I think chances are good that they survive the rest of the season. 😉