I recently had fun putting together a gift for a fundraiser. If you've read this blog before, you'll know that I'm addicted to knitting baby caps. So, naturally, I included one in the gift. I combined this supper-soft ivory merino wool
with this super-fine pale pink cashmere/silk blend
to knit this wee cap.
Then I added this sweet baby book (no bias at all involved here;-)
We've had enthusiastic crafters these past couple of weeks at the little Glanworth library. I like it when I prepare a craft, and the kids have fun putting their own creative spin on my ideas. Isn't this a cute little snail? Almost as cute as the little crafter!
Even though it is mid-November, we were able to take a photo on the front porch!
One week earlier, I prepared an owl craft. Once again, my creative kids made the craft their own.
And sometimes, they want to make something completely different!
Sometimes when I just can't think of a fun craft to do at the Glanworth Library, I turn to one of my favourite crafty items, buttons. I took a pipe cleaner and bent it in half, and threaded a colourful wooden bead onto the bent end. I added a bit of white glue to hold the bead in place, leaving a little bit of pipe cleaner sticking out of the bead to look like a nose. (Hm-m, does a caterpillar have a nose??) Then I threaded on buttons, in a pattern or not, for the body. I twisted the pipe-cleaner ends together to make a short tail. For antennae, I took a small piece of pipe cleaner, wound it behind the head bead and curved up the ends. I love googly eyes so I glued them in place, then used a permanent marker to add a small smile. The kids who made button caterpillars loved them!
This past summer I started working on a quilt for a very special baby. I've liked the pinwheel block for a long time and decided to use it to design a playful quilt. I went to one of my favourite quilting shops, Hyggeligt, to look at fabrics. I fell in love with Oakshott cottons in soft colours, so I bought a bundle and a few half-yard pieces.
I really like how soft and natural the colours look with different warp and weft threads. I cut and stitched the pinwheel blocks and laid them out to see how they all worked together. Other than the wrinkles, I was liking the overall design.
We spent a week at my sister's cottage so I had a chance to stitch the blocks together. I hung the quilt top over the ironing board to take this photo and that's why it looks a little see-through with background lighting from the windows.
I was pleased with how it was turning out. I wish I could say that I quickly sandwiched and stitched the quilt, but it took me a couple of months to get it finished.
In the meantime, perfect Baby Taylor Jean was born, so that gave me the opportunity to stitch her name into the quilt.
I also stitched it full of love!
I enjoyed doodling all over Taylor's quilt, but tried to be consistent in outlining each green pinwheel blade.
On the back of the quilt you can see just how much doodling I did!
I love making quilts, but the very best part is the giving. A quilt never looks better than when it is wrapped around a baby. And what a beautiful baby, just like her mom.