Progress on Baby Idun

As my baby girl grows, we have baby toys everywhere: in the living room, in the kitchen, in my husband's home office room, in the car, in our bed, on the countertop, in my purse.. When she gets busy with her toy, I can do the household chores and sometime even knit a few rows.
Currently I exclusively work on the Idun baby dress as for knitting. After finishing the stranded yoke, I returned to complete the sleeves and the neckline. So, now I don't have spare needles on my work. Sounds like a little victory for me.
I really like the i-cord cast-off, I have never tried this method before and I was concerned it wouldn't work, the hems would curl back. But it works perfectly! Plus those pretty i-cord hems doesn't break the simplicity of the stockinette, which I love! This time I will weave the ends immediately after the break, during knitting, because I don't want it to rest for days (weeks) waiting for the finishing touches. 
I worked a few rounds on the crochet basket too, but I am not too motivated on that project. 

Well, as always, I have plans. My baby needs a fancy hat/beanie/bonnet for her Christening, but haven't found the perfect one so far. So now I am asking for help. I am interested in both knitting, crochet and sewing. Please let me know if you saw a fancy pattern somewhere.

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Idun for my baby

I am so obsessed with stranded colorwork. It all started with my Idunn cardigan which is the most favourited among my projects on Ravelry. Well, I think so that cardi is just perfect. A few days ago I just came across a baby dress with [almost] the same name while I was searching for the right dress pattern for my daughter.
This is a cute simple dress with yoke. I casted on for the smallest size and will resize it if it is too big for her, but at this point I think it will fit well.
The purple yarn is Drops Baby Merino, the other is some leftover hand dyed yarn I bought from a Hungarian spinner. Both are DK or DK-ish - it is not easy to define the handspun yarn and the two types together creates a very interesting texture, Just love it! 
The pattern itself is clear and well-written, although it is not for beginners. (I almost missed out the short rows. I prefer when the designer clearly state the design element when it comes, because I not always keep in mind all the introductions..) Anyway, it is a great pattern!

I am almost finished with the chevron blanket, just weave the ends and block it. Meanwhile I can't wait to see it in use, but I just hate those finishing touches. Is there anyone else who feels the same?

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Chevron Baby Blanket WIP

My chevron baby blanket I've already showed you is growing nicely. I usually work on this project at evenings and nights while my baby sleeps. During the day I rarely work on it, I spend her nap time doing household chores.  
I am very grateful that I can stay at home and I have nothing else to do just care of our little daughter - okay, and of course cooking and running the household. But honestly, sometimes I am desperate for some 'oldfashioned' me time and I feel so guilty about it. I am sure that this precious time will fly away so quickly and I won't even remember how was like... and now, when I could enjoy every minute with my baby, I am thinking about 'me time'... My husband assured me, it is okay and encouraged me to do something reguraly for myself outside of our home. So I have restarted visiting my yoga studio once in a week. And I also bought a few books and ebooks to keep my mind fresh, And there is also knitting, sewing and decorating the house. And I reduced my Facebook time - my gosh, Fb makes new mums so shopaholic (and also paranoid).

So, I am really satisfied this blanket, I alternate the colors randomly. I don't want any colors to be the main color, so I try to use them evenly. The blankie will be fairly narrow, so it might serve as a cover in the baby crib. Anyway, there is just a little more to finish and than I'll jump into a new project.   


Simple Baby Hat {from an old shirt}

So, Fall is here, whether I like it or not. The speed of time makes me a little bit sad about that my baby will be a big girl one day. I know, I know, it is still far away, but you know motherhood made me so sentimental. On the other hand, I truly enjoy watching my baby girl's developement and I also enjoy clothing her. However, it is also a bit frustrating how to properly dress her - you know, not overdress or underdress. So I stocked in with autumn baby essentials, like longsleeved babysuits and warmer leggings and of course with hats. A hat is a must have for a baby in every time and it is easy and quick to sew, crochet or knit one.
This time I grabbed my sewing machine and made two lightweighted caps for the early Fall days. I used up two tops, I didn't want to throw away. The beige tank top was laying down in my closet from years, I wore it maybe twice, the birdie sleevless shirt was never worn, it just wasn't my size. Both  were made of really soft jersey fabric, ideal for baby head.
I am in love with those fast motion videos all over the internet and I wanted to make my one. So I recorded the process how I made the beanie. Enjoy the video!

I made the brim enogh wide, so the beanie can be worn fold up or fold down. /Fold up is more practical, because a slouchy hat might slip over her eyes just in one minute.
If you would like to sew a beanie, you can find several patterns on the internet, but it is easy to make your own or just use a hat as the template.
And here is my little Palma modelling her new hats on Instagram! I can't decide which one I adore more:

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I hope you liked my first video! The filming was fun and easier than I expected, so maybe this wasn't the last one.

Wishing you happy crafting!


New Baby Blanket WIP

It's been a while since I showed you how things were going with me /with us. This Summer was the best Summer in my life!!! Our baby daughter is the greatest treasure and my love grows a little everyday. I spend much of the day comforting, feeding, playing, teaching her. Our home is not that perfectly clean it used to be and our diners are simplified, but  I am okay with that, because the house is still clean and we always have something healthy to eat. I picked my knitting needles up again and started a new blanket for Palma.
She loves the little blankie I knitted for her for the first time. She really enjoys exploring the texture as she is sliding her fingers into the stitches.

This time I chosed a very simple chevron pattern. I was too excited about knitting again not to jump in immediately, so I skipped swatching. And it was a mistake... I wanted a normal size baby blankie (approx. 100x140 cm /40x54 iches) but instead, it manage to become more a stroller sized one. Maybe after blocking it will stretch out a little. Anyway, I love working on it and love my color choices.

I use Drops Cotton Light in colorways 01 (off white), 18 (pink), 05 (light pink) and 24 (grape). I don't follow any patterns or recipes, I alternate colors randomly. so I don't know how it will look like.

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