Monday, July 28, 2008
Celia's Basket restocked

I managed to get round to doing some sewing and finally listed some wraps and bibs in the store.

When Alex was littler, and would only sleep when he was wrapped, I had a hell of a time trying to find wraps that were large enough. I finally resorted to making my own. I noticed that there is still a significant shortage of wide wraps out there in the market. Why? Surely people realise that babies outgrow the 1mx1m wraps rather quickly.. I have put up for sale two extra-wide wraps and two regular length wraps.


My favourite is this one:


This is in addition to the 4 extra-wide wraps that I made for my sister-in-law who is expecting twins in a few months. She was moaning about the lack of fabric stores and anything crafty where she lives (Jersey, UK). So other sister-in-law and I are sending some wraps her way.

I also made some bibs. I love putting colourful funky bibs on Alex. Chris is rather picky about what Alex wears and prefers boring blues and browns. I would opt for brighter colours and funkier designs if I could. Oh well, we compromise. I make bibs out of all manners of fabrics and as they are only "temporary", Chris does not seem to mind too much.

Making bibs is so addictive. I just can't stop. I love seeing how they turn out with different coloured backs and fronts. I use a layer of fleecy fabric to back all the bibs as they keep Alex dry. It's amazing how much food and drink he manages to spill on himself at mealtimes. The fleecy backing isn't 100% waterproof but does a pretty good job of keeping his clotehs and him dry.

These are also in the store now:

I also obtained permission from Loopy Loo Designs to use her bib design. these scoop bibs have been a life-saver for us ever since Alex started feeding himself. the scoop part of the bib catches all the food he drops and because the scoop part of it is made using snaps, I don't have to spend ages picking out yucky food remnants from the corners of the bib. I just unsnap and throw them in the wash with everything else. Fantastic!!


Have I been busy or have I been busy!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
More sewing

A friend gave birth to a baby girl on July 1st. I started out making her a pair of cloth shoes, and then decided to use some of the scrap fabric to make a matching singlet.. and then finally decided that while I was sewing anyway, i can make her a matching burp cloth. Here's the set.

You can see the singlet in more detail here

Aside from making that, I have not had much time to sew. I have started a cabled pullover for Alex but it's slow going. I am making up the pattern as I go along, so I hope I size it correctly!! I haven't taken any progress pictures of it yet, so maybe there will be more show and tell in my next post.

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Thursday, July 03, 2008
See, I am getting better at this..

It's only been 4 weeks since my last post rather than 6 weeks.

We've been rather busy here, as always. We've had some illness, not a lot, and I've probably had the worst of it. Miraculously (and fortunately), Alex has escaped mostly unscathed. There was a confirmed case of chicken pox at the daycare centre where he goes, but he did not catch it. He also escaped the hand, foot and mouth bug that was doing the rounds. He hasn't been quite so lucky with conjunctivitis and right now is nursing two rather sore eyes.

I have been busy sewing.. and there are never enough hours in a day to finish everything that I want to make.

First up, we have a soft toy which was for a swap. I can reveal it now as the recipient has received it today.
I made the body using some fleece backed interlock type fabric (is that what you call it??) It doesn't unravel, which makes for easy sewing. The "features" on it are made from cut up pieces of felt and fleece.

Oh and the little green one in the background is Alex's "Momo". I made it some time ago and at first I thought he'd hate it as it is rather ugly. Alex has grown rather fond of it and pretend play has taken off in a big way. Alex now tries to feed Momo and "read to" Momo and invites Momo to sit with him. He seems to understand that Momo does not really eat as he offers Momo a sultana, makes eating noises and then pops the sultana into his own mouth!

I also made Alex a couple of jackets:
Black corduroy jacket - front Black corduroy jacket - back
front back

I made another using grey fleece as the lining and a blue dinosaur print fabric as the shell. It's come out rather cute, but I don't have a good picture of the finished piece. Here it is before I put the zip in.

The whole jacket is reversible aside from the zip. I have since discovered that there are such things as reversible zips. I can't find them at my local Spotlight, so I'm guessing they are a bit of a rarity and I will probably have to look in my not-so-local sewing specialty store.


I am on a self enforced yarn diet, mainly because we are running out of room to store it. I did buy some whilst at San Francisco last month. I'll post pictures later when I have retrieved them from the server. I went to Artfibres and drooled over everything there. So many pretty colours and textures, all wanting to come home with me! I managed to restrain myself, which was rather difficult considering that I had a couple of credit and charge cards with me. I ended up with 3 small balls of yarn. I have plans to weave them into lovely scarves for myself, but that has yet to happen.

Speaking of San Francisco, did I mention my very long walk? I don't think I have walked that far in a day since, and it had certainly been a while since I last did that. My muscles ached for days afterwards, especially the ones I had forgotten.


The red line traces my route. I walked from Portrero Hill across to one discount fabric store, then another, and then all the way down Market St to Artfibres. Oh, and then I headed back again, finally giving up and hopping on a bus somewhere around the intersection of Market and 6th.

I couldn't possibly have a whole post without sharing more photos of the little man, now, could I?

Photobucket He patiently allows me to try his hat on for size...

Photobucket still not big enough...

Photobucket All completed.. along with a matching jumper.

Both the jumper and the hat were knit out of Regia Banner yarn in greys and black. I don't like the way the front of the jumper pulls up. I think it is because I have not cast on enough stitches around the neckline. However, I am too lazy to fix it so that is the way it will stay.

And we leave you with...


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