J.’s Pumpkin Cardi was FAST- for me at least. One week! I have never in my life knitted any item of clothing in a week. J’s Cardi was based on Katrina Ballerina and is knit in one piece which I lengthened into another LCOEP and I changed the bottom pattern a little because I didn’t like the chunky looking bottom edging. I used Berroco Vintage which for me was a bit of a gamble: acrylic yarn &possible squeakiness. **Shudder** Fortunately it was fine and as I said really really fast.
However I had a full two months before I could give it to J for her birthday, and I had grand plans for the dress I wanted to make her to go with it so I procrastinated on finding buttons for it and I just hung it in the closet to wait for the right time. It did finally get it’s moment in the light: she loves it and it looks sooo cute with her classy little Autumn Jersey Dress.
J’s pumpkin Cardi and Autumn dress.
I have been re-reading Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv. Previously when I read this book it was as a mother of young children living in a village community with easily accessible and kindly woodlands and moors that my children were able to have some measure of freedom to explore. Meanwhile they had friends who were never allowed to play outside a yard and then were never allowed to get dirty even in the yard: so they played video games and watched TV of course. Now my kids are older our surroundings have changed as have their needs… I was hoping the second reading would be as inspirational to my as the first time but sadly it has just felt rambly and a desperately narrow-minded. Part of the problem is mine: I have been learning more about food insecurity in America for a future home-school subject and when you know more about hunger in food deserts it makes “nature deficiency” sound like a first world problem.
I’m joining up with Ginny for a Yarn Along.
My oldest niece (we will call her P.) is only 8 years younger than me. We spent so much time together till she was 11 and I moved to England with M. that I felt like she was more of a little sister to me: in fact she is two months older than M.’s younger brother so it is plausible. P. called me Nana -which is a long story that belongs to my eldest nephew but it really isn’t as weird as it seems. That has morphed now we are older into Aunt Joanna for most of my nieces and nephews though sometimes an Aunt Nana sneaks out and makes me all giddy inside. I really wouldn’t mind if P. just called me Jo so long as she keeps calling me.
Of all my nieces and nephews (there are 13) I know her best of all which must have something to do with the time we spent together all those years ago. She is the person who calls me most frequently and because she lives in my hometown some 6 hours away I probably have seen her more often since the move than any of the rest of the family. I feel that I know P. like a sister where my other nieces I was always more of an aunt figure. I’m not sure if anyone else gets the differentiation. Probably it comes down to how I treat her: I tell her what I think and I don’t pamper her; that doesn’t always go down well but it is actually a complement so I will continue to do it anyway! If I am honest P. probably gets a raw deal from it : Aunties are always nicer than sisters when it comes down to being spoiled rotten!
P. recently had her third baby. I have taken care of the three girl thing and she now has three boys so balance has been restored to cosmic forces. I am a lucky lucky Auntie because this weekend we braved the rain and drove the hundreds of miles so I could visit her and kiss that sweet wee boy. And now- my friends- I can share with you the project I’ve been working on for awhile and itching to show!
Months and months ago on Pintrest I saw THIS:
12 months of onesies: on Pintrest.
I haven’t been able to find anyone to attribute this craft project to but I think it is brilliant. And strangely there is nothing quite as cute on Etsy. So when I found out one of my nieces was expecting a boy I decided I had to do this project but I wanted to up the ante (pun intended) and make it super cool!
Introducing a Pintresting SUPER BABY gift:
months 1-3 and the three designs
You can get the files for the pattern at the bottom of the page in SVG format, Silhouette cut file format , PNG and JPEG format. If you have a craft cutter like a Silhouette Cameo its easy-peasy to use otherwise the PNG/JPEG are there to use as a templates. My files are for private use only please do not reproduce the files, sell the files, or sell products made from the files without my permission.
I started out with the intention of doing the wax paper method but I had run out of wax paper so I decided to try to wing the painting using just card as a stencil… EPIC FAIL! Don’t try this at home children! So I reverted to lovely old vinyl! I so wish I had taken pictures of my craptastrophe… it was rather a mess.
You can easily make the onsies using a wax paper stensil and hand cut design… assuming that you unlike me have got the wax paper when it comes to it! I have linked to a wax paper stenciling tutorial before but I will give the steps her as well.
What you will need:
12 onesies- 0 to 12 months, prewashed
Printed image in reverse
fabric paint or all surface paint in 3 colors
paint roller, brush or sponge
1: For cutting the pattern by hand first print the PNG or JPEG in reverse onto copy paper with each image being about 4 inches wide. Iron wax paper (wax side) to the un-printed side of the paper and cut the pattern using a craft knife. You many want to leave the word “month/s” off your pattern and just include the number for quick cutting. If you have a craft cutter cut your patterns out of self adhesive stencil material or follow the instructions above without printing and cut the reinforced wax paper on a light card-stock setting on your machine using the SVGs provided.
2: Iron a square of wax paper larger than your pattern- wax to fabric- inside the chest of the onesies. This will support the fabric, stop it pulling and prevent paint from going through the fabric to the back of the onesie.
3: Peel the copy paper off the wax paper and apply the wax paper wax side down to the chest of the onesies and iron in place.
4: paint the onesie inside the wax paper stencil using a sponge to dab on paint or a paint-roller . Immediately remove the front wax paper but leave the inside wax paper till the paint is dry.
5: When dry remove the inner wax paper and allow the paint to set a few days before washing.
What I used:
12 onesies- 0 to 12 months, prewashed
Easy-weed vinyl in green black and red
An iron and my Silhouette Cameo
For the Vinyl cut version follow the Vinyl manufacturers instructions for application and care.
Have a wonderful sweet morning this autumnal Monday!