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Bright baby pants with pockets

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A friend of mine recently gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Emma. Tara and I met at university 11 years ago. We were quick friends. I think we bonded quickly over silliness, that is, that we can both be pretty silly. We like to laugh, and we do… a lot.

We’ve been through a lot together – life is sure different from what it was 11 years ago. But, after the graduations, career changes, marriages, and kids, at the end of the day, she’s still one of a handful of people I want to share my news with first. 

I made Emma a ruffle bum romper and these bright and pocketed pants.

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These are made from the same pattern (Rae Hoekstra’s Basic Newborn Baby Pant) that I used to make monkey pants for my friend Julie’s babe, Emily. Of course, the big difference is that these pants have pockets and trim at the cuff.

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Welcome to the world, Emma! We can’t wait to meet you.

 

 

 

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Itty bitty baby pants!

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Another friend of mine is welcoming her first baby this August. Julie and I met through my friend Meagan. I was so lucky to spend one of my coop terms in undergrad in Guelph, because I lived with them. To this day, I have been known to say, “I wish we were next door neighbours so life would be like it was when we lived together.” Honestly, these girls, the kind of friend every woman deserves. I don’t know what I’d do without them by my side.

We are silly together. These gals make me laugh. A lot.

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We make a mean tray of nachos and we’re the self-proclaimed nacho champs. Meagan is a bit nacho bossy, but it works in our favour 😉

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They are some of my biggest supporters – and are always by my side.

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I love these girls. The only thing that sucks about being friends with them is that I can’t get enough of them.

In August, the third installation of the next generation will arrive. Madeleine, Abby, and another sweet little girl will be making mischief together.

IMG_2185We celebrated mama-to-be Jules this past weekend. In preparation of her shower, I decided to make Rae Hoekstra’s Basic Newborn Baby Pant, a free online tutorial. These are a great project for a new sewer, and I whipped them up in an evening. Maddy even had a hand in it, picking out the fabric.

We stood in an aisle at Len’s Mill, and I asked Maddy, “What fabric should we use to make the baby some pants?” And she pointed and exclaimed, “Monkey!” Maddy has also requested her own monkey outfit. I’m so glad I let Maddy pick the fabric, because I just adore the final product.

In just a few months we’ll have another little one that will fit into these itty bitty baby pants. I am so excited for her arrival!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, for “crayon” out loud!

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I decided to whip up these multi-coloured crayons this afternoon for Maddy’s daycare class. Although they celebrate Valentine’s day, it’s a non-food item kinda celebration. I found this idea on pinterest and thought it was perfect. You can see the picture that inspired this here.

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The only change I made was to keep them in the oven for 22 minutes (because they weren’t fully melted at 15 minutes). Don’t worry if when you pull them out of the oven this is what you see:

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Because when you flip them over:

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Ta-da!  We made a whole stack, one for each toddler. It took a total of 128 crayons that I picked up at Dollarama for $5. I used a silicone heart-shaped muffin mould that I picked up last year at Bulk Barn.

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Maddy was very intrigued as I was making these, constantly digging her hands in the bowl of broken crayons, looking at me with a grin on her face and saying, “Mine!” I think she’s going to like colouring with them too!

 

Figure 8 velveteen scarf

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Remember when I had a mild obsession with velveteen?

Well, I searched high and low and couldn’t find any nice velveteen prints in any of our local stores. I tried to put velveteen out of my head, but the more I tried not to think about it, the more I was determined to find some. After a fairly lengthy search, I finally gave in to the shipping costs and ordered some online.

I was so excited when it arrived – and I love the fabric even more than I did when I saw it online. It is just gorgeous! It has been sitting neatly in a pile in my disastrous sewing space (we’re making big changes turning our loft into a sensory play room and my sewing area is temporarily torn apart). After a particularly bad day, Eric moved some tables upstairs, put Maddy to bed on a night that I was supposed to do bedtime routine, and told me to sew.

I pulled out the velveteen fabric and just held it in my hands for a few minutes. I was feeling really tired, and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to sew. I started dreaming of my finished velveteen scarf, and that’s all it took to get me going.

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The scarf is just as dreamy as I imagined – it sits beautifully, it is soft and warm, and the perfect accessory to a fall or winter outfit. If you’re like me and love wearing scarves in cooler weather, I highly recommend making yourself one of these.

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There is a free online tutorial for this figure 8 scarf by Anna Maria Horner. It’s a beautiful and easy project – a great project for beginner sewers. I finished my scarf in a couple of hours, with a couple minor bumps in the road. I had to use my seam ripper once when I accidentally caught my voile in a “sew only the velveteen” step.

There is one slightly annoying part to the pattern – the final step is hand sewing. The tutorial provides three very good reasons for why, and although more time-consuming than machine stitching, it is honestly not that bad. The pattern calls for a blind stitch, and if you’ve never done one, you can learn how in this video.

I’m so happy with my scarf, and I’m glad I have a few months left to enjoy it.

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Little whale tail newborn hat

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I had a whale of a time knitting up this little hat. It’s for a colleague of mine who is expecting her first little peanut in the New Year.

It was a quick knit I worked on in the evenings last week – a break from this project that I’ve been working on since August (if only  there were more time in a day I’d have that sucker done already).

Want to knit one of these up yourself? You can download the pdf instructions for free here. Enjoy!

Simple newborn hat

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A good friend of mine is expecting her first little bean next March. I was so beyond excited when I heard the news. Not only am I excited about her growing family, I am so excited that I felt excited for her. For awhile now every time I heard someone was pregnant, all I could think was about how downhill their quality of life could go if they ended up with a little one like Maddy (despite her sweetness, you all know what I’m talking about). I know I’m not the first mama to have such a tough time with her babe, so sadly, I know I won’t be the last. But, I’m finally beginning to get back the hopefulness and optimism I thought I had lost.

I’ll happily attribute the reclaiming of my positivity to the wonderful news of a new baby in my circle of friends. I know my friend is going to be an incredible mama and I cannot wait to meet her little squid!

I was so excited, that I picked up my knitting needles (a rarity for me in the hot summer months). I have a backlog of things I want to knit in the fall, but I squeezed this little guy in for obvious reasons.

You can find the pattern here. You’ll see that the final product is a bit different from the pattern. I’ve never tried to knit an I-cord, and despite watching a couple of Youtube videos, I made a bit of a mess of it. I decided to just close her up and ship her off. I figure it’ll still keep baby’s head warm, and that’s mostly what counts.

There you have it – the surprise summer knit!