Baby number two is well on the way and I’ve started making things for him – if I blog about those things will Molly see a time in her future where she can lay claim to them due to the title of the blog? Wth solicitors on both sides of her family I fear an argument, she is already adept at arguing her point even though no one quite understands the words she is using.
In anticipation of a forthright 10 year old I hearby claim that Made for Molly is only in title and not in deed!
On to the making.
After lasts years failed entry to the Lambeth Country Fair Knitted Wear category – not Knitted and not wear and then stolen (see full details HERE)- I decided to knit a top for the new arrival.
My knitting has been neglected over the years due to my love for crochet – with only one loop to worry about it the perfect travelling craft. Knitting with all those stitches to drop is much more of a home craft and having Molly has made home crafts much more appealing.
I found THIS pattern on Ravelry, completely free, and sent it to my Mum for assistance in working out what it meant. Back comes the message – oh that’s quite tricky. Great! I’d chosen what I thought was easy turns out not so. The little whales were too cute to not give it a go though.
What I loved about the pattern is that there are no seams – the amount of times I’ve almost finished a project only to be bored to tears with the making up. I have a list of works in progress that I bribe myself into finishing. You start at the neck and then work down sectioning off the stitches for the sleeves – just do this with spare thread though rather than a large pin as it makes it easier to work with.
The tricky bit is the knitting and then purling with two colours. I used THIS tutorial to help me along and went very slowly. I pulled too tightly in a few places but it’s not too bad – it has however made me want to have a go at some more fair isle patterns and do a bit of steeking.
I only had two instances where I had to unravel and do a section again – this was due to dropping a stitch on the edging and although with more practice I could do better I’m generally pleased with the result.
1. This is far too advanced for Molly to play with at the moment.
2. I just had to make it.
My first page and pattern is Hickory Dickory Dock. As mentioned in my previous post I have chosen to use single pages which measure 19.5 x 23.5 cm.
I love how the mouse moves up and down the ribbon. I considered having the mouse as a removable item but decided due to Molly’s age I keep it attached for now.
The pattern attached details how I made it. Please be aware that all patterns and products are untested. I have tried my best to make everything as safe and secure as possible but if you make one for your child ensure all seams are secure and any choking risks are kept to a minimum. This is also my first time writing a pattern- if you notice anything that is wrong or it doesn’t make sense please comment and I will help out where I can. I would love to see pictures of the bits you make too.
Back to the quiet book for this post- getting prepared with some pages
All of the patterns are made to fit on the same page. Before starting to design the different activities for each page I made a selection using different fabrics. I have a rediculous amount of fabric and this is a great way of using bits up.
Again I used felt to give the page, like the cover, a bit more strength and structure.
1. Cut you felt to the size you desire for the page. My pages are 19.5 x 23.5 cm to fit my book.
2. Iron your fabric (this is the only time I iron! My clothes are creased my makes are not)
3. Using spray adhesive attach your felt to the wrong side of your fabric and cut leaving a 2 cm allowance around all sides
4. Fold the fabric over to meet the edge of the felt and then fold over again sewing around all edges. This is the cheaters way of doing a quilt edge. It’s quick and easy.
5 Add the rivets making sure the match your binder spacing
6 Add snap fasteners to the opposite corners so that the pages are interchangeable. If your page fabric pattern has to be up a certain way to work then you will have to decide now whether it’s a left page or a right page. If the pattern is not then you can decide later. Make sure one is an inny and the other is an outy (and other such technical terms)
7 Get ready to make your first quiet book activity
Before I start blogging about my current makes, and there is one epic make that I am super excited about, I’m going to mention a few of the bits I made in preparation for the arrival of Molly.
As the lucky Aunty to 6 niblings (and yes that’s a real term) I benefitted from a vast amount of hand me downs. However I am also a big fan of things matching. So I get things that don’t match and upcycle, it’s twice the work but half the cost and you get something unique. I bought Miss Molly, who at the time was referred to as poppy seed, some fabric and set about providing ‘sitting’ things.
First of all I made a baby beanbag. I am a fan of bulk buying, my husband is not, but in this instance I already had a suitable supply of beans and shredded foam filling that was taking up an inordinate amount of space so I put them to use. I used THIS pattern. Really easy to follow and the print out is simple enough to put together. I decided to fill with a mixture including the foam I mentioned earlier. This helps the bag keep its shape over long term usage – surely we all remember that bean bag that’s lost a bit of its oomph. I also made an internal bag so that it would be easy to clean. Twice the work again but definitely a time and mess saver in the future. I tried my hand at piping and love the look it creates, it is worth the extra effort and you can find some useful tutorials on YouTube. The thing I love about this is as Molly gets bigger I can remove the straps and it can function as a plain old bean bag.
Next I made a new cover for the baby bouncer. Pretty simple- I carefully cut up the old cover and used it as a pattern. I went a little bit extra and double sided my fabric but you don’t have to, in fact the original cover didn’t. I reused the original straps and clasp as they worked perfectly fine and voilà a new old bouncer.
Lastly I recovered a swing seat. For this I just attached the new fabric directly on top and finished with some bias binding for the edge. (Unfortunately due to London living this has now been passed on as we just didn’t have the space)
I had a little bit of fabric left over and made a pillowcase for a triangular pillow which I use as a nursing pillow. Part of me wishes I’d bought more so I could make a quilt or a playmat but then hindsight is a wonderful thing.