Rabbit Rattle

Crochet Rabbit Rattle for my friend's new baby.

Gardening Apron

Gardening Apron for a friend's house warming present.

No Junk for Us!

Handmade "no junk mail please" sign in Finnish.

Meet Cyril!

Cyril is an amigurumi pig, made for my nephew.

Boxy Matryoshka Pouch

Boxy pouch made with very kawaii Japanese fabric.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

First Cloth Nappy

After extensive research (OK, random surfing while watching TV), I decided to use the free Ottobre pattern, but with some amendments of my own. The results can be seen in the rather poorly focused picture.

I wanted to use microfleece for the part that touches the baby's bum, because it wicks away the moisture very efficiently and should prevent nappy rash. For the outer I wanted to use something cute and I found this cartoon spider fleece which fits the bill.

On the next nappy I'll:
  1. Add an extra flap on outer top layer so that I can hide the elastic on the back.
  2. Zig-zag the inner layer at the back before I put the elastic in.
  3. Remember to add small pockets that you turn the hook part of the Velcro into when washing (otherwise it ruins the fleece).
  4. Print out the pattern more carefully - look pretty large to me.
I've made a pocket or stuffable nappy, so the next step is deciding how to make the 'stuffees' with which to stuff them. My plan is to try and recycle fabrics that I already have - apparently the key is to use 100% cotton, hemp or bamboo. Not much of the latter two in my stash, unsurprisingly, so cotton it is then. Also, since I am not using a waterproof outer layer and don't want to use outer wraps (would make the spider fleece a bit pointless), I need to work out how to make the bottom layer of the stuffees waterpoof to prevent moisture wicking to the outside layer.

PS: Here's my original inspiration >>

Saturday, 23 February 2008

First Crochet Project Completed: Rabbit Slippers

Feeling rather pleased with myself about these - my first crochet project and they actually look like the picture on the pattern. They're from Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. Sadly I'd have to amputate my toes in order to wear them. Seems that one size fits all really means one size fits all midgets :)

I'm confident I could adjust the pattern myself and make them in other sizes, but I'd like to do something else next. I think it's probaby about time I got on with the fleece nappies (34 weeks now, time is getting short).

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