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Cloud baby mobile: knitted raindrops pattern

23 Mar

I LOVES a baby, me!

Some very close old friends of ours had a new smalls a few weeks ago. Mmmmmm, sniff his baby head – I can’t get enough of the wee chap!

Here are some pics of a mobile I made to go in his room. We had helped paint the walls of the nursery with clouds, so it seemed very fitting to have something like this for his mobile. I started making the raindrops in all different rainbow colours. Then as soon as he was born and we knew he was a little man, that didn’t seem quite right and I worried that it may end up looking a bit too girly. I ended up sticking with just blues and purple, which I think was the right decision.

It was fun working out the knitting pattern for the droplets (only very simple, but quite enough cerebral effort for my tiny mind).
I have listed the instructions for how to make them below.

here’s a bit of cloudy wallage for context:

Here’s how to knit a raindrop:

Yarn: DK scraps
Needles: 4mm DPNs

Pattern:
CO 3
Row 1: icord
Row 2: icord 2 sts, m1 (4)
Divide stitches around 3 needles
Row 3: k2 m1 k1 (5)
Row 4: k4 m1 (6)
Row 5: [k1, m1] to end (9)
Row 6: [k2, m1] to end (12)
Row 7: [k3, m1] to end (15)
Row 8: [k4, m1] to end (18)
Row 9: [k5 , m1] to end (21)
Row 10: k
Row 11: k
Sew in end from CO
Row 12: [k5 k2tog] to end (18)
Row 13: [k2 k2tog] to end
Row 14: [k2tog, k1] to end (9)
Stuff with yarn scraps or fibre fill
Row 15: [k2tog, k1] to end (6)
Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches and secure, hiding the end in the middle of the droplet.
As with all knitting patterns that I have ever written, this may be wrong. It’s probably nearly right…
…your best bet is to just bumble through it and hope for the best!

 

Let me know how you get on if you decide to have a go 😀

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Woodland Nursery design details

18 Sep

I did write a post about Jet’s nursery a while ago, here. Those pics all look a bit sparse nowadays as they were taken before the smalls had even arrived. I guess we didn’t even know if she was going to be a girl or a boy then, so things were kept pretty neutral on purpose. I’m not so much of a girly girl myself, so the pink frilliness has been kept to a minimum whilst that sort of thing is still under my control!
I’ve been meaning to do a little update with some of  my favourite details around the room – so here we are with a bit of extra info:


Cot: Stokke, stripe rug: Ikea


Wall stickers: cut from baize from the hardware shop, birdhouse: Asda – £4!


Ceramic tile: Rob Ryan on Etsy


Painting from the marvellous Nick Sharratt!


Fabric and wood mobile handmade from pattern here.


Alphabet print by yours truly .


The Smalls in situ. Grass rug with mushrooms: Vertbaudet (squee!) Log cushions: Deena Neimat (you gotta love those cushions!)


Daddy in situ and the egg chair I recovered with patchwork (NEVER AGAIN!).

Alphabet print

1 Aug

After toying with the idea of doing an alphabet print for Jet’s nursery for quite a while, I have finally got one sorted.
I messed around for ages drawing lots of little chaps to go on there and trying to make something all colourful and fun, but in the end I decided to settle for good ol’ charcoal grey and white with a dab of pink.
I am imagining that most may not see this as particularly nursery friendly, but hey, I like it that way and it’s my house. I will change it as soon as Jet (who is one year old) says: “Excuse me Mummy, please could we possibly change that giclee print for something more stereo-typically relevant to my gender and age profile?”.
Until then, the print stays. Can’t say fairer than that, eh?


I have been thinking about selling these as personalised limited editions through my shop. Nothing sorted about that as yet – let me know if you think you might be interested…

The Nursery!!

4 Oct

I have been looking forward to posting this for aaaages…

We have just about finished the nursery at home now – YAY! There are a couple of other bits that still need sorting out – but essentially it is all done and I am so pleased 😀

I designed the tree mural and cut it out of black and green flocked sticky-backed plastic. It took blummin’ ages to sort out – but I am really please with how it looks now. We don’t know if we are going to be having a little girl or a boy yet – so we have ended up with a woodland theme in grey, green and black. Here’s the original drawing I did of the wall for the planning and some of the details:

I found the light in Urban Outfitters – such a lucky find, it matches perfectly!

These fabric logs were made by genius woman Deena Neimat from Nashville, Tennessee. They can be purchased from her Etsy shop here. Thanks so much Deena – I LOVE them! The woodgrain fabric she has used is from the Joel Dewberry Aviary collection. I bought some more of the same fabric in lime green to make a new matching bumper for the cot.

The little woodland elf was very kindly knitted for us my my friend Becky. He doesn’t have a name just yet, but he has agreed to take up the position of nursery coordinator – thank goodness someone is here to keep things in order!

Our families all live quite far from us here in Bristol. Him indoors did an excellent job of taking everyone’s portraits so the little one can be surrounded by people who love them whilst they are snoozing away 🙂

Our moses basket has been handed down to us by my sister-in-law. My mum made a new cover for it in polka-dot with a green bobbly edging – so cute!

I reupholstered this egg chair we had and re-modelled a standard lamp to match – they are both completely ridiculous, but hey, what you gonna do? It made me want to cry reupholstering this chair. I have decided that I will never re-cover an armchair again. The end.

I made some little leaves from felt and embroidered them with the veins to cheer up the curtains.

The picture in the frame here still needs to be changed – there is artwork for this still in progress… I promise not to start pushing the baby to start working until it is at least 6 months old – by which time it will have been sponging off us for long enough and it can start earning it’s keep!

This room used to be our spare room and office. Before pics can be seen here.

Now all we need is a baby to put in it – eek! 😀

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