Baby Boy Sweater

I love babies in hand knits.

There’s something so snuggly and cosy about a baby wearing a warm knitted jersey or being wrapped in a lovely woolen blanket.

I’ve already knit quite a few clothing items for Miss P but now that Master L is here, it’s been fun to knit up ‘boy’ clothes too.

One item that I really wanted him to have to wear is a little ‘old man’ sweater. A proper button down cardigan style sweater with the roll neck. So when I found the Baby Sophisticate Sweater by Linden Down on Ravelry I was so excited.

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Vintage Inspired Quilt

vintage quiltI’ve never been particularly good at the whole vintage thing. 

There are lots of vintage things and themes I love but I’ve never felt that I really have the style or know how to pull off vintage properly. It’s a bit of an art to make vintage actually look cool, rather than have it look like you just have a bunch of old, dated stuff hanging around.

My style is pretty contemporary. I’m not on trend and I’m not vintage cool. As much as I often wish I could be in either camp.

I do what works for me right now, what appeals to me in the moment.

But one thing that I had been wanting to do, that was outside of my usual zone, was to create a quilt that had a more vintage feel.

I wanted to make a quilt that was a little more timeless, had a more vintage, old world, grandma’s attic kind of feel.

It felt important to create a quilt that more closely reflected the original feel and style of olden day quilting.

When I recently visited a Quilt Fair I came across the fabrics designed by Lynette Anderson and I knew I’d found the start of my project.

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I-Spy Quilt

i-spy quiltWhen I found out I was pregnant with Lil Miss P, one of the many crafts I immersed myself in was making playmats/quilts.

Being well aware that a baby spends a lot of time on the floor in their first year I wanted to have lots of bright, soft and interesting quilts for Lil Miss P to play on and lie on.

One of the designs I was really keen to put together was an I-Spy quilt. I loved the idea of having a playmat/quilt with lots of different images and shapes and patterns for her to look at while spending time on the floor.

Plus an I-Spy quilt isn’t just a lovely thing to look at, it’s also an educational quilt as children learn to identify patterns, animals, numbers, letters, colours and so on. There’s something special about the idea of helping them to learn to articulate what they’re seeing in a fun way with something hand made with love.

So, with my mission in hand, off I went to the monster online catalogue of craft ideas – Pinterest.

I searched I-Spy quilts and found quite a few ideas.

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