Over the last few weeks I have spent much time crafting my first handmade baby attire and toy ensemble which I set out to make a couple of weeks ago. I planned on making a hat, booties and toy puppy for the expected bub in a white and neutral tones (Mumsy-to-be’s favourite colours).
I finished the items about a week ago but the baby decided it was too comfy and was not born on the due date. I had everything lined up and ready to go, all I wanted to do was add some buttons (blue or pink) once I knew the baby’s sex to make it more personal. So my items lay waiting for the announcement of the baby’s birth.
Funnily enough while I was knitting the present, my mum got the knitting bug again. She was the one who taught me how to knit but has not done so in years. She was so excited to pick up the needles again that she eagerly chose to make a sweater for the baby to match my hat and booties. She whipped it up in a weekend (like a pro) and then passed it onto me for sewing and finishing (she hates that side of things). It is just so cute!
Finally I got the news yesterday that the family had been blessed with a new baby boy. So the first thing I did when I got home last night was sew on the blue buttons, to give a little boy touch to the present. I also attached the buttons onto the back of the sweater and had to make the buttonholes. They were a little tricky but I was so pleased with how they turned out given they were the first buttonholes I have knitted! Thanks again to the great video resources on the web.
Overall I was so proud to have made up all these little goods. The sweater is so adorable, but I give a lot of credit to my mum for that. The hat was so simple and turned out so snuggly. The booties were a little tricky and I had to try out a few different patterns but I got there is the end. The ones I made were so simple to knit and put together (I will be posting a free pattern soon). But my favourite item was the puppy. I loved making this little guy and I think he turned out really well. The pattern was so easy to follow (easier than booties, who would have thought) and really fun to stitch together.
All my family and friends really loved the items I made and I think I have passed on the knitting bug to The Hubby’s mum and aunty as well as some of my own friends! I was truly happy when one of my male friends (who let’s be honest could care less about knitting) was genuinely shocked to find out that I had made the puppy and honestly thought it was very cool! I have now received many requests for hats and toys – looks like I won’t be putting the needles away for a while – yay!
I hope the family likes the present – it is sitting on my colleague’s desk waiting for him. I was so excited wrapping it all up last night and even thought of a cool trick of using wool as a ribbon and adding some buttons for decoration. Ordinarily I would have loved to have visited the baby, but still being sick I don’t want to take any risks. I am looking forward to seeing the little baby boy in the outfit and with his new toy when he pays our office a visit soon.
Now back to my scarf…