Wednesday, December 8, 2010
This brown and cream baby cocoon and hat was ordered by one of my customers for her newborn after looking at the baby blue cocoon that I made for my daughter. Materials are using cream cotton blended yarn and camel brown cotton metallic. All are suitable for the delicate baby skin.
She wanted it for her newborn photo shoot session. So, I have to send it before her due date which I make it in time. Forgive for the pictures, not so professional looking, with lots of shadows and not so bright (lack of lighting).
The newborn hat, size 15 inches.
I hope that her newborn will look very adorable and cute in this cocoon.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
It has been long since I post new entry for this blog. I was just finish with my confinement and was very busy with the new baby and also needs to take care of my 3 year old daughter. This baby blue cocoon or papoose for newborn needs 4 ply of yarn to make it. I was using 4 cotton blended yarn with a size 5mm hook.
Actually it is 3 1/2 of yarns needed. After finished using the blue yarn, I used the white yarn remnants from making another white baby cardigan (which I do not decide whom to give it to yet).
After browsing the e-pattern central design, I decided to buy the pattern. This papoose pattern was published in an E-book titled “Oh Baby! Crochet”, cost to download $19.90 and I got a 10% discount for this e-book, which was very nice. As soon as payment being made, I could download it immediately. Imagine how thrilled I was to see and make this papoose. Even my husband said that it was really cute when he saw the baby picture in the cocoon.
About the pattern, it was easy to make, but needs lot of time and effort to finish it. Just using dc and sc throughout the pattern. I took about three days to finish it, of course, I only spend about 2-3 hours per day to do it. So, if you really going to make one, do not expect to finish it in one day. You need to set time to finish it by within how many days, so that you do not have to rush.
Oh my, I really love that she can fit snugly in it! This picture is taken when she is nearly two months old.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I was very eager to try out the new yarn that I am going to sell soon at my new online shop. It was very easy to handle with and it suits well with 5mm hook. The composition of the yarn is 60% acrylic and 40% cotton. Although, the cotton composition is lower than acrylic, the yarn itself feels as soft as viscose yarn. Very fluffy and soft to the touch.
So, I was making another baby cardigan with 3 cute flower buttons. This size really suits well with 3-6 months old baby.
The color of yarns available. I left out the black yarn. So, there is actually 6 shades of yarn colors.
I am bored waiting for the baby to come out. Right now, it has been 39 weeks. The doctor said that my baby can come out anytime soon.
So, instead of just wasting my boring time with nothing, I rummaged my piles of cotton fabric looking for the right shades to sew into many small patchworks.
Right now, I only managed to make 5 sets of patchwork flowers. I need to make at least another 5 more, so that they will cover most of the blanket size.
How it looks like at the back side of the patchwork. I am using a hexagon templates made with plastic at a craftstore in Alor Setar. The sizes are all even an easy to attach from corner to corner using whipstitch.
I am hoping that I will finish this project either before or after the baby comes out.
The first time I saw this Bebop Cardigan pattern, I ignored it. Not because it is not beautiful or difficult, but it is for 6-10 years old girl. But, I found out in Lion Brand Yarn Facebook, one of the fan has posted the crocheted pattern that suits her 2 year old daughter. So, I decided to give it a try and made it for my 3 year old Tasneem using a 4mm hook rather than using a thicker yarn and a larger hook (which has been suggested in the pattern).
I was using acrylic yarn to try it out first, before using my cotton yarn that I am selling. This pattern has bobble stitches which is new to me. At least I am learning new stitches whenever I tried out a new pattern. I did not understand how to do it at first, then I googled it on the internet and saw a youtube showing how to do bobble stitches. Then, everything after that went easy.
The sleeves part, I was adding a simple border pattern at the edges using white acrylic yarn.
Why three shades of yarn? I was just trying to finish off the leftover yarns. That is why there was three shades. Luckily, it turns out well and adorable.
The pattern was taken from Crochet Magazine. I really like this magazine, but , it is really expensive to buy from Borders or MPH, it is around RM 20++. So, when I got back home, I tried to search for Crochet Magazine, luckily, they have it digitally for only USD 14.97. That is much more cheaper, I will get a full year subscription plus back dated issues. So, it will be a really value for the money.
After I made payment using credit card, instantly I could download all the current issues and back dated issues easily. After downloading everything, I looked at each pages for a pattern that I might be interested in doing so and print it out.
I really recommend this magazine for anyone who loves to make cardigan for adult, necklaces, afghans, and it also have projects for baby either a blanket/toys/clothes.
So, one of the patterns is making a combined technique, it looks lovely. The only thing is that it need to use a smaller hook 3-3.5mm hook. So, for my daughter almost 3 years old, I need to use a 3.5mm hook with a red metallic cotton yarn.
I made it with a 2 tier cotton fabric attached to the crocheted part using sewing machine. Carefully, you need not stretch the material, if not, it won’t fit with the length of the fabric.
As always, my daughter was very eager to wear it, although I have not finish crocheting the sleeves part yet. She said baju princess (princess dress), like Dora the Explorer, she used to wear a long dress when she becomes a princess.
For the sleeves part, it is really open, so I modified a little bit, to make it closed (could not see the armpit anymore).
Thursday, August 5, 2010
This baby booties is easy and fast to make compared to several baby booties that I have made before. It is Mary Janes baby booties, I could not remember the link for this booties. It has straps, but, I omitted it because the straps were too long for the sides.
I was using a 4mm hook so that I could get a 3 1/2 inch sole. But, it is kind of big for a newborn in Malaysia. The pattern is from the US, so I think the size suits well with their babies.
To make it cuter, I crocheted two small flowers and sew imitation pearl beads on top of it.
My 3 year old daughter was very eager to wear it, but of course it would not fit her 5 1/2 inch foot well. So, I made one for her without flowers using 8mm hook. Luckily it fits her very well. She was very pleased with it. What was more happier was that she said, “Thanks Mommy”, and hugs me. :)
After making this, I plan on making one for my sister, she is having a baby girl soon, same time as me on the month of August 2010.
Very adorable if paired with the crocheted dress!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
My aunt asked me whether I have time to sew beads on baju kurung modern for her daughter. She said to sew it all over the body of baju kurung including necklines, sleeves and the body. I insisted at first, saying that I never sew beads heavily at the neckline before. She said that she will provide with the design. So, I agreed since I just have to follow the design.
The design is from Keluarga Magazine, hari Raya version. It was big and clear enough for me to copy the beading design.
It took me a long time to sew the beads onto the baju kurung because my daughter always came and play around with the beads. So, you can imagine how miserable it is when your beads get thrown everywhere.
I really hope that my aunt like it. It looks very simple though.
This is for a customer who really likes the design after I showed it to her. She bought lots of my cotton yarn and during the meeting I brought along all the yarns that I have to show it to her.
She wanted a smaller version with a smaller armpit hole.
So, what I did was use a smaller hook 5.0mm instead of before 5.5mm hook. She wanted it to be exactly the same for her 4 month old daughter.
The backside using 2 white button shanks.
It has been a long time since I made a baju kurung for Tasneem. I only made baju kurung for her for hari Raya only. Almost 2 years passed by, now she was nearly 3 years old. The length of material needed is about 1 1/4 meter. I was shocked in measuring her, looking at the length of the fabric, I could not believe that she is getting bigger as time pass by.
She was so delighted to wear her baju kurung. To her, every new clothes, she was eager to have it put on her.
I sewed beads around her neckline, it was easy and fast to sew on cotton fabric. If I still have time before my delivery, I will sew some beads at the end of the sleeves too. I asked my daughter, what shape she would like to have as a button, the heart or flower shape, she chose flower shape. I also thought that flower button shape was much cuter.
I made an A-line skirt for her, easier than making a pleated one at the sides.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I made two doilies using a Japanese diagram from a book that I bought.
And one cute little dress for decorations taken from a diagram in a crochet Chinese book bought at Popular. Whenever I went to Popular, I never missed out the opportunity to browse at the Chinese art/craft section. I do not know how to read Chinese nor learn the language, but you can look for the books by picture. There are lots of craft books there, especially for knitters. Luckily I do not know how to knit, if not, I will surely buy one of the books placed there.
While I was busy crocheting in the last few weeks, I felt that I need to do some sewing. So, I rummaged through my pile of fabric in the box and saw three towels. I wondered for a moment, why are these here. Then I remembered that these are for making bibs.
I thought of making 2 sided bibs, and look for a matching color with the towels.
Here are the results. These were easy to do and not took me long enough to finish it. I think within an hour you can finish up to 4-5 bibs.
For the pink one, I think I need to sew some embellishments for it since it looks dull and boring. Maybe sew a button and embellish it with flower embroidery will be nice.