Thanks to Bloglovin, I am managing to stay more up to date with my favourite blogs and am more ‘in the loop’ with the group challenges and sew-alongs. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Kid’s Clothes Week, starting April 22nd. It looks like it will be bigger than ever, with 150+ bloggers signed up already!
I already have a lot of plans to make things for my children, but here are a few notes to start with:
1) Classic Boy’s Summer Shirt in Ed Emberley lions and tigers print for my son. I love this striking print and think it would look great as a shirt.
2) Ice cream top in Nani Iro Little Letters gauze
3) Geranium dress using this gorgeous hand blocked print from Lulu and Nat
4) A baby skirt in Liberty Pepper with a neon trim. I bought this fabric from the Fabrics Galore stall at the Spring Knitting and Stitch Show. I’m also planning a Wiksten Tank for myself in this as well.
I have so many more plans but don’t want to get carried away! I’ll have to make sure I keep my diary free so I have plenty of time for sewing.
I am really excited about our brand new knitting group in Penge! The idea came about after I enquired about local groups, and although there are several in the vicinity (Bromley, Croydon, Crystal Palace), there were a few knitters in Penge who were interested in setting something up closer to home. I had recently looked at the Alexandra Nurseries website and thought it sounded like a lovely venue, and another Raveller kindly offered to go down and have a chat with Sarah who runs it.
Alexandra Nurseries is a beautiful independent garden centre, gift shop and cafe in Penge
Thankfully, Sarah was enthusiastic about the idea so I visited myself soon after, and thought it was wonderful – beautiful vintage china, quirky gifts and of course, an amazing selection of plants! The upstairs space is a relaxed setting which will be great for informal knitting, tea-drinking and cake-eating. We have decided to start off the group on Sunday mornings every fortnight and see what happens. So if you are a knitter, please join us for the first meeting this Sunday (17th March) at 10.15am! If you’d like to join the mailing list, please email email@example.com for updates.
Even if you’re not a knitter, if you are in the area its a great place for a gift or a leisurely lunch.
I love the furniture and vintage tins, and have my eye on these little packets of seeds below!
As an aside, it’s really great to see so many new independent shops and cafes in Penge, as well as interesting events like the SE20 Craft Fair on 7th April. I would love to have been there but will unfortunately be away that week. It sounds really good, and is a 5 minute walk from me! I hope I can make the next one, and perhaps even have a stall there.
..and a little baby hat using a pattern from Itty Bitty Nursery. I used Rowan Organic Cotton DK for the hat and some leftover Malabrigo Rios for the cherry on top. It’s a bit big still but looks adorable!
I wanted to make Rosie a new baby dress as she outgrew her Itty Bitty Dress instantly. She only wore it once when she was three days old! I decided on making an infant peasant dress using this pattern, but she barely fit into that at six weeks, so I decided to enlarge the pattern on the printer and used that instead to make a 3-6 month size. I’m also thinking of buying the pattern as it is a really simple yet satisfying project!
I decided to use this beautiful print from the Andalusia range by Patty Young as it is girly without being pink. By a happy coincidence, her vest matched perfectly.
It used about half a yard of fabric, but I had to sew two scraps together to make the second sleeve. I don’t think it’s too noticeable though. Using the overlocker made this project incredibly quick – it took 45 mins max!