We’ve just come home after a long weekend trip to England to catch up with family. We stayed with our daughter, aka Lindashee, and Mr Lindashee. Met up with my sister and her partner, Mr A, for a few hours (hadn’t seen them in 7 years!). And, of course, went to visit Viking parents, where we got to meet Baby Viking.
Needless to say, it was a lovely weekend. Lots of catching up to do. Lots of food. Lots of walking. Quite nice weather. And Baby Viking is adorable. Only cloud . . . I wasn’t able to have a cuddle because I came down with shingles! What unperfect timing, eh?
I can now show you some of the crafting I had been busy with over the summer . . . first up, a quilt.
The pattern for this quilt is from the book: “Quick & Easy Quilts for Kids” by Connie Ewbank
and it’s the second time I’ve followed this particular pattern. The first time being last year, when I made a quilt for neighbours’ baby, which I called “A little bird told me”.
That time, I went for lots of pinks & mauves because parents knew they were expecting a little girl. With Baby Viking, we didn’t know gender until birth, so I started work with some bright gender neutral colours, basing my choice on the main fabric which is from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” collection.
The finished quilt is therefore very bright, and lots of fun. I’m calling it “Starry Starry Viking”.
After the quilt, I decided to make something smaller, but practical . . .
Three bibs, using a white “waffle cotton” with a band of printed fabric, and contrasting binding.
And that’s not all . . . literally the day before Baby Viking was born, I was pacing the floors here, because she was over 10 days late, and to keep my sanity, I began crocheting a bear. So began on Saturday 18th August, Baby Viking was born on Sunday 19th, and this little bear was finished on Monday 20th August.
This is a free crochet pattern by Zhaya Designs. The pattern is called Baertram . I have christened my version “Lundi” (Monday).
Lundi measures 9” tall (23cm), was crocheted using Stylecraft Special DK in Camel, Cream & Black with a 2.5mm hook. I used a DMC mouliné cotton and a 2mm hook for the scarf. Lundi has 3 fingers on his/her paws, a belly button and a very cute tail. Facial features are embroidered in Stylecraft Special DK to make Lundi baby-friendly.
Anyway, I had lots of fun with all of that. Patchworking, quilting, sewing and crochet . . . lots of variety. I’ve now got my thinking cap and will be starting a few crafting projects for Baby Viking’s first Christmas. All I can tell you about my plans for that is: parents have given me permission to go as mad and as bright as I like. Fun, fun, fun!