New Baby Blanket WIP

It's been a while since I showed you how things were going with me /with us. This Summer was the best Summer in my life!!! Our baby daughter is the greatest treasure and my love grows a little everyday. I spend much of the day comforting, feeding, playing, teaching her. Our home is not that perfectly clean it used to be and our diners are simplified, but  I am okay with that, because the house is still clean and we always have something healthy to eat. I picked my knitting needles up again and started a new blanket for Palma.
She loves the little blankie I knitted for her for the first time. She really enjoys exploring the texture as she is sliding her fingers into the stitches.

This time I chosed a very simple chevron pattern. I was too excited about knitting again not to jump in immediately, so I skipped swatching. And it was a mistake... I wanted a normal size baby blankie (approx. 100x140 cm /40x54 iches) but instead, it manage to become more a stroller sized one. Maybe after blocking it will stretch out a little. Anyway, I love working on it and love my color choices.

I use Drops Cotton Light in colorways 01 (off white), 18 (pink), 05 (light pink) and 24 (grape). I don't follow any patterns or recipes, I alternate colors randomly. so I don't know how it will look like.

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Flea Market Find Fixing

In these busy days with my baby I entertain myself with short creative projects. I don't knit or crochet (it is too hot for my wooly hobby), so I found other activities. Perhaps you have already known that I loved antique items. My husband has been a collector of antique and vintage pieces from his childhood and when I met him I became his partner also in his hobby, we love visiting flea markets and buying interesting items. In the beginning almost every pretty find caught my eyes, since then my taste has been developed. Now I am focused on home decorations especially from the 1900-1930’s in mostly Viener Secessionist and Art Deco style.
I also put to work these items, they are not just for decoration. We own several vintage and antique pieces that we use in our everyday life. You could have already seen a small copper basket appearing on my blog as a photo prop of my WIP projects. This is a family heirloom I received from my aunt a couple years ago. I store my running project there.
In the early days of my blog I showed you this vintage suitcase. I store yarn and other random things in it.

So, my favourites are Art Deco and Secession and everything in and between (Art NoveauJugendstilTiffany style). Art Deco is very popular lately, you can find Art Deco homewares and decorations from execlusive showrooms to the shelves of hypermarkets and it is easy to get a great deal on antique pieces as well. And why would I buy contemporary if I can get an original quality one? Vienna Seccession is less popular and more expensive. I am always happy when I find something at an affordable price. I found this tray in a small flee market and payed just nuts for it.

My tray wasn’t in a perfect condition, it was dirty, one handle were broken down, but the ceramic part was perfect. So I had a little restoration work on it. For the ceramic part it was enough to wash in handwarm water with a daily dishwashing liquid. The nickeled frame was not just broken but also damaged. Cleaning nickeled things is not easy and cleaning is not enough for a perfect result. Honestly at home it is impossible to restore it perfectly. If this tray had been a unique and expensive one, I would have brought it to a professional silversmith or jeweler to repolish. Anyway, I even like its rusty charm.
Otherwise old nickeled items can be this beautiful:

vitrine {Source}

Nickeled ceiling lamp {Source}

So back to the fixing work on my tray. Firstly I soaked it in water with a small dishwashing liquid. Alcohol or hydrogen-peroxid can be used as well, if you prefer or if you have to clean tight corners. 

At first I brushed the nickeled frame with a general metal cleaner, but wasn’t satisfied with the result so I let it to work for a couple hours. Then I removed the cleaner with a brush and soaked it again before using the next chemical. Better, but not shiny:
I used WD40, which is a must-have in our household. This thing really doesn’t need a promotion, but I want to tell that my husband uses it literally for every metal-related tasks around the house and it works. It helped a little bit in my project as well, it gave that nice shiny touch I wanted to get: 
You may find a few wrong advices on the web, so one more thing. What not to do with your nickeled item? Do not clean it with baking soda or vinegar, both can damage. Vinegar here and there are recommended, but be careful with it and never soak nickeled items into vinegar. Acids generally are not suitable. Nickel is used as a nice silvery polish. And how can you know that your find is nickeled? It is easy, nickel is ferromagnetic. 
After the cleaning process I glued the handles with 2-component epoxy and let it dry for 24 hours. I am happy with the result, it is perfectly usable in its shabby glory. I took it onto the dining table as a centerpiece. 

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Knits for my Baby

During the last weeks of my pregnancy I completed a few gifts for baby Palma. However we refurnished a room for her, we just store there the baby clothes and gear, I wanted our daughter to sleep in our room at least for a year. I think co-sleeping is a biological need of a newborn. Our room is tiny, we had enough place just for her crib. I decorated the crib with a few handmade softies and knits. I will show you the softies in another post.
This time I haven't created own patterns, I found the patterns on Ravelry, except the blanket, which is a very simple knitting construction and doesn't really require any instruction.

So, let's see the queue. I have already showed you this little west. I followed the pattern of Yarn Madness and used the squirrel chart of Ekornsokkene by Pinneguri. Well, my daughter could wear it just once and I am afraid that was also the last time, since she will grow out before the weather turns off enough cold for this wool shirt.
I also made a little bunny. I was impressed by the designs of Little Cotton Rabits and have always wanted to make one. I am really satisfied with the result, I think this is the cutest knit I have ever made. The photographer used the bunny as a photo prop of Palma's newborn photo session. See the photo on my Ravelry project page. I hope this softie will be something she keeps as an adult too. 
We took home from the hospital wearing this simple knitted beanie I made for her. It came out so tiny, I was suprised how small is a newborn's head. Anyway, she have grown out very quickly.
My favourite of the baby things I completed is this little colorful blanket, which was my bedtime project for a long time and now it is in everyday use, I would like to knit more blankies for her. 

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On 13th April baby Palma has arrived. She is the most beautiful girl we have ever met and immediately stole our heart. We both are in a good health. The postpartum weeks were harder than I expected both emotionally and physically. But thanks to my general good condition despite the complications recovery after delivery was relatively easy. Our life has undergone many changes during the past weeks. We enjoy these changes and our baby is a truly angel. She has already set up a scheduled routine for herself which we easily adopted, so now we can sleep, do the basic houseworks and cook something fresh and quick every day. I could be watching her all day, she is a miracle!  

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First knits for the Baby and another project

Although I had had plans with my blog, I unwillingly took a longer break. I spent the second trimester of my pregnancy with lot of work. From March 1st I quit from work, because I would like to focus on my family and stay at home for a while.
Now I have 7 weeks until the baby arrives. My due date is April 11th! It is so close! Since I was busy with my work, the things around the baby are still unprepared. Even the nursing room is still unfinished, it needs a total renovation. It is so exciting!
I have already started to knit for the baby. This small pullover is the first thing I finished for my baby girl:

The original pattern is Apples! from Yarn-Madness incorporates with Ekornsokkene. The pullover needs two buttons to fasten and blocking. A small garmet like this one is a really quick knit and the most enjoyable one I was working on!
Technically this is not the first thing I made for the baby, formerly I knit, crocheted and sewed a few baby toys just for the love of creating. And now these toys will decorate my daughter's room.
Now I am working on a blanket for the baby. I knit mostly in the car. In 2013 I have already started to knit a similar blankie, but I unravelled that project. Anyway, it is an enjoyable pattern.

There are a few other smaller things in which I am working. This small secessionist tray is one of my favourite flea market find, but needs fixing. Isn't it beautiful?


I hope that I can complete a few things before the baby arrives and since from now I spend my days at home, I also hope that I will have time to visit my favourite blogs and read what has happened to you this winter. 
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