Idun for my baby

I am so obsessed with stranded colorwork. It all started with my Idunn cardigan which is the most favourited among my projects on Ravelry. Well, I think so that cardi is just perfect. A few days ago I just came across a baby dress with [almost] the same name while I was searching for the right dress pattern for my daughter.
This is a cute simple dress with yoke. I casted on for the smallest size and will resize it if it is too big for her, but at this point I think it will fit well.
The purple yarn is Drops Baby Merino, the other is some leftover hand dyed yarn I bought from a Hungarian spinner. Both are DK or DK-ish - it is not easy to define the handspun yarn and the two types together creates a very interesting texture, Just love it! 
The pattern itself is clear and well-written, although it is not for beginners. (I almost missed out the short rows. I prefer when the designer clearly state the design element when it comes, because I not always keep in mind all the introductions..) Anyway, it is a great pattern!

I am almost finished with the chevron blanket, just weave the ends and block it. Meanwhile I can't wait to see it in use, but I just hate those finishing touches. Is there anyone else who feels the same?

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Chevron Baby Blanket WIP

My chevron baby blanket I've already showed you is growing nicely. I usually work on this project at evenings and nights while my baby sleeps. During the day I rarely work on it, I spend her nap time doing household chores.  
I am very grateful that I can stay at home and I have nothing else to do just care of our little daughter - okay, and of course cooking and running the household. But honestly, sometimes I am desperate for some 'oldfashioned' me time and I feel so guilty about it. I am sure that this precious time will fly away so quickly and I won't even remember how was like... and now, when I could enjoy every minute with my baby, I am thinking about 'me time'... My husband assured me, it is okay and encouraged me to do something reguraly for myself outside of our home. So I have restarted visiting my yoga studio once in a week. And I also bought a few books and ebooks to keep my mind fresh, And there is also knitting, sewing and decorating the house. And I reduced my Facebook time - my gosh, Fb makes new mums so shopaholic (and also paranoid).

So, I am really satisfied this blanket, I alternate the colors randomly. I don't want any colors to be the main color, so I try to use them evenly. The blankie will be fairly narrow, so it might serve as a cover in the baby crib. Anyway, there is just a little more to finish and than I'll jump into a new project.   


Simple Baby Hat {from an old shirt}

So, Fall is here, whether I like it or not. The speed of time makes me a little bit sad about that my baby will be a big girl one day. I know, I know, it is still far away, but you know motherhood made me so sentimental. On the other hand, I truly enjoy watching my baby girl's developement and I also enjoy clothing her. However, it is also a bit frustrating how to properly dress her - you know, not overdress or underdress. So I stocked in with autumn baby essentials, like longsleeved babysuits and warmer leggings and of course with hats. A hat is a must have for a baby in every time and it is easy and quick to sew, crochet or knit one.
This time I grabbed my sewing machine and made two lightweighted caps for the early Fall days. I used up two tops, I didn't want to throw away. The beige tank top was laying down in my closet from years, I wore it maybe twice, the birdie sleevless shirt was never worn, it just wasn't my size. Both  were made of really soft jersey fabric, ideal for baby head.
I am in love with those fast motion videos all over the internet and I wanted to make my one. So I recorded the process how I made the beanie. Enjoy the video!

I made the brim enogh wide, so the beanie can be worn fold up or fold down. /Fold up is more practical, because a slouchy hat might slip over her eyes just in one minute.
If you would like to sew a beanie, you can find several patterns on the internet, but it is easy to make your own or just use a hat as the template.
And here is my little Palma modelling her new hats on Instagram! I can't decide which one I adore more:

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I hope you liked my first video! The filming was fun and easier than I expected, so maybe this wasn't the last one.

Wishing you happy crafting!


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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