Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Baby Boy Blanket

This little blanket is for a friend's baby boy who arrived earlier this year. It is strongly inspired by Amy Karol's Scalloped Baby Blanket from her great book Bend-the-Rules Sewing. I already made two blankets from that pattern, but didn't show them here, because the pictures I managed to take before I sent them away were less then inspiring. See some much more fabulous pics than mine for example here, here, here and here.

As the teddy bear fabric is already quite cutesy, I decided to skip the scallops in this case, but I rounded the corners. Which also made for a quicker project to sew. Ha! I decided to go with Amy's hint not to pre-wash the fabric before sewing and the backing fabric shrunk quite a bit when I washed the completed blanket, so it already has a bit of a lived-in look, which I quite like. That may be not everybody's cup of tea, though, so I hope the recipient and his mom will like it!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New Year, New Flat

Wow, it's been quite long since my last post! Firstly: A Happy and Healthy New Year 2008 to all!

It's been fairly busy here, we've moved and there's still a lot of work ahead to make this new place our home. We finished painting the bedroom, though, and so I can give you a small impression of what it looks like so far.

I think it came out really beautifully. It's still really dark here, so that's the best picture I could get. We painted the ceilings in a toned not-quite-white and took the colour down a bit to the walls. The walls are a light blue. We got the chandelier as a present and the curtains are from Ikea. I'll try to keep you posted on the progress, but as it still is quite chaotic here, I can't promise how fast that progress will be ... ;-) I got a great sewing book, a Filati Handknitting magazine and some pretty sock wool for Christmas, so there's inspiration enough, but I guess the flat will take up most of my time and (creative) energy. I'm taking a sewing course again, starting mid-January, though, so there'll also be things to show from there, I hope. :-)