WIPs Wednesday 4th March 2015

This past week I’ve been focusing on making flower headbands using cotton and mohair. I’ve also been playing with some knitted-in lace.

flower headband works in progress

At the start of the week the sun was streaming through my office, so I grabbed some cotton and found this pattern for making pansies. I attached it to a white cotton crochet chain and added a pearl bead as an embellishment. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.
Cotton and pearl blue and pink pansy tieback

Following on from the flower theme, I came up with my own pattern for creating a large sunflower. This one measures approximately 5cm in diameter and looks fabulous as an oversized flower. It’s attached to a black crochet chain to contrast against the flower.

Yellow and brown flower newborn tie back

I wanted to make something dainty to contrast against the cotton flowers I had made, so got out some of the gorgeous silk mohair yarn I’ve been working with recently and made a tiny little flower to match a pair of newborn trousers I’ve made recently.

Small flower pearl newborn posing prop

Finally, I had some knitted-in lace arrive that I had ordered the week before. After a few practices I figured out the best way to attach it to the pea bonnets I’ve been making. I love the effect, particularly as it really frames the face nicely. I’ve gone on to make these in a range of colours.

Photography props pea bonnets lace

What have you been making this past week?


Baby Bonnets – dreamy mohair and super soft acrylic

Last week we had the first bought of snow for the year. I absolutely love looking out the window and watching a blizzard. Unfortunately, whilst I wondered why there was water coming down our chimney I didn’t think to actually look out the living room window so I missed the whole thing. It wasn’t until I had to get the little lady from the childminders that I realised that it was snow, not rain, that was coming down and hitting the chimney balloon.

First snow of the year in bristol

I’ve been busy over the weekend making some very delicate newborn baby bonnets using Rowan Kidsilk Haze. This delicate yarn works up beautifully using a 5.5mm hook to create gorgeous patterns. I’ve made 3 so far, one in a v-stitch, one in a full shell and another in a shell after the crown. They’re so scrummy and lightweight. I wish I’d made one for the little lady when she was still small, it could have been used as a faux wig as she had no hair whatsoever and they’re snuggly warm too.

Mohair/silk newborn baby bonnet in salmon. Delicate photo prop

Grey shell bonnet in mohair. Incredibly delicate and prefect as a photo prop

I’ve also been making some lovely little 0-3 month hats using Stylecraft Special DK. This yarn is as soft as butter and a delight to work with as far as acrylic goes. It’s my go-to yarn for baby blankets at the moment also and the yarn I’m using for a few throws to go on our beds, although they’ll take me quite awhile to finish.

Cream acrylic baby hat in a lovely soft shell pattern 0-3 months