Some Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli baby knits happened. Hayao Miyazaki is the Japanese film director who has created such gems as Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited Away.
Totoro Baby Hat
Little Calcifer Rattle
Kiki’s Bow Booties
These cute knits were made to pay homage to the fire demon, Calcifer, from Howl’s Moving Castle; Kiki’s big red hair bow in Kiki’s Delivery Service; and My Neighbor Totoro. Let me know what you think.
Ravelry Project Pages: Calcifer Rattle, Totoro Baby Hat, and Kiki’s Delivery Bow Booties
Patterns: Top Down Bonnet with Anime Character for the totoro ears, My Basic Baby hat, Bows Before Bros, and Blue Flame Special
Needles: Size 1, 3, 5, and 6 dpn
Yarn: I Love This Yarn! Sport Weight in Red; Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel; Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta; and I Love This Cotton! in Black
Notions: Red satin ribbon; Yellow, white, and black felt; black embroidery floss; needle and thread
These cute woodland knits were made for my co-worker’s soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.
Baby Fox Hat and booties
Mushroom or Toadstool Rattle
Ravelry Project Pages: Baby Fox and Mushroom Rattle 2
Patterns: Woodland Fox Baby for the foxy ears, My Basic Baby hat, Chaussons Mignons, and Toadstool Baby Rattle
Needles: Size 1, 3, and 6 dpn
Yarn: I Love This Cotton! in Buttercup, Black, and White; I Love This Yarn! Sport Weight in Red; Vanna’s Choice in Terracotta; and Bernat Softee Baby in White
Almost a year ago, I got a new and interesting job – which meant getting a new office to decorate. Finally, I had a reason to make some of my glittery Pinterest dreams come true and I can definitely say that creating office art is fun.
To honor my state, I choose a DIY State art. It was one of my simplest art projects – a 10″ x 10″ canvas painted turquoise with scrapbook red glitter paper in the shape of Arkansas glued to the middle.
I also made another artwork similar to Papery and Cakery’s Sprinkle Artwork. I used another 10″ x 10″ canvas, tons of craft glue, two different type of red glitter (micro and normal), and blue glitter letter stickers. My kerning isn’t the best, but I like it.
Tons off glue, glitter, and love
More baby knitting … But these precious items are for a friend whom I have known since fifth grade and who is expecting her first child. The colors and chevrons were chosen as a surprise to match her bedding.
Grey and White Chevron
Chaussons mignons in light blue
An adorable headband to grow with Baby C
Love these booties
Light blue hat with a beautiful purple flower
My Ravelry Project Pages: HBC Hat and Booties, HBC Fancy Booties, and Baby HBC’s Chevron Blanket
Patterns: Saartje’s Booties, Chevron Baby Blanket, Chaussons mignons, headband based on Baby Headband, Owl: Two Ways, and my basic hat
Needles: Size 8, 6, 3, and 2 in straight needles
Yarn: Bernat Baby Coordinates Solids in Soft Grey, Bernat Softee Baby Solids in White, and Berroco Vintage in Gingham
Notions: blue and purple felt flowers, white felt and black felt (for owl’s eyes), Shibui Sock Yarn in Orange, and 4 buttons
Happy Mother’s Day!! For Mother’s Day, we decided to make cards that weren’t your average store-bought cards – which is great because we tend to disagree about what type of card to get (sappy v. silly). When I found this spinner card, I knew immediately that we could agree on crafting this card.
Crafting Cards – Z wrote messages on two cards while I wrote messages on two cards
However, I should really avoid crafting around this time of the year. With a ton of birthdays, Z in the middle of finals, and our seasonal allergies, my crafting took on an appearance that I can only imagine resembles the crafting of a mother who just realized that her child’s holiday party was two days away. It wasn’t pretty and there may have been pouting.
Finished card with envelope
The directions for the project are on the free printable from Farouche Shop. My two variations were using paper fasteners (instead of brads) and larger envelopes ( 6″ x 9″). Despite the frustrations while crafting, I love these cards and I hope that the recipients love them as much as we do.
After finishing the pink earflap hat and booties set, I realized that they would be a perfect fit for a couple that is expecting their second little girl. I started to knit up a cute rattle when I remembered what it was like for me when I became a big sister. When you become a big sister at around three or four years old, it’s like you have lost your audience. All the cute things that you do become eclipsed by the new baby and the cute things that the new baby does. That’s when I decided that being a new big sister deserves a medal.
Finished and big sister friendly
I’m not too proficient in children’s cartoons these days, but I hear that one of the children’s cartoon characters has a badge/medal and this particular little girl is happy that she can be like that character.
My Ravelry Project Page: Big Sister Medal
Pattern: Military Medal Deux
Needles: Size 2 in dpns and straight needles
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Alpacas Silk in White, Caron Simply Soft Solids in Plum Wine, Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids in Rogue, and random scrap yarn
Notions: Sticker with ribbon and pin clasp
After Baby V was born, I decided that she needed some Easter eggs although she would only be two months when Easter came around. Thank goodness for Purl Bee’s Easter Egg Ornaments pattern! Within a few hours, I had a rattle Easter egg and two Easter maracas eggs that were just perfect for developing new skills.
Three Easter eggs
A tiny Easter basket for a tiny lady
My Ravelry Project Page: V’s 1st Easter Eggs
Needle Size: 3 dpns
Yarn: Red Heart Heart & Sole in Berry Bliss, Regia Design Line Ombre Stripes in Blue-Purple, and Shibui Knits Sock in Roppongi