Have you ever had to keep a little secret?I have been sitting on two for the past few
weeks and I call now finally share them with you.The two items that I have made have now been
safely delivered to their new homes.
The first up is a lovely new Mumma bear for Little B.
Coming from Melbourne where layering your
clothing is everything due to our 4 seasons in one day weather trick I decided
that she needed another layer so a little crochet cardigan was made.As Little B is only 1 yrs old, I needed to make
something that didn’t have any hard pieces, like buttons for eyes, so when I
came across this pattern in 'Softies',
I knew it was perfect.
Little B’s Mum is one very clever lady who makes the most
beautiful mermaid and mermen softies so I thought another style of softie might
be a suitable present.Check out Little
B’s Mum’s softies here.
(Full credit to those out there who make softie toys
especially if they require many limbs.I
struggled with the sewing of the limbs, trying to fit them all in so that when
you turn the bodies right way out everything was sewn in place.I must have unpicked the limbs at least 4
times as every time I tried to sew them, they slipped out of place and were not
My other little secret was a birthday present for my niece
Little C.Last year I made her this little doll, so this year
I decided that I needed to make something that she could use with the
doll.I knew that she had a little
wooden cradle for her dolls but nothing to put in it, so I made a blanket and
I knew I wanted to make a crochet blanket for the top but
was unsure on what pattern or style.I
then came across this pattern
on my favourite place Pinterest.As soon as I saw it I was hooked, I knew it
was the one.So off I went following the
links only to find that the whole pattern was in French.My
experience of the French language ended in year 8 as I had an argument with the
French teacher as to why I didn’t want to be in her class anymore.She tried to tell me that art (which I was
dropping her class for), was not a proper subject and it would never get me
anywhere (I then went on to be a Secondary school Art/textiles teacher).
So what was I going to do?A couple of the clever ladies in my craft
group suggested that I Google translate the pattern.I tried that and I think a lot of the detail was
lost in translation as it made no sense at all. I then decided to just give it
a go myself, making a row, seeing if it looked right, if not undoing it and
then trying again.And here it is the finished
product.As you can see I also made a
mattress, sheet and pillow to go with it.
I am so excited to be sharing these with you as I have
had to keep them a secret for soooooooolong.
Do you ever struggle keeping secret gifts a secret?