Davina here - I haven't had a chance to do much making since Bonnie was born, which I am really missing but managed to find some time before she was born to make her a few things.
Hannah and I have both experienced that becoming parents has re-engaged us with an absolute love of making - making as a way to share something with someone and importantly making as a way to love someone. What I mean by this is that through having my daughters I started to make objects again like knit a hat or re-learn to potato print – things that I can either make for her (as a way to love her) or with her (as a way to love spending time with her). I remember being pregnant with Elfie and constantly feeling strong urges to make things for her - I think it was the only way I felt I could love her before I could hold her in my arms. And now I love to make her things whenever I can as she treasures them so much more than bought gifts and I do too (I treasure the memory of making them for her and seeing her enjoy what I have made). She often asks me “who made this”, which I really like as it shows her understanding that all objects are made by someone.
This idea of making as loving is something both Hannah and I could talk/ write a lot more about and we will do soon and would love our readers to be involved in the conversation so if you have any comments now about how you show love through making please share.
My good friend Bridget lent me her breastfeeding pillow and I was worried to damage it as the cover was getting old so I decided to make a new cover for it. I wanted to make a cover with fabric that I thought Bonnie might like or even interact with when she gets older so I chose one with animals on it and nature. I traced the old cover on large sheets of baking paper and used it as a pattern to make new cover. My friend Kat helped me as she is a brilliant sewer and excellent at zips (I hate sewing in zips!).
Thank you Kat! x x x
Easy to Knit Pixie Bonnet
I knitted Bonnie this pixie bonnet and Elfie liked its so much she asked me to make her one in hot pink, which I did (but of course she hardly wears it! Argh!). I used this pattern by SweetKM, which costs £4.05 and for that you get the pattern for a new born up to 4 years old. Its a super easy pattern - the only tricky bit for me was mastering the strap and button hole, which I recommend practicing first if you are an amateur knitter like me. I also found the joining a little hard and would have benifftted from some suggestions on the pattern on how best to do it but except for that it was super easy.
Colourful Molecule Mobile
My friend Nadine had the idea to make this mobile using wooden beads and dowels. She worked out how to do it by filling one side of each ball with wood filler and then painting all the beads with acrylic paint. We cut the dowels into different sizes and then inserted them into the beads (placing two beads on each dowels). The next bit was the tricky bit - using fishing wire to hang them - I cheated and asked Nick to do this bit as I am terrible at making things balance!