My latest project has just came off my knitting needles (I haven’t even got to block it yet!) This favourite cardigan will be perfect as the autumn weather arrives. The last two Baby Kina cardigans I have knitted are now far too short, ¾ sleeves and a midriff is just not acceptable! So a new one in a bigger size will be very welcome addition to Olivia’s wardrobe.
You can find all the details on my ravelry page here.
I started this hexagon quilt in January 2011 when we had an unplanned extended holiday in Toowoomba with our family due to major floods and not able to drive home. Out of character for myself I didn’t bring enough projects to keep my hands busy for while we were away (I’ve learnt my lesson, always prepared with projects to keep me busy wherever we go). So armed with inspiration from pinterest and my sisters hexagon quilt, I raided my Mum’s fabric stash and started cutting, tacking and sewing together tiny ½” hexagons. These hexagonal shaped pieces of fabric have never been far away, alway got some ready to stitch in my handbag as you just never can tell when you have 5 minutes to fill (although they seem to be getting few and far between now with a busy baby to occupy those moments). So far I have made 40 hexagon flowers with a white border and 43 without, that’s a total of 2,297 individual ½” hexagons hand stitched together. I haven’t decided what size I’m going to make the finished quilt yet, at the moment I’m thinking a queen bed topper would be nice, but until then I’ll just keep making little hexagons.
A little girl just has to have some pretty hair accessories, and since Olivia doesn’t have much hair yet headbands are the perfect solution 🙂
I decided to make some simple soft headbands from elastic so they will be easy for her to wear and not too big and extravagant that they take away from her big blue eyes and chubby cheeks.
To make a headband you will need just a few basic supplies
– Elastic (Search for Fold Over Elastic on Etsy and there are lots of suppliers)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Tape Measure
Here’s a guide on how long to cut your elastic – but always best to measure the childs head first.
Newborn: 13″ (33cm)
3-6 months: 14 ½” (37 cm)
6-12 months: 16″ (40 ½ cm)
12 – 24 months: 17 ½” (44 ½ cm)
Put a small dot of glue on one end and glue down the other end to create the headband. Cut 3 more pieces of elastic in a contrasting colour or the same colour
– 5″ (glue the ends together to create a circle)
– 3″ (Cut a triangle out of each end)
– 2″ Glue the 5″ Circle and the 3″ strip together to create the bow Glue to the headband on top of the join. Wrap the 2″ strip around the middle of the bow and glue both ends underneath. The Final Product – a cute bow headband for a stylish little girl.Have fun creating as many colour combinations as you want!
As the weather started to warm up and little summery outfits became the normal attire, I noticed Olivia’s wardrobe was missing an essential item, a little cotton cardigan to always have on hand to put on when it got a little cooler. I searched the shops but found nothing that my little girl just had to have. So I decided to get busy and knit her a ‘Baby Kina’ out of some super soft cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mill. You can find all the details and the pattern over on my ravelry page.
It has come with us wherever we go since I made it and is such a practical and cute cardigan for a sweet little girl.
It is so cute that I’ve already started a second one in pretty pink…
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