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Raspberry Sherbet Baby Shoes


So, I thought I was finished making baby shoes for a little while, but people just keep on having babies. Thankfully they don’t take much time to make up (the shoes, that is) and it’s always fun trying new ideas.

These are for Jessica, who is our nephew’s 3rd daughter and is 5 days old today. Sweet thing. I called these ‘Raspberry Sherbet’ because the colour is so yummy.

The pattern is the good old favourite from Hayley Missingham on I used a double strand of fine baby yarn, one each of coral and pink, and a 4mm hook. I made up the flower with a single strand of pink.

I really must get to finishing the few projects that are half done, before I start another new one.


Golden Peach Baby Shoes

I really wasn’t sure about the colour of these. The yarn I wanted to use is very fine and so I needed to use two threads together. I decided to try and combine a pale yellow with a peach, not sure how it would turn out. They came out a golden peach tone, not too overbearing, so I’m happy.

Having been inspired by various different pictures of shoes, I wanted to try and create my own ‘window’ shoe pattern. These are cute and summery, and if you know how to make a simple Mary Jane, you’ll easily work out how to include the windows. I used a yarn that is 35%¬† wool, 5% cashmere and 60% silk, with a 4mm hook. They are newborn size.

So now I have two very different pairs of little girl shoes, my friend has to decide which one’s she wants. I hate decisions.

Favourite Baby Girl Shoes

I saw a picture on the¬†Internet of a pair of shoes and I just loved them, but there was no pattern for them. After playing around yesterday afternoon for a little while I finally came up with a design and was able to make these. I am really pleased with how they came out. I taught myself how to ‘gather’ a row, which I am very delighted to now be able to do.

I used 100% cotton in a natural off white, and the sole and trim are in a pale grey. I used a 4mm hook. These are very tiny, the sole is 8.5cm across, so they will fit a baby girl from 0 – 3 months. I have one more pair of shoes I’d like to try and work out how to make – for now. Then I need to concentrate on making my daughter some birthday pressies. She’s almost 22!!

Newborn Boy Gumboots

I find making baby shoes so rewarding. This is a little project I did last night. There is no end to the variety of styles and colours, shapes and sizes that can be made.

These gumboots make up part of an order for a friend. They’re a wonderful baby shower gift. I used a simple double knit acrylic in navy and grey and a 4mm hook. The pattern is the one I used for the roll-tops, with a few alterations.

Today I get to play around with some baby girl shoe patterns….nice!

Beige Circular Scarf

It feels a bit strange making a scarf right at the beginning of summer, but this was made on request from a friend.

This is the fourth scarf I’ve made using this pattern and I’m never disappointed by the results. This time I used a beige double knit, single strand, and a 9mm hook. It’s not as chunky as my first one, but came out great anyway. The yarn is Elle Pure Gold, which is a South African produced 100% acrylic.

It’s been a slow week on the production line here. A few months ago I promised myself I would work on one project at a time. Well, I’ve been working on a cushion cover, and it’s taking forever, so I’ve deviated a bit from that ideal. I have an order in for some baby boy gumboots and some baby girl shoes. My cushion cover can wait….again.

Vintage Rose Baby Girl’s Dress

I am so delighted with how this little dress turned out. My daughter bought this stunning yarn on her recent trip to Port Elizabeth and I took a few days to decide what to do with it. I actually started making a top for myself and a little way into it decided a baby girl dress would be much cuter.

The yarn is 50% wool and 50% cotton, so is a wonderful natural blend, and I just love the dusty rose colour. I used a 4mm hook for this and, unfortunately, don’t have a pattern. I should have written it down as I was going, hmmm.

I’m not entirely sure what aged child this will fit. The chest is about 50cm, so I’m guessing about 9 to 18 months?

Microphone Bag

So, this is not a request that I get every day – a microphone case, or two. They might not be particularly pretty, but who wants a pretty mic case?

Mics are often moved around a lot and can do with a bit of padding to help protect them. I used a chunky yarn, a 4.5mm hook and double (single, if you are American) crochet. They came out very thick and tightly stitched, and look like they’ll do a good job.

The problem with making something that works, is now I’ve been asked to make a sleeve for the sound desk. Simple job, just doesn’t really get the creative juices flowing. However, I am in the middle of making something, not ‘sound’ related, that I hope will turn out really cute. New things are fun. More to follow…