These past few months have been busy, but now I suddenly have tons of time on my hands after finishing classes for my Masters degree in mid July. At this point, I’m just getting ready for baby boy who could be due any time this month! I’m currently 35 weeks and Lex came right at 37 weeks so I could be getting really close. I’m doing some project planning for the fall and I think I’m going to try and finish my fair isle jacket that I started last year. It’s a Debbie Bliss pattern and it’s coming out beautifully so far. I’m hoping to have it done around Christmas this year. Another long term project that I’m planning is something that I’ve never attempted before: a shawl. I always see beautiful shawl patterns and I’ve only dabbled in lace knitting a little bit so I think this would be a fun challenge for me when I’m staying home with baby boy this fall (we’ll see how much time I have to knit lol). I’m going to make the shawl for my sister and she started this pinterest page to get some inspiration.
As far as baby knitting goes, I’ve finished all of the projects that I really wanted to have done and am currently working on Pepita, by Martina Behm, using a beautiful hand painted merino from Knitpicks. I’m very excited about it so far and am about halfway through the project. I made a hat for the little guy using some scrap sock yarn from a previous project. I did the baby sheep hat colorwork by Melissa Burt and I love the result! It seems like it will be a very warm hat which will be perfect for the winter!
It has become a tradition for me to knit a little stuffed animal for every new baby in our family. I unofficially started it, but I really like the idea of making a special stuffed animal just for new little ones. A few months ago I was brainstorming what to make for little guy and I decided what could be more perfect than an Alpaca! Fortunately, I found an adorable pattern by Rebecca Danger and it came out beautifully. I tied some jingle bells together and stuffed them inside it so that it will sound a little bit like a rattle. He doesn’t look much like an alpaca, but I think he’ll make a great companion for baby boy.
Pepita so far, Knitpicks Herbal Wreath
Baby Sheep Hat, made with Scrap Sock yarn
Zeke the aloof alpaca, by Rebecca Danger
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So recently I’ve been working away at some custom diaper bags! Please check out the etsy listing for custom diaper bag orders and contact me via WordPress or Etsy if you have any questions.
As a mom, I know that a diaper bag is an essential accessory that is meant to be functional and sturdy. I can vouch for this style of bag as I use it myself!! It is made with sturdy cotton fabric with cotton lining. Additionally, each seam is reinforced so the bag will hold up over time. It is washable as well: just wash the bag in a cold cycle, reshape, and lay flat to dry. There are TONS of pockets inside and outside the bag to stack anything and everything you will need to grab quickly for your little one. I love custom work and I’m happy to work with whatever theme or style you have in mind. I have some fabric suggestions listed on the etsy listing but I’m willing to do any color, theme or style.
Take a look at the most recent bag with accessories that I’ve made…
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Lately I’ve been getting ready for my first craft fair!! It’s with a group called Cottage Creations and it’s will be held on July 27th in Long Beach. I’m pretty excited just to get Well Tempered Designs out there and experience selling my items face to face. I’ve been having fun with some new fabrics -particularly polka dots and random combos of floral, gingham, chevron and damask for some of the basket liners. I’ve also made lots of flannel and terry cloth burp cloths as well as a TON of little girl’s hair accessories-including bows, flowers and headbands. I’m planning on putting some sample knit cardigans out and taking custom orders if anyone’s interested as well. It will be nice to spend the day with other crafters and friends! Looking forward to some of the food offerings as well-there will be $1 cupcakes and $1 tacos! If anyone is local and would like to come by all are welcome! Here’s a link to the group page on Facebook: Cottage Creations. Login and join the group to get updates about items for sale from some of the wonderful food and craft sellers. The event on Saturday will be from 4-7 at 3762 San Anseline Avenue. Long Beach, CA.
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Tagged baby accessories, baby boy, baby girl, baby wipes, bicycle accessories, bicycle basket liners, Burp Cloths, chevron, Cottage Creations, craft boutique, craft fair, craft fair long beach, craft group, crafting, DIY, flannel baby wipes, Flannel Burp Cloths, floral, gingham, July 27, Long Beach, polka dot, Terry Cloth Burp Cloths