Monday, May 28, 2007

Imogen

As you can see I have been a bit busy this last week.... But I have really enjoyed putting together all these pretty things for Imogen. They were all wrapped individually in different shades of pink tissue and placed in the bag I made (see the previous post). Denise, Dan and Tyler brought their new baby to meet us on Saturday so it was lovely to see the gifts being opened and enjoyed. The quilt was a last minute idea, I saw the piece of fleece in the remnant basket in the local cycle shop (yes they also sell fabric and patterns!), it was such a bargain and a perfect size for a mini quilt. I hadn't made one before but I had an idea of cutting strips of the same width and varying lengths into one long strip and the sewing them to a piece of interfacing,it worked really well. I then attached the fleece, right sides together, stitched all the way round. Turned right side out and added the herringbone edging. Easy peasy and a useful little item.
The dress and pants were made from a pattern that I have had for years. It sort of made me a bit sad realising that the last time I made this little ensemble it was for Maisie when she was just one week old. Maisie is now 11. I looked at every fold in the pattern and remembered the last time I folded the pieces. It really is a delicious pattern although there are many procedures involved with this set, and quite fiddly to put together, especially the sleeves which are so tiny but so gathered!!
The tiny bolero is out of 'One Skein' and I used Rowan Cashsoft Aran, it only took just over one ball of this delicious yarn. I joined the shoulders with Kitchener stitch and worked the sleeves from the armhole down using one long circular needle so there were no seams at all to sew up!
The little shoes are an adaptation of the ones I made earlier. I wanted them to fit a newborn baby so I worked out a size smaller than the pattern said and I changed the top so I could thread a ribbon around the ankle, I want to try this with some wide voile ribbon too. The bib is also out of 'One Skein' although I adapted it to use up a couple of bits of Rowan Handknit Cotton I had in my stash. Everything was very well received...Denise has been caught by the knitting bug too it would seem. She kept showing me the different knitted things she had started but then she wanted to knit the bolero from one skein...

Maisie gave me a delicious, organic chocolate egg for Easter and I still hadn't eaten it, so I thought I would make a chocolate cake and break the egg into pieces and tip it onto the top of the warm fudge icing...it worked well and tasted good and I didn't get a migraine!!

and now a little slide show of the star attraction...let me introduce to you all baby Imogen......

11 comments:

Jo said...

Beautiful gifts Marianne, and a simply beautiful slide show of lovely Imogen, I esecailly like the one with her big brother kissing her foot!

Marianne said...

Imogen is a beautiful baby. I'm with Jo about the photo of brother kissing her foot.
Such beautiful knits, and dresses and booties and quilt, and how beautiful of you to make all these wonderful gifts!

Nora said...

Your gifts are so beautiful - as is your slide show. What a gorgeous baby!

Melly said...

Wow - what beautiful presents! Such a treat and I am sure they were all really well received. And doesn't imogen look like a little angel? - so sweet! Hope you have got the Sherbet pattern now and cant wait to see your bag!

Gill at Lucy Locket said...

Wow you talented Lady! I love everything you've made, makes me want to get my sewing machine out after too many years gathering dust. And the bag is fab too.
But the best new creation is Imogen...look at the folds in her neck, don't you just want to kiss her there....
Gill x

Linda said...

cute, cute, CUTE!!
I really don't know what else to say!..just too CUTE!!
:-)

Faerynuff said...

Oh what a delicious bundle of yumminess! I hope Denise is well and not doing too much.

I've still got the dress and knickers you made for Maisie, it's a very treasured outfit.

Yummy cake...I made the Hairies Quiche Lorraine yesterday, well received by everyone.

16 weeks today, where has the last 4 months gone?

CG said...

She's just so sweet and what a glorious bundle of pressies you gave her!!

Michaela said...

Imogen is beautiful, just like her name. I love all of the goodies you've made for her, especially that quilt!

Ann said...

You have been so beautifully busy!!! I came for a quick peek...will come back later to really read. Delivering the flower solo dress today. Finally!! Pics later.

Love, Ann

Julie said...

What a beautiful slideshow of an absolutely beautiful Imogen! The gifts are gorgeous; you really have been busy.

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