We recently got back from visiting my sister and her family in Sweden. In the lead-up to the trip I suddenly decided to make some hot water bottle covers, or hotties, for my nieces, thinking they’d make the perfect gift for a cold climate. In the end their house is so lovely and insulated and cosy, but the girls loved them and they are also perfect for sore tummies when you need someone to cuddle (Buggy gave them a little test drive before we gifted them!).
Hamster’s preschool changed hands at the beginning of this year and the new owner has instigated a lot of new programs and activities. On a hot summer day as we drove back from the beach, I read out an exhaustive list of celebrations that would take place this year. Hubby made me pause at the International Day; and just as I was imagining making my little blondie a pair of sweet lederhosen or some such thing he exclaimed I needed to make Hamster a kilt and represent his heritage. Of course!
It’s early days for me sewing knit fabric. Some people swear by it and others like me are uncertain. I’d held off for so long because of the excessive knitwear that is cheap and readily available in commercial children’s clothes. But this year I’m keen to make use of my One Thimble subscription and thought I’d try my hand at two quick sew projects.
I do believe we may be turning a slow corner where clothes on my guys are not completely soiled after one day’s wear. We are getting a second day out of many items now that summer, sloppy ice-creams and intense outdoor play are on hold for a little while. But despite this, my little man still needs pants!
I deliberately tried to stop sewing over Christmas to relax and spend time with my family – it helped I was also in a different town to my sewing room for three weeks. Then I made a vow to tidy up a bit more before sewing could resume. But then my husband went away for a month and I decided “It’s time to get my skates on and sew my little heart out!”
A couple of weeks ago after what felt like months of rain, Sydney showed us how she could turn up the heat for summer if she chose to. Most people melted, Bugs and I revelled. Hamster sweated his sweet little golden head. And I decided to revisit my old stomping grounds of pre-children, pre-husband – Cremorne Harbour pool. Yup, on that 40 degree day people.
When Hamster was 6-months-old he had a cute blue gingham collared shirt with sleeves and button straps to roll them up. It was then I knew I loved this look on little boys and where possible I try and put him in a collared shirt rather than a knit t-shirt even if it means more ironing!