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Shake Shake Shake! Shake your bootees...

I've just finished another pair of bootees based on the Oh Baby! Baby Bootees pattern. This is the fourth pair I've made for the little one. They keep her warm, and with some modifications, they (mostly) stay on her feet. 
This particular pair gives me the opportunity to show off some handspun yarn too!

I used about 120 metres of yarn to make this pair, following instructions for the 6 month size with a few modifications;

I cast on 18 stitches for the cuff (a little more than in the pattern), as I tend to pull the cuffs up over her legs when out & about.
I added a row of eyelets along the ankle, to allow use of an i-cord tie. The i-cord keeps the bootees on her feet quite well (nothing will stay put forever on baby feet).
I knit the instep for 8 garter stitch ridges (slightly more than in the pattern) as baby's feet are getting longer.
I enjoy making these bootees; there's something really satisfying about simple garter stitch combined with the multiple colours in…

Sewing - The Anywhere Chair

During a recent family visit, the old travel light vs secure the baby dilemma came up again. The highchair we got for baby just barely fits in the car, but doesn't leave room for much else. I was considering a booster chair, when I remembered something I had come across on Pinterest; a fabric contraption that could be used to secure baby to a regular chair. 
I followed this tutorial by Made by Marzipan and used odd shaped fabric & wadding leftovers from previous projects with 80 cents worth of velcro tape.   This only took a couple of very short evening sewing sessions. It has limits (it will only fit a certain type of chair) but will easily fold up & fit in a changing bag and will certainly hold this little one while we sit around a family dinner table. 

Not bad for some leftovers!
(note how I haven't shown detailed photos of my very wonky top stitching)

Spring!

We've had mostly miserable weather the past few weeks, so once the sun appeared I took the opportunity for a walk in the Botanic Gardens. 
Signs of spring are beginning to appear; there's even a little bit of colour.