Cosy Blankie

Inspired by purlbee I wanted to make a cosy blanket for my friends’ baby. I originally wanted to make a quick and simple one but very soon I realised I was sliding towards something requiring more work. And as I had time, I thought I could afford to make something a little more complicated.

This blanket is made of soft cotton fleece, linen and something jersey and some lovely whooly batting. I improvised around quilting technique (that I am very far from mastering). Somehow, working with the thread and needle to decorate and quilt the blanket gave me a lot of freedom to make little shapes and write a lovely african proverb (so they say) that I first heard at my Goddaughter’s naming party a few years ago: “it takes a village to raise a child”. This quick project kept me busy for over a week !

I’m pleased with the result, it’s very cute, soft and feels cosy for a baby. Not so convinced about the few pictures I took of it.

I gave this blanket as a present to my friends yesterday when I met their tiny daughter for the first time. They said to me they realised the same morning that they didn’t have a blanket to wrap her in. Funny how some coincidences happen.

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Yoghurt making, the adventure continues

After my first experiment, I wanted to continue making yoghurts at home but wanted to find a better technique. The first time, I simply used a yoghurt from the shop and some milk (obviously), I wasn’t fully satified with the texture, too runny.

I found some ferments at my local organic shop and I’m very excited about the results. I used some NATALI organic ferments for bifidus yoghurts. The ferments are very simple to use, the only need to be added to the milk and then follow the usual procedure.

What’s exciting about home made yoghurt is that if you keep a yoghurt from your production, then you can use it to make a new batch. It’s not endless but the same ferments can be used up to 15 times (so they say on the pack) !

So now instead of buying yoghurt from the shop, we simply buy a bottle of whole milk !

Lovely patterns make me want to sew

I came across a great shop in Paris in the Passage du Grand Cerf (great deer gallery, I have to love the place) called Lil Weasel. They have all sorts af exciting whool, fabric, ribbons (“the ribbons, the ribbons”) and patterns. Lil Weasel might very well become one of my references for haberdashery in Paris.

I discovered Colette Patterns that look amazing. Great design, slightly vintage looking, lovely presentation. There are already a few dresses that I’m considering making.

They also have some really cute models for children that I might add to my project list. I particularly like patterns by Madame Maman or Blousette Rose.

I’m starting to get the sewing itch again, I can’t wait to get a few things sorted around my place and get my machine out.