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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Buckle tai baby carrier! on: February 12, 2011 11:58:10 AM
Thanks everyone  Cheesy I took it on its second outing to the farm shop today. I think the waist belt could do with being wider and having firmer padding, but the rest is as comfy as you like!

I've never seen one with padded straps that cross in the back. My Ergo has a buckle thing that kind of makes an "H" shape out of the two parallel straps. Is it comfy with the padded straps crossing? Have you tried back carrying with it? What did you use and where did you get the buckles?

My Manduca is the same with the 'H' shape, but you also can wear it the straps crossed. The 'H' thing isn't really comfy for me, cause the horizontal bar doesn't adjust short enough. I have quite narrow shoulders and the straps tend to sit towards the edges of my shoulders, which gives me backache when I wear her for a long time. I have worn it with the straps crossed a few times, and while it's better in terms of carrying the load, the way the straps lie isn't very comfortable, and it's a bit of a pain to put on. Because in my version there's no hardware on the middle of the straps, they lie pretty flat across my back, and it's much more comfortable.

I haven't tried her in a back carry at all yet - she's just growing out of her reflux and I had images of me with puke-splattered hair and shoulders and not knowing about it! She's still fairly light (7.5 months and 17.5lbs) so a front carry is fine for now. I'm going to give it a go soon. The only thing about my version is that because of the length of the straps, I'd need to cross them over at the front, which probably isn't the most comfortable in terms of boobage. Maybe I'll need to sew another version for back carries with shorter straps and a short 'H' bar?  Cheesy

The buckles and webbing came from ebay. They're not the most expensive, as this was kind of a trial run. Next time I'd buy good quality, heavy duty fastenings. They hold her fine as she is still quite small, but as she grows I'm not sure I'd trust them.

I was a bit anxious the first time I put her in it, but I used a double layer of strong canvas, and webbing through all the straps, secured with x boxes and double stitching. If it's going to go anywhere, it'd be the buckles, but if you bought heavy duty buckles you wouldn't have to worry about it. That's what I'll do for next time Smiley

scary_mary: thanks for posting that list! I read a few of those tutorials in my quest, as well as studying the 'Handmade Baby Carriers' flickr group (fab, if you haven't seen it!) and they were super helpful!
I think the best thing for people to do is work from a few patterns or tutorials, taking the bits of each one that best suit their body type and the size/shape of their LO, so that you get a perfect fit for you both! Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Buckle tai baby carrier! on: February 12, 2011 03:21:41 AM
This is my first post for ages! I had a baby, and got all busy and what have you, but am so proud of my latest project that I had to show it off.

I have a Manduca carrier for the little one, and though I really like it, there are a couple of things about it that I'd change if I could. And then one day I thought, hang about, I COULD! So I sat down one evening with the carrier and a pen and paper, measured and thought and sketched out my ideas, and after a few naps, some blood, sweat and tears, I came up with this. I like to think of it as the dirty love child of a mei tai and a soft structured carrier, but I think the technical term is a buckle tai:

The straps are the same length, they just look a little wonky cause there's no baby in!

The webbing runs right the way through the straps, and the whole way around the waist belt for added strength. The fabric is upholstery canvas from Ikea and is lined in more canvas. The straps are foam padded, and the body is padded with a little polar fleece, so it's comfy and warm.

The Manduca has a sleeping hood, but I found my little one hates having her head covered, and it wakes her up, so I made a little sleeping flap which folds and fastens down with poppers when not in use. It's double padded, so it's extra comfy for her when she's snoozing.

And an action shot! (Please excuse my filthy mirror)

I took it out for a test run yesterday, and there are a few things  I'll change next time (oh yes, already planning a next time) but on the whole I don't think it's too shabby for less than 10 of materials and about 4 hours sewing  Cheesy
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Ripple Blanket! on: January 24, 2010 01:45:59 PM
Thanks for your comments, everyone  Cheesy

I've never used cotton-ease for a blanket. How does it drape?

Pretty well! I used a 4.5mm hook, so it's quite airy and light - I was going for an almost cellular blanket feel. I think it might be a bit stiff with a smaller hook though. Depends on your tension and how firm you like your blankets.

How many skeins of Cotton Ease did this take?

Just one of each colour, and I easily have enough left over to make a matching bib or wash cloth or something of that nature! I started with a chain of 126 stitches, and the finished blanket is a little under 2.5' square Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Ripple Blanket! on: January 23, 2010 08:17:30 AM
This is the first time I've ever finished a blanket. Yay! I've started on LOADS, but always seem to abandon them along the way. So I tried a smaller, baby sized one, and success!  Cheesy

It's made from Cotton-Ease, which I love, but is ridiculously difficult to get hold of at a non-ridiculous price in the UK. Stupidly easy pattern + picture tute here: http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/neat-ripple-pattern.html

I haven't decided whether to give it to my extremely pregnant friend, or keep it for my baby (I'm not due for a while). I'll wait and see if she has a boy yet. I'd use it for either flavour, but she's pretty traditional!  Grin
5  COOKING / Dessert / Jellybaby lemon cupcakes! on: August 16, 2009 04:26:32 AM
I made these bad boys for my mum's birthday yesterday - they're the lemon cupcakes from Rachel Allen's 'Bake' book. And they are REALLY good - the lemon buttercream is just lemony enough, and the cake is moist and dense. Yum!  Cheesy

I wanted to get the little jelly lemons to decorate the top, but they didn't have any in the shop, so I had to go with jellybabies instead.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crochet Blogs - Add yours here! on: August 04, 2009 12:49:22 AM
My blog is pretty new, and not exclusively crochet-related, but here it is  Cheesy


Would love feedback if anyone has a look, cause I'm still quite the blognewb at the minute!
7  COOKING / Dessert / Tea-poached pear cupcakes with vanilla bean buttercream on: March 13, 2009 10:01:13 AM
I'm off work sick today, but not really feeling as sick as I should be, so I eased my slight guilt with cupcakes!

They're tea-poached pear cakes loosely based on this recipe. I left the vanilla beans out of the cake mix, cause I wanted to frost them with my experimental vanilla bean buttercream. They're very tasty  Cheesy

Before frosting:

After frosting, and with extremely girly sprinkles!

I totally recommend trying this recipe, even if you can't resist altering it a little! It's so moist, and the flavours are sweet and subtle. Very nice Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Birds on wires midi messenger bag on: February 03, 2009 05:33:02 AM
I literally haven't made a bag in years, but I saw an awesome photo of birds sitting on power lines, and in my head it became floral and embroidered, and then there really wasn't any way it could be anything but a bag. Some hours later, this baby was born. I'm in love with the concept, but pink's not really my colour. But I'll definitely make myself one with little green or grey birds  Cheesy

It's made from raw black denim, lined with floral cotton. The little birds are appliqued on in the same cotton, and the lines are embroidered in a pale pink. The strap and the little fastening tag are lined too.

It's smaller than it looks - my dressform is just midgety! It's a perfect everyday size - roomy, but not too big.

Hope you enjoy!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Toasty-warm Talea winter coat! on: December 24, 2008 02:32:08 AM
May I ask, how much fabric did you need for this roundabout?

To match up the checks, I think I used somewhere in the region of 3 metres, but you might well get away with a little less if you had a plain fabric. For the lining I used about 2.5 metres. But because of the layout of the pattern pieces, I have a lot of useful-sized scraps left over of both Smiley
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Grey Grace Lace Beret! on: December 21, 2008 11:34:31 PM
So in the chart, the yo square just means to bring the yarn in front, right?
Does the first row go like *K1, bring the yarn inbetween the needles, K4, DD, K4, Bring yarn inbetween needles* ?

Yep, that's it! Something to watch for, especially if you knit it all on DPNs, like I did, is to make sure you do that last YO at the end of the first lace round. The first time, mine got all pulled out cause it was at the end of the needle, and then every round after that was missing one YO and it all went horribly wrong. I ripped back to the ribbing, and started again, juggling the stitches to make sure it couldn't go missing, and the second time it was spot on Smiley
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