Becoming an auntie was a defining crafting moment for me. When beautiful Ben arrived just over two years ago, I went into a making frenzy. By the time he was born his tiny nursery was adorned with knitted teddies (Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, Erika Knight), bunting spelling out his name and a monkey laundry bag (wonderful design from Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones). He even had a knitted rabbit rattle (Natural Nursery Knits, Erika Knight.) By the way, please say if you know how to get a little bell to still sound like a bell once it’s buried deep in toy stuffing!
One thing I’ve learned; I seem to be far better at creating frivolous items than anything practical. I first met Ben when he was 20 hours old and I took along a simple white cardigan to welcome him into the world on a chilly but sunny April day. I’d opted to knit in cotton but the effect was quite stiff and the poor little chap was held in a kind of scarecrow position, arms outstretched, when he wore it. (You’ll notice I’m not sharing a photo of this.) My frivolous finishing touch of rabbit-shaped buttons was by far the best bit and turned out to be far more fitting than the cardigan itself as Ben was born over an Easter weekend. To me he’ll always be Benjamin Bunny. I’m not sure he’ll thank me when he’s older.
As Ben grows, it’s been a challenge to find things to make for him. My latest creation was inspired by a house move. He’s now installed in his first ‘big boy’ room with a real bed and even more space for toys. He adores cars, trucks and his Big City Garage. I thought he’d rather grown out of the pastel blues of his name bunting, so I came up with this letter B framed as a road for Dinky cars. As yet Ben is a chap of few words but the deep ‘oooh’ noise he made when he saw it was all the appreciation I needed. And yes, he didn’t understand why he couldn’t play with the cars behind the glass. Did I mention I don’t specialise in practical makes?