Saturday, January 30, 2010

Well hello there

I know it’s been a while, sorry about that :(
I don’t have much knitting time lately, Tommy wants to eat all the time, and I can’t knit one handed (yet...)

The handspun BSJ is almost finished though, and I've started another knitting project, but that will have to wait for another day, today it's all about sewing.

Tommy LOVES to be held, but my arms get tired too easily, so I began looking into babywearing, and found this wonderful site called The Babywearer with tons of resources.

I researched lots of different types of baby carriers, first I tried him in a stretchy wrap (like a Moby) that I made from jersey knit cotton. But he didn't like it all that much, so I kept looking. Then I discovered Mei Tais when a friend lent me hers to try. Tommy loved it! So I set out to find a pattern to make my own.

I found several tutorials online, some that I liked better than others, I ended up combining elements from this one with interchangeable panels and this one with wide unpadded shoulder straps

I grabbed some heavyweight denim from my stash, send Bill out for some pretty fat quarters and went from this:

mei tai beginnings

To this:
(excuse the bad hair, pjs, and slightly dazed look on my face, I don't get much sleep anymore.)
new mei tai 02 01-28-10

(no in-between pictures, I meant to take a series to show how I did it, but I ended up only having short little bits of time to work, and I wanted to get it done! Anyways, the two links sites do a pretty good job.)

it has interchangeable panels, so I can switch out the printed fabric in front for lots of different looks and Tommy loves it, if he's cranky I can put him in and he'll calm down and eventually fall right to sleep! I may even be able to take him for some walks soon! (as soon as I finish my other knitting project...)

A few more pictures, because he's just so cute and I can't help myself

mei tai cuddles 02 01-28-10

mei tai cuddles 03 01-28-10


pendie said...

what a yummy baby!!

Winifred said...

What a good idea. Saves money too.

By mid day I couldn't even remember whether I'd washed my face that morning when my children were little.

sheep#100 said...

You're right - he is a cutie.

Kelley said...

He is so sweet, and I think you look great! Mama-ing a newborn is haaaaard work. (And if you have the energy to experiment with sewing carriers, I'd say you're doing darn well! You rock!) :-)

I love your Mei Tai. I never did get the hang of stretchy wraps, but I loved our MT and Ring Sling. I made our MT using the BBO MT tutorial. Very fun!

Our little boy's name is Tommy too! :-)

TURBOchic said...

Good job on both FOs.

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