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“Aunty Alice”

On Tuesday my sister E gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and made me an Aunty! The sex of the baby was a complete surprise so I had waited to get a present (although I was well equipped with two cards – one pink, one blue). I kept my eyes peeled for the perfect baby gift throughout my sister’s pregnancy and had found so many adorable girls outfits in ditsy floral prints with little peter-pan collars but only found one thing I liked for a boy – these teeny apple-green leather shoes made by Inch-Blue in Ark, Cambridge. 

After meeting my little nephew, I popped into Cambridge on Friday and was delighted to find them still sitting on the shelf.

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They are handmade in Wales and I was reassured by the kind shop assistant that the dye and the leather is all completely baby-safe so, should he decided to chew his shoe, it wouldn’t be disastrous. I bought them home and wrapped them up nicely because little boys deserve pretty parcels, too…

 

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For the love of pom-poms

As an incentive to finish knitting my blanket, I have been on the look out for some nice pom-poms to embellish the end once it is complete. Even after a good trawl through Cambridge’s best craft and fabric shops, I haven’t been able to find any that I like the colour or shape of. So, I turned my hand to making my own. I was surprised at how easy they are to make and, the best thing about it is that I’ve been able to use the same wool I’ve been knitting with, so the colours match perfectly! Bizarrely, the most important instrument is a fork…

 

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Using the spokes of the fork to secure your wool in place, wrap your wool round and round. The more times you wrap it round – the larger your pom-pom will be. I did 35 wrap-rounds for a large pom pom, 20 for a medium sized one and 10 made a small one. Once you’ve finished wrapping it round you need to tie it through the middle spoke of the fork (see below youtube video for detailed instructions).

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Once you’ve tied all the wool into a large circular shape, use scissors to cut the loops and trim the pom-pom so that the edges are round and smooth, or you could leave them shabby!

 

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Here is my collection of pom-poms so far. I’m going to mix my woollen ones with some felt ones for a bit of variation.

 

This you-tube video is great for detailed, step-by-step instructions: