Monday, January 23, 2012

Baby Kimono - "Bruyères", by La Droguerie ~ Le Kimono Bruyères de la Droguerie

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Hello, everyone!
Today marks the beginning of my maternity leave. Not a day too early, I should say! I've been so tired and heavy lately.

To celebrate - and because the beginning of maternity leave also means the due date is drawing seriously close! - I was on a finishing kick this weekend: seaming and adding buttons to finished baby handknits, putting the final rows on a few projects, and joining machine sewing to some knitting projects for extra finishing touches... Lots of small things that had been waiting for quite a while in some cases. I'm so glad they're now all well and truly done!
On top of this, there's a bunch of projects I finished over the past few weeks that I didn't get around to share with you here - as I thought it was better to be productive for the baby's arrival, rather than blog about it and make less! You can expect therefore a whole string of posts in the upcoming days. I wish I was more regular at blogging instead of keeping silent and then posting a bunch at a time, but there you go...

In the spirit of taking it easy during my leave, I've also decided to show these to you in no particular order - simply following my fancy. Deal?
Kimono Bruyères

Hospitals/clinics in France typically require a set of 3 woolen cardigans for the stay at the clinic. Wool is essential to help the baby adjust to room temperature after being in a 37°C womb for nine months. I am happy to say that after this weekend's finishing spree, all three are entirely finished, laundered, and ready to pack!

Here's the latest of the three (told you I wasn't following any order!).

Kimono Bruyères
This is the "Kimono Bruyères", from the most recent book by La Droguerie, Rêves de Bébés à la Droguerie (I'm actually the first on Ravelry to have made it!). It was fun to make; it is knit all in one piece, in garter stitch, and the sides and underarms are then seamed. You can see what I mean in this pre-assembly picture:
Kimono Bruyères
There's an extra button inside the cardigan to keep it snug:
Kimono Bruyères
I particularly like the wrap style for newborn cardigans, as they add an extra layer of warmth.
The yarn is Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino - not 100% wool, granted, (it is 55% Wool, 33% Microfiber, and 12% Cashmere) but so, so soft for a newborn's skin, thanks to the cashmere in it (which also provides warmth, like wool), and sturdy, thanks to the microfiber.

How cute are these buttons? I think they add just the right touch of whimsy to an otherwise simple design.
Kimono Bruyères

The ravelry page for this project, with all the technical details, is here.

I'll be back soon, with more finishes!


Bonjour à tous !
Mon congé maternité commence aujourd'hui. Il était grand temps ! Je me sens bien fatiguée en ce moment.

Pour fêter cela, et puis aussi, parce que cette date signifie que le terme se rapproche sérieusement, j'ai eu un élan ce week-end pour terminer plein d'en-cours presque finis : coudre les tricots, ajouter les boutons, tricoter les derniers rangs sur certains ouvrages, joindre la couture machine à certains tricots pour parfaire les finitions... Plein de petites choses qui attendaient parfois depuis des mois !
En plus de cela, il y a un certain nombre de projets que je n'ai pas eu l'occasion de vous montrer dernièrement. Ben oui, en ce moment, je préfère être productive pour le bébé à venir, que bloguer ! Ca veut dire qu'il devrait y avoir toute une série de nouveaux articles prochainement. J'aimerais arriver à être plus régulière, plutôt que de ne pas poster pendant un moment et tout d'un coup mettre plein d'articles, mais bon... C'est la vie, c'est comme ça ! :)

D'ailleurs dans le même ordre d'idée de ne pas me prendre la tête en ce début de congé, j'ai décidé de ne suivre aucun ordre logique dans ces messages - de me laisser porter par l'envie du jour ;) Ca vous va ?
Kimono Bruyères

Les maternités en France demandent typiquement 3 brassières de laine pour le séjour à la clinique. La laine est essentielle pour aider le bébé à s'adapter à la rude chute de la température ambiante, après un séjour de 9 mois dans un bain-marie à 37°C ;) Je suis bien contente de pouvoir vous dire aujourd'hui que ces 3 brassières sont désormais entièrement terminées, lavées, et prêtes à emporter !

Voici la dernière des trois (eh oui, je vous ai dit que je ne suivais pas d'ordre ;))

Kimono Bruyères
Il s'agit "Kimono Bruyères", un modèle issu du tout dernier livre de La Droguerie, Rêves de Bébés à la Droguerie (tellement récent que je suis la première sur Ravelry à avoir tricoté ce modèle !). Très sympa à faire : il est tricoté au point mousse tout d'une pièce, et les côtés et manches sont ensuite assemblés. La photo ci-dessous vous aidera à visualiser :
Kimono Bruyères
Il y a un petit bouton en plus à l'intérieur du gilet, pour bien le maintenir contre le bébé :
Kimono Bruyères

J'aime particulièrement les modèles qui se croisent car ils sont encore plus chauds, avec cette couche de tricot supplémentaire. Le fil est Baby Cashmerino de Debbie Bliss ; bon, d'accord, il n'est pas entièrement en laine (55% laine, 33% microfibre, 12% cachemire) mais il est très, très doux, grâce au cachemire (qui tient d'ailleurs chaud également) ; et résistant, grâce à la microfibre.

J'adore les boutons ! Je trouve que c'est juste la bonne petite touche de fantaisie sur ce modèle tout simple.
Kimono Bruyères
Ma page ravelry pour ce projet, avec tous les petits détails techniques, est ici.

A très bientôt !

17 comments:

Tiddy and Charlie. said...

That's a lovely cardigan. The buttons really do finish it off perfectly. I cant wait to see the others :o) c x

barbara said...

Wishing you a joyous and restful (!) maternity leave! :) Nicky was born the second day of that maternity leave, LOL!

Tracy said...

CUTE, cute, cute, Isabelle... and LOVE those sweet little buttons too. Your baby knits are fabulous and fun. You'll have the best dressed little girl. Not long now... ;o) Hope you are keeping well and happy. ((LOVE & HUGS))

Lisette M said...

So beautiful! I wish you lots of relaxed time before the baby comes.

Sharon said...

Isabelle, it's gorgeous. I love the buttons and I can't wait to see what else you have done for baby!

Lisa L said...

What a wonderful tiny sweater! How interesting that you are required to bring 3 wool sweaters for newborns. We have no such requirements in the States!

Margaret said...

What a sweet cardigan for you little girl. How long will you be staying in the hospital that they require three cardigans? Just curious as the hospital stay varies so much per country.

Glad to hear your maternity leave has begun. Please remind us when your daughter is due. I'm also wondering how long the maternity leave lasts in France.

melissa said...

That's lovely! I like that you're staying true to non-traditional colours for girls, too. :)

Thanks very much for the aerial photo of the cardigan - it makes it very easy to see how it's constructed that way!

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh absolutely adorable!

KarenP said...

Those buttons do add the perfect touch! You are going to have the best-dressed baby at the hospital. :)

Margaret said...

Oh absolutely, those buttons are just the cutest things! "Whimsy" is the perfect word! I love the cardigan! Won't your little girl have the sweetest wardrobe ~ all made with love. =) I'm so happy for you that you're on your maternity leave now. Enjoy the rest before Dear Little Girl's wonderful arrival.

Martha said...

Happy your maternity leaves started. Rest. You'll feel better once the princess arrives. My mother always said that the first baby was the hardest on a woman's body and I think she's right. Not that you're thinking of baby #2, right?Can't wait to see her in all your pretty handmade clothes.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Totally adorable! I am intrigued by the hospital rule of 3 woolen cardigans for baby. I think American babies just wear hospital pajamas (based on my nephews). Enjoy your maternity leave!

Rebecca said...

so cute!
i'm so glad to hear you're resting up now and getting your nest in order!
cant wait to see you
hugs!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Comme c'est beau !! Je poste rarement bien que je suive votre blog depuis longtemps. C'est bizarre vu que nous ne nous connaissons pas mais ça m'émeut de savoir que vous attendez un enfant. Félicitations. Valérie

S.L. Gabriel said...

You are really talented. I can't knit at all. I've tried, and I made part of a really ugly scarf.

treva e said...

Isabel, you are so inspiring! I love all the pieces of baby wear you've created for your future daughter. She will be encased in your love everday both figuratively and literally. No one can create such pieces without love involved.
When you started crocheting, it made me pick up crochet again. And I'm not a knitter, but I so want to try now. My daughter is 20 now and I still love creating handmade pieces for her. Its one of the few things when you are far away from-(she currently studies in London) that you can do that makes you feel your with them every day.
Best wishes for your impending birth.