Fluffy Fibers: Episode 11 ~ Fresh New Leaf


A fresh new leaf, for a fresh new life! With a contest to celebrate.

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Many thanks to Yoly for sending flannel prints; to Tini, Tracy, Nicki for their handmade gifts for my daughter; to my local knitting group, led by dear Rebecca for the gorgeous collective blanket (detail pictured on top of post).

    2.a Finishes


– Sleepsack in sheep fabric
– Hooded towels and matching washclothes, made of organic terry cotton and machine embroidered
– Swaddling blanket in cotton flannel
Ruffled Bonnet from the book Intemporels pour bébés by Citronille AKA Astrid Le Provost
– Baggy pants Minikrea pattern # 10300), from the new Minikrea line by Onion Patterns; available here. You can catch a glimpse of the pants on top of this post. 🙂 Made out of Liberty babycord.
– Spencer Dress (Minikrea pattern # 10003). Made out of a quilting fabric (Hope Valley – Prairie Rose by Denise Schmydt). I paid 2.45 euro for half a metre. I used Dritz Snap Fasteners as closures at the the shoulder tabs.

       2.b Upcoming projects
Jalie 2787 Criss Cross Nursing Top
Perfect Nursing Top by Megan Nielsen
– my Pinterest board for a Stylish Mama (inspiring RTW nursing tops and dresses)
– More baby sewing: more Minikrea patterns and Intemporels designs.

       3.a Finishes
Finishes before the birth of my daughter can be found on my ravelry project page (browse by “recently completed”)

      3.b In progress
Bird Crib Mobile. Forgot to mention I’m using cotton in aran weight (Lang Tissa and Rico Creative Cotton)
– Plans to knit the Lore Hoodie from Vampire Knits out of Cascade Eco + failed; I’m knitting a February Lady Mummy Sweater instead.

     3.c Upcoming Projects
Cladonia Shawl or Daybreak (inspired by Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls), in Lang Mille Colori Socks and Lace (colourway #53, after seeing Katia’s crocheted shawl) and Jawoll Magic (shade #66)

4. CONTEST (40:21)

Sponsored by MariaDenmark, who translates and sells Onion (and Minikrea) patterns.
1. Minikrea patterns for baby girls: Spencer Dress 10003, Balloon Pants 10301, and Kimono Set 10400
2. Minikrea patterns for baby boys or girls: Baggy Pants 10300, Romper 10401, Overalls 10450, Snowsuit 10550.
3. Minikrea patterns for kids : Tunic 20200, Baggy Pants 20300, Empire Dress 30000, Hoodie 30500.
4. Local and organic goodies (chocolate made in Montpellier, organic tea).

Two blog readers suggested names before the contest was launched (Marty and AECDesigns), so they’re also entered into the drawing.

Contest runs until May 13th 8 am (Paris time).

Credits: Music: Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3 by Joseph Haydn, played by Mario Ajero.

38 thoughts on “Fluffy Fibers: Episode 11 ~ Fresh New Leaf

  1. owlmazingmakes says:

    yay! I can't wait to listen! I have been checking my itunes all the time hoping one day there will be a (1 new) message! You do great podcasts, glad to hear you are back and that all is well with you and baby 🙂


  2. Anonymous says:

    je vois que votre Fille (qui va avoir 2 mois dimanche, déjà) a été bien gâtée, et quels jolis petits petons avec les doigts de pieds en éventail!

    je suis en train d'écouter ton podcast, rien que pour réentendre ta voix!!!!

    et quel programme de couture, tricot tu as devant toi, ouah!!!!

    grosses bises



  3. Julia says:

    Glad you're back. I am so unimaginative with names. I am not sharing my kid's names either on the net. And when I can avoid it, I don't show their faces either (unless they are modelling hats when this is sometimes not possible).
    What did I call them on my blog? I think just “the baby”, “the little one” etc.
    I would be very interested to check out those sewing patterns (the kid's sizes).
    Thanks for a lovely episode. I did get a whole swatch done.


  4. Speattle says:

    What a great picture on top! I love, Love, LOVE baby feet! The blanket she is laying on is beautiful too.

    I just discovered you were back on the air, and am looking forward to a quiet bit of time to relax with a cup of tea and have a visit with you.


  5. Lisbei says:

    Hello ma chère Isabelle !
    Comme elle est jolie cette photo d'ouverture, avec de jolis petons et l'adorable petit pantalon !
    Et je suis absolument fan de la turbulette aux moutons, on dirait qu'elle met en scène tous les personnages de Shaun le Mouton, dont mes gremlins sont dingues !
    Je vois que tu as du pain sur la planche, je te souhaite un très bon week-end, chez nous tout pluvieux, zut alors !
    Gros bisous à vous trois et caresse à la minette !


  6. Momglouglou says:

    Je suis très heureuse de t'entendre à nouveau (et de perfectionner mon anglais par la même occasion). Je suis toujours impressionnée par toutes tes réalisations!
    Je tente ma chance pour le concours et te suggère “Wooly Daisy” comme surnom pour cette mignonne petite fille.
    A très bientôt!


  7. KathleenS says:

    It's nice to hear from you again Isabelle. I'm impressed that you could find the time to podcast. Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Perhaps a flower name for her nickname – Daisy like Momglouglou suggested, or Bluebell springs to mind (inspired by your blog post about her bonnet matching her eyes). Or Violet, Lily etc. Alternatively, I think you said you had French nicknames for her already – would you like to share any of those?

    Don't enter me in the competition. Other people will make better use of those patterns than I would (The empire dress 30000 is very cute though) and Australian customs might not let the other things in.


  8. xtiand says:

    Your daughter is so beautiful, and I agree with you that her name should be kept off the internet for her privacy.When I wrote about my son when he was little I used a cartoon character name “Rasmus” from a Danish cartoon Rasmus Klump as his nickname. Maybe your little girl could have a name like Thumbelina (from HC Anderson's story)or Cirkeline from the Hanne Hastrup stories for a more modern name. The mimikrea patterns are lovely, I would like any of the baby ones as I sew for friends with new babies and also for babies in the Special Care unit of the hospital where my son was born.


  9. Margaret says:

    Another beautiful and delightful post! How lovely it is to hear about your lovely little one! I am so pleased for you and Seb, and it sounds like all is well (albeit of course, busy in the way it is in the early-baby days…). When I think of a possible nickname for your daughter, Sweetness and Light (as in Matthew Arnold's piece…) come to mind. 🙂 (But if you should happen to use that nickname, choose someone else for the wonderful patterns, as my own children are all too old for those sizes.) 🙂 And by the way. . .if only I spoke French as you speak English! Truly, the fact that it is your second language is indiscernible. 🙂 I'm hoping to hear that you mastered it thus through hours of dedicated study, but I think that in reality, it is your natural flair and intelligence! 🙂


  10. Rebekkah says:

    As I said in the Ravelry group, it was so nice to hear you back to podcasting so soon after your daughter's birth.

    My suggestion for a podcast nickname for your daughter is Pia. I had a friend in graduate school who grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. Her father is American, and her mother is French Canadian. They knew they wanted to choose a name for her that would sound good and be easy to pronounce for English and French speakers, and Pia is what they chose. I think it's a beautiful name, and would work well for your daughter's podcast name because it sounds so lovely spoken in a French accent, but is also easily recognizable to English speakers.


  11. Rebekkah says:

    Oh, and I almost forgot that you wanted people to state a prize preference.

    If I am lucky enough to win, I would prefer the prize pack of items from France. I have so little time to do the crafts I already do, and I don't know when I will find the time and energy to learn to sew. But I would consider learning sooner rather than later if I won the patterns for older children.

    Milo has a cousin who was born in October, so there are two little boys in the family to craft for!


  12. Kate Price says:

    It's hard to give someone a nickname without knowing them! I think you know your bubba's personality the best so anything I suggest will be very typical 'baby' and not specific to your baby.

    I would not be able to receive the chocolate/tea because I live in Australia and customs won't let them in.


  13. Tracy says:

    Oh, look at those baby feet… Kiss them for me. ;o) Those baggy pants are adorable. And it's very smart of you to keep her name private, it just makes sense. A fun, pretty nickname to use online, that is very OK. Since she was born so close to Valentine's and probably felt like the best Valentine gift ever, Sweet Valentine is a cute name idea, maybe? LOVED hearing about all your projects…and, as ever, amazed how much you've still be creating post-birth! Treats to hear all the details. Look forward to a new podcast when you can. :o) Happy Days to you all of you there ((LOVE & HUGS))


  14. Tiddy and Charlie. says:

    Well done for getting a podcast out so soon after your daughters birth! It took me almost a year before I could think straight after my first baby!
    KC …your initials, pronounced like the name Casey in UK,
    Scarlet, as in the Pimpernel, never seen :o)
    I have no babies to sew for now, as my grandchildren are growing up, but I'd love to have the local goodies. They would remind me of France, a place I love to be:o) C x


  15. Christine says:

    Yay, so very happy you are back!! This was, as usual, a wonderful episode. It was fantastic to hear the joy in your voice when you spoke of your little angel.

    I don't have any suggestions for a nickname; but if you have a perfect one for her in french I don't think it will kill us to learn the word if you choose to use it (we've learned P'tite Mignonne, after all!). The prizes you have sound lovely, and I'd love to get my hands on the kids pack. ;p

    Really, you have no idea how much it pleased me to see a new download on iTunes today.


  16. Tini says:

    Glad, you are back and with what an awesome episode! There was no sound difference and I second the others, who are astonished, that you managed to record a new episode so soon. I'm so glad, that the twins do nap for 2 hours each day. I sometimes think, that I need the break more than they do 🙂
    O.k. here are my suggestions for a nickname for your wee one:
    – Ladybug. I think, your little stitch is as cute as a bugs ear and since I really like ladybugs 🙂
    – Blossom or any other flower-related name
    – Button (again, cute as a button)

    you could of course call her tini 😉 (just kidding)

    Btw. Minikrea does not belong to Onion as far as I understood Maria but I'll check with her, next time we record.

    oooh and you wanted to know a bit about whom I would sew for….. I'd love to sew some of the toddler patterns for the twins obviously but I do have the empire dress pattern and I have to see if I do have the trousers pattern as well….


  17. Helena says:

    Congratulations on the birth if your daughter and thank you for taking the time to podcast again. I always enjoy listening to them.

    My nickname suggestion would be Little Stitches


  18. Speattle says:

    Informative podcast. I am still baffled as to why a pattern design would not include the seam allowance. I think that if I had to worry about remembering to put it in myself, that would be a deal breaker.


  19. Charmaine says:

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of your daughter. I'm currently 27 weeks pregnant with our second child – we have a 5 year old daughter. We didn't find out what we're having this time so the baby has been nick-named “Sweetpea” (my favourite flower).

    I loved hearing about all your baby makes and thanks for the board on Pinterest, there are some lovely ideas on there for nursing tops.


  20. patty says:

    Oh Gosh! These patterns are gorgeous! Sure my little Princess would love the Empire Dress and my little Elf would be so happy to wear the anorak !
    Thanks for having us give it a try!


  21. Maxi says:

    As someone else has said, it's hard to give a nickname when you don't know someone but I'm sure whatever you come up with will be very cute and apt 🙂

    Prize preference: the French goodies please as I don't have children to sew for, thanks!


  22. elliecat says:

    Hi there!

    I've just discovered your podcast and blog, and I'm so happy that I have. Your voice is wonderful to listen to and I love the sewing and knitting content because I love both almost equally! I can also relate to the love of cats, I have two “assistants” myself. They insist that sleeping on my knitting aids the blocking process!

    I can't think of a good nickname but I really like Bluebell which someone suggested earlier 🙂

    Elliecat on Ravelry


  23. Isabel says:

    Hi, I'm from Portugal and from some time now I've been sewing, knitting and crocheting a lot of different things, seeking to always learn something new. I'd love to win this contest because I'm doing some baby clothing for my first nephew, due next August. You can check my blog peixe-aranha.blogspot.pt


  24. Bec says:

    Hi Isabelle,
    I really enjoy reading your blog and listening to your podcasts! My suggestion for an online name for your baby is 'Sew Petite'.

    My preference for a prize: Any of the patterns would be treasured!


  25. In Stitches says:

    Hi Isabelle! Welcome back, and congratulations on your new baby girl! I wrote to you a while back on Ravelry about having a baby daughter in August 2011 and naming her Isabelle. 🙂

    I think giving your daughter a French nickname would be cute. In America, we have many common endearing terms we use for our kids – like sweetie pie and princess – as I'm sure you do too in France. That might be an easy or more natural way for you to reference her in the podcast? Just my two cents…

    I love the patterns! Thanks for introducing them to me as I've only dabbled in garment sewing but am interested in improving. I'd love the third prize pack for Girls as I have a 4 year old daughter also and could sew things for her from the offering.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  26. Anonymous says:

    Félicitations pour votre jolie petite fille ! L'idée de lancer un concours est agréable ; mon profil : en quatre ans, nous avons eu trois petits-enfants pour lesquels j'ai enfin le temps de tricoter et de coudre. Et il y a des demandes ! Je participe joyeusement, merci à vous. Bonne journée à votre gentille famille.


  27. Christine says:

    Hi Isabelle, I am so impressed that you have already been able to podcast.
    My daughter is 10 months old now and I still have trouble planning more than half an hour ahead. We call her Blossom as a nickname or The Bloss (a play on the Boss – which she thinks she is).

    I like the idea that many others have already said, that you use a French name for your daughter on the podcast. We can learn.

    Another suggestion

    My first choice would be to win the Toddler patterns to make for my daughter.

    Thanks for the contest and the podcast


  28. Anonymous says:

    Je n'ai pas tout compris et surtout je ne suis pas à l'heure pour ce concours mais ravie d'entendre ta voix qui est très agréable. Pour le surnom de ta petite princesse je verrai bien “petit pois” ou “little pea”. Bises. Valérie


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