Monday, 6 February 2012

Snug as a bug in a ....peapod carrier!

This afternoon was beautiful - crispy and bright, just about perfect weather (although we are all rather miffed to be missing the snow that seems to be everywhere 'down south').  I had Finn at home today with an upset tummy (but not very unwell), my niece who, as it turned out, also had an upset tummy, and Katie with a chest infection (and, understandably, a bit grouchy).  By early afternoon it seemed like a very good idea to get us all outside for a bit of fresh air  - and also for my sanity!
I put Katie into her new Pea Pod Carrier which I made a couple of weeks ago.  I have attempted to photograph her in it myself, very unsuccessfully, so I asked Finn to take some photos.  I'm quite surprised at how well he did as this is his first attempt at using the camera - I guess it is a testament to a good quality digital SLR that a, fairly uninterested, 9 year can take reasonable photos with it - I find it a little sad too, he wouldn't have been able to do that with my beloved old manual SLR.  We did have an incident right at the beginning where he smeared his fingers all over the lens (but, shhh, as long as we don't tell John we'll be fine).
I have been using the carrier in the afternoons when picking up the older children from school.  Katie really enjoys seeing what is going on around her and the design allows me to see and speak to her.  Our front carrier is probably better for longer walks but doesn't give the same opportunity for interacting.
I used this tutorial by Sascha Romeo of Piccoli Piselli.  I came across it while blog hopping a while ago and then remembered that Jo from A Life In Lists had made one sometime last year.  A search on her blog found her beautiful one, which was very handy as she had a link to the shop (a horsewear supplier) that she bought the buckles from.  I took the easy option and went straight there to buy mine - and bought a large clip too so I can carry a little zip purse to put my keys and phone into.....or Katie could bring a toy too if she didn't have to have her hands hidden away from the cold.
The pattern is incredibly easy and it came together satisfyingly quickly.  The only modification I made was to widen the shoulder strap (I made it six inches grading out to 4 inches, the pattern size, at the ends).  I used corduroy for the lining and straps.  I have a bit of a love of corduroy -  I think it is the texture and softness of a good quality cord that I like.  It came from Dragonfly Fabrics as did the main fox and bunny fabric (really fast and beautifully wrapped).  I found the foxes and bunnies while searching for the corduroy and completely fell for it.  Such a sweet print.  Both the cord and print are by Westfalenstoffe.
Because the corduroy is a little thinner than some of the fabrics suggested for the lining I doubled up the recommended layers of interfacing - it seems to have worked and hasn't caused any problems.
We had a lovely time in the Secret Garden (even though it was probably getting on for 20 degrees colder than this visit.......running along the walls is irresistible for me too).
We spotted crocus, aconite and snowdrop.  I did discover one downside of the carrier, it isn't easy to take pictures of flowers at ground level - so I'm afraid I don't have any photographic evidence of these signs of spring.  We did, however, come across a flowering Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry).  It's flowers were at eye level and much easier to deal with.  In many ways I think they are probably far prettier than the spring bulbs which, while lovely, are much more gaudy and less subtle.
I hope you, wherever you are (unless it is in the southern hemisphere, of course), are enjoying spotting a few signs of spring too.  Or perhaps you are lucky enough to have some snow - boo hiss.  

15 comments:

Louise said...

Lovely photos and the carrier looks great.

Thank you for your very kind words on my last post. I had an unexpected amount of comments!

Julie said...

Thanks Louise - you shouldn't have been surprised by all the comments people left for you, it was a lovely post. Juliex

Country Girl said...

She looks very snug in there!

Julie said...

Dawn - she's very cosy- her snowsuit is down, I wish I had something lime it! Juliex

Mrs. Micawber said...

How nice to be carried around like that in such a pretty snuggly carrier.

The flowers look lovely. I am in Southern California right now, where the weather is ridiculously warm and there are spring-like flowers everywhere.

Thanks so much for your kind comment. My Mom is gone now.

Julie said...

I can't imagine being in the warmth of southern california, it is freezing here. But I wish it was in better circumstances for you. Will be thinking of you, and take care. Juliex

Pomona said...

Lovely photos! And a great carrier, too. It is lovely to see the sunshine.

Pomona x

Jen Walshaw said...

I want to eat her up. The carrier is super

Julie said...

Pomona - it was lovely to see the sunshine, now it is grey and raining. Oh well! Juliex

Julie said...

Jen- We are enjoying the carrier, and I agree about Katie! Juliex

Bluebell said...

Love the carrier and good grief is she cute.

Thanks for your lovely comment. If its a girl, I'll be looking through your makes for inspiration xx

Julie said...

Kate - quite like the thought of providing inspiration! I'll be eagerly awaiting to find out what your little one turns out to be. Juliex

andamento said...

Katie is looking gorgeous!
I'm so impressed you made her carrier, it looks most professionally done.
No snow here either. There's still time...

Julie said...

Anne - yes, I'm still hoping we get at least some before the end of the winter. Juliex

Jenevieve said...

Love the carrier, it looks great! It definitely looks like a professionally made one, great fabric choice as always! Hope everyone is feeling better soon, it isn't the best time of year for kids is it? :) x