How to be a Great Test Knitter

How to be a Great Test Knitter

A good test knitter is like star dust. They are precious and any designer would be silly to let them go. They are difficult to find. Rare like a white peacock and something that I, as a designer, value immensely. However, being apart of this rare breed is not difficult if you just listen to what the designer needs and completes the task accordingly. After all, being a test knitter can be a rewarding experience. Although every designer requires something different, and may or may not offer rewards for your time, you are, at the very least, witnessing a design in it’s fledgling form, helping a designer out more than you know, and getting a pattern for free! 

Here are a few tips to becoming a great test knitter…

Eight Tips to Becoming a Great Test Knitter

1. Read the entire request

Just looking at the pretty picture of the beautiful design and deciding you want to knit it is not enough. Designers have requirements that need to be fulfilled and you need to know if you can meet these requirements before you sign up to test knit. There will be schedules and usually the test knit is created around the release date of the new design. You must make sure you’re able to meet the expected deadline before you sign up.

You should also be aware of what is expected of you. Do you need to supply your own yarn or will it be sent? Do you need to take a photo of your finished object (FO)? Do you need to fill in a questionnaire on completion?
Read the post from start to finish and make absolutely sure you can fulfil all requirements, otherwise you are letting the designer down.

2. Be Truthful About Your Skills

People of any skill level can test knit. In fact, some patterns are aimed at new knitters and therefore require a novice to give it a go. I have personally needed new knitters to test knit for me and they are very hard to find.

Don’t be afraid to try test knitting, as long as you don’t jump into something you’ve never done (unless requested). Be honest about your experience and tell the designer if there is a technique you are unsure about.  They can adjust the test to fit your needs (I once switched an i-cord strap to just a garter stitch strap for a tester who had never done an i-cord before. She was able to complete the rest of the test as normal, and the i-cord was not the important part). It will also stop you from feeling trapped and stressed and backing out of the test or even putting your head in the sand, which a lot of test knitters do when they hit a snag.

3. Get Gauge

Pile of knitted swatches

I think at some point, every knitter will knit something without getting gauge first. Whether it’s a toy or a scarf, we’ve all done it. You’re just so excited to get on with that project. But test knitting is different. 

Getting gauge with test knitting helps a couple of different things. Is the gauge easy to obtain or have you had to drop five needle sizes to get it? And most importantly, does the item fit properly, now you have gauge. You can’t be a test knitter, telling the designer that the hat you just knit is far too big, if you didn’t get gauge. That isn’t helping anyone. 

Get Gauge!

4. Be Prepared for Ugliness

This might not be what you think. When a pattern is written up, it is usually in it’s basic form. Later it is added to the beautiful templates that we receive when we buy a pattern. But a test knitters pattern could be a few pages of text with no pictures. I’ve even seen designers photograph their note pads and send that out. Be prepared to deal with the un-pretty. You will more than likely receive the tidied up, beautiful version when the pattern is released.

5. Take Notes

When you begin the test knit, have a note pad next to you and be prepared to write anything down that seems wrong. You could even write straight on to the pattern print out if that makes it easier.

Remember, you are there to find any errors in the pattern. You are not there to sit back and happily work away blinded by any mistakes. You have a job to do and you need to be vigilant. Think about how you would feel if you purchased a pattern that had been test knit but was riddled with errors. I know I’d be pretty pissed off. The designer has worked hard but it’s easy to miss silly mistakes and it’s your job to pick them up. 

There could be a row of lace that doesn’t work out correctly because the ssk is missing off the end. Or a technique could be described in a way that doesn’t make sense.’

6. Do Not Make Changes to the Pattern

We all like to take things and make them our own, but when test knitting, that’s really not ideal. The designer needs to know that everything works exactly how he or she has written it. If you come back with; “yes it went well, I changed the needle size for the brim because I prefer a tighter brim, and I altered the crown slightly because I like a slouchier hat…” well, you haven’t knitted it as stated. The designer doesn’t know if his or her version fits properly around the brim or if the length is enough. You haven’t completed the test properly. They need to know everything is accurate and fits correctly. 

At the end of the day, you are receiving this pattern. You have all the time in the world to make another one with the alterations you wanted.

7. Be Communicative

Some designers will only want to hear from you at the end of the test, but others will want you to check in regularly. Personally, I like to check in. I have had a LOT of test knitters never message me again after receiving the pattern. So when someone goes very quiet, I panic and think they’ve run off. I like to know as soon as a tester has found a mistake so I can fix things asap. In fact, while I’m running a test, I have that pattern open in edit mode on my computer at all times. That way I can open the laptop, fix the error and close it again. 

For me, a quiet test knitter makes me nervous, but not all designers are the same so ask them what they require and stick to it. 

The only exception when a designer tells you to contact them at the end, is if there is a major error. Like the neck section is missing, or the pattern has huge chunks of text missing. Something detrimental to the pattern. The designer will definitely want to hear from you then!

8. And Finally

The critique isn’t complete until you have checked over the finished product. Is it a good fit? Does it look like the designers photos? Was the pattern easy to follow? Are you happy with the results? If you paid for the pattern, would you be happy?

You are the only one who can tell the designer all of this information. This is why they have hired you too. Not just to work through the pattern. Make sure you give them as much information as you can. And be honest about it.


To Summerise

This might all seem a little daunting if you have never test knitted before but really, it’s all just courtesy and common sense. Lets have a quick run down:

  1. Read everything thoroughly before signing up.
  2. Don’t jump in feet first, make sure you can handle the skills required.
  3. Get Gauge before you start the pattern.
  4. Be prepared for an ugly document.
  5. Take notes of all errors you spot and be vigilant.
  6. DO NOT make changes to the pattern. At All!
  7. Report back regularly so the designer knows you are still on board.
  8. Remember to critique the actually item as well as the pattern itself.

And there you have it. Don’t be scared, just go for it the next time you see a test knit you’d be interested in participating in. I advertise in my Ravelry group, in some of the other Raverly groups for test knitting, on my Facebook page and my Instagram too. So keep your eyes peeled to jump in on the next one.

Just remember those 8 golden rules and I’ll always be glad to have you back!


Ten Health Benefits of Knitting

Ten Health Benefits of Knitting

Learning to knit can be difficult. You need to train your hands to do the most simplest of knitting skills and in the beginning it can feel like you will never be able to manage it. But once you master it, after lots of practise, there is more to knitting than clothing yourself and your family through the winter.

Here are ten ways knitting keeps you healthy and that will make sticking out that learning curve really worthwhile:

1. Improved Motor Function.

Knitting stimulates almost your entire brain all at once. The Frontal Lobe carries out higher mental processes such as thinking, decision making, and planning as well as being the main force behind your motor skills. The Occipital Lobe is responsible for processing visual information from the eyes and passing the information to other parts of the brain to create memories of what you see. The Parietal Lobe deals with sensation. The fingers and hands are a primary site for sensory data, so much of the parietal lobe is dedicated to receiving and processing what they are doing. The Temporal Lobe forms memories (like the ones received from the occipital lobe) and recognises language. So it basically helps you read the pattern as this is, for all intent and purpose, another language.

Using all of these parts of the brain at the same time strengthens your mind and slows down cognitive impairment. It can help people with diseases like Parkinson’s to improve their motor functions by helping improve their fine motor skills and distracting from their painful symptoms.

2. Improvement of Concentration.

Knitting can help you to focus on one thing and therefore reduces hyperactivity and procrastination. It shifts your attention to the project in your hand and as you see it progress this reinforces the desire to concentrate and get the reward at the end.

3.  Reduces Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

Focusing on a task can help distract you from the anxiety, stress or depression that could be creeping in. After a few minutes of sitting down to knit your heart rate reduces and your blood pressure decreases so if you are feeling anxious reach for the knitting needles to reduce your symptoms.

Work in progress knitting

4.  Improves Memory.

Even with consistent dedication to develop skills, the most experienced knitter will still make mistakes. This teaches you to recall your errors so you can avoid them in the future.  Also, you know that tough lace pattern repeat that you had to read over and over for every row but then suddenly you knew it and didn’t need to look at the pattern again. Yeh, that.

5. Strengthens Arms and Hands.

The rhythmic motion of knitting can aid in the prevention of tendinitis and arthritis. Knitting for a few hours a day can exercise the hands and arms, strengthening the muscles.

6. Provides a Digital Detox.

Most of us are used to having our phones glued to our hands these days and the age of digital is definitely upon us. Knitting is a simple way to separate us from the electronics. It’s back to the old school way of doing things manually with our own hands instead of reenacting something in a computer game or relying on technology. It’s also less strain on your eyes when you are not looking at artificial lights all the time.

Work in progress sock knitting

7. Gives you “Me Time”.

When you knit, you choose which pattern to create, you decide how long you will knit for and you set yourself targets to finish something. This gives you the power of choice and in turn, gives you a sense of control over your “me time”. Knitting creates quality time to do something you want to do as a leisure activity.

8. Gives a Sense of Pride.

Knitting is goal driven and, regardless of what you make, you have a sense of pride at the end. Unless it’s a complete disaster of course! Pride stimulates your reward center and releases dopamine which makes you feel great. Knit a jumper, take on the world!

9. Creates Friendships.

Whether you join your local knitting group (stitch and bitch, knit and natter) or if you head to the online forums for a chat about your latest project, relationships are formed with people who have a mutual hobby. Something you can chat about and get enjoyment from. It can be a mentally healthy way to build friendships.

Swatch pile and work in progress

10. Builds Good Habits.

Not all habits are bad. Knitting has all of those 9 health benefits above and they are not to be sniffed at. The concentration it takes alone can keep your brain healthy, the skill keeps your hands and arm exercised, and the entire ability makes you more relaxed, more social and releases endorphins that make you happy. In my eyes, knitting is a very good habit to have.

So there you have it, ten ways knitting keeps you healthy. Which one surprised you? And which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below.

Kelly x

5 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

5 Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Most people know that sleep deprivation has an unfavourable effect on our mood. Long periods with little or no sleep will also effect our well being and general state of mind. Healthy sleep habits, often referred to as having good sleep hygiene, can make a big difference in your quality of life. However, if you are a parent then you’ll know what it’s like to have little to no sleep, but babies will be babies and toddlers will be toddlers so the best thing you can do is follow these sleep practises the best way you can.

1. Maintain a Relaxing Bedtime Routine.

When you set a routine that relaxes you before getting into bed, you will realise a better quality of sleep.  Keeping the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends, will help to regulate your body clock and get a sound and deep slumber. Around one hour before bed, avoid all digital sources including phone, laptop, TV or tablet (I know! I am bad for this too, but it will help if you are struggling to sleep). Dim any bright lights and try to relax your mind by reading a book or taking a warm bath. Have a soothing drink like chamomile or hot chocolate and when you climb into bed you will be ready for a good night’s sleep.

Walking along a country path2. Exercise During the Day

It is a well known fact that exercise helps to ward off stress and anxiety, which are one of the biggest contributing factors to lack of sleep. Although vigorous exercise is best, a brisk 10 minute walk every day will release hormones and improve your rest. Plus you can always take your little one with you if needed.

3. Make Sure Your Room is Right

You may need to make some slight changes to your bedroom, depending on your circumstances. Check that the room is cool, it should be around 15.5 and 19.5 °C (between 60 and 67 °F), and also dark. Try using a blackout blind to eliminate any light, or an eye mask. It should also be quiet, at least until the baby wakes! If possible, try white noise like a fan or humidifier, or ear plugs. You need to make sure you can still hear your child if they wake though so use this advice with caution.

Feet hanging out of a bed4. Check Your Mattress and Pillows

Having a comfortable mattress and pillow is very important. They must be supportive and if you are tossing and turning all night, it could be time for a new one. The life expectancy of a good quality mattress is around 8 or 9 years. Anything older than that needs replacing.

5. Avoid Naps

We’ve all been there. Dropping off in the middle of the afternoon because the night before was such a terrible nights sleep. A power nap might get you through the day but it will just cause the adverse effect later when you can’t fall asleep at bedtime. Napping creates a viscous circle you need to avoid.

So there you have it. My top 5 tips for a restful nights sleep. Of course, this doesn’t account for the toddler standing by your bed until you are woken by his/her presence and getting freaked out a-la horror film. Why do they do that? But at least the tips will help get you to that place. Hopefully!

Disclaimer: I am not a sleep therapist or a doctor of sleep etc. My tips are just via research on google. Please don’t shout at me if you still can’t sleep!

See you soon!

Kelly x

March Meet the Maker pt 2

March Meet the Maker pt 2

Last month I participated in the wonderful March Meet The Maker challenge. I blogged about the first half of the challenge here, telling you what it was all about and my posts for the start of the month.

This blog is all about the second half of the month since I still want to share it with you but a blog post a day is a bit too much for me to handle. Here is the remainder of March Meet the Maker:

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links.

Quote and bout getting your dreams to reality

Day 14: Dreams and Plans

I don’t know where this quote came from but it says it all really. My dreams are to make my little hobby something I can be proud of and my plans are to work hard and make it happen. Watch this space…












Day 15: Boomerang

Boomerang is an app which takes a 3 second video and loops it. It’s lots of fun, so if you haven’t used it before, please have a go. It’s completely free.

Just look how yarn and I magnetise together! We are meant to be! Soul mates. I love yarn and yarn loves me.
I love a good boomerang.

Rowan giggling

Day 16: Helper

I have 2 main helpers, soon to be 3 since Kaden will be helping out too, but that bit’s a secret.
Rowan is my mini helper. He models the boys and the unisex things for me and tries most things on in his size to make sure I’ve got it right. He loves it and prefers to wear a hat most days now!
Terry my partner








My other helper is Terry. Not only is he an excellent father to our children, he watches them while I get my job’s done, cooks all my meals (he’s a much better chef than me!) and listens to my moaning about a knitting equation I can’t work out or a yarn I’m using that’s not doing what it should, even though he hasn’t got a clue what I’m on about.
I couldn’t do this without them.
Next year, when I do this again, Kaden will be on the list but I’ve already told you, that’s a secret! ?








A customer photo of a little girl in her bonnet

Day 17: Customers & Feedback

My customers are always so wonderful, esp the ones that share their photos with me! Nothing makes my day more than seeing my knitwear out there being loved and used.
I also get truly amazing feedback which I appreciate more than I can say. People tend to forget to leave feedback so everytime someone writes some for me I am completely over the moon.
There are a few of my wonderful reviews at the bottom of this post, but first, look at this gorgeous customer photo of her daughter wearing her Ophelia Bonnet. Just classic and beautiful.

 

My stitch bibles, beautiful flowers and yarn

Day 18: Inspiration

I get inspired by so many things but I selected a couple today for the photo.
My stitch bibles are huge inspiration. I see a pattern and know what I want to do with it straight away. The problem is there are just so many!
Nature inspires me so much. The colours and shapes of flowers and trees and just everything. Even down to which colours look good together. Nature is so beautiful. How could you not be inspired?
The other thing is yarn. Sometime I see yarn and just know what it needs to become. Some yarn is just meant to be a pretty hat or a manly jumper!
I am also inspired by other designers. They spur me on, make me think differently, make me see colours in an unusual way.
So now it’s your turn. What inspires you?

Lots of yarn, coffee and my planner

Day 19: Can’t Live Without

Yarn!!!! Omg can you imagine a world without yarn! ?
Coffee and my planner come a very close second. I NEED coffee esp in the morning to wake me up and the planner keeps me present and correct.
That being said, I obviously couldn’t live without my two children and my partner!
But no yarn though… ?
What would you struggle to live without?








A selection of knitting tools

Day 20: Tools and Materials

Here are a few of mine. I never realised before that it’s mostly pink and blue!

My sketches and planner












Day 22: Sketchbook & Lists

I don’t have a sketchbook really. I usually use scraps of paper and keep them in a little box. These three are my sketches for the popular butterfly bonnet, my tides beanie and my honeycomb bonnet which is also in progress in the bottom left.
As for lists! I have so many! But my main list is in my awesome planner. That book is the only thing that keeps my head straight! Honestly.







Day 23: Hands at Work

This is me knitting a new hat I’m working on. I find the clicking of the needles quite soothing so I’ve left the sound on.

 

Lets Knit magazine with yarn and flowers

Day 24: Achievements

I was a bit worried about this one, thinking I haven’t really won any awards, I don’t have thousands of followers…ahh what have I achieved?!
But then I thought about it a bit longer. I haven’t been doing this for long. The knitting, I’ve been doing that for years, but rowrow and kades is new. It’s still learning and growing and finding its little newborn feet.
Before it I was designing patterns, mainly for Let’s Knit. I have a design in every magazine in this photo and that’s not even half of them. Those are just a selection with one of my designs on the cover. I sometimes forget that I can do that part of this job. I automatically start knitting a new design without even realising that I am creating something new from my brain, that doesn’t already exist in the world. It’s an achievement to remember that! I am hard on myself. Brutally sometimes. I need reminding of the things I’ve achieved. That’s another reason I love meet the maker. It forces you to think a little harder and not plod on with the day to day.

Honeycomb Bonnet with tulips

Day 25: Being a Maker Means…

It means being there for my boys when I’m needed. It means letting my brain think up lovely things and being able to get that to appear in real life with some woolly string and two sticks. It means freedom to be my own boss and do something I truly love. It gives me so much joy so see something I thought up being worn by someone else. I love being a maker.








Knitting books, yarn bowl and wip

Day 26: Books, Blogs and Podcasts

I used to read a great deal. It was when I went to bed at night mainly. I would read Harry Potter or Game of Thrones. But since having a toddler that time has past. Now when I go to bed I’m asleep before my head hits the pillow. Toddlers are exhausting.
The main books I have for knitting are my beloved and well worn stitch bibles.
I also used to read lots of blogs, but again, not so much. I dip in and out of blogs like Lauren Aston Designs and MollieMakes but I’m not religious with them. I tend to read a lot of the Handmade Seller Magazine which I pay a subscription for. It’s a fantastic resource.
Podcasts… I just haven’t got on that band wagon yet. I might flag a lift next time it passes.

Craft kit by Makeyourownhappyuk

Day 27 : Recommended a Maker

I would like to recommend a few makers today. I’ve met so many wonderful people since doing this challenge but my first shout out goes to Donna at Make Your Own Happy She is just starting out and doing a marvellous job making lots of craft kits for every occasion, from Easter to Halloween, she’ll have a kit for your kids or you to do. All while entertaining her daughter!

My second shout out goes to Lisa Green Designs who makes beautiful bunting from fabric that she has designed herself! Amazing talent and beautiful work.

Lastly I’d like to mention Jane Burns, a fantastic knitting and crochet pattern designer who thinks up the most amazing things from her brain! Jane designs everything from kids tops to cushions to Christmas door stops. And awesome socks too.

So there are my 3 recommend makers. I hope you click through and visit their pages to see how brilliant they all are.

My awesome planner

Day 28: Organised

I hear a “dun dun dun dunnn!” here because it should really say “unorganised”. In fact, I wasn’t even organised enough to know what I would be uploading to my grid today.
However! I do much better in my organisation since getting my awesome planner because it literally saves my life. Daily. I don’t know how I managed before it. It has sections for my day to day, my social media, my in comings and out goings and generally keeps me on my toes with little tasks to do. An amazing piece of kit I am so happy I own.
Other than that, I have a drawer unit in my living room dedicated to yarn, plus the cupboard that stores our towels has an extra shelf and floor space for more yarn ? It’s organised into type as in, this is the yarn I use for these patterns and orders etc. I know where stuff is. Mostly. My desk is kinda tidy….

Ophelia bonnet with flowers

Day 29: Community

This is a tough one. My own personal community is all online. I’m quite shy in real life – although people who know me would disagree with that because I’ve got pretty good at hiding it. I don’t go to craft groups or knit and natters because I’d be paralysed trying to get through the door. I know it’s silly but I just can’t. So instead, I have my knits and natters online.
I have a couple of communities there. My Kelly Menzies Designs group on Ravelry, and my RowRow and Kades Wool Baa on facebook. Come and join either of them, you would be so so welcome to join us whether you are a knitter or a wearer!
Instagram has also become a lovely community for me. I have lots of lovely messages from customers and fellow crafter’s and it’s such a wonderfully supportive place.

Charge what you are worth and don't apologise for it

Day 30: Top Tip/Advice

This is my advice to anyone starting out and selling their craft. Seriously. Charge what you are worth and don’t apologise. I see so many crafter’s selling their makes for next to nothing and it drives me mad. There is nothing worse than seeing someone undervaluing their art. I used to do it and now I have learned. My prices are calculated by how long it takes me to make the item plus material costs. No extras. As much as I love my customers I cannot work for free. They must pay for my time. Otherwise I would just knit all the beautiful things for me and my little family but where is the fun in that? I love what I do, but it is for a reason.
If you are a crafter wanting to sell your goods, please, at the very least, charge an hourly rate. You wouldn’t go to work and expect to sit for hours toiling at your job for free.

Lots of pom pom hats all in a row

Day 31: Creative Friends

Well, truthfully, I have zero creative friends in my actual reality. None. I would love to have a pal to knit with, but sadly, I don’t know anyone who is crafty inclined. All of my crafty chats and people who get what I’m going on about (esp when I talk about rolling about in lots of yarn!) are all online. I’m not going to start listing them all. They know who they are. My little tribe of knitters. One day, I will get the guts to walk through the door of a knit and natter, but I will always chat to my online buds ?






Lastly, here are the lovely customer reviews I chose to include in my March Meet the Maker post:

So that’s it. March Meet the Maker is over and we are now heading off into April. I hope you have enjoyed reading all about my little knitting venture and I would love to hear more about you in the comments below.

Kelly x

 

Top 5 Baby Shower Gifts

Top 5 Baby Shower Gifts

Buying a gift for a baby shower can sometimes feel like a difficult quest. Just what can you get that will be special and valued but functional and useful? Here are my top 5 gift ideas that are both practical and have lots of sentimental value too.

Pregnant couple. Photo from pexels.com

1. Baby clothes in larger sizes

When a new baby is born everyone loves to buy the tiny baby clothes but new parents get so many in that size that they sometimes can’t even get to use them all before the baby has out grown them. Buying a few sizes bigger is a great help. Get the 3-6 months instead of the newborn size. Or even 6-12 months to be really prepared. A selection of outfits in all the sizes up to 12 months would be so special and amazingly helpful. Just remember to think about the time of year you are buying for. I had some beautiful shorts and t-shirts bought for my son when he was born. They were in 6-9 months which I thought was fantastic at first. Until I realised that he would be 6-9 months old during November to January, the coldest time of the year here in the UK. As a result, he never wore them.

Home cooked Pasta. Photo from Pexels.com

2. Home cooked meals for a month

One of the best ideas I’ve heard was a group of baby shower guests organising home cooked meals for the parents. Each guest writes their name in a calendar for the first month after the babies due date. Then, during their week, or couple of days, (however you want to split it), they bring a home cooked meal to the new parents home so they can eat it or freeze it. When dealing with a brand new baby, cooking for yourself and your partner is just an added chore and you end up neglecting yourself at a time when you need the most energy. It’s such a thoughtful way to help the new parents and get to see the new baby too!

Man and baby sleeping wrapped in blanket. photo from Pexels.com

3. Blankets

A baby blanket is one of the handiest things to buy. They are great from the very start of the baby’s life and can still be useful years down the line. My son still has all the baby blankets bought for him and he is almost 2 years old. He uses them during his afternoon nap and loves to snuggle with them while watching the TV. They are a great gift for longevity.

Couple having a candle lit dinner. Photo by Pexels.com

4. Treats for mum

Once baby arrives, couples just don’t get as much time together and no matter how much you love your baby, you need some alone time to keep your relationship healthy. A restaurant meal and booked in baby sitter can be a perfect present. Organise for grandparents to give them the night off or even offer yourself!
Other mums prefer a bit of pampering. So a prepaid massage or pedicure can be amazing.
I know through my pregnancies, a pregnancy pillow was a godsend during the last couple of months. A V shape pillow is perfect for placing between the legs while sleeping, to add comfort and ease pressure. It also doubles up as a feeding pillow after the baby is born.
If you know the mum to be will be breastfeeding, a good book is a great gift. Breastfeeding can sometimes take a long time and I know in the early days I felt like it was all I was doing. With my first child I read all the Harry Potter books while breastfeeding him. My second child got me through most of the Game of Thrones series. It’s definitely an idea opportunity to catch up on reading!

Butterfly Bonnet and Mittens by RowRow and Kades

5. Specially made hats, booties, cardigans and blankets for the baby.

These items top the list in most polls for favourite baby shower gifts. Mums really appreciate the care that goes into something which is handmade. I know when I make something for a customer, I don’t just rush it and get it finished as soon as I can. I painstakingly check for any mistakes I might have made (and if I find one I will pull out the work and fix it, even if no-one else would know it was there). I make sure my loose ends are weaved in really carefully so they (hopefully) won’t wiggle free, and I check everything for every tiny detail so I know it is to the best of my ability before it is placed in the box. This is nothing like what you buy from mass-produced shops. Handmade is very special.

So there you have it. My top 5 baby shower gifts. Have a missed any you think should be included? Or have I helped you in the struggle of what to buy? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!

 
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