Eat Sleep Love 

This morning I spent a lovely couple of hours at Eat Sleep Love in Blackheath.  Their Blogger’s Breakfast was a great opportunity to meet some local mums and of course check out this new baby and nursery store! 

  
I remember being pregnant the first time round and dragging my heavily pregnant self to John Lewis to try and test drive some prams. Now don’t get me wrong, I love John Lewis…but the baby section at Bluewater is busy! You end up loitering while waiting for a sales assistant to become free, which is fine, but when you’re heavily pregnant with swollen ankles you really can’t be doing with it and it turns into a struggle rather than an enjoyable experience.

This is why I think Eat Sleep Love is onto a winner – it’s a by appointment consultancy, where you can browse the whole shop by yourselves, test out the prams, furniture and baby carriers, and have Laura and her team’s experience and full attention. Don’t worry I’m not being paid to write this I just think it is a brilliant idea and wish it had been around when I was pregnant!

They have also handpicked a great selection of baby and nursery accessories…here’s some of my favourites…

    (Well I think this was Pip’s favourite!)

  Some very cute toy storage by 3 Sprouts!

And I really loved their knitted baby clothes! Laura’s mum hand knits them all in Baby Cashmerino ✨ (mental note to work on my knitting!)   

  
   
I couldn’t leave without buying one of the dinosaur toy baskets for Milo…well it was supposed to be for him, I think Pip might have other ideas… #secondchildproblems 

  
A big thank you to Laura from Eat Sleep Love, her team and Joolz for inviting us and making it such a child friendly (and Mummy-friendly!) morning – it’s the first event like this I’ve been to with both my little ones and it was surprisingly really relaxing (we won’t mention the baby vomit Milo…..!). A big recommendation from me to other mums and mums-to-be 💗

  

 

Sunburst Granny Baby Blanket

One of my recent crochet goals was to try out sunburst granny squares and last month I finally got time (ignored the other WIP’s) to give them a go.
I used the tutorial from Eda’s Crochet Room which was really straight forward and I love how pretty they look.
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It was also an excuse to buy more of the Caron Simply Soft yarn which I used previously for my V-Stitch blanket. Despite being acrylic it is incredibly soft and has a lovely sheen to it.
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For this blanket I used the following shades:
– Off White (2x skeins)
– Robin’s Egg
– Strawberry
– Blackberry
– Lemonade
– Soft Blue

Using the 5 different colours to make different colours combos for the rounds, I made 5 of each design, before completing 3 normal granny rounds in Off White.

With 25 squares completed the blanket was a good baby blanket size (5×5). In hindsight it was a bad idea but I thought I’d try sewing the squares together instead of my usual join-as-you-go approach – this took soooo much longer! (and used extra yarn!) But I got there in the end…then it was time for a simple border – HDC rounds in yellow, green and lilac with slip stitching and picot edging on the final round. And here it is….

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