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.