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With a knit suit that perfectly matches her cheerful character, Julie's ready to face the cold. Though maybe we'd better not send her to Sochi, they might think she's on some sort of mission there ;).

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During my pregnancy with Julie I started developing an interest in knitwear and wool. Kind of funny, because Rosa hardly ever wore any knit clothes. Maybe that's because she never ever seemed to be cold, and still: she seems to have inherited her father's trait to be able to wear short sleeves in icy cold February without ever wanting to put on some extra clothes.

But with Julie it was different. She was very tiny at birth (something you'd never have guessed when you see her glorious shapes these days ;)) and she seemed to have a low body temperature all the time during the first week after her birth. So we started dressing her in warm, 100 % wool clothes. Which didn't seem to help much by the way: according to the thermometer her body temperature remained low, even when she felt so warm and cozy in her soft woolen layers. Later we learned that the thermometer we had used didn't function well and constantly showed a temperature that was too low, so all the worries of these first few weeks were probably completely unncecessary... Ah well, by then we had already gotten used to the warm and comfortable wool that we dressed Julie in!

So Julie has been wearing lots of wool and knits ever since, and though I have tried some simple knitting myself, I prefer to buy beautiful handknit clothes from all the more skilled knitters that sell their beautiful stuff online. Some of my favorite knit/wool shops on etsy are Knitsiebitsie, Lalaka and Lolkawear on etsy, and also independent small brands such as Aymara, Bieq, FUB and Misha and Puff.

I've started wearing more wool myself as well, I always get cold so easily in winter and then wearing wool really is a great idea ;). In particular, lately I've grown an addiction to knit fingerless mittens. I will show some of them here soon!

Oh, do you notice: all dressed in wool, but with bare feet! None of my kids want to wear socks (and neither do I)...

Still lots of wool in stock for new knit projects, hopefully I get a little more skilled some day...

Julie and Rosa have some wool sweaters and dresses (like the sweater with the bear print above) from La Casita de Wendy that are among the softest, most comfortable wool that I've ever felt. Oh, and cute too!

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Right now I think it's best if I just keep knitting easy stripe scarves, but that doesn't mean there aren't any other ways to provide Julie with lovely knit clothes. I've already found some very good knitters online, but let's not forget about my mom, who recently made Julie the perfect red wool dungarees!

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Lately I've often felt that this blog has become too much of a mommy blog -'look how adorable my babies are!'- and that it's time to start focusing more on the things I make and on art, craft and design again. But then, well... I mean look at how adorable my baby is! ;)

The handknit pinafore and hat are made by Knitsiebitsie.

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The other week a large order from Etsy shop KnitsieBitsie arrived: shop owner Jessica made Julie some lovely wool clothes. They were meant for next Autumn/Winter, but the little giant girl already fit into one of the rainbow striped cardigans... I've been longing for Spring for months, but seeing my girl in such a sweet Winter outfit almost makes me reconsider ;).

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When people heard that I was pregnant with another girl, they often told me: 'how nice, now you can use Rosa's wardrobe and stuff once again!' Well, part of me said yes to that thought (Rosa has lots of lovely clothes that she's grown out, wouldn't it be nice to see them worn again?), but the truth is that my taste is constantly changing and evolving, and I just happen to like many things and many styles, so I also thought that a new girl would be a nice chance to try some new baby girl styles. I mean, I know now that kids already start to develop their own preferences real early, so this would be my probably last chance to really dress a kid according to my ideas for a short while! ;)

During my pregnancy I somehow developed a huge love for wool and knitwear, something that Rosa hasn't worn much as a baby. Rosa always wore lots of bold and colorful Scandinavian and retro print clothes, but somehow this time I fell for soft and simple knits and slightly more classic basics. So during my pregnancy with Julie I bought lots of beautiful basics and knitwear at Petit Bateau (I never thought I'd become a Petit Bateau fan but somehow I did) and a lot of wool clothes, sweet handknit sweaters and cardigans and stuff like that. I kept telling myself that this changing taste probably meant that I'd have a very different baby this time: maybe my love for slim fit and elegant little Petit Bateau outfits somehow predicted that I'd get a very slim, quiet and elegant little baby this time? ;)

Well, at first my prediction seemed sort of correct: Julie was quite tiny and fragile at birth, and she couldn't hold her temperature during the first week or two. So hurray for all the wool and warm knitted cardigans, and of course for all the tiny Petit Bateau onesies (even the smallest sizes were too big for her!). But then the Big Growth began, and within just some weeks Julie caught up with her heavy-at-birth big sister and became a real heavy-weight herself. So despite all my blabla forecasts about her becoming this elegant little Petit Bateau baby, at almost four months she's already outgrown her French 6-month-old onesies ;).

But I still love classic sweet basics for Julie, and particularly knitwear, so now I desperately want to learn how to knit... Which is probably quite a hopeless plan, because I have no time for it at all, and I also have very little patience for crafts that require a lot of effort for a relatively small result, but I want it anyway! Lately I've been collecting lots of great knitting ideas and examples, so I'm planning to show you some of my favorites.

Because in the end I'm rather realistic about my chances of becoming a professional knitter within a few weeks from now, I've decided on something smarter: I've commissioned other people to knit the things that I can't make yet! On etsy lots of great shops that offer beautiful knitwear can be found, and lots of them also work on custom orders. The images in this blog post are examples of (wool) clothes that are being made by Hungarian etsy shop LolkaWear. I ordered two pairs of knit dungarees and two dresses from this shop, and the results are really beautiful! I also ordered bought knit clothes at a few other etsy shops, I will show some more soon!

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I'm not exactly the kind of woman who puts on some fresh lipstick in a two-minute-break between contractions during labor, because she wants to look nice on the first post-birth pics (which was probably one of the reasons why I looked so terrible in those pics ;)). In fact I'm not glamorous at all, and especially in these first few months with a new baby there are plenty of days being spent in pajamas here. It's only a bit of a shame that my buying behavior doesn't really match this shabby lifestyle...

Do I have lots of gorgeous party dresses and high heels?

Yes I do.

Do I often go to parties that require dressing up like that?

Not at all.

Do I have plenty of beautiful pajamas?

No, I don't.

So I guess it's no surprise that my kids don't really opt for a glamorous lifestyle either...

Does Rosa have plenty of glorious outfits?

Yes she does.

Does Rosa like wearing those clothes?

Not really.

Does Rosa like wearing clothes at all?

Well in fact not, just a onesie is more than enough if you ask her...

Yeah, it's kind of a bummer for me that Rosa isn't interested at all in wearing all those beautiful clothes that I stubbornly keep buying her, like this wonderful Dominique Ver Eecke dress that I still have to find us a glamorous opportunity for. Of course her mom in pajamas isn't such a great example to convince her that dressing up is lots of fun ;). So we're in desperate need of some more glamour here, and I guess I have to get started with myself (in order not to become the mom who spends fortunes on clothes for her kids and completely forgets about herself... Oh guess what, that's me already! ;))

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Lately I've been posting a lot on the new coolkidsclothes blog, but funnily enough the blog stats show me that you haven't all followed me yet... ;)
So I thought I'd do a little roundup every so often so that you can see what can be found over there! 
Lately on the coolkidsclothes blog:
  • the most fabulous print onesies...
  • a great collection of Atelier Assemblé dresses...
  • the most beautiful kids shoes ever, like the little pieces of art by Nathalie Verlinden and the wonderful Angulus boots...
  • Sweet little sailor dresses...
  • lots of daily Rosa outfits...
  • And much more!
Click on the image to head over there!
 
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Ever since Rosa was born I've become even more crazy about children's clothing than I already was before, but somehow it feels a bit funny to keep talking about it here on this blog all the time. Also many people have been asking me where I buy Rosa's clothes, what my favorite online children's clothing shops are and all that, so I just thought it was time for a brand new blog specifically dedicated to the subject:
 
 
On my new Coolkidsclothes blog I will be sharing all my finds when it comes to children's clothing, whether it's vintage, new or handmade. I have no idea how often I'll be posting over there, I guess it won't be a matter of not having enough inspiration, but it'll definitely be a matter of time! ;)
 
By now I've moved most of my archives related to children's clothing to the new blog, so there's already quite a lot to see and read over there. So if you're interested in children's clothing (well okay, girl's clothes in particular ;)), please do follow us at Coolkidsclothes!  
 
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Did I ever mention my notorious onion suit here? Well, probably I didn't and in fact I think I shouldn't, at least if I want to keep some sort of fashionable reputation...
 
 

You see, once I was an eight year old kid, and I went to a catholic school. In the second grade all kids did their Holy Communion, but we weren't catholic, so I was about the only kid in the whole class who wasn't part of these Holy Communion festivities. It's never a nice thing as a kid when you can't be part of something that everybody else is doing, but to be honest it was another thing that I felt most sad about: the fact that I wouldn't be able to wear one of those fabulous 'little bride' dresses that I had been admiring and dreaming of in our local children's clothing boutique for years.
My parents weren't super sensitive about the fact that this was a difficult situation for me, but apparently my mother did pity me a bit, because a week before my classmates' communion we went to a HEMA department store, where I was allowed to choose some new 'communion clothes'. And I made a glorious choice: I chose an ensemble consisting of a wide white tee and some short leggings, printed all over with onions, carrots and other greens (and I'm afraid it wasn't one of those nice Scandinavian style vegetable prints that you see these days! ;)).
 
 
Anyway, to make a long story short: I loved my onion suit to pieces and no, there are no pictures... But the reason why I'm telling you all this is that I recently stumbled upon cool Belgian webshop Pepatino's Holy Communion dresses collection, and oh my, they don't look like little bride's dresses anymore these days! If I were an eight-year-old girl today, I most definitely wouldn't settle for an onion suit anymore... ;)
 
 
(by the way these pictures were taken by the amazing Belgian photographer Emilie Vercruysse, I must show you some more of her work later! Or simply check the link!)
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About Ninainvorm

I'm Nina, ceramics designer, art/ craft/ design lover and mom of Rosa and Julie. This blog is about the things I make (you can find my online shop here) and the things I love (design, art, craft, interior, fashion, photography). You may have noticed a special emphasis on my two beautiful girls and everything children's design related!

There used to be a second blog on children's clothing, Coolkidsclothes, but it's currently sort of asleep and all the images have vanished temporarily, but I hope to revitalize it real soon.

Meanwhile, lovely children's clothing will be an important part of this blog here as well.

Want to get in touch? You can always send me an email through ik_ben_nina@hotmail.com.

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