4 Apr 2013

KNIT MUUMI SLEEP SACK

I had to share this Muumi Sleep Sack my mom knit for Co-pilot before he totally outgrows it!  Spring is just about here in Canada, but this knit sleep sack is still going to be in use for a few more months before the really warm weather starts.  If you don't know Muumi(Moomin) you can see these cartoon characters here.  They are a very popular Finnish storybook/cartoon character and many of us Finns have grown up with them and still love them as adults. :)  

 Here is the best picture I got of Co-pilot with it on.  He was moving way to much to get a good product shot.  Maybe I should have tried it while he was sleeping.  I'm always too afraid to wake him up by opening the blinds and clicking away with my camera.  Waking a baby mid nap is a bad scene!

 My mom has this old Novita issue with a pattern for a Muumi sweater which was the basis for the design.  I love the little hearts between the Muumipeikkos (Moomintrolls).  There are a total of eight Muumis on his sleep sack.  I asked her to make an opening at the bottom for easy diaper changes and snaps at the shoulders as well.  All the openings are simply done with a garter stitch.  The colours were chosen based on the colours of Little Pilot's nursery which is now shared by both boys.  The wool is one of my favourite baby yarns:  Debbie Bliss' Baby Cashmerino.


 Here Co-pilot is showing off the snaps for you. :)

This is how we have been using it for his outdoor naps.  Co-pilot is wearing his "bunny suit" which is actually a teddybear knit hat and a one piece wool romper (not sure why my mom dubbed it a "bunny suit" and why all of us call it that as well?!), his down bunting and the Muumi sleep sack on top.  This picture is from a couple of months ago and I can't believe how much he's grown already!

We have plans to convert this sleep sack into a blanket for Co-pilot when he outgrows it by opening it up and adding some length.  I love it too much and want Co-pilot to use it as long as possible.  I can't share the Muumi pattern on this site due to copyright, but if you have access to the Novita pattern and would like specifics on how we made it into our sleep sack feel free to leave a comment or email me. I'll happily share the modifications we made with you.  

I hope you love my mom's knitting as much as I do!  She is really super talented and my knitting skills don't even come close to hers.  I am so blessed to have her help me out with all my creative ideas.  Have you tried using a sleep sack with your baby?  Has anyone made you or your baby something that you will never part with?  For me, many of my babies' handknits will be next to impossible to part with!

P.S. Just in case you are hoping to see more design/DIY projects - I am working on getting a few projects up soon!

11 comments:

  1. Anu, it's gorgeous! I love love love it! Your aiti is very talented indeed. Super cute sleeping sack. Well, you know me and my girls: anything Moomin and we're in love. HAH!
    I've used a sleeping sack with both my girls. Not for outside sleeping but for night time when they were babies. Little miss just outgrew hers. It was lightly quilted so was nice and warm. Now I worry all the time wether she has kicked her duvet off during the night.
    Once again, absolutely lovely sleeping sack your mum has made. :)

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    1. I am the same way with Little Pilot. I go and check that his blankets are on at least a few times each night. :)

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  2. What an idea and crafty mum! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Minna! It is so nice when my mom knits for my boys. :)

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  3. So cute! I love sleep sacks. Benjamin sleeps in one that my sister made for her kids. I love how he knows its time for sleeping when he's in it! I love the dinosaurs on yours. How sweet!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. I love how functional sleep sacks are. Love the your little one's is a sleep cue for him. :)

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  4. It is too cute!!!! I would definitely turn it into a blanket after or else hang it in a frame :) Wish my aiti knew how to knit sigh...

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  5. oh my--that is so adorable. I need to find something like that for Abe....I like to have him in nightgowns at night, but he's outgrowing most of what we have (he doesn't like the ones that are closed all the way at the bottom; I think he needs to kick more than they let him). We read one of the Moomintroll books a few years ago, but Ari's the only one who remembers it; we'll have to break it out again!

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  6. Would it be possible to get the pattern? or are you able to tell me how to buy the pattern via Novita?

    Kirsten

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  7. This is exquisite, would it be possible to get the pattern, or maybe instructions to get the pattern via Novita?

    Thank you,

    Kirsten

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