I really enjoy wearing jewelry, especially vintage stuff I’ve found at estate sales, but ever since baby came along my accessories have been rather sparse. Earrings have become dangerous, as have necklaces, as Jack’s ability to grab whatever strikes his fancy gets better and better each day. Even bracelets are out ever since the day I laid Jack down half-asleep in his crib and got my arm stuck under his neck, a scratchy metal bracelet the only thing lying between me and freedom. There was no way to free my arm without derailing his one-way train to sleepytown. And so started my hunt for baby-friendly jewelry. Here’s what I rounded up:
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I’m thinking about making some of these out of old t-shirts, or maybe even just plain ‘ol cotton. It won’t be as soft as the jersey, but I have some fun colors lying around.
I just bought some natural cotton cord for tying up Christmas presents, and I feel like the neutral color would look really pretty wrapped around my wrist in a celtic knot like pictured above. Maybe this will be a project I can work on while watching TV one night this week.
I tried to make this recently using some lace I still have from getting my wedding dress hemmed and it was an epic fail. But looking at it again I just got the idea to try braiding the lace like in the very first picture linked above. Might be fun.
This is not really all that baby-friendly because he can still yank on it and hurt me, and it probably wouldn’t even look good on me in real life (my torso is too short for big statement necklaces. I would look like I was wearing a doily apron.) but it’s just so cute in theory.
Update: Since drafting this post, I decided to give the whole celtic knot thing a try, but the tutorial said to cut three pieces of cord each over nine feet long and that was just way too much measuring for me. Since I had the cotton cord out already, I figured why not try what looked to be the easiest thing–the jersey knit technique in the first image above. OMG it was so easy! It’s kinda like crochet without a hook, but don’t let that intimidate you if you’ve never chained a stitch in your life. I didn’t even have to measure anything–I just started chaining loops over my fingers until it was long enough to tie around my wrist.
It seriously took me less than ten minutes and I love the way it looks and feels. I’m going to admire it all day now and then when Nick gets home I’ll make him try to guess how much money it cost, lol.