After months (6 of them!) of hints, innuendoes and teaser photos, we can finally reveal the Work At Home Mum (WAHM) collaborative project that we have been working hard on and give you all the details.
Inspired by the book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Kitten Creations and friends would like to present: the Max Project.
Last week was International Book Week, celebrating reading, and there has been a lot of toddler-wearing talk in babywearing circles recently, so this really couldn't be better timing because we have aimed this amazing project at the toddler!
Everything has been designed and made with the 2 - 3 year old in mind. The brief given to each of the WAHMs involved in the project was that the entire thing should be aimed at becoming the child's favourite... well, everything! Favourite outfit, favourite carrier, favourite bag, favourite toy.
We'll know that we succeeded when in a year's time we see photos from the auction-winner of everything in a state of complete "worn out"-ness... Everything looking more earthy in colour and completely broken in.
This set is for the true babywearer and their Wild Thing.
And we hope you love it as much as we do.
The auction opens at 8pm London time on Friday 15th March 2013 and closes on Sunday night at 10 pm. Bids are inclusive of postage, and start at the amazingly low starter bid of £150 (Total retail value of the set is in excess of £900). To bid on this set, you need to visit the Kitten Creations shop.
So what's included in the auction, then? Well, here we go...
This is a toddler-size (18") Wrap Adaption Full-Buckle carrier made from Hoppediz Casablanca and Aurora, cruelty-free, Peace silk.
The carrier includes a custom-designed, adjustable, rounded wolf hood, complete with ears and whiskers.
A stunningly distinctive gold crown with furry lining applique has been stitched to the waistband of the carrier, which also includes beautiful, functional details such as a toy loop, paws out and extra leg padding, and a strokably soft, fluffily-realistic, wolf tail made by Marigold Green. A chest belt is included with the carrier.
For more information on carrier sizing and which size to choose for your child, please see here
For more information about the design of the Kitten Creations Full-Buckle carriers, please see here
For full instructions on how to use a Kitten Creations Full-Buckle carrier, please see here
Below are some typical, truly awful, KC photos. Loyal fans will be unsurprised. My skills lie in carrier-making, not photography and that's ok :)
Well, this custom hand-knitted, one of a kind, super luxurious wolf suit is just beyond description! Instead I asked Jay from Rainbow Knits to tell me all about it. This is what she had to say:
Q. Which yarn did you make it from and why?
A. I chose my if-money-were-no-object, absolute favourite yarn: nearly 400g of merino first-cross wool in 8 ply weight from Biggan Design in Australia. I love this yarn and have not found anything more suitable for knitted garments against babies’ sensitive skin: it’s as soft and cushy and squashy as the very best quality merino wool, but also has the strength against abrasion and pilling as Leicester-type wools. It’s therefore also strong enough to cope with machine-washing (I’ve seen other garments made from this wool cope with cotton washes, but I strongly recommend the gentle wool cycle only!) That was crucial for me – who has time nowadays to hand-wash big garments? It can’t be tumble-dried, alas, but luckily the tight crimp of the yarn means that it repels stains and dirt very well, so shouldn’t need frequent laundering. Lastly, merino wool is a famous temperature-regulator, so a garment made from this wool will be just as comfortable in summer as in winter, next to skin.
Q. What did you consider in your design?
A. Obviously I wanted it to look like Max’s Wolf Suit in the original Where The Wild Things Are book! But my top, overriding criterion was that “the child should want this to be their favourite dressing-up outfit”. To me that meant that it absolutely had to be comfortable over anything else. It wasn’t enough to make it out of silky-smooth, squashy yarn; I had to make sure that there were absolutely no annoying seams anywhere.
I used my own 2 year old daughter, Rose, to try out test-pieces for me to check that I’d got the design right. She hated the first hood, complaining about my beautifully invisible seams. They looked fantastic, but to a little child they were lumpy and annoying: so they had to go! She approved of the yarn, stroking it repeatedly against her bare (very sensitive) skin. She preferred leggings rather than flappy trousers style because they were much more comfy to run and cause a wild rumpus in. She didn’t like big ears and preferred little ones that would stick up.
Q. How did you make it?
A. I hand-knitted it throughout December and January. To make it smoothly seamless, I knitted it all in one-piece, with most of the head, and all the arms and legs in the round. The big wooden buttons at the front are deceptively light. I added a simple, clear button right in the middle of the flap so that an additional furry wolf tail from Marigold Green could be attached or detached easily. Rose struggled to keep her hands off that luscious tail through the whole of her photo shoot! In fact, you can see even more photos on my Facebook page. The little wolf ears are small enough to fit comfortably under the carrier hood and not get in the way of the beautiful, soft crown made by Liz of DandelionDaydreams
Q. What makes it so special?
A. It’s one-of-a-kind. I didn’t write the pattern down as I knitted, so even if I knit another suit, it won’t be the same as this. I’m a pernickety perfectionist, but I am very proud of this work – I poured a lot of love and fun into it!
RUN! IT'S A MONSTER!!!!
Well Max wouldn't. He'd just tame it with the magic trick of looking into its eyes.
No carrier collection would be complete without a super-soft, lightweight babywearing bag!
Sarah from Chunkle-Munkle does have a standard babywearing bag design but she got so involved in this project that she redesigned her babywearing bag to suit us and our project. Yes, we are very lucky indeed!
This bag is a complete one-off. It is made from a Merry Carry Tiger's Eye wrap with Where The Wild Things Are themed cotton lining, lovely soft minky fabric for the face of the monster, an upcycled Mongolian scarf for the hairy mane and a big squishy nose that makes you want to tweak it while making an inelegant "bwark!" sound.
The result is a super-practical, ultra-tactile, monster bag designed to entice the child in all of us. Complete with horns and teeth!
As an added bonus this bag is just full of features. It has many pockets and compartments, comes with a whole host of matching accessories and can be used as a messenger-style bag or a rucksack depending on how you tie the soft fabric straps.
Whilst this bag is super-spacious and designed to carry everything but the kitchen sink, it is neither bulky, hard, nor heavy. It is the perfect babywearing accessory for the parents of any Wild Thing.
There is a PUL-lined wet bag to keep mucky items like wet and muddy trousers in, so as not to make everything else in your monster bag wet and mucky too.
There is a quick trips bag for the essential items, making it easy for you to grab just what you need on those shorter trips, where taking the monster along seems a bit unnecessary.
There is a little coin purse for your valuables.
And a sling mirror that you can use to check on your Wild Thing in a back carry to make sure they are happy and comfortable back there.
Flaming Ruby and Hog Mama Makes have come together to design this completely unique, one of a kind, sling toy!
This abstract take on the Where The Wild Things Are monsters is sure to spark your child's imagination and entertain any child: from your teething infant to a lively pre-schooler.
Hand-cut from white oak, smoothed to be silky and tactile, and finished with a homemade mixture of natural beeswax and olive oil, this wooden toy begs to be touched, held, worn and chewed by everyone!
Max's Monster is attached to your sling using a Merry Carry Tiger's Eye wrap, made to loop around your sling to add tags and a smooth wooden ring for chewing or playing, ensuring the toy is never lost and easy to grab for all hand sizes!
This piece will never be repeated and has been made exclusively for The Max Project by special request of Claire at Kitten Creations and was an absolute delight to join. This item was made with love and passion, like all the WAHM items involved, and your bid ensures a mum can continue to do what she loves whilst supporting her family.
Many thanks to Judith (Hog Mama Makes) and Bec (Flaming Ruby) for this amazing addition to the collaboration.
Warm and silky to the touch, your own little Wild Thing will love to stroke and swish their life-like wolf-tails from the carrier as well as the knitted onesie. The carrier tail is fixed, but the onesie tail was specially made to attach and detach easily by button; usually it would affix to your Wild Thing with an attached elastic waist.
Made from quilted cotton fabric and a tactile satin ribbon this fun crown by Liz of Dandelion Daydreams opens and closes and is made adjustable in size by the use of velcro making it easy for your toddler to use all on their own.
RRP mittens: £18
RRP boots: £25
Made from wrap scraps, white minky dot fabric, brown felt and soft brown suede, these yummy boots and mittens complete the wolf outfit for your own little Wild Thing.
The mittens are made to fit a child age 2 - 3 years and have an elasticated wrist which can be adjusted to fit making sure they stay on in cold weather.
The soles are made from soft faux suede with non-slip grip, a waterproof layer of faux leather, one layer of cotton/bamboo quilters wadding to make them super soft and comfortable, and lined with minky dot fabric.
Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak