Phew! It’s hot out there isn’t it? My little ones aren’t used to this, being true Scotsmen they prefer things a little cooler, darker and damper. My garden and I, however, are not complaining.
The unseasonably hot weather has prompted a few questions about wearing a kilt in hot weather. We can totally understand, the thought of putting your little one in wool doesn’t seem so appealing. Here are a few considerations, things that you are do to make your little one more comfortable.
Kilts – If you’re concerned about putting your little one in wool, whilst we understand your concerns, think about the style of the kilt. Your little ones legs aren’t enclosed in trousers, air is free to circulate, cooling your baby. All our kilts are made from lightweight wool, very different to the heavyweight wool of a mans kilt, again maintaining comfort. You can opt for the poly viscoise option if you prefer. We wouldn’t recommend letting your babies go full Scotsmans though until they’re potty trained…. far too messy!
2. Shirts – Our white collared bodysuits come with long sleeves as standard, though we can provide short sleeved ones on request. Another option would be teaming the kilt withe one of the loose fitting Jacobite shirts, available in our Arran package. Much more comfortable in the hot climate.
3. Socks and accessories – honestly, it’s hot, we’d suggest not bothering with the waistcoat, socks or accessories. Or at least doing away with them as soon as possible.
As someone with strong introvert tendencies, who spends a lot of time alone, the importance of getting outside is a discipline I must remind myself of every day.
I love the freedom of working alone, the being able to set my own pace, set my own timetable and balance it against the needs to my small family. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful that this allows me to be the mother and wife that I want to be.
But working alone comes with it’s challenges. Getting so engrossed in your work, or so busy that I forget to eat, forget to go outside for a walk, to sit in the garden and feel the rare sunshine on my face. As is forgetting how to talk to an adult after spending the day alone, sometimes with the kids and the dog for company, but mainly just those weird days when you’ve forgotten how to have a conversation. Sometimes when my poor husband gets home he’s greeted by grunts and a monosyllabic wife, consumed with the thoughts that have been racing round my head all day because there’s no one to interrupt them, or tell her to chill out, stop worrying, it doesn’t matter.
It’s in those silent days in the studio that the thoughts can take a hold and before you know it set a pattern for your mood for the whole day. A mood taking hold that wasn’t there in the morning when you were woken by a sleepy eyed baby, arms outstretched high for warm morning cuddles.
This is why I like this poem, a reminder to go outside. Get out and remember that the world is bigger than my small studio, silence those silly thoughts that take hold, that chance meeting with the postman or a neighbour to practise speaking to other adults. A reminder to pause, to take a moment in the day to rest, to find a little peace, to realign myself. A reminder that most things can be blown way with a fresh breeze and birdsong.
So Little Legs made it to 7 years old already! Whoever would’ve though that making a wee kilt for Rory would have turned in to a business. 2 kids, 1 dog and 7 years later we thought it was definitely time that we sort out our website, give it a bit of a revamp, update some things and start blogging. So, here is it unveiled.
We’re hoping to do a bit of blogging about our daily lives, what it’s like to run small home based business, as well as other things Scottish, kids related, the realities of being a work at home mum, and introducing you to awesome new businesses.
We are currently in the thick of the wedding season, so our sewing machine is going away furiously getting all your orders completed in time for events. It’s always tricky to get the balance right when the draw of the sunshine in the garden beckons me while I’m sitting in the studio. Although I try not to work evenings, sometimes the lure of the garden is just too much and I decide to go enjoy the sun and work in the evening instead.
That coupled with Arthur’s settling in to nursery and organising the summer holidays means that there’s been a lot of juggling going on. Today feels like we’re (just) on the cusp of winning the balance game. Let’s hope it stays that way!
Do let us know what you think of the site. If you see any typos let us know, or if you think there is anything missing drop us a comment (good or bad, constructive criticism taken).
Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine wherever you are!