Sunday, September 22, 2013

Click-clack therapy

Wow, this year has been my most complicated yet, and also my best knitting year. I think it's actually because I've been under more pressure, I knit more, like others might go to the gym or something. So I'm now four knitted items behind in my blogging.  Here are the best snaps I have managed of the first two.

Stella front

First, Stella for Baby D. 12 month size, in Patons Dreamtime 4ply I never used for her brother. Turns out the Wedgwood blue is lovely on a girl. Needed to use smaller needles on the neckline, and it's still wider than I would have liked, but cute, and it got worn a heap.

Stella back

First Milo

Next, a Milo for our little boy B.  22" size in Cleckheaton Perfect Day in the colourway that looks rather like a lamington.  Knitted quickly over 4 days, which was just as well, as he never wore it! I knew there was some risk of this, which is why I chose a quick project. B won't stand wool on his neck, but I was hoping a wide neck vest in really soft yarn might be okay. He was on to me though! At least it's big enough to try again next year (and we'll start with it over a skivvy).

Milo on

This was the least miserable picture of him in it! Oh dear.

More to come on my spring knitting projects...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

KCW Day 6! Already!

So I have struggled this week due to a whole range of reasons, but at least finished something early this morning.

Lucy dress

Another dress for S.

Lucy Dress from Be Be Bold. Bought it at a craft fair years ago and now am making up the biggest size which is a 4. A very cute pattern, with straightforward instructions. I especially love the pleated sleeves.

Lucy dress, sleeve

Japanese cottons also from Be Be Bold. Wooden buttons from Spotlight.

Lucy dress on

Cut it out and did a little sewing on Monday. Then a few hours late Saturday night/ Sunday morning. No dramas, perhaps as parts are similar to some Oliver + S things I have made.

Lucy dress in action

Of course S loves it. It has already been for a pony ride and some pretty spectacular climbing at the park!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Knitting, knitting, knitting...

...has been consuming me of late.  I can't believe I didn't get into seamless knitting earlier.  Things are getting finished and worn.  I now can do magic loop, spit joins (I know, gross, but actually very good), long tail cast on, backwards loop cast on, single crochet bind off, decrease bind off and am learning to knit continental style.  Most of these terms, let alone how to do them, were foreign to me, like, two months ago.  And I have used mostly stash yarn.

Finished on the weekend:

gold granny's favourite

A sunflower yellow Granny's Favourite for S.  Yarn from a failed blanket project, which left me with several seemingly unusable colours of Cleckheaton Country.  I never thought I would use this yarn by itself in a garment, but S liked it and I was keen to start something.  And it's actually really cute on her.

granny's favourite buttons

Sunflower buttons from my Mum.

granny's favourite modelled

Had enough for a full length body and middie length sleeves (5 year old length).  Great pattern again from Tikki.  I sized up a bit (23" rather than 22"chest ) so it can be worn next year

And here is my first person-sized seamless knit, a Kina which followed the doll version.  Again in leftover Cleckheaton Country.  I didn't blog this ages ago when I made it.  It is not my best, as the edges are a bit lumpy at the bottom, due to me using lots of short lengths and joining at the edges (in my pre-spit join days).  But it is fine for kindy.

blue kina

Two more knits to catch up on, oh, and I am intending to do Kids Clothes Week again next week!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


blue toenails

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cardy for Baby.


I am getting into seamless knitting this autumn, so things should actually get finished.   This is a new favourite pattern- Olearia by Tikki.  Fun to knit, quick and pretty.  It only took 3 balls of Cleckheaton Country (which I chose for the lovely strawberry colour).

Olearia for D

Finished with the perfect old buttons handed down from my aunty- I was thrilled to have enough of them.

happy girl

Baby D just turned one and is in a hurry to grow up.  She loves pretty things and was excited to wear her new cardy.  Dear girl, stay little a bit longer!

Monday, April 29, 2013

KCW Day 7/Something I prepared earlier

So on the final night of Kids Clothes Week, I didn't sew anything.  I did spend some time (hours?) laying out fabric and patterns, but was crippled by indecision, and fatigue perhaps.

But I have this top which was made late last year I think, that never got blogged.  And it fits my Liberty theme.

Liberty/HK swingset tunic

Oliver + S Swingset tunic, Size 3 for Miss S.  My second time with this pattern; I made a dress version when S was a baby, which has recently been worn lots by her little sister.

Liberty/HK swingset tunic

Liberty Hello Kitty Strawberry Fields.  It took only 50cm of 115cm wide fabric, plus some plain lawn from Spotlight for bodice lining.

Liberty/HK swingset tunic back

Again, easy as I'd done it all before, and it's an Oliver + S pattern.

climbing in swingset tunic

S loves it, although wishes it were a dress. It does make for easy climbing, though.  

So glad to have done KCW again.  It definitely helps me to get stuff done, and to blog.  I will be at it again next time, in a just a few months (now it's four times a year!).  Thank you Meg from elsie marley and everyone else involved.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

KCW, Days 5 & 6

Day 5: Slept early without sewing (again!).

Day 6: Another late night to make Miss S's new favourite dress, worn today. A pretty, pastel dream of a dress for our girlie girl.

Ice Cream Dress

Oliver + S Ice Cream Dress.  Size 4 to fit well next summer.  Great pattern which I have made once before here- that version was very well loved.

Liberty Tana Lawn for mid section- it took 40cm (of wide width, 135cm or so).  From Gardams a few years ago; I think the print is Poppy and Daisy.

Pink gingham from The Fabric Store- beautiful shirting similar in feel to the Liberty.  S loves this one- she has been taking this fabric from the stash and using it for dolls' picnics for some time.

Liberty Ice Cream back

Straightforward the second time around.  After putting on the pockets, I said to my husband 'I've lost my mojo' (no response as he was asleep!), but I decided to do just a bit more, and then it seemed so close to finished, I just kept going.  Soon (well at 3am), I had this pretty little dress!

Liberty Ice Cream front

I do love being able to go out as a family on the weekend and having one of the kids in something I just made the previous night.

Posing in Ice Cream dress

I also love that she loves it as much as I do!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

KCW, Days 2-4

Day 2:  Slept early and didn't sew!
Days 3 & 4: Another Class Picnic Blouse, this time for Baby Girl D.

Hello Kitty/Liberty blouse

Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse in Size 12-18m for 11 month old Miss D.

Liberty Tana Lawn in Hello Kitty London print (Japanese release).  Had 75cm of 115cm wide fabric.

Lovely, as per last project in this pattern.  Sleeve hems even harder in this smaller size! This pattern is great for Liberty Tana Lawn.

Slightly big at neck- tighter elastic next time maybe.

Baby Girl in Liberty blouse

Adorable on and received lots of compliments when out today!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KCW, Day 1


Stayed up late to get this top done in one night.

Oliver + S Class Picnic Blouse, Size 4 for 4 year old Miss S.

Liberty Jubilee paisley. This is old stuff. I don't think they make Jubilee anymore; it's a cotton/wool blend (mostly cotton). I made a skirt out of this in the mid '90s, but the fabric may be much older as it came from my Mum's stash back then. Got the Size 4 out of my remaining 95cm of 90cm wide fabric. Very soft fabric that frays easily and is a bit jumpy.

Paisley top back

First use of this pattern, usual reliable Oliver + S instructions, cute result. Again I struggled with going over multiple thicknesses with my machine so the elastic ends were sewn in by hand. Sleeve hems were a little fiddly as too small to go around my machine's free arm.

Paisley top on

So cute on. Slightly big on S who is really a Size 3.

Yay! This fabric owes me nothing now.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Kids Clothes/Liberty Week

So I'm interrupting my autumn knitting to do Kids Clothes Week again.  And after looking at my fabrics it seemed a good opportunity to use up some Liberty.  I don't think I've mentioned it here before, but I have heaps that I have collected since the '90s.  And I've made a total of two items out of this huge collection so far (and neither was blogged).  And now I have two little girls it seems silly to not actually use it while the girls are still little.  So KCW for me will be involving my Liberty stash in every project. Yes I will really cut up and use this beautiful fabric!

pretty Liberty prints

Just a small fraction of what I have to choose from!

Friday, April 5, 2013


chevron cowl

Chevron cowl (for me?).

doll Kina

tea and reading

A nice quick read! And numerous pots of tea.  

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Getting it together.

So it's March now?

2013 has not been the easiest year so far, for a whole lot of reasons. A tragedy close to us, one child starting school, another Kindy, and all except baby (bless her) have been needing extra attention. I am slowly accepting that our children, particularly our boys right now, might be orchids rather than dandelions. I have delayed going back to my job, which I'm sure was the right decision, but at times I'm really missing it. So it's my work this year to be a parent and a friend, to notice all the wonderful little moments of which there are still plenty, and to find little ways to nurture myself so I can be there for my loved ones.

A long-winded excuse for starting a new knitting project maybe?

chevron scarf in progress