Wednesday, 16 October 2013

A party and some creativity!

In the few weeks since I last posted I've been busy. The little man turned two! I can't believe it TWO! How did that happen?! He has grown in a blink of an eye from the wrinkly, little baby that he was on the day he was born....
... to a little boy, full of energy and mischief.

 I made his cake. It's a chocolate sponge cake with chocolate butter cream filling and icing (to mimic a muddy field!). I was going to attempt to model a tractor from fondant icing but himself made a very good suggestion of just using a toy tractor which I did. The green lettering was used to look like the "grass" left in the field. It didn't turn out exactly as I had imagined but I was happy with in nonetheless. It was quite yummy and I was glad that himself suggested using the toy tractor. I have a very bad habit of giving myself way too much to do and making way too much food when we're having any sort of party or even having people over for dinner. So not having to model a tractor was one less thing to do. Just as well as I was icing cupcakes about an hour before the party was due to kick off and about 15 minutes before some of the guests arrived.

His birthday also made me get busy an finally finish his quilt. I had it all finished and basted just before the little lady arrived but then things got extra busy and I didn't get around to finishing it until now. I also needed to get a walking foot for my machine. So for the two weeks before his birthday, during nap times and after bedtimes I got the sewing machine out and quilted and bound the quilt. I'm quite happy how it turned out. It may not be perfect but it's hand made with love and that's all that matters. It's also my first attempt at a quilt so I'm very proud of it.

In other creative news, I've released 2 patterns this week! I'm very proud of them as I'd never designed anything beyond a few dishcloths before. After sewing so much and knitting very little for a few weeks, I needed something small to get into the swing of things. The little lady needed new booties and so A touch of lace booties were created. They're knit in sport weight yarn and are knit in two sizes, 0-6 and 6-12 months but could easily be sized up by adding a few rows to the foot and sole shaping or using DK yarn. Those are the little lady's feet modelling the booties. They stay on really well too. I have very wriggly babies who kick off booties and socks all the time so the ability to stay on was a big thing in my design.

Next, is a hat pattern that I have had in the works for a few weeks now. The Little Harvester hat has some very easy cables which remind me of wheat. When I designed it, it was harvest time for the farmers in the area so that was the inspiration. It's a beanie with a generous fit for growing heads and could be easily sized up by adding extra repeats and a bit of extra length before the crown decreases. It's written for DK and worsted/aran weight yarn both in 4 sizes, 0-6 and 6-12 months, 1-2 and 2-3 years.

 I have a few more designs in the pipeline at the moment and I'll be back to tell you all about them when they're done.

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