Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Yarn Along

I haven't done much reading this week but I'm still dipping in and out of The Doctor's case by Dr Maurice Gueret.  Mr A has had me read from The Complete Adventures of Curious George at least once everyday this week, especially his favourite of Curious George goes to hospital which I'm well on the way to being able to recite! 
I've recently started a little tunic/dress for Miss South.  The pattern is Plain Tunic from Sweet Pickles. I'm knitting the main body of the dress which is just a lot of stocking stitch which is giving me plenty of opportunity to look through the book and draw up a queue of projects I want to knit from this book! The subtitle is 27 Adorable Knits for Babies and Toddlers and that is most certainly the case. All the designs are just a bit different to the run of the mill children's patterns but still practical and comfortable for kids.  It's a good mix of accessories and garments, with projects ranging from plain old garter and stocking stitch to colour work and brioche stitch, so something for every knitting mood. Each project is also given a skill level rating. Definitely a book I'd recommend for a knitter with kids (or the possibility of kids) in their lives.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Yarn Along Wednesday

This week we're back to an old favourite for bedtime reading. A couple of years ago, Santa in his wisdom brought Mr A a copy of The Complete Adventures of Curious George and it has been a firm favourite ever since.  Sometimes Mr A can be a little too fond of the monkey's acrobatic escapades and wants to try it out too!
The project in the photo is Miranda. It's been on my needles since September 2013 with little or no progress. I'm doing a bit of an assessment of my wips. I've finished some and frogged some. This is the last one on the line and I'm trying to decide whether to just finish it or frog it and use the yarn for something else, maybe Portside?
So what do you think? Finish or frog?

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Birthday Bunting

Since Mr A had his first birthday I've been wanting to make a happy birthday banner. Much nicer than the usual foil ones that can be found in the party section of shops and of course reusable! Four and a half years later I finally got around to making one just in time for Miss S's 3rd birthday.
First up I cut out a card triangle template. The base of the triangle was about 6.5 or 7 inches. Using this and a pinking blade on my rotary cutter I cut out 28 triangles from some balloon fabric I had in my stash. 
I cut out the letters in felt and used double sided fusible interfacing to fix them to a triangle before sewing them down.
I then sewed a second triangle to the back with wrong sides together so that the bunting had a bit more substance. You could add a layer of interfacing between to make them stiffer but I didn't bother.

I tidied up the edges a bit to try and have each of the triangles pretty much the same size before joining them together using some cotton twill tape that I folded in half, inserting each triangle into the fold.

Difficult to get a photo of the finished bunting but the washing line came to the rescue 😀.

For those of you who read my last post, the squares have been joined together! I added a very simple crochet border, two rows of single crochet, as I felt it needed something to finish it off. I finished it up as I was putting the kids to bed last night and Miss S wrapped it around a dolly and snuggled her in beside her. Today its keeping Miss Polly,  Tilly and Elsa warm in their pram. I think they're pleased.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Yarn Along Wednesday

So what am I up to today? Well yesterday when I was at my parents house my mam was sorting through her yarn, throwing out all those little bits and pieces of yarn that were all tangled up and bagging up some to donate to the local charity shop. In the middle of it all I rescued some garter stitch squares. I'm going to sew them together to make a dolls blanket for Miss S. I might even stretch and use my limited crochet skills to add a border!
While there I raided my parents bookshelves and picked up a new book to read. The Doctor's Case by Dr Maurice Guerret is a very witty book of anecdotes from his medical career. I have long enjoyed his column in the Sunday Independent newspaper and this collection of his musings and stories has so far not let me down.
Both of my parents worked in the medical world, my mother as a midwife and later a geriatrics nurse and my dad as a hospital orderly/porter, so I grew up hearing these kind of stories which is probably why I enjoy the book so much.
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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Yarn Along

It's Wednesday again! Just a quick post today. I'm very nearly finished my Harvest sweater, I just need to graft the stitches on the hood and do the edges. I thought I'd show you the beginnings of a different projects that today. I've just started on a nest for Susan B. Andersons Fat Robin. This will be the first of many over the coming months. A friend asked me to knit a couple for her and I plan on making some others as gifts. I'm mostly using random leftovers of yarn so I'm hoping they will be good stash busting projects.
I'm still reading (and still intrigued by) John Banville's The Blue Guitar.
The kids are finally better. Miss S turned 3 on Monday. We had planned to have her party last Saturday but on Thursday evening she still had a tummy bug and was fairly miserable so we postponed it. While she'd recovered by Friday she still wasn't 100 % so we were glad we postponed. So now I'm in party preparation mode again.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Test Knit: Dandelion Wishes

I recently finished a test knit for Kelly Brooker of PekaPeka designs.

Dandelion Wishes is a very pretty sweater. Knit seamlessly from the top down it features a textured panel on the front and picot cuff and hem. 

As always the pattern was wonderfully written with very clear instructions. It's  also written for 16 sizes, newborn to 10 y (35 to 72.5 cm chest), so they'll get plenty of use with growing children!

Size: 55 cm/ 3y
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK - colourway 23014, approx 525 m

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Yarn Along

Just a quick post for yarn along Wednesday. I'm still working on my Harvest sweater. I had hoped to be finished or very nearly finished by today but then the kids got sick. Three sick kids means very little knitting time. Only for the fact that we try to just use cloths and handkerchiefs I'm pretty sure I'd be at risk of being buried under a mountain of tissues and paper towels and there would be some forest somewhere under threat. I've just had to deal with a massive increase in washing to be done. My washing machine has definitely been earning its keep the last 3 or 4 days and I'm very thankful that we are having marvellous sunny weather so everything is dried fast (and smells wonderful) and I don't have to use the tumble drier. I'm hoping we're coming through the other side.

I've just started The Blue Guitar by John Banville. It follows the story of Oliver Orme,  ex painter and petty thief over the course of one year. I don't usually like books told in the first person (not sure why), however while the book hasn't really gripped me in a 'can't put down' kind of way, John Banville has created such a fascinating character that I just want to find out more about him. I suspect three sick kids is also impacting my enjoyment of the book so far. 
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