Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hats off to ya baby!

I'm really excited to say that hopefully very soon I will become a seller on a well known WAHM site!!

I've expressed my interest to the owners, who have in turn, said they are interested so I've been working hard on getting some stock built up.

I will most probably sell knitted baby wear - hats, MCN soakers, shorties and longies, coats etc.

Here are some of the hats modelled by my adorable son and his best friend "Teddy".

~*~Thom is wearing "Teddy Ears" (size 2years+); Teddy is wearing "Stripey Stocking Hat" (size 1-2 year old) ~*~

~*~Thom is wearing "Tassled Toque" (size 12 months); Teddy is wearing "Stripey Stocking Hat"~*~

~*~Newborn "Beanie Blooms"~*~

~*~Thom is wearing "Paper Bag Hat" (size 2 years+) ~*~
~*~Thom is wearing "Very Vertical Stripes" (size 1-2 years); Teddy is wearing "Beanie Blooms" (newborn)~*~

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Just so I remember

For Lily's jumper -

Chest - 20 inches
Arm - 9.6 inches
Length - 12.8 inches

Size for Winter 08 - 2/3 years old

Thursday, February 07, 2008

"Silly Stripes" - Toddler hat

Here it is :) The photo in my last post wasn't much chop but I'm so happy with the end result!

I will add more details of the pattern later but basically you knit 1 inch on circs as if to start a very simple hat. Then you pick up 8 stitches at a time and knit vertically to add the panels. You need to join the panels as you go which, to begin with, is pretty tricky, but not hard to pick up and remember.

It was a surprisingly fast knit too. It took me 3 days of knitting on and off when my son was asleep or otherwise occupied.

Monday, February 04, 2008


Oooh I wonder what this is and who it's for? Stay tuned!!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

A professional painter I am NOT!

But Thom seems to like his new bed :-)

Friday, January 25, 2008

Berrocco Panache Poncho

In Christmas/New Year of 2006/2007 the three of us took a trip to Tassie to visit my parents-in-law. While we were there we visited an Alapaca farm and I was lucky enough to pick up some beautiful wool. I was only really starting out with serious knitting so I stashed it away to make something special with. I didn't want to just play with it because it was too nice, and too expensive!

I've always had the idea in the back of my mind to knit myself some sort of wrap/poncho out of it but I really didn't want anything plain. The wool is so lovely and I wanted to put some real effort into making something memorable and expand my skills at the same time.

I came across this pattern here and decided to add some other colours into the mix as well. The pattern stitch is actually a lot lot easier than it looks. I'm so happy with it so far and can't wait to wear it during our trip to Tassie this year :-)

The Alpaca wool is the ball in the bottom left hand corner of the first photo.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Longies for Nat

Here are some progress shots of a pair of longies I am making for Nat's little boy. So far I'm really happy with them and the wool is lovely to knit with.

I'm nearly ready to divide for the legs and they should be ready soonish :-)
**The darker colour is a jade green even though it has come out as a navy blue colour in the photo! The waist band is a mint green.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thomas' big boy bed!

Last year I bought a simple, single, pine bed from Ebay. I've painted it up and it's going to be Thom's bed when we move him out of a cot. I'm hoping that will happen by this weekend!

The bed was "white washed" hideously and I gave it a gentle sand and got a-painting. Thom and I went to Bunnings and chose the colours together :) The photo is of the bed head. Since taking the photo, I've painted the white section green. I did intend to paint it yellow but had a masking tape mishap and the easiest way to fix it was to carry the colour through to the back panel.

While we were in Berrima, I managed to pick up some inexpensive wooden letters. One set of them spells "TOYS" and I'll somehow attach them to the toybox that I intend on painting. The others spell "SLEEP" and I'm going to mount them on little square canvases (that I will first paint with craft paint) and hang them just above his bed head.

Debbie Bliss Double Breasted Coat for Miss Jenna

A couple of nights ago I finished Jenna's coat and I am SO pleased with the results. It was a very easy pattern to follow and although the stitch pattern is a little fiddly, it's easy to get used to (it becomes automatic very quickly) and the results are very worth it. I hope Jenna enjoys it!! I'll start her brother's one soon!

I've sewn up Thom's as well and just need to knit the collar.

Here are the photos of Jenna's. Photos of Thom's to follow.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Stitcheries - what am I thinking?!

Not that I don't already have a million and one craft projects on the go! We recently went on a family holiday to Berrima, on Sydney's sothern highlands, and I came across a fabulous craft shop.

Here are my purchases, and some family holiday snaps :)

New Fabric

We were lucky enough to get a lovely new lounge late last year and I've been keeping my eyes open for some nice fabric to make some cushions. The price of cushions is ridiculous (and they're not that nice!) so I had an attack of the "I can make that"s.

I've been very picky looking for material because I want it to be "just right" and I finally found some I love! I've been braver than usual and have bought some fabric that will add a shot of colour to our lounge. Our lounge is a nice safe tan colour (feels like suede) and we have a little green in a print we have on the wall, so green was my inspiration.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas t-shirts for Thom

They WERE going to be a present, but Thom caught me sewing them!! He likes them, though, which is all that matters!!

Here they are (I didn't make the t-shirt, I just machine embroidered around the cut out shapes).

I'm most happy with the teddy one. There was one disaster though and one t-shirt sadly ended up in the bin :-(

**disclaimer - they need an iron!**

Monday, December 10, 2007

Rory the Lion

My little guy is going to find a new friend for him under the Christmas tree this year! I'm making him a lion from a Simplicity pattern 4222. The best thing is I've been able to find some left over fleece in my material stash so he's very inexpensive to make.

I'll get some photos up soon, but here are some photos from the pattern slip.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Christmas craft interrupting knitting!

I've really been looking forward to Christmas this year since it will be the first that Thom will really understand what's going on. Thom will be 2 in February and is really noticing all of the decorations etc that are around. He enjoys looking at the decorations on our tree and finds the santa and bear decoration straight away.

To make this Christmas special for Thom, I've been spending some time doing some craft to make our home look festive!

Here are some photos -

Mr and Mrs Claus panel that I'm making into a wall hanging.

The bells that I've added to the panel :)

Close up of the fabric of a tree skirt that I'm making. I'll put a photo of the finished product up once I've sewn on the braid.

I've also been busy working on a cross stitch for my mother in law, and of course knitting the jackets for Thom and Shan and Rose's little people!

We apologise for your break in transmission...

If you've followed a link from a user's profile on EB and you've found yourself here, be assured that user is not me. I suspect I know which sad individual it is.

On EB I am GlindaTheGoodWitch and have taken the link out of my profile.

Now back to our regular program!

Monday, October 01, 2007

From me to you :)

Thom's jacket is coming along nicely. I've done both sleeves, the back panel and I'm up to the raglan shaping on the front left panel. Then all I need to do is the front right, the collar and sew it up! I'm absolutely chuffed with it.

It seems that two of my online friends were chuffed with it too...so much so that I'm knitting coats for their kiddies! And the best part is that I get to knit for one little boy and two little girls. That means I get to knit pink! woohoo! It'll be a fun change from all of the blues that I usually knit with. Little J and Little L will get a lovely double breasted coat each in this wool:


And little Mr D is getting a double breasted coat in this wool:


And last but not least, Miss L is getting this hoodie in these colours:

"Magnolia" & "Woodrose"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Progress shots of Debbie Bliss Double Breasted Coat

Progress of the back panel.

Close up of weave pattern.

Completed back panel.

Sleeves, back and front left panels