Just popping in to share a couple of projects I have finished off this week.
another close up of the pattern
Miss A is very happy with it. Thankfully!
My next project was started and finished in the same week. Amazing!
I purchased Shelly Down’s Gingermelons Embroidered animals book a few months ago. I had wanted to try making a doll which was easy for a toddler or small child to carry around. This doll does fit the criteria. Next time I will alter the method a little as I felt there was far to much hand sewing of ears and limbs to the body – I’m sure the method can be tweaked to sew into the seams.
Here is my finished doll. She isn’t perfect. My embroidery is a little rusty and as mentioned above I will change how I sew her together next time.
Thought I would pop in and say hi before the first month of the year has totally whooshed by me!
Hope you have all got off to a great start.
Now I do have a little something to share.
this was Ms E’s boyfriends Christmas present. Sadly I did not complete in time for Christmas and it won’t be needed here for some time. I did start in November but combination of things meant it wasn’t completed in time for the big day. He did receive a gift card with a snip of yarn 🧶 and “IOU WIP”. Funny he thought I owed him a whip! 😧 I’ll just leave that there 😉
Now I know many of you live in fire prone areas of Australia. I hope you are all staying safe there is still loads of summer to go! I feel for those we have lost homes and loved ones.
Now onto a brighter note my Christmas parcels have started to arrive I have a very large mountain ⛰ of new toys to play with. I am hoping my MOJO for card making will return soon.
Edit: You can find the pattern for the beanie and scarf on Ravelry here
Miss A (14) has also requested a throw. She has picked the pattern and I have enough yarn from Miss S’s throw earlier in the year – overestimated how much I needed! I just need a little break before tackling another big project.
I also finished my socks 🧦.
I am really pleased how the stripes are pretty spot on. This yarn is so clever.
Looking forward to wearing them. Miss A is modelling for me in the pic above.
I have been using up some bits and pieces on little Premmie hats. One of the lovely ladies from my knitting group is going to pass them onto a local hospital. As a side I am so inspired by this lady. She is 99 (100 next January) still lives independently doing her own shopping, cooking etc and going to the footy! plus a very active member of several community groups. She doesn’t have glasses, hearing aid or walking stick. If I’m lucky enough to be as well as she is I might make a dent in my stash!! 😉
I have used a couple of different patterns for these the link to the smaller one is. here.
I have one more on the needles. I might try and finish a few more before mid week. I do have a few card requests on my to do list I need to get onto.
A little closer to the end for this bold and Stripy throw for my eldest daughter. The grey band (at the top) is the last colour and as of last night I think I’m around 20ish rows from the end. Hoping to finish soon so I can get on with some other knitting projects – perhaps finish my socks! This hasn’t been portable so have had to work on it in front of the tv. I must admit I am not looking forward to weaving in all those ends! It has been a good stash buster project though.
These next two photos are little dresses I have made up out of hubbies old work pants. The centre front and back seams are from the outside leg seams. The Butterick pattern 4108 has a seam centre front and back so using the pant seam made these even quicker to put together once I made the time!
I now have the pant tops, the part from waist to crotch, to deconstruct. If you have an idea on how to use those I’d like to know. At this stage I think I will be just saving the haberdashery for other projects.
I think these are heading for a new home with a charity. I used this pattern alot for my girls in all types of fabrics and there are no zips or buttons to fuss with. It was great to pair with tights/leggins and tshirts and jeans later on when the dress got a little short!
Some got a little brightened up with yoyos and buttons.
My aunt has requested some aprons for her grandchildren. I hope she likes these when I catch up with her.
Again this is a pattern I have been making up for years. It is from “My learn to sew book” I have had since I was a child in the 70’s. My cover is looking a little worse for wear.
Hubby and my eldest daughter were away for 7 days in the recent school holidays so it was the perfect time to tidy up my craft space. I moved furniture and re-organised my supplies. So my space is reasonably tidy until the next postage delivery! I do have a rather large pile of NBUS and to finish off/re-do projects.
Boy time does get away! Thought I would pop in and share a few of the projects I have been working on.
Firstly a throw for my eldest daughter from stash yarn. You can find the pattern here. The grey is left over from the throw I made earlier this year here
Second up is another knit project. I purchased this yarn a few weeks ago whilst on a girls weekend in Healseville from Crumbz Craft. Amazing already on the needles! A nice pair of socks for me using a simply sock pattern here.
Lastly 2 quilts I have completed from repurposed shirts. These are for a fundraiser next week. I have 4 other quilt tops made not yet basted and quilted!
This first one is 2.5″ fabric stripes cut and recut into grid pattern. Borders are also 2.5″. This has cotton batting and the backing was gifted. The binding is also from repurposed shirt fabric. Quilt measures 101 cm x 86.5 cm.
The next two photos are of a 5″ square quilt backed with gifted silky fabric. Again I used repurposed shirts for the binding. Pieced in strip and recut, sewn again into 9 piece blocks. Blocks laid out and sewn together. Quilt measures 115cm x 138cm
Popping in to share a throw (blanket) I completed recently for Ms S (19).
I grossly overestimated how much yarn I would need for this project! I purchased 25 balls based on meterage and used just over 8. Better than playing yarn chicken. Luckily Ms A (14) has put in an order for a grey throw as well. However I have started another throw for Ms E (23) so she might have to wait a little bit! I started this back in April so I don’t think it has taken me long considering it really wasn’t a project I could take to the pool and work on. I had thought I needed to purchase new needle tips for this project however after taking my tips into the city (way back on the day I attended the Altenew workshop) I found I had what I needed. Common sense should have told me if you double 8 ply which you normally knit on 4mm you will need 8 mm. Really makes sense in hindsight and you probably already knew that!
You can find the pattern for The Boulevard Blanket here
The finished throw is 94 x 135 cm. Just big enough to wrap up in which is exactly what Ms S did as soon as I gave it to her.
I have a few other projects on the go or waiting to go! – not all craft related though so fingers crossed I’ll be back to share some progress. I recently unexpectedly finished my casual position. So as I undertake the time consuming and painstaking task of finding another position I will hopefully have some extra crafty time.
I have been enjoying the hot summer here in Melbourne glad to see it has cooled in the last week. Since Christmas we have had a 21st, a 25th Wedding anniversary and I celebrated a significant birthday. The partying from December has continued. Miss S’s boyfriend also had a birthday in there along with a few of our friends. We did get away for a week with most of the kiddos and their partners. Mr M (21) had to work his part time job so he stayed home and looked after the dog whilst his girlfriend was away with her family.
School went back on 4th for my youngest (Ms A 14) whilst hubby and our eldest (Ms E 23) started work a few days before that. Ms E has secured a lab assistants role and has also enroled to become a secondary high school science teacher. She still hopes to get her dream job in forensics one day.
Mr M and Ms S (19) don’t go back to uni for a few weeks yet. They have both been busy with their part time jobs and catching up with their friends.
Now some of the people are out of the house I have been doing some major tidying and decluttering. Next week I plan on tackling the craft room whilst hubby is away on school camp. Wish me luck. If all goes well I will have a nice tidy house and loads of crafty time.
I have managed a little crafty time. I started flaxlight by tincan knits here in early January and am pleased with how it is coming along. I am using Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply arctic.
My poor neglected blog followers. I am sorry for lack of posts! No plausable excuse for my lack of posts and lack of comments on other blogs.
Warning long catch up post!
Today I am popping in to share a jumper I finished a few weeks ago and has taken me months to complete! If the weather stays how it has been the last few days I might get to wear it before next winter 🙂
Excuse the silly pose I was acting up for Ms 13.
I have created a few cards including sympathy cards that unfortunately went out the door faster than I could take a pic of them. The kiddos have mostly been using my stash cards and I have added a sentiment or die cut number appropriate for the recipient. Mr M has requested “21” on all sorts of cards including a baby card! I recently sent some of last years Christmas card makes to Aussie Farmers I saw a collection for on Facebook.
In early November I decided to start a new quilt for an upcoming December Birthday. None of the quilts in my stash were suitable! I’ll share pics of that when it is completed – it is a secret project.
I am not going to make promises about regular posts from now til post Christmas there is loads on the calender. Between now and mid January my 4 kiddos have a birthday + 2 of their partners – 6 birthdays in about 6 weeks including two 21st’s. We had one last week too. We will also be hosting Christmas lunch. Ms 18 is squeezing in a 2 week trip to USA. I wish I could get her to do some crafty shopping for me 🙂 She is in the first group of Victoria University students ever to go to NASA. And to top it off my boss would like me to work full time so I have declined the offer and am busy job hunting again. Just quietly I would be happy staying in my craft room.
Many of my regular readers may be familiar with my December/Christmas calender – we will survive the silly season. I hope you don’t feel to exhausted reading some of the things on my calender for the next few weeks. It will be OK. I have learnt over the years it is OK to say no.
When I posted yesterday I realised I had a few other creations I hadn’t shared. So here they are.
A recent 21st card for a Tigers fan
I used My Cute Stamps circus animals and SSS stitched circles dies along with SU Large numbers.
A planter box for a another significant birthday – this time for one of my walking/book club friends who happens to love gardening.
I used Bronwyn Eastley’s pattern here along with various SU stamps and dies.
A Unicorn card – a special request.
This time I used Jane’s Doodles and SU Beautiful Bouquet stamps & dies.
A little error here the kiddos also requested a unicorn card for this girl last year for her birthday and you guessed correct I used Jane’s Doodles Unicorn stamp set for the same girl’s card last year. (Insert embarassed face). When I looked back at last years card it only had one unicorn so hopefully significantly different. Needless to say next year I’ll either have to invest in a new unicorn stamp set or make another style of card.
Lastly an update on my Bernate Hi Lo Jumper.
Almost finished the front!
I have another request from the family and a pile of mending so I will get on with that in the coming days.