Thursday, September 22, 2011

And The Winner Is.........

First of all thanks to everyone who popped by to enter into my giveaway over the last week.  I have loved reading all your comments about the joys of spring and the ideas of what you would make from the yarn.  In the interests of complete fairness I simply numbered all the comments in the order they appeared and then using random.org drew the lucky number................11!  Quite funny really since 11 has always been my lucky number.
Anywho this means the lucky winner is.....


drumroll please.......



EMMA!

Thanks Emma I will be in touch shortly, and again thanks to everyone else, I hope to see you all back here soon.

Also I have really enjoyed running this giveaway and I am thinking I may well do another one real soon so keep your eyes out.  Maybe a non-yarny one next time if I can think of something :-)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Giveaway!

A lot has been happening here lately.  I have returned to work, which in turn means Miss M has become a big daycare girl, and she has just turned 1.  And of course not to forget it is SPRING!!!  I love spring, in fact it may well be my favorite season, so to celebrate I thought I would have a wee giveaway on my blog.  I have had a very good week for receiving yarn goodness in the mail and in amongst my packages was a scrum my skein of Vintage Purls Vintage Sock (this is not superwash) that just screams "Yay it's spring" to me.  It reminds me to daffodils and makes me feel happy just looking at it. This is a 100g skein of 4 ply merino/nylon.
So I thought it was time to spread the cheer :-)  Leave a message on here telling me what you love about spring and/or what you would make from this yarn and I will do a random draw at 8pm on Thursday 22nd September (and I am happy to post worldwide).
And if you don't knit enter anyway, this yarn is worth having around just to brighten up your day and maybe you can convince someone else to make you something scrummy from it :-)

P.S  Don't forget to leave contact details of some sort in your comment.

Monday, September 5, 2011

New milestones

The last month or so has seen everyone here achieving new milestones. DP is in the process of changing his job and doing a lot of training for that.  I have finally got around to passing my driver's license, woohoo, I never could have imagined how much difference that would make to life.  And as for the small people well....
Mr A is riding his bike with no trainer wheels :-)
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And Miss M has started walking, or should that be running?  Take note of the 'hiya' at the end :-)
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Cars and Trains

Anyone who knows Mr A at all with know that he is an absolute car nut.  It is hard to believe now that he never even owned any kind of car until he was given some on his first birthday, the house seems overrun by them now.  So I guess keeping that in mind it wasn't really surprising that Miss M has taken a liking to anything with wheels as well.  She loves to get in on a good game of 'cars' and is very proficient at making a convincing 'brmmming' noise as can be seen here.
As well as cars Mr A has always loved his train set.  Lately every opportunity he gets, which is generally when Miss M is sleeping since she is a bit of a destructive menace otherwise, he builds fantastic train tracks.  Here are a couple of his more recent creations, not too bad for 4y3m.
And then just because she is cute, here is Miss M dancing to "The Flumps"

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A FO Update

I have been extremely slack at blogging lately mainly because life has had a bad habit of getting in the way of everything.  I have been spending more time home alone with the kids as DP has started traveling for work and this not only cuts into my crafting time but also my blogging time.  I have also had some health issues come up that have made things a bit more difficult than usual.  It hasn't all been bad though and I hope to get things back on track soon.

Thought I would start tonight with a catch up on some of the things that have come out of the craft room lately.  Actually reading that it sounds like all my crafting takes place in a  nice confined and dedicated space, in reality I have stuff in various stages of development strewn all over the house, but hey whatever works right?

First up is this wee baby doll dress that I made for a baby shower I went to recently.  Knowing the baby was a wee girl and getting some guides to colors from the mum-to-be this is what I came up with.
The pattern is the Kaia Babydoll by the very talented Rachel Evans.  I am particularly pleased that I knitted this completely from stash using cleckheaton country 12ply for the bodice and Skeinz random print for the skirt.  The actual pattern has a lace border on the skirt but I thought that might be a bit lost in the yarn so I opted to add a frill instead.  On the whole this was a quick knit and I am really pleased with how it turned out.  I knitted the 3m size and as the baby only arrived last week I am guessing I will be waiting a while for modeled pics ;-)

Next there was the hat as requested by Mr A.  After the complete debacle of the "red jeans" which he has refused to wear since their completion, I was in two minds how much say to give him in this one.  But since he had requested a hat I thought I would give him a chance.  Letting him loose in my yarn stash proved dangerous and he changed his mind on yarn choice 3 times before settling on a lovely skein of Knitsch sock yarn in Polly which I received as part of the first Knitsch Yarn Club.  With yarn in hand I found a pattern and cast on before he had a chance to change his mind again.  Here is the result.  A Swirl Hat, I did the children's size, in red and blue.  I love how the yarn has striped and Mr A seems pleased with it, although to be honest I am not sure if he has actually worn it yet.

At about this time and feeling very pleased with myself I got a severe case of cast-on-itis and started 4 different projects within about a week.  These are now all close to completion so I will hopefully update with those soon.

I have also been forced to dust off the sewing machine recently.  My baby girl, Miss M, starts daycare tomorrow so I used this as a good incentive to finally get some of the lovely girly nappy fabrics I had stashed away made up.  We are very lucky that our daycare is fully supportive of using cloth and I love seeing her colorful bright nap pies sitting among the rows of sposies :-)
Here is the result of a few evenings work, all made to my own nappy pattern and a mix of poly print PUL, cotton print PUL and minky.
And finally after spending a good many hours searching the house for the wet bag we used for Mr A at daycare I gave up and made a new one.  I've had this cotton in stash since Mr A was tiny with the vision of making a wet bag so better late than never.  Super quick simple large zippered pouch, lined with PUL and big enough to take 6-8 nappies. 

So that's it for now, til next time...............