Friday, 24 June 2011

Neglectful Blogger -

Well, not so much neglectful, more busy with children, sewing and knitting. So many things on the go at the moment.

I got woolly post from The Nappy Garden, unfortunately it's not all for me but look at this scrumminess .




I've started knitting the firebird on the left for a friend of mine, they are going to be Packer Pants, but without the knee detail. So far so good, I'm into the leg knitting now and the colours are gorgeous.  The blue and white is set to be a sleuthing hoodie for babySam and the Thomas colour way more longies for a friend.

Sam's Packer Pants have been lanolised and worn a number of times now, in fact I've since done him another pair of boardies which are knitted with some lush Pixie Knits wool I got in Buy British Month over and the Cloth Nappy Addict Forum.



Other important things happening soon include an auction to raise funds for a neonatal unit where a very special little girl lost her fight for life. I'm donating this dress appliqu├ęd with an elephant, as we all know elephants never forget. I for one will never forget Eliza or her story and hope that the auction raises a load of money in her memory.


Here's is Eliza's story, taken from her facebook page.

Eliza Peggy was born at 41 weeks on 12th October 2010.
 Due to complications during her birth Eliza was born with no heartbeat. 
After attempts to resuscitate her, Eliza suffered a number of fits. 
She was quickly transfered to St James Hospital for a new cooling treatment.

Unfortunately, there was no brain function and on 15th October 2010,
 Eliza was taken off the ventilator and given to her Mummy and Daddy.
 Eliza became a star cuddling her Mummy's boobie that day.

In memory of Eliza Peggy, we're trying to raise money for 
The Neonatal Ward at St James Hospital in Leeds.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Big Wol Vest, and other exciting things

Sam, it seems, suits a tank top. I have no idea why, George never did, but Sam looks CUTE in a shirt and tank, so I set about making him the owl vest (link to free Ravelry pattern). It's a 9-12 size but I changed up the yarn and needles and hoped it would fit. Good News!! It fits great!

He's totally rocking this look right??












In other exciting news, I finally published my jo.knit.sew facebook page. Head over and 'Like' me to see what I'm offering!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

And I'm back in!

Thank goodness. I remembered my Rav email address so was able to get back in, it only took 24 hours for me to get the memory jolt I needed.

I've been mainly boy crafting recently. But with a few girly things thrown in for good measure!  The boys are forever wanting to colour, but my house just gets covered in scraps of paper and babySam ALWAYS eats the crayons, which then need sharpening, but someone's hidden the sharpener. A solution....Chalking!!


I wanted George and Sam to have an outside chalking area, with a big enough chalkboard for them both. I bought some International Blackboard Paint and painted a piece of plyboard I found in the garage...as simple as that, we now have an outside chalking area (looking very well used!).

We go to the library a lot. We never remember to return all of the books that are loaned however, and then I have to scrabble round the house for them ready for the next time. I always use one of the cheap calico bags I got from Hobbycraft to carry books, so I decided to make one a bit easier on the eye, so George could hang it up in his bedroom. I added a little bit for his library card too, as we pretty much always lose that too. I'm hoping it helps us to keep everything together for the next time we need to go to the library.

As an aside. Staffordshire Libraries allows you to borrow children's Audiobook CD's for free. How great is that!


Finally, my friend has just given birth to a gorgeous baby girl after having had 2 boys. What better gift than this dress and tunic I had lying around.  I appliqued another of those calico bags to wrap them in, cute!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Aaaaarrrrrgh

I changed my Rav password the other week as directed by the Rav staff. Now I can't remember what it was....I'm locked out of Rav, it's like my right arm has been cut off!



So, I'm waiting for it to be reset, as I can't remember the email address I used to sign up either, normal service will be resumed soon I hope. In the mean time, back to Pinterest!

I do have some crafty things to show you tomorrow, when they're photographed.


Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Charentaise

It's finished, it's blocked and it's GORGEOUS

I totally love it. I wore it on Monday afternoon to town and a lady stopped me to ask if I'd knitted it (yes), and asked where she could get the pattern, so I left her the details for Ravelry and the name of the pattern. She was lovely and it was so nice for someone to speak to me about me, rather than about the boys (who were impeccably behaved whilst shopping -Hurrah!).

Here it is in all it's finished glory

Monday, 6 June 2011

Pinterest

I just signed up to Pinterest....Eeek, I can see it's going to be an even bigger time sink than Ravelry. I wish there were more hours in the day!

Things I already want to do

And that list is just from about 30 minutes browsing this morning!

The other thing that's going to be taking some of my time is blogging with the Four Mums Team, I'm quite excited about it all and looking forward to chatting about numerous things there.

Big news though. I finished the Charentaise, it just needs blocking now. I had loads of yarn left in the end. What was I thinking!!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Half Term...busy busy busy

Half term is always really busy. I like to get out with the boys as much as possible (and to keep my house in one piece) so there's never much time for crafting. I've mainly been knitting things in the evenings so there's not been a massive amount of progress.

Charlie Bear is progressing. I have no idea why his head is larger than his body, that's how the pattern worked it, seems a bit odd but I'm going with it!  I think it'll be brilliant when done (modest as always!) but I've semi hibernated it for a while until I finish my Charentaise, whic has 5 rows left, and maybe enough yarn...eeek.


The Dinky Toy is one of a few that came home from my mum and dad's. My sister and I played with them when we were little, they were originally my dad's and come with a handmade wooden garage. I love having them in the house!!