Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Playing Catch Up

Blimey, another month rolled by and I didn't even notice! I guess that's because I'm spending most of my day giving booby snuggles to this little guy.

And wouldn't you? He's just the teensiest bit adorable, I think. However, I have managed to get a few things done, despite such cuteness distracting me.
An Ice Cream dress by Oliver & S for my big girl:

I just love that linen look fabric, don't you? It's so wonderfully cheap, too. I also made Jemima bunny for my birthday girl with it. See how versatile it is? I have big plans for this fabric...

And the birthday girl herself, who is very much in love with her Sofia the First doll!

Eight years old already, they grow so fast! How lucky I am to have an eight-year-old who still loves dolls. Long may it last. 

I'm working on a few designs simultaneously and given that my organisational skills... well, suck, it's taking longer than I anticipated to get them put together. I'll get there.
The weather has turned a lot colder here in Yorkshire, and the trees are boasting yellowy golds. Of course, Autumn is so fleeting that we'll soon be into winter. I have Halloween costumes to make this week, I somehow get roped into such extravagant designs... If I don't see you before, enjoy your Halloween!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

An Autumn Babe

I seem to spend more time apologising for not blogging than actually blogging, so I'm not going to do that this time. Suffice to say, a house move, complicated family issues and the arrival of my wee boy have thrown me off course for a while! Yes, you read correctly, my boy is here! Isn't he beautiful?

He was born at home in our bath, without a midwife. Daddy-O and I delivered him together in what was the most amazing experience of my life. Definitely one I shall never forget.

The birth was less than half an hour in total and when he finally did arrive, he was so peaceful and didn't cry at all for quite some time. I'm in a sort of sleepy haze at the moment. Half in disbelief that I- we - made such a beautiful boy, quite delirious from the need to lay awake at  night and watch him breathing, and still enjoying that post-birth elation, particularly emphasised by the fact that we did it alone, we were a team, and it was incredible. The euphoria just hasn't worn off yet, I don't think. Every time I look at him I'm amazed by what we did together.

Here are a few photos to summarise the last few months, or at least, what I managed to document!

And I released a knitting pattern for sale, too! It's an all-in-one type pattern with lots of options for customisation. Here's some of the pics:

And that's all, folks! I'll be back more regularly (yeah, yeah, I know I keep saying that) but life is starting to settle down a little now, so I have no excuse! ;)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Knitting: The good, the Bad, and the Tear-Inducing

"Annis": By Susanna IC. Project notes here

Baby Surprise Jacket, by Elizabeth Zimmerman

So, this last few weeks have mainly been about the yarn, for me. It has to be said that I haven't had the most productive time of it recently. for one reason or another. I'm working on my first Baby Surprise Jacket for the tummy tickler and oh my goodness, that woman. Genius. I can't understand what happened inside her brain for her to figure this out, because my head would have imploded at the realisation, I think. The construction is absolutely incredible, and mind boggling. But yes, what a fantastic mind.

And the crappy part? I ran out of yarn, 8 rows from the finish line. Okay, not so tragic, right? Only this is the second time I've knit it, the first time I happened to use the wrong size needle. So this is a rerun, I was kinda hoping to be all baby surprised out by now, but no. I shall have to soldier on a little longer!

The yarn I used was Knitcol (colourway 043). Have to say, I kinda got sucked in by the pretty colours and I doubt I'll buy it again. It's quite splitty and not so soft for baby skin, even though it's merino. So yeah, this project is quickly turning into the Baby Surprise Jacket of Doom.

I really enjoyed working on the Annis shawl, though, and I rarely enjoy lace projects. It seemed to come together fairly easily and wasn't too complex.

The Tummy Tickler at 30 weeks

This is my latest project, it's a pattern I wrote myself and will be available within the next couple of weeks as it's currently with testers. It's a customisable pattern that has various options for the design elements, so if you're not fond of cables, fear not! There's also the option for a plain ol' stockinette version to show off those variegated/hand dyed yarns. Indeed, I plan to dye up some yarn and make a larger one for the Tummy Tickler. It's also fairly flexible in that changing up the style and fibre used makes this a year-round piece for babies. I'll probably make a cotton one for the warmer days as he gets older.

So that's it for today, my lovelies! I'll no doubt be back soon to announce the launch and fill up your screen with some more yarny goodness :)

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