Monday, November 26, 2012

Birthday time!

My project this week is preparation for J's birthday.  I can't believe my middle baby is nearly 3.  It seems only yesterday that she was born.

I'd show you a picture of her as a baby, but Blogger and I are having some storage issues.  But that is a post for another time.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Present progress

Some peas to go with the felt food.  I just winged this pattern, and stuffed them with balls of roving.  I started out by whip stitching the pods, but I didn't like the way the edges got all crinkly, (those are the two at the back).  So I switched to a running stitch, which I really like.

More snakes.  This time I cast on 6 stitches rather than 8 as called for in the pattern, knit two rounds, increased to 8 stitches and knit another 4 rounds.  I then decreased and continued as per the pattern.

When I sewed the end in, I also ran it back and forth behind the head to create a more pronounced diamond shape as well.  I really like them this way, and they are such a quick, easy knit that C may end up with a whole family of them in her pillow case.

 You can find the pattern here

Joining in with Creative Friday tonight.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This week

Its time to make some Christmas presents for P.  She has cut out some pictures and stuck them on a piece of paper to post to Father Christmas, so he knows what she wants.  Already at 4 she wants those 'branded' things she sees on TV and in magazines.  While I don't have a problem with the kinds of  toys she wants - dolls, pillows etc, it does make me sad that homemade things are no longer enough for her.  It makes me wonder if home made presents are slipping away.

However, there are still some things she needs that I can make, and underwear will once again feature prominently this week.  Check out my $2 haul from the Hospice shop, cute undies coming up.

Friday, November 16, 2012

J's Christmas presents

 I had big plans this week to finish off a few crafty Christmas presents this week for J.  However, my best laid plans have failed to come to fruition.  I did manage to make a couple of pairs of undies - using my tutorial.

How cute is that?

However I also wanted to make a notebook for J, and a few clothes for her dolls.  Unfortunately, she has taken her dolls to bed, so I will need to do some surreptitious measuring while she's otherwise occupied.  J is probably the easiest to make presents for though.  She is old enough to have definite likes, but young enough that she doesn't yet register 'branded' presents.  Long may that continue.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A small selection

 Well, I have made a couple of presents for C, so that is a good start.  A little knitted snake, using Julia Stanfield's free pattern Snakes and Adders.  Its really cute and easy.

 Instead of a pipecleaner, I stuffed it with fleece.  If you're interested in how to stuff toys, Linda at Natural Suburbia has a great post about it as well.

Fun fact: I have known Julia and her family since I was a very small child, but we only reconnected a couple of years ago via mutual interests in cloth nappies and knitting.

 I also whipped up a couple of headbands for C as well, since you can't have too many.

I also thought of a present she would need - a high chair.  But I'm not sure about Father Christmas giving her a high chair - it seems a little grinchy, what do you think?

Monday, November 5, 2012

C's christmas presents

So what do you make for a 6 month old baby with two older sisters? I'm a bit stumped to be honest
Any suggestions welcome

Saturday, November 3, 2012

November Projects

5/11 -  C's Christmas presents
12/11 - P's Christmas presents
19/11 - J's Christmas presents
26/11 - Birthday prep

Aiming to get Christmas presents done in a week is crazy talk obviously, but I'll be doing my level best to churn them out.
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