Thursday, 22 March 2012

Passing on the wisdom

I've been waiting for this moment for such a long time... 

**drum roll**

Today I've been teaching my eldest daughter (who is 5 years old) how to knit. 

I was sceptical at first as to whether she was old enough. I thought maybe her motor skills might not be quite developed enough.... I was wrong.

She picked it up so quickly. She's a little bit cack-handed but I think for a 5 year old she's done brilliantly. I'm so excited about the prospect of us knitting together.


We started out doing the moves together, but after about 3 stitches, she was off on her own.


One very proud little girl


Apparently she's making a blanket for Pinkie (Pinkie is a teddy they have at school)

and it wouldn't be complete without video evidence right? 

This video was longer but I had to cut it down to upload it. As per usual, I got out the camera way too late and could only get her knitting whilst distracted by a talking sponge. 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

WIP Wednesday: Doll bloomin' doll & a secret

Happy Wednesday! 

For those of us that are Mother's or Mother's-to-be, I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day. Being a Mum is by far my most favourite "hobby". I know hobby is a strange word to use, but to me a hobby is something you choose to do because you enjoy doing it. I chose to be a mother (twice) and I love yes, it's kind of my hobby, one I take very seriously 
(when I'm not goofing around with my girls :P). 

Some snippets from my Mother's Day


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and of course my amazing girls, that make Motherhood so worth while.

Ok enough of the soppy stuff. Onto the bane of my life


She currently looks like this and can you believe I've lost the back of her head? 


So just as I thought she was nearly ready to stuff and sew up. I find I have to knit the head again...AND, I have to sew (out of fabric) a whole doll to stuff and insert into the knitted doll! Let this be a lesson to you all, to read the pattern fully before starting a project, if for no other reason than to have a realistic expectation of how long it will take you. 

 I WILL finish this doll (if my eldest daughter has anything to do with it)

I'm going to try get it done for FO this space. 

In the meantime, to keep myself sane, I've cast on something special for a friend. Sorry I can't say more than that at this point. 


The yarn is Sublime extra fine merino wool (4 ply) and it is divine! So so soft and squishy. 

Before I wrap this post up. I thought you might like to see a couple of other crafty bits I got for my Birthday. This first lot is what I bought with the Birthday money I got from my Mum.

The yummy Sublime from above and 3 Symfonie circular needles so I can finally have a go at making socks on circulars instead of DPN's


I gave in on the Spectra. I wasn't enjoying knitting it, so the lovely rainbow yarn that I won from A Stash Addict, will become socks or gloves (haven't decided which yet)

I also frogged the scarf I was making with the Knit Picks Chroma, twice! I somehow kept getting something wrong and with so many SSK's and YO's in there I was finding it hard to go back and correct, so I gave in. 

I got this luscious Malabrigo sock yarn from a friend for my Birthday. She doesn't knit or crochet so I'm really impressed with her choice. It's to die for! I can't wait to knit with it. I've been thoroughly spoilt for my Birthday. 


Ok I'm sure after that long post you are ready to go see someone elses WIP's over at Tami's Amis. Thanks for reading xxx

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

WIP: Loreli's Gift Scarf and that damn doll

Welcome to WIP Wednesday again. At last I have something new to show you. 

I couldn't resist casting on that beautiful Chroma yarn that my husband bought me for my Birthday so I dug out a book dedicated to one skein sock yarn and picked a lovely scarf pattern to knit. I don't need anymore scarves but this yarn will look amazing with the Loreli's Gift pattern. 


I'm still plugging away with the doll but if I'm honest, she's become a bit of a chore

This is one of her legs. You can't tell in this picture, but the lighter stripes are a combination of light green, light pink and cream. 

I also started the Spectra, but I'm not enjoying knitting it (turns out I don't like changing yarns too often) so I think I'm going to choose a different pattern to use the rainbow yarn on. 

That's it for this week. I've been reading a lot lately, which is why my knitting has slowed down. There just aren't enough hours in the day! 

For some more WIPs that are coming along a lot quicker than mine are, go to Tami's Amis and Frontier Dreams

Monday, 12 March 2012

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Today I'm 33 years young. It's only 8.15 in the morning and already I've been spoilt rotten. I woke up to hugs and kisses from my 2 year old daughter. 

Downstairs I was lavished with hugs and kisses from my 5 year old daughter. 

My wonderful husband made me a special Birthday breakfast as well as getting both children ready for the school run. 

My children were eager for me to open my presents and I thought you'd be interested to see the craft related gifts I received. 


Now I have is resisting the urge to cast on this amazing yarn today. I've already got 4 projects on the go, I really should finish at least one of those before starting another. 

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

WIP Wedensday: Doll and my prize!

I really wish I could show you something a bit more interesting, but this doll is made is lots of little pieces that get sewn together at the end, so right now it's just a number of pieces that don't really look like anything. I am working on it when I can. 


Something a bit more interesting (for me anyway) the prize I won from A Stash Addict arrived today *dances* Big thanks, once again, for the wonderful giveaway. It's made this lady very happy :)


I think the rest of my day will be filled with searching Ravelry for a pattern to use on the Rainbow yarm. Any suggestions? 

For more WIP's, go to Tami's Amis