Monday, 16 June 2008

Too Busy To Function.

OK, so it's been a while since I blogged. The reason....I think, no thought, I'd bitten off more than I could chew, so to speak. Aside from the everyday hum drum of going to work, looking after 4 kids and trying to keep my house in reasonable order, I've had one or two, no make that four lots of swaps/gifts to make, and I was beginning to feel the pressure. ( My heart goes out to Lucy and her many mini quilts )
First up I had a swap to make for
pink petal designs kitchen swap and it's done bar a few extras which I'll get tomorrow. Sneak preview below.

Then there is the Russian doll swap with the fabulous
I'm a ginger monkey lady. This too is done bar a few treats. Another sneak peek.

Thirdly I'm doing a swap with
Maree who missed out on Lucy's mini quilt swap. Her quilt is done and I've been making a few things for her little ones as a treat. Some more peeks are the goodies.



And finally I have been knitting some clothes for
Maya as a big thank you to Joan for being such a caring and supportive friend.

All this sewing and knitting has been immensely fun but I feel worn out. So I set Flora to work on a few things. Here she is taking part in Worldwide knit in public day, raising the profile for all us young and not so young knitters.

Hopefully once I have my parcels posted out all will return to normal, whatever that is.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Sun, Sand and Sea.

Today the sun was out and it was hot, hot, hot. So where's the best place to go when there's good weather? Down to the beach of course. No crafting was done today, I'm not keen on sandy sewing, so it was left at home.
We picked up our buckets and spades and walked to the sea front.
The tide was out and it was busy, little groups of people dotted all over the sand.
We chose our spot and got stuck into some serious sand castle building.
Our beach has lovely golden sand and is dog free at one end so no nasty surprises as you dig.
The girls had a whale of a time building, and an even better time knocking them all down by jumping on, and over the castles. All but one castle was built and destroyed. The 4th was fiercely guarded until the end of the day, when it too was annihilated by a jumping blond beast.
We had the obligatory paddle but weren't brave enough to go in any deeper.
We built water channels to watch the sea fill and reclaim the sand.
We had the best afternoon in a long while and came home all sandy,sun kissed, and tired.
I love my home town, but it's even better when the sun shines!

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Surprise Post and Boing Pattern.


This morning there was a knock on my door at 7.15am. Who on earth could be calling at this time of the morning? The postman of course!
He handed me a rather big cardboard box and went on his way. What could this be I wondered, I wasn't expecting anything. "Mum, what have you ordered this time?" came the cries from my daughters.
Well, nothing. (this time). Looking carefully at the label I realised it was from my new blog friend
Joan of the adventures of Maya , now I got excited.
So I plonked on my bed and proceeded to open the box. I was totally blown away by the contents.

There was a note book, a scrap book kit, a memo pad, and a gorgeous bag containing, stickers, soap, printed tissues and a bracelet. The bag supports a breast cancer fund (something that is very poignant to me) and the beads are made by and help support women in Africa.


I wasn't expecting this parcel today and I want to say a big Thank You to Joan for the thought she put into my gifts. You are a one in a million friend and I am so glad I commented on your first blog and have started to get to know you. if you were here in the UK and not in USA I'd give you a big hug, so instead I'm sending them out in cyberspace. You have brightened up my day no end.

I am so amazed at how generous and caring my new blog friends are. I love you all.
Now onto the promised pattern for Boing!

Assorted colours of DK yarn


3mm knitting needles


Small piece of felt for eyes2 buttons for eyes


yarn needle.


Instructions. (make 2)
I made stripes of varying widths on Boing’s body. The graph pattern for mine is below, but play around with the stripes to get a look that suits you. I also knitted in some beads just for fun.




  • Cast on 15 stitches in your favourite method. (I use the thumb method)

  • Work in stocking stitch for 6 rows.

  • Cast on 5 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. 25 stitches

  • Work in stocking stitch for 32 rows.

  • Decrease 1 stitch at either end of next and following 4 alternate rows.15 stitches.

  • Purl 1 row

  • Knit 5, cast off 5, knit 5. You will now work on these 5 stitches to do first ear.

  • Purl

  • Work 4 rows in stocking stitch

  • Dec 1 stitch at either end of next row.

  • Purl

  • Cast off.

  • Rejoin yarn to second ear and complete to match first.

To make up.

The base is shaped to form a "paper bag bottom".With right sides together join the cast on edges at the base. Join side seams and across the top and ears leaving a small gap for turning right side out. Match the side seam to the base seam and sew the small edge closed (see diagram for Ziggy below)This forms the paper bag bottom.
Turn right side out and stuff firmly.
Sew opening closed.
Add eyes and any other detail you want.

And there you have it. Enjoy! I'd love to see pictures from anyone who does make Ziggy and Boing so email me if you have a go.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Ziggy pattern.

Well here it is the pattern for Ziggy .Please feel free to make it for yourself or to sell for charity.

Ziggy.


Assorted colours of DK yarn, you can use up your end of balls here.
3mm needles (they give a firm and close knit)
Small piece of felt for eyes
2 buttons for eyes
yarn needle.

Instructions. (make 2)


I made stripes of varying widths on Ziggy's body. The graph pattern for mine is below, but play around with the stripes to get a look that suits you. I also knitted in some beads just for fun.

  • Cast on 30 stitches in your favourite method. (I use the thumb method)
  • Work in stocking stitch for 8 rows.
  • Cast on 7 stitches at the beginning of the next 2 rows. 44stitches
  • Work in stocking stitch for 36 rows.
  • Decrease 1 stitch at either end of next and following 2 alternate rows. 38 stitches.
  • Decrease 1 stitch at either end of next and the following 3 rows 30 stitches.
  • Purl 1 row
  • Knit 10, cast off 10, knit 10. You will now work on these 10 stitches to do first ear.
  • Purl
  • Work 6 rows in stocking stitch
  • Dec 1 stitch at either end of next 3 rows 4 stitches.
  • Purl
  • Cast off.
  • Rejoin yarn to second ear and complete to match first.
    To make up. The base is shaped to form a "paper bag bottom".With right sides together join the cast on edges at the base. Join side seams and across the top and ears leaving a small gap for turning right side out. Match the side seam to the base seam and sew the small edge closed This forms the paper bag bottom.
    Turn right side out and stuff firmly.
    Sew opening closed.
    Add eyes and any other detail you want.

Boing Pattern in next blog.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Just to Tease.

Ok so I'm finding it a little hard to make time for blogging at the moment, there are so many other commitments, to work, at home and my sewing, that I am unable to blog about the things I want to and it's quite fustrating. So here's a wee catch up on some of the things that have been keeping me busy and a few pictures of things to come.





First of all this little lady begged me to make her, so how I could I resist. I got the pattern from
here and I know I'll be back to shop there as her designs are fantastic.






Then of course there is Ziggy and Boing. And soon to follow their baby brother Splat! I have started to write up the patterns and will eventually get them on my blog so you can make some of your own. I bought King Cole wool mix yarn to make them. Not usually a brand I go for as it's cheap and this often reflects in the quality. but I have to say it knitted up beautifully and is so, so soft, I may even buy it again to make something other than toys with.

And finally a sneaky peek at the mini quilt I am making for
maree who missed out on lucy lockets mini quilt swap as she didn't have a blog then. Hope this doesn't give too much away, it's just to tease!