Thursday, April 28, 2011

my creative space :: for my boys

Hi! How are you? I hope you had a great Easter break however you spent and celebrated it. Since my last post I've had a birthday and we've all been on a little trip north to catch one last "family of four" holiday before the newest little bloke arrives.

Also during this time a quilt was finished

Luca's shirt quilt

with a special little dedication added for one of my little fellow's

Luca's shirt quilt - embroidery

And whilst a bit of this was going on


and I had view like this


I finally FINALLY finished the all-consuming BSJ (Baby Surprise Jacket) first cast on way back here and twice frogged.


This teeny tiny little number gives no hint of it's trickiness. I'm not sure if it works for you or against you being a beginner knitter attempting this jacket. On the one hand it's great not having any pre-conceived "rules" for how something like this should be knit up because it literally looks like something someone ran over until it's off the sticks. On the other hand there were so many knitting conventions and terms which it seemed were assumed knowledge that I found myself quite lost on many occasions.


Enter the lovely Suzy and her VERY patient advice in person, via text, email AND twitter and in the end I muddled my way through. So many versions of this jacket have been Raved (mine here) but the one that first got my attention was Suzy's version for her then new baby girl. I'm certainly hoping my new little fellow can wear this on his way home from hospital in the same way.

For more post holiday creative spaces head over to Kirsty's place.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

32+ weeks

Oh the poor 'ol blog has been sadly neglected of late. Instead of blogging I've been choosing to put my feet up and out and catch a few zzzz's.

And here's why ...

32+ weeks

Those of you who follow my nattering away on Twitter would be well versed in what this little fellow has been up to lately. Namely, laying sideways and totally freaking me out that he is not going to move. Thanks to google I've been trying all sorts of kooky things to get him to turn around, most notably laying semi upside down on an ironing board that was propped up against the couch.

Anyhow according to my Dr he appears to have his head down south today so here's hoping he likes the view and stays that way.

And speaking of my little creation look what arrived for him in my letterbox last week

Kate's cardi

One of Kate's famous crochet cardi's this one featuring super squidgy delicious charcoal yarn and gorgeous orange Liberty covered buttons. You can see a better, less rushed photo on Kate's site. I'm completely blown away that someone I've met only a handful of times in the flesh would go to so much effort to make something so gobsmackingly beautiful for this little person of ours and I'm grateful beyond belief.

Thank you Kate!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

hanger challenge

What better way to while away the seemingly endless H-O-U-R-S associated with a move back (or forward?), from daylight savings time, combined with a sick child home from school AND a rainy day to boot, than to put on a pot of chicken soup, sit on the couch and pimp a wire coat hanger.

Hanger challenge

Yep the challenge set down by Kirsty this morning could not have come on a better day. And seen as how these wire monstrosities appear to breed in my cupboard (in much the same way as green bags do in the boot of my car), I may just need to make a few more. This one was just some scraps of a seasonal print of Liberty I had leftover from a pair of pj pants I attempted to make yesterday. The pants are unfortunately a little on the snug side but hey, at least they produced some nice scraps for my hanger.

Thanks for the welcome distraction from my to-do list today Kirsty!


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