Sunday, October 14, 2012

KCWC more pants

A few more pairs of pants that have been sitting waiting, have been finished, it's been great to clear a few things from the sewing room.  Although only one pair fit Corrin as he has grown fast, or they have sat waiting for their waistbands too long, hehe :) 

I will have to sew a few of pants that do fit next, I have plans for some cute stripey cotton knit footed ones next.

I started a light linen dress for summer for Tessa using the corner of some vintage napkins for pockets.  Which I hope to finish as soon as I get onto cleaning the iron. A sticky iron and linen don't really mix well.
I hope everyone that took part enjoyed this round of KCWC. I'm looking forward to joining again in April and I hope to be more organized and have everything pre cut out and ready to go.  It's a great way of getting some sewing done for our kids without too much pressure.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

KCWC Quick change pants

For Kids Clothing Week Challenge, you are meant to sew for an hour per day, it's a fun way of getting into a little sewing for your children.  I have really enjoyed it so far, although this is all I have finished there are still a few unfinished items, that need attention.

I used the Quick Change Pants pattern from Handmade Beginnings by the talented Anna Maria Horner.  It's a lovely book, which I highly recommend, she explains things quite well and if you look on the Flicka group you will see that the Quick Change pants are very popular.
The pattern is sized from 0-3mth to 18 - 24mth and is perfect for using special scraps of fabric that you just can't give up and really want to showcase.  The really cool thing is that the pants are reversible and if you need to change a top you can just reverse the pants for a co ordinating outfit when you are out and about. My only mod was to use some fold over elastic as I love how easy it is to use.

I had little fun with this pair, one side is a country theme with blue tartan and cute farm animal fabric and the other side is a suave city side, a little bit of a laugh but very cute.  The only thing is that our wee man with only fit this size for five minutes, so I will be sewing another pair very soon.  Which I don't really mind as it is quite fun choosing fabrics.  You should give it a try

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Amy for Kate

In august our much anticipated niece arrived, the very sweet Kate.  Who we are very excited to be meeting at Christmas time.  Her parents aren't big fan's of the traditional pastel baby colours such as pink.  Which I really have to agree with, so I was delighted to find this perfect red in my stash to knit this wee cardi.  I used my special skein of Vintage Purls Max sock yarn which I had been saving.  Vintage Purls Max is wonderful to knit with, and I can't wait to knit something else with it.

I tested the prem size for this gorgeous Tiny Amy Cardi for the very talented Sarah of Sezza Knits. The pattern is very well written has cool techniques, like cabling without a cable needle which I am so very happy to learn as it saves so much time.  It was perfect for the Tobias Cardi which I knitted next.  I love the V neck on this design, which is so practical for babies short wee necks and looks great on older children too.  The big sister design the Amy Cardi is sized from NB to 12yrs so it's a great value pattern. I can't wait for the adult pattern which I hope to test.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Woodland Tee

Introducing the Woodland Tee
My first knitting design, was published last month by Petite Purls

I was inspired by the tall trees of Eastwoodhill Arboretum, New Zealand, to design a practical textured tee and wee owl for endless entertainment hidden in the front pocket. Perfect for distracting your wee one while you lounge around in the shade of a dappled tree on long summer days.

The Woodland tee is a raglan tee worked from the top down in the round with seed stitch and waffle stitch details. The pattern also includes a waffle stitch pocket sewn on with whipstitch or your preferred method, and contains a hand sewn owl softie made from wool felt scraps.

The Woodland tee would knit up nicely in a light dk 8ply or heavy sport weight 5ply wool or wool blend yarn for extra warmth in the cooler seasons.
A few suggested yarns include

Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Dyed Cotton (which the sample was knit from) in the colour Basil
Bella Baby Layette a bamboo wool blend dk

Cascade Ultra Pima  cotton dk
Jodulbug Creations DK 8ply a hand dyed nz yarn
Mosaic Moon Gaia Organic Merino Spot  a hand dyed yarn from the US
Red Riding Hood Yarns "Belle" 8ply Superwash  a hand dyed nz yarn

These are just a few of the many suitable yarns the Woodland Tee, I can't wait to see some more knitted projects.
I'm so excited about this Design, the first of many to come.  I already have another swatched and couple of others in the planning stages.  

Monday, October 1, 2012

It's Blogtober again!!

 It's October again and it's time for a month of daily blog posts, with the annual blogging festival called Blogtober which is hosted by the lovely Kat of the I saw you dancing blog.
So go on, have a look at what everyone is up to, and join in if you feel like it. There are over 230 blogs participating this year, wow so much talent in one place.

And finally here is my finished Griffin test knit by the very talented Tikki of Tikki Knits.
I am just about to cast on for the dress version called Gwendolyn, but I'm still deciding on the perfect yarn :)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Here's Corrin in one of my latest test knits, Tobias.  A very sweet cabled cardi for our wee leprechaun by the very talented Georgie of Tikki Knits. 

I used some gorgeous 'Bark Fairy' 8ply superwash, dyed by the very talented indie dyer Jo of Jodulbug.

Tessa decided she needed to get on the photo action. I'm so glad she did, they look very cute together, these are some my favourite photos of them together.

 Another test knit for Georgie in progress, a Griffin sleeveless hoodie.  I have been knitting this with Mosaic Moon 'Bean Sidhe' and 'Moonlight' semi on BFL Aran, a stunning yarn from Morwenna.  I can't wait to finish this, it's a very clever pattern.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Summer dresses

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get some time in the sewing room uninterrupted, and these are what I created.

Some cute size one Summer dresses, which seems bizarre as we have just had the wettest July in over 20yrs. The above dress is my favourite, which is yours?