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Oh I’ve been just so so bold. I’ve gone and left you for weeks and weeks. I don’t know what came over me, you know when you just get so overwhelmed with things that some things you let slide. Well, unfortunately I let blogging slip. Woopsie. But on the bright side I feel fresh as a daisy and ready to get right back to it.

So what exactly have I been up to while away from here? Have you seen on Instagram and Twitter? I’m loving taking quick snaps of my day. Like this one above from when I went and had a little undocumented holiday (I love than the old fashioned propellers on the plane and the style of the photo makes it look like it’s from the golden age of air travel). Are you on instagram? Let me know.


My Christmas Gift Knitting

Well now that Chritmas is all done and all the presents are unwrapped I can finally show you exactly what I was frantically doing in the run up to the big day. Continuing on my tradition of a crafted christmas and trying to keep the occasion as stress free as possible (ha! that never works out!), I only undertook two knitted projects to gift this season. One for a little baby, my neice, and the other was a small gift for another family member. Both patterns were very simple (I was really trying to keep to this stress free notion), and didn’t use a great deal of wool.The first gift was this lovely sandinavian cardi – Plain Vest by Pickles. What convinced me to make this cardigan is the cuteness of the toddler modeling it. She reminds me a little of myself when I was the same age. Especially her little ponytail. I’m am also a big fan of Pickles. I love their patterns (they give loads away as freebies and sell some too) and their unusual yarns in the most beautiful shades. If you don’t know them check them out. This pattern is actually free for the 1 year old size. And is is so simple. You knit it in one piece, knitting with two skeins at the same time, and it would be great for beginners. I loosened the neck a little more than the pattern said too but other than that I keep to the pattern. If I were to knit it again, I might move the buttons closer together. But all in all, I can’t wait to see it modeled on its recipient. And the second knit was one of my patterns (available free here) – a slouchy hat knit with the nicest chunky grey yarn (I was sorely tempted to keep this for myself). This hat knits up in no time at all and only used just over one 100g ball but I completely left it to the last minute. 30 minutes before I left for the airport I was still tying in loose ends. Next year, I promise to get my Christmas knitting sorted by October (what are the chances?)

I hope my creations have gone to a good home and are going to be loved and looked after. Maybe in 2012 I’ll knit something for myself? Hmm. I’m off to indulge in one too many mince pies and a enough wine to make my cheeks rosy. Throw in a new knitting project and I would be in heaven. Happy Christmas everyone!

Baby Knits

Well I promised it and here it is – my knitting project that I undertook during my month (which actually turned out to be much more than a month) without baking. I just needed something little to start me back into the knitting season (does anyone knit through Summer really?), and luckily all my friends seem to be having babies. It is definitely baby season in this part of the world! And it is always nice to give a little gift but as I am both cash and time poor, it has to be a very small gift. Luckily these booties fit the bill. They only use ends of other balls of wool and take only a night to whip up (minus the making up. Bah! I HATE making up). So to add to the rush of babies here, no one seems to be finding out the sex. So I am left with the dilemma of what non-gender specific colors I should knit up. No pinks or blues here. But I think the green actually worked out rather well. They are quite cute, if I do say so myself.

If you fancy giving them ago, you can get the pattern for free (yippee). It’s the Baby Bootie Pattern by Saartje Knits. There are plenty of step by step photos to help you if you’re feeling nervous about taking them on. I’d say give them a go. I think I may even knit up a few pairs in preparations for what is only going to be more and more babies (oh, am I getting that old…?)

Gifting your Knits

Just a quick one today for you knitters. I love to knit and love to gift my knits. But recently, having taken up knitting for children and babies (where things will be washed frequently), I realised that the recipients of my gifts may not know how best to look after them.

Therefore it’s really important if you gift something you knitted specially (spent money and lots of time on) that you give the recipient the necessary information to take as much care of it as possible. I now always try to attach a little gift tag, with the special washing are care instructions. You can handwrite it, but for a more professional look, why not download this free washing care font? Then all you have to do is type out your care label and print it out. You could even print straight onto fabric and sew your tag into your gift.

All Sewn Up

My baby kimono is now all sewn up! At last! It is only a simple and easy little knit but it sat around waiting for me to sew up for a very long time. Hopefully I’m not the only one who will do anything to avoid sewing up? Anyway, there wasn’t much to it, just sewing up the sides and sleeves and adding a pop button and a false heart shaped button to the front. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it. It’s just to cute and miniature sized. Now on with the rest of my baby knitting which is being neglected terribly.

Knitting in Minature

Time for more baby knitting. Actually, I’m sort of getting bored of it now. I want to knit something for me! Ah no, once I see it all coming together it will be great. I was in John Lewis the other day and I picked up this really lovely wool and this cute pattern. Ignore the stripey hoodie, I don’t like that at all but look up to the left corner, how cute it the red hoodie? And red is perfect for both a boy or girl right? I hate all these pastels that kids get. It’s time to be bright and bold with colour when you’re a kid.

I’m itching to start, I’ll keep you up to date, promise.



Baby Kimono

I’ve got  a new project…. and some good news. Mr. A. and I are going to welcome our first neice/nephew to the family in September. How exciting?! So finally I get to knit baby stuff! I mean knitted items are cute when they are full sized but shrink them down to miniature and they are downright adorable. So taking the opportunity to repurpose the wool from my failed legwarmers I’ve taken on my first baby cardigan challenge. I found this lovely baby kimono pattern by Debbie Bliss free – ace! And so I got knitting.

It’s such a simple pattern, I would recommend it for anyone who is a bit daunted by the though of knitting a cardi. The pattern directions are mostly spot on (just keep an eye out when you do that second sleeve and cast off on the correct side). And together with a soft brown flecked wool I hope it suits a new born (bog/girl we’re not getting to find out. Makes things a bit more of a challenge). I still have some knitting to go, and then making up. I’m on the look out for a cute feature button for it. Can’t wait.

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