Sunday, December 14, 2008


Today I stayedd in my pj's, didn't shower, nor do my hair or even wash my face.

Today i was a slightly neglectful mother, pretending not to notice those little hands dipping into the cookie jar a few times too many, or the little boy who ate all the icing of his dad's finger bun. Hmmm, actually maybe i'm not too neglectful since i made cookies and pink & blue playdough with the little tikes this morning. Lets just say i was neglectful from 10am!

I spent the day making this for a friends little girl.

Getting my boy to model this for me cost me the promise of a treat tomorrow. It just looked so wrong on him. Must be the boyish frame or the way he stands or something!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

On the needles

Yet more longies for H(8mths)... These are for next winter, so will leave legs on stitch holders until closer to the time.

The brown wool is 'woolganic' (ahhhh) and the colourful one is my hand dyed 'boutique' wool from BWM.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Shorties finished!

Made from my home dyed wool (bendigo).
I'm really pleased with them. Already cast on another pair! I'm always insanely happy when i finish a project, hence the zillion different photos from every angle! I can't even begin to tell you of the half finished long since abandoned projects in my cupboard. Have slightly cheated, elastic is in the waistband, but not sewn in yet, so that's why it may look a little funky. Next time i'm going to make sure i watch a youtube video on short rows, to avoid getting the little holes.

Jenny's 'pimp my longies' pattern again!

sans baby

standing shot

laying down shot... hehehe

close up shot

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Our day at the beach

What a day. So exhausted. Taking 3 kids and all their changes of clothes and drinks and nappies etc is full on. I felt like a pack mule. The kids had a real blast. They played in the fountains, splashed in the surf, scored a pony ride and an icecream.

C3's first pony ride. Nana got a great photo of the kids sitting on the camel.

It's the easy life for some eh Mr H?!

The big kids with their dad

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More wool dyeing

Here's my latest efforts. I'm thinking a pair of longies for next winter and a matching hat. I might stripe it with blue just so it's not so in your face! It was originally pearl coloured 'boutique' yarn (65% Wool, 25% Bluefaced Leicester Wool, 10% Mohair: An exotic blend of Wool, Mohair and Bluefaced Leicester. Bluefaced Leicester Wool is renown for the lustre of fine, long fleece) from
Really soft and lovely. Can't wait to see what it knits up like. I have two other projects on the go at the moment so i'll have to be patient!

Friday, November 14, 2008

YAY dress is finished!

It was so nice knitting something girly, i think it will really suit baby C.

picot hem. Would have liked to have hemmed the dress in the same wool as the bodice, but i ran out and no chance of dyeing more exactly the same. Not for this novice dyer anyway!

recycled buttons, you can see my wee mistake in this close up. Wool (bodice only) was dyed with wilton cake dyes, the skirt is cleckheaton.

trying to be arty farty! It seems the 'thing' to take pics of your knitting hanging in trees!

Mum decided to get in on the crafty act, and made these for the kids.

On the needles at the moment... A winter hoodie for Hamish. I think i'll have another rainbow dress on the go at the same time, or else i get bored. Busy fingers!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Wool dyeing session

I'm so happy with today's efforts! The sorta purpley bits were suppose to be black, not quite sure what happened there, but pleased none the less.

Not so sure about this wee number (this was down last week)... I think i'll use it striped in a hat or something.

Got some more outside drying. Addictive stuff this!

Drool with me

I made a trip to spotlight today. Was only meant to get one measly ball of wool...
yeah right!

and this is what it's for (without the pants - blurgh!)

Fabric has been hidden away in the cupboard, away from my darling husbands eyes.
I am very naughty and am putting myself on a fabric buying ban until i get some projects completed!
The same goes for wool.
Today the scales gave me a nice surprise, the lowest weight i've been in a while (77.7kg). I felt so inspired i opted for sushi for lunch when mum and C3 had maccas (stolen chips don't count right?)
Plans for tomorrow. Wool dyeing with T, and some fabric cutting. Squee.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Tikki rainbow dress

Frustration is....

running out of wool with only a teensy weensy bit to go.
ahh well, just an excuse for another trip to spotlight!
This is for my friends wee girl for next winter. I just had an urge to knit something girly.
I'm planning on finishing it with a picot hem and embellishing it with some buttons or a knitted/crochet flower of some description.

I've enjoyed knitting this and will do one for 'L' next ;-). Not until my stitch markers arrive though! Using waste yarn is a pita!

Pattern can be found here

btw, the 'skirt' colour is a much richer purple, looks a little flat on my screen.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Some sewing and photos of my little men!

the boys (i think this car will soon cause fights!)

sporting a new nappy we got today... ssssh don't tell daddy!


I made this top and dress for a secret swap. Now they have been received i can show them!

size 2, swing top - great for toddler tummies!

my poor son modelling the dress. He's 6mths and it's a size 12mths. I wasn't happy with how the sleeves turned out nor the fastening at the back. I so need to learn the button hole function on my sewing machine! It was my first time using bias binding too. ugh!

Monday, September 22, 2008

My wee Sportacus fan

He's so gorgeous.
He wore this to kindergym and to the supermarket with his Dad. Awwww.
Now to find Missy Madam a 'Stephanie' dress up. Am not having much luck!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I think i'll leave it to the professionals!

So tonight after bath time, i tried to take some pictures of the kids. It quickly descended into chaos!

Pic 1 - C3 looks a bit goofy! Big thumbs up to H5mths, looking at the camera oozing cuteness.

Pic 2 - C3 tilts his head back so it's a good shot up his nostrils.

Pic 3 - H5mths starting to look concerned...

Pic 4 - Now here's one for the grandparents! It was at this point i gave up.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Baby on my back.

Baby H(5mths) on my back in the mei tai.
He giggled when i put him up there (freaking out the husband when i superman'd him over my shoulder!) I watched a 'how to' video on you tube. Still, it's one thing to do it bending over your bed, and another to try it on the street!
Only bummer is that i'm not flexible enough to get the dummy to him, and it is inevitable that he will up-chuck down my back. I guess it'll make a change from between my boobs!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Some mothers do have 'em

I5 drew this lovely picture for me last week.
It's of our cat Poppy doing a wee.

I use to get rainbows and flowers...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New hat for H

Here's a wee hat I did for H(4.5mths) using shepherd colour-4-me and my hand dyed wool.
I used the 'how to knit a basic hat' pattern off The nappy network. I'm not sure if the rolled edge is a very manly look though?

This is what happens when you try to take a photo of a baby in a bouncy chair!


Have just received my parcel of wool from BWM and have ordered a 12 pack of cake dyes off ebay. Stay tuned!

Monday, August 11, 2008

H's longies - finished!

Hooray! My first 'in the round' project! Well the first one to actually work out! I did short rows and a gusset even.

I'm rather pleased with them if i do say so myself.

In this last pic, he's decked out top to toe in my knitting.

Now i'm working on a hat using my home dyed yarn. It's like i have to constantly knit these days. The house is a total pigsty because of it!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

So proud!

I5 comes home from school on Friday. I ask if anything exciting or interesting happened.

"I bought a cookie from the canteen at lunchtime" she says.

Just before bedtime, she comes out with this...

It's a bit hard to read, but it's a special award handed out by the school principal at assembly for "having a go at story writing".

Thursday, August 7, 2008

On the needles and scrummy fabric

Here's what i have on the needles currently.

This is my first project on circs (well the first one that has worked out!) and is such a great pattern for a beginner. I used Jenny's pattern (pimp my longies).

And here's some beautiful Amy Butler fabric i ordered off ebay. Can't wait to get it. It's so pretty!