Sunday, February 22, 2009

One thing down ...

I have never auctioned anything I made before. I'm so nervous! But it's for a good cause :) I'll make a post when it's up, but I still need to send everything off to TiKKi, who's organising it.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

I need to get my butt into gear! So here's a public accountability post ;)

I have a mei tai, nearly finished, to be auctioned on the Bushfire Appeal store on Ozebaby. It's that darn topstitching - it gets fiddly with the long straps getting in the way.

I also need to finish Alastair's birthday presents before next Monday. I'm making him a Bob the Builder pillowcase, and a doll sling (shortening one of my wraps and using the offcut to make a sling). I've also bought him a Thomas the Tank Engine set to add to his collection, and a Talking Rescue Pack (from Go, Diego, Go!). I can't believe my little boy is going to be three!

Also, my Fetchings are supposed to be part of a Feb Fetchings knit-along, so I need to finish those by next weekend too.

If someone could spirit away my baby and replace her with a sleeping version, I'd be all set! (Please - anyone?)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What to do when you have a freakishly tall 6 year old? Buy them size 8 jeans with an adjustable waist - a great find in excellent condition at the op shop for $2. And when those size 8 jeans are STILL too short? Add cuffs!

Miss Six is quite chuffed with her 'new' jeans! Fabric came from the stash.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

One Fetching down, one to go - well, less than one, since I've knitted about 5 rounds of the second. At least I'll finish in time for winter ;)

The cabling doesn't show up very well due to the different coloured twists in the yarn, but I do really like the self-striping effect, and the knitted fabric feels lovely. It's Paton's Jet, a wool/alpaca blend. I can see myself making more of these anyway, because they're great for using up small amounts of yarn that I have sitting in my stash.

That said, I did stuff up the first cable repeat on the second pair, by holding the cable needle at the back instead of the front on two sections, so that the cables twist in the opposite direction to what they should. Silly me! I think I'll leave it; it adds character.

I finished the gift I'm making for friends expecting a baby:

Two PUL covers (size small), and three snappi-able fitted nappies. They've chosen to mostly use flats for cost reasons, so these nappies will fit over quite a wide size range - I can just fasten that size on Evelyn, but she's big for six and a half months - and fasten with the Snappis/pins from the flats, but just be a bit more fun.

Cute flannelette print inners with snap-in boosters:

Monday, February 9, 2009

Pictures, not many words

I'm knitting my first Fetchings, in fact, my first ever cable project:

Here is last night's baking. Muesli slice and apple & strawberry muffins.

All devoured at playgroup.

Op shop find - a handmade smocked dress for $1.75!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sewing madly

Finally back into the nappy sewing. I made this minky pocket using the Fattycakes pattern, only I stuffed up the cutting and made it narrower through the crotch. I think it looks kind of similar in cut to a Beetlebum! (It certainly wasn't intentional, Mel :)) I had some issues putting the elastic in, but I don't think that's the fault of the pattern, rather my application of the instructions. It's quite different to how I normally do it, though I like the effect.

I've also been sewing away on these ones, which aren't, unfortunately, for Evelyn.

Naughty naughty fabric shopping

... I really shouldn't buy any more!

I got this bag of 6 balls of yarn for $9.95; it's lovely and soft but I'm not sure what it is! There isn't a label. I burnt a little and I think it's wool or mostly wool, but I'm not 100 per cent sure.

It's fuzzy:

I also bought some dupioni silk, 30 per cent off. I'm not sure what to do with it, possibly a ring sling, or the lining for a mei tai. Hmmmmmm.

Snap storage

Resin snaps are a disaster waiting to happen when one has young children. I've heard many a horror story about children upending them everywhere, requiring hours of painstaking sorting.

I'm sure it's not original, but I was very pleased to discover these compartmentalised boxes for $5 each at my local discount variety store.

Problem solved!