Thursday, 25 August 2011

Hat Trick

Nanny Daphodill strikes again....

This was another free pattern found on Ravelry and also available here. I love how generous people are!

As for me??
There's still more khaki chunky left! Sooo....a hat for the Hubby I think.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

'Easy Knit' Chunky Duffel Coat

I am completely and utterly proud of myself with this one, and that is a rare occurrence let me tell you.  (I am my own worst enemy) 
This gorgeous pattern was so easy to knit that it almost knit itself.  As I am still new to knitting I have found the "easy knit" button on Sirdar patterns extremely useful as I know it should be something I can achieve without pulling my hair out.

This is the first chunky that I have knitted and am amazed at how quickly it came together. This is entirely knit in garter stitch which makes it an ideal first time project.  I was a bit confused at the hood but that was a case of not having seen those instructions before rather than it being difficult to do.

And Bonus there was enough wool left over for the slightly more advanced Nanny Daphodill to knit this beauty

Which was a free download at Ravelry
And there is still more left! Happy Days!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Attempting A Simple Dress....

I have been attempting to learn to sew (amongst other things) and with the help of my very patient Aunt I am also learning the correct way of doing things - For example, I found myself ironing pattern pieces last night, which sounds far too much like housework for my liking.
Despite this I have all my fabric cut out, shoulder seams stitched and pressed open and the skirt mostly assembled.  Before I can do much more I need to get some interfacing but I am happy with the way it is looking so far.
Long Suffering Sewing Machine finally being used

Apparently you need a tidy and organized work space....

....hmmm well I may need a little work on that.

The pattern on the left is the one I am attempting in this gorgeous fabric...

...Chosen by madam herself! Very good taste!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Sock Animals: Unicorn

After the sock animal Zebra was such a hit, we made madam a sock unicorn, working along the same lines.  As for the button and sock choice, that is all down to her. At 4 years old pink and purple are always nearby.

Sock animals have gone down very well in our household.  Although there isn't a huge amount that the kids can do, they really enjoy watching a pair of socks turn into a cuddly toy.  

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Simply Homemade

I don't normally buy magazines and I must admit I saw the freebie first rather than the magazine...

Although this is not the most exciting of things it is a crafters ruler, which aren't cheap and as I have recently shown an interest in quilting, this would be particularly useful...then I saw the magazine...

This is only the 7th issue, but it is a brilliant idea, it has a section for jewellery making, paper crafts, knitting and sewing! What's not to love??? Hopefully my anti-biotics will kick in soon and I might even be up to making some of the lovely ideas rather than just looking at them...

Cushion Covers

With some material that has been sitting in my stash for ages, we finally have some new cushion covers...


Sunday, 7 August 2011

Knitted Teddies...

Knitted teddies made by Ma-in-law ...
Yesterday she missed a family wedding in Great Yarmouth due to being here to help me, but she helped my kids make an extra special present to send down.
They knitted and sewed to create these beauties:

The Bride and Groom

Handsome Groom

Blushing Bride

Showing off her garter 

Nanny Daphodill(MIL) found my Knitted Teddy Book while I was in hospital and hasn't stopped since. After finishing off the bride and groom she set to work on two for my little monsters...

Hand in Hand

Emillie the sweetiepie teddy

J the cool dude teddy
Needless to say these have been much appreciated and now must be taken everywhere - Thank You Nanny Daphodill!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Sock Zebra

A busy afternoon was had by all yesterday as we all pitched in to make this beauty.

Sock Zebra

Sock Zebra

Sock Zebra

Sock Zebra

This was a kit sent up by Nanny Daphodill a month or so back that has been sat on our pile of stuff do to.  Well since it is the summer hols here and we have the extra helping hands of Nanny Daphodill herself for a few weeks we set to work.  Both the kids thoroughly enjoyed stuffing the various parts and are now out to buy some new socks to make my little madam a sock unicorn ( there will be pictures to follow )  
We have kept the instructions as really all you need is a pair of socks and some buttons as I always have an abundance of needles and thread.

If wanted I will happily do a tutorial for this if people out there want it.

Thank You

Due to a bad bout of “we-don’t-know-what-the-heck-is-wrong-with-you-and-causing-all-this-pain-itus” I have not really been myself, however thanks are due as I have officially ran out of vases which is enough to cheer any girl up.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


In the midst of moving to the other side of the country I have been studying with the OU for the second year recently towards (hopefully) a degree in Psychology.   Exploring Psychology (DSE212) is the first level 2 course on my agenda and although it has been very interesting it is a lot harder than anything I have done before and after a very unnerving exam a few months ago ..... I passed! Wahoo! Good luck to any other DSE212'ers out there with the results and with the rest of your studies.