What else to do on a rainy, sad afternoon than spend a little time sewing up something cute for Piper? Everyone else in the family is sick, so things around here have been pretty miserable lately and today’s dull and dreary weather just added to the blah moods. Since I still had my sewing machine out and ready for when inspiration struck, I decided to have a go at making a couple of these headbands following a Create Kids Couture tutorial.
The first one I made ended up being too small, but the second one turned out perfectly. I just fiddled with the sizing on the tutorial template a bit until it worked. I had planned on making a bunch but in the end I ran out of thread! And of course living in this small town all of the stores shut early on the weekend so I couldn’t duck out to grab some more. Maybe tomorrow, since I’m definitely feeling the sewing bug right now.
My little model was extremely reluctant this afternoon, so we ended up facetiming Best Bec Ever and suddenly her whole mood changed. I love it. She went from wanting nothing to do with my camera to giggling her head off while talking to her Bec (and none too subtly asking her to come and visit again).
I used scrap fabric to match one of the little dresses I made for Piper last year. This year the dress is the perfect length for a top.
Cheeky monkey in the window.
I am totally in the mood to sew ALL THE THINGS right now. I hope this doesn’t mean I lose my knitting mojo though…
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Recently I was super excited to be invited to join the blog hop for my friend Katarina’s beautiful new fabric line “Indelible” by Art Gallery Fabrics. With Spring just around the corner, I felt like today was the perfect day to dust off my sewing machine and get started on some cute outfits for the girls.
I am in love with these fabric designs by Kat. The patterns all go together so beautifully! My favourite print is the Doiland Gloss Silver, which I used for the upper portion of Piper’s top. Katarina has been one of my sewing inspirations for the longest time and you have no idea how exciting it is to be using her fabrics to sew with. We first “met” when Madison was only three or four, and Katarina was designing boutique outfits for little girls. We collaborated a few times – Katarina would create an outfit, and I would photograph it – so it’s really fun for me to be able to collaborate with her in this way too.
I used the Katie top pattern by Brownie Goose. Such a great little design. It makes for the perfect top for hot summer days and I’ll be popping her in a long sleeved shirt underneath until the weather warms up some more. It has juuuust enough twirl factor too for my super girly girl Piper to be happy.
Seriously loving the colours in this collection!
Dreaming of warmer days… just around the corner… I’m sure I can feel Spring in the air.
I can’t wait to get started on some more sewing projects. I go through stages where I am super inspired to sew, and then I completely lose the mojo for months, and then all I want to do is sew again!
Check out more of the inspiring projects from the Indelible Blog Hop over at Katarina’s blog.
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I’m excited to share my latest knitting pattern release with you all. Dollface is an adorable wrap-around and tie-up retro inspired bow headband. This is a great pattern for beginners as it only requires increases and decreases for it’s shape, and the worsted weight yarn makes it a quick and satisfying knit. You could make a whole bunch in different colours in no time, one to go with every outfit.
The cream version is knit with Kidsilk Aura and gives you a fuzzy-soft and floppy headband, while the bright pink version is knit with malabrigo, making for a warmer and squishier headband.
I might be biased of course, but I think these headbands are a seriously cute way to warm up little heads this winter. The bands are wide and can cover the ears for extra warmth on those chilly days. Zoe hasn’t wanted to take hers off and my girls get compliments on them every time we go out.
The Dollface headband pattern includes sizes from newborn right up through to average adult.
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Today was Book Day at school, a day to celebrate and encourage the love of reading, and all of the younger primary grades get to dress up in costume as their favourite book character. Our whole family are a bunch of HP geeks and I was not-so-secretly thrilled when after much deliberation of which character she wanted to be (“all of my friends are going to be Elsa!”), Lilly decided upon Hermione.
My little Hermione stood out beautifully in a sea of princess dresses and superheros. I was more than a little proud to overhear her explaining to her friends exactly who Hermione was. I was super happy to see a few little Harry’s running around school too! There is hope yet.
I love that Lilly chose Hermione because I think that Hermione is a great role-model for young girls to have. I love that she is always trying to gain more knowledge and doesn’t believe that to be successful that you have to be the prettiest one, but that it’s what’s inside that matters the most. She is brave and clever and doesn’t apologise for being herself. Those are just a very few of the many things that I hope all of my girls take from her character; that the most important thing is to be you, and everything else will work out.
Lilly has only recently begun reading the series, but she already knows allll about them thanks to the older kids (and we’ve allowed the younger kids to watch the first movie, too – our rule is before you watch the movie, you must read the book, which is great motivation when you don’t want to miss out). Isaiah spent ages teaching Lilly the correct pronunciation of various “spells” (so. cute.) and telling her other bits and pieces of Very Important Harry Potter details in preparation for Book day. Isaiah has nearly finished reading The Half Blood Prince (that kid reads at an insane pace, he’s chewed through books 2 – 6 in the last three weeks) so he knows All The Things about the Wizarding World.
I absolutely love, love reading, and to have children who also love to read is one of my favourite things. It is wonderful to be able to watch them read books and see them filled with awe and wonder, as they come to me and tell me of all the amazing things they have just experienced in the book they were reading. There is nothing sweeter than the excitement of reading an amazing book, and I hope they always enjoy reading as much as they do now.
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I have no words lately. Nothing is right.
Like always I try to juxtapose the dark and the light. Happy, sad. Beautiful, ugly.
This place has fascinated me for so many years. I see the beauty in the overgrown, the tumbled down, the broken and crumbled and lost and forgotten.
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Oh my gosh, I’ve been ridiculously slack keeping up with taking photos and documenting everything that I have been knitting lately. Really, there has been a tonnnn of knitting going on, but not much photo-taking (I’ve been a little burnt out, uninspired, etc, whatever..) so a whole bunch of stuff I don’t even have anymore to show you. I’ve made fingerless mitts for a friend, bunnies and bears, gifts for family, and yet.. I only have a few things to show off. Ah well.
First up is this gorgeous hat for my Papa. He asked me to knit him a hat to wear on his chilly morning walks, and I was so excited and honoured to be asked to do so. My Papa is a fantastic knitter himself, and I have many many fond memories of he and my Nan sitting side by side, working on their knitting. I have a photograph of them together, sitting just like that, and it’s one of my favourites even to this day.
I settled on the Honegart pattern by Stephen West (and may have sparked a slight obsession, shall we say, with all things westknits) with it’s snuggly earflaps and lovely squishy allover cables. Papa wanted it to be blue, and after deliberating over yarn choices for a long long time, I decided on cascade 220 heathers in “Summer Night”. I’m super happy with the yarn and the colour. It worked perfectly for this pattern. The cables show up beautifully and the heathered flecks throughout give it extra depth and interest. The pattern itself was a dream to knit. Really easy and reasonably quick to knit too. It’s big and loose on me, so hopefully it should fit my Papa perfectly.
This is also the first time I’ve ever put a crochet edge on a knitted piece. I cannot crochet at all, no matter how many times I’ve tried to teach myself, so I was a bit nervous about attempting the crochet edging. However to my surprise it was ridiculously easy and now I want to add crochet to everything.
(I may also ever so slightly want to make another one in my size…)
And what’s this? A new sock knitting bag! I got the bug the other night to get out my sewing machine again finally and whipped this up quickly.
And socks. Cause, well, do I even need a reason? Always socks. These are for my lovely Bec, and I am knitting myself a matching pair too. Pretty much a basic vanilla sock with stripes just to break up the monotony. I’m using absolutely stunning (and sparkly!!) Countess Ablaze yarn in the Fake Your Death colourway (love! we both looove MCR so this is the perfect sock yarn for our bff socks), and the creamy-white cuffs, heel and stripes are schoppel wolle admiral sock. These are knitting up sloooowly, and I think it’s partly because Bec has feet two sizes bigger than mine, and because they’re plain. My brain gets bored. But at the same time, my brain enjoys switching off too.
And last but not least, something for me. This is the Light and Up shawl knit with zauberball sock. I absolutely love the way it came out. The yarn, I think, I love a little bit more than the pattern. The long colour repeats in zauberball definitely give the shawl it’s “pop” but I also love the way the shawl wraps around with the long dangling points. It’s perfect for throwing on as I rush out the door (I’m always in a rush it seems) and it squishes down super tiny to fit into a bag too. The Light and Up pattern was kind of meditative to knit actually. I started knitting it when I was feeling extremely stressed and upset, and it really helped my mind relax and unwind.
And that sadly is all I have to share for now! What about you? What have you been knitting lately?
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Five years old today! Oh man. It honestly feels like it was such a short time ago that this little sweetie came into our lives. Hard to believe that at the start of next year she’ll be starting kindy! I asked Zoe some questions about her favourite things today…
Favourite colour: Pink!
Favourite food: Vegemite. Just vegemite. Maybe on sandwiches.
Favourite animal: Polar bears and fish.
Favourite things to do: Playing with horses and dolls and drawing with Lilly.
Favourite drink: Orange juice or water.
When grown-up she wants to: I want to wear jammies that have hello kitty on them and make movies.
What’s your full name?: Zoe… ummm…. it starts with a Zed-zed-zed. I don’t even know the rest!
Favourite place to go?: To the coffee shop with that rabbit on the sign or Craaaaave that is near Nanna’s house.
Her favourite presents. “These are my babies did you know Mum?”
Make a birthday wish
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Happy World Wide Knit in Public Day! Well, technically speaking, it’s really world wide knit in public week, since this is now a week-long event. Haven’t heard of WWKIPday before? Check out the official WWKIPday facebook page for more info. You can even find whole group events local to you if you’re lucky and enjoy the company of others knitters (or crocheters, spinners, weavers, or maybe people who just like to buy yarn… you know who you are!) while bringing attention to our lovely fibrecrafts.
I knit in the misting rain at the look out for a little while. The view was stunning with low clouds drifting over the mountains behind us. I was knitting on the light and up shawl. This pattern goes so quickly and is so simple to knit. Very calming for my mind. I’m nearly finished it now.
Piper wanted to have a go too. “Me doing my knitting Mama!”. Cuteness. I may just have to get her some of her own chunky needles and yarn to play with. Not that I expect her to knit, but just the experience of holding the yarn and needles, pretending, is joyful.
Couldn’t resist taking a photograph of her perched up there in that lovely spot, hidden out of the rain. So beautiful. And of course, her bunny came with us.
My little helper. She was holding my yarn for me so it didn’t get wet. Such a lovely yarn too. Zauberball sock. I am in love with the long colour repeats.
Then we moved on a much warmer and cozier spot, my favourite local coffee shop, for a little more knitting and latte drinking.
Did you knit in public today? Will you knit in public this week?
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Everything seems so very quiet and mysterious when the first thing you see outside of your window in the morning is thick blankets of fog. It’s the kind of morning that makes you want to burrow back under the warmth of the covers and enjoy the calm. Instead, I managed to get Piper dressed and ready in record time, dropped the big kids to school, and took a quick drive into town with my camera in tow. Funny how quickly fog disperses once the sun starts to come out. On the drive there you could barely see a few meters down the road, but as I was parking my car, the fog was already slowly lifting.
Her darling briar bunny had to come too, of course.
Piper loves to collect leaves wherever we go. Fortunately there are still plenty of leaves on the ground, even if they are mainly dried out and crunchy-brown now.
Intrigued by the little sparkles of dew clinging to some long blades of grass. I don’t blame her at all, even at my grown-up age I still find dewdrops to be mesmerising.
Once the sun really started to break through the clouds the fog, sadly, seemed to disappear almost immediately. One moment we were wrapped in soft grey, the next sunshine was streaming down and we were playing with our shadows.
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Autumn has passed me by in a blur and suddenly I find that it is the very first day of Winter. Truthfully, Autumn this year was a bit disappointing. It stayed warm and mild all season except for one very chilly weekend, and even the leaves this year seemed dull in comparison to years previous. Today is wonderfully dark and moody though, rain has been falling steadily, and it is perfectly perfect first day of Winter season weather.
Perfect weather in fact for snuggling under the covers. Or reading and knitting in bed with a steaming hot mug of coffee. Or you know, wandering around the street in your pjs because your daughter looks so cute and you just have to take some photos but your pjs are too comfy to want to get changed.
That smile. She kills me with cuteness.
Rainy days are my favourite.
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