Maddy got her very first Pullip doll yesterday. We’ve spent many nights over many months looking at photographs of them online together and she was dreaming of owning her own someday. Little did she know that I already had placed one on order and it arrived from Japan yesterday. Her Pullip couldn’t have arrived at a better time really. With a few friendship issues going on at the moment at school (don’t even ask me about tweenage girls…) and lots of tears lately, I was so happy to be able to brighten up her day yesterday by presenting her with the doll box. Her reaction was priceless. So. Much. Happy.
I mentioned before that I collect asian ball-jointed dolls, and a Pullip doll is in some ways similar. She has ball joints, but she isn’t made of resin. They are a collectors item, but the price-point isn’t as high as my resin dolls. You can customise Pullips too and there is a big Pullip doll community out there too. I love that we can share the “doll” hobby together, and even more so, I can pass on some love and knowledge of photography to her.
Armed with one of my cameras this afternoon, Maddy spent some time setting her Pullip up and taking photographs, testing out different spots and seeing what worked and what didn’t work so well. Seriously makes me beyond happy to have something like this to share with her, to watch her excitement when looking through her own photos and hear about the plans she has for making things for her Pullip. Below are some of Maddy’s photographs!
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Although our babywearing days are not yet over, they are becoming far fewer as Piper declares her independence and wants to walk and run everywhere when given half a chance. I’ve found my wraps are being pushed aside in favour of super quick on and off carriers (our becco has been getting a workout) and sadly I wondered whether our days of wrapping were more or less through with. And then along came Poe, the paxbaby exclusive Kokadi wrap that I only found out about hours before it was set for release. A wrap that was covered in keys? I knew instantly that this wrap had to be our “last wrap”. I thought about the many little keeys babies I have carried close to my heart in carriers. I may even how allowed myself to daydream a little about (far far far!) into the future grandbabies that I hope I will be allowed to snuggle and wrap too. This wrap couldn’t have been any more perfect for us. Somehow, someway, I managed to snatch a Poe wrap up before they all sold out and waited anxiously for it to arrive.
Kokadi did not disappoint with Poe. As usual their wraps are snuggly soft and beautiful immediately, no breaking-in required. The colours – charcoal and light grey – are wonderful and deep and go-with-anything. And the antique key pattern? I am in love. I’ve long been obsessed with antique keys, and of course our last name… so. Like I said. This wrap couldn’t have been any more perfect. The best thing was upon showing Piper, she immediately threw her arms up saying “Thankyou Mama!” and happily came up for a long wrapped snuggle.
So, the “last wrap”. I guess you all know what that means. I haven’t said this anywhere “officially” I suppose, apart from hinting here and there that Piper is our last baby… but, I really really think she is. The last baby, the last wrap. Both of them perfect.
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I always look forward to this beautiful Autumn season, always dream of it weeks (ok months) ahead of time and wish it lasted longer. Even though it is officially Autumn now, it still isn’t quite cool enough and the leaves haven’t really started to turn. I am gearing up for a super productive Autumn and Winter of non-stop knitting and have so many things I want to work through. To get us in the mood for this cooler weather ahead (or lovely spring weather depending on where you are in the world) I have an awesome knitting-related giveaway for you guys today!
Have you guys heard of Craftsy yet? It is an amazing website where you can not only purchase indie patterns like mine, but you can also purchase online classes that you can then watch as many times as you please at your own leisure. They have a huge catalogue of classes available in a whole heap of categories, not just knitting, and new classes are added on a regular basis. I’ve got a bunch on my wish-list and own a few that I need to make the time to finish watching. But the best part? I am hosting a giveaway for one Craftsy knitting or crochet class of your choice! You need to follow this link to enter: Enter to win a Craftsy class!
I think I might take Romi Hill’s New Directions in Lace class next up. I’m still only part-way through Stephen West’s Shawlscapes class, which I am enjoying purely because Stephen is so fun to watch. So I hope you’ll go ahead and enter, and best of luck. Enter to win a Craftsy class!
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Ahhh the very first day of Autumn. My favourite season, the one I dream about and wish could be year-long instead of three far too short months. I can’t wait for crisp mornings, chilly evenings, shorter days and softer sunshine, golden light on turning-leaves… ahh. Already I am dreaming of all of the cold-weather knitting projects I want to tackle (far too many, so not enough hours), wandering down main-street while leaves flutter down from the trees, watching my little girls race each other to try and gather up the biggest handfuls of leaves and so much more.
Autumn just inspires me. Everything about it makes me happy. The colours, the light (oh the glorious light), the textures, the crunch of leaves underfoot, layers of adorable clothing. Everything.
What about you? What season inspires you the most?
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More bunnies and bears. Never ending at the moment. Lucky I enjoy knitting them and seeing them come to “life” once their little faces are embroidered on and finished up. These three are all ready to be popped into the post tomorrow and join their new homes.
I managed to get them completely finished up during Piper’s nap-time today, with her only waking up as I was setting them up to take a photo. She always makes me feel awesome when I knit toys – it’s a constant running commentary of “Oooh Mama, soooo cute!”.
I’ve also been busily knitting up a whole bunch of these adorable tiny hats. I’ve been making these for several years but took a long break when I fell pregnant with Piper up until very recently. These are sweet little mohair pixie hoods for tiny asian ball-joint dolls (a “secret” obsession/hobby of mine).
And this is just one of my bjd modelling one of the hats.
Just a tiny bit of stash enhancement. Some pastel-pretty fuzzy-soft mohair yarns for knitting the above doll-sized pixie hoods. Piper is totally a girl after my own heart giving that yarn a good ol’ squish.
And those socks I mentioned in the last knitting post. I got up to the toe last night and then decided I wanted to rip the whole thing out and chance the design a little bit. Overall I’m pretty happy with how they look but I think the slight change I want to make to my pattern will make them even prettier. So, ripping back is tonight’s plan. I could just finish the one sock I guess since it’s practically finished already and then make the second one different… but, nah.
And finally I have a fun little giveaway for you guys! She Makes Hats is a new book by knitter and blogger Robyn Devine.
She Makes Hats is one woman’s story of ﬁnding meaning, purpose, and passion by way of an old-fashioned yet rediscovered craft. With a push from a friend, Robyn Devine, a thirty-something wife and mother, moved past her apprehension and began expressing herself through texture, color, and design, turning knitting into her hobby, her meditation, and a functional product that helps people all around the world.
I have one digital copy to give away to one of you guys! Excitement. I’m only part-way through my copy of the book since I haven’t had much reading-time lately but it’s been an enjoyable and interesting read so far. I am always fascinated by other knitter’s stories (why they knit, what they knit, etc, it can be so vastly different and personal). This book is not a book of patterns but I am confident you will enjoy it. Maybe with a nice hot mug of coffee and some knitting in your lap? Enter below.
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Nothing to say, really. I’m just struggling lately to lift myself out of this depression, stop myself completely giving in to the crazy and getting lost in the darkness. I want to be happy.
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A little basket full of bits and pieces of Briar Bunnies awaiting their little faces and seaming together. I’ve been super busy with commissioned orders lately so I haven’t really had a chance to knit much order than bunnies and bears, although I have been filling up my notebooks with sketches and ideas for future patterns and my mind is reeling with possibilities. I feel like I can never catch up with everything I want to design. I have too many ideas and too little time and I overwhelm myself and end up getting nothing done at all. Summer is coming to an end in just a few short weeks and of course I’m already dreaming of cooler Autumn days and snuggling up with a coffee and some knitting.
See my little bread tags hanging off the sides of the body pieces? I have to leave a long length of yarn for seaming the bunnies (or bears!) up, and I wind my yarn around the bread tags to keep it out of the way and in order. They also make a decent marker for the start of a round if you have them wound up close enough. In my household we always have oodles of bread tags floating around so I never run out.
And then there is this. I couldn’t help myself, I just had to cast on another pair of socks. This is the very tiny start of a pattern I’m working on. The yarn is the delicious Dream in Color Smooshy in the milky spite colour. Although I’m barely into it, I’m already loving the way it’s knitting up.
Not knitting related, but sharing these last two photos anyway
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Of all the arty and crafty things we do, the little girls love to paint the most. Watercolour is our favourite medium since it’s so easy for them to create something beautiful. Just two colours can make such loveliness on the paper as the paints blend and bleed together and new colours emerge.
Zoe is at the stage where she will happily make up a story about her painting, or what she is painting, as she goes along. Today she was painting “Curly Nanna’s house on a mountain”. Piper just loves to get right into it and put as much colour on the paper as she can, while telling me which colours she is using.
We did a few paintings today, and with one of them I tried to get them interested in crayon-resist watercolour again. I wrote down their names and then asked them to draw whatever they liked before they painted over the top. Neither of them were too fussed about it still, although Zoe did seem a little more interested in it than she has been previously and added a few extra bits and pieces to her page (like a “happy sun smiling at me”) to paint over. We’re also practicing her name at the moment. She has been able to write it for awhile, but we need to neaten it up a bit I think .
Speaking of watercolour, my friend Gabby is an amazing artist who works with watercolour and on Piper’s birthday she created this stunning piece for us. It is based on an instagram shot I took of Piper (taken at the same time as these photos). I am in love with it and am planning on having it printed for my wall. I haven’t decided whether to get it printed on canvas or just to have it framed.. either way I can’t wait to see it up on the wall.
Unfortunately the small size can’t capture how absolutely stunning it really is.. I am lucky enough to have several pieces of Gabby’s art from over the years (we met back in my dA days) and each one is still really special to me. I think this one just might be my most favourite though, thank you so much Gabby!
What about you guys? Do you paint or do arts with your kids? What’s their favourite?
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I am definitely on a sock kick when it comes to knitting right now. There is just something sooo satisfying about knitting a pair of socks. I don’t know what it is. The yarn is always fun (and easy to justify buying since it’s “just one skein”), there are endless beautiful patterns to try, it’s a deceptively small project, and so much more. These socks are the “Herbology Socks” by Rachel Coopy from the Unofficial Harry Potter Knits magazine. I managed to get my hands on a copy of the magazine and I would definitely recommend it! Full of beautiful patterns and of course, Harry Potter. Enough said.
I knit mine with malabrigo sock, but I unfortunately misplaced the tag so I can’t say what colourway it was. I’ll just call it pretty. The pattern was a fun knit. Just the right level of challenge to keep my brain from going to sleep, but not challenging enough that I needed to refer to the pattern too often. They worked up pretty quickly too and I’m really pleased with the way they turned out. Now I just need some cold weather so I can wear them. Come on Autumn, you’re only a month away now!
I’ve also been knitting up a bunch of commissioned orders. The above two sweet and girly brambles bears, and a briar bunny that I forgot to photograph before shipping her. I’m still working on some more orders which is admittedly taking up most of my knitting time right now, but I’m still trying to slip a little “for me” stuff in there too.
And finally, I’ve been doing a little stash enhancement. I’ve never tried Dream in Color smooshy yarn before and I’ve been wanting to for literally years. I think I first heard about it on the now waaaay defunct Lime n Violet podcast. Anyway, I bought my very first skein and I cannot wait to knit it up. So pretty! The colourway names for all of their yarns are so fun it’s hard to pick based on just colourways alone. I kind of wanted to get some of the colours just because of the names. This one is called “milky spite”.
Some delicious Madeline Tosh DK yarn in the calligraphy colourway. I actually can’t even remember what I ordered this for. I know I had a plan for it when I bought it, but it’s been about a month since I put the order in and now I have no idea. I have a very vague recollection that I was planning on designing another cowl or a little shawl with it… maybe? but who knows. Oh well, having excess tosh yarn sitting around is never a bad thing.
And finally, the prettiest of pretties, four yummy skeins of Madeline Tosh sock. Because obviously you can never ever have enough sock yarn.
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