My fingers were itching for something new to cast-on yesterday, something that wasn’t yet another hat or pair of longies, but was still quick and reasonably mindless so I could knit and read, and something that wouldn’t require a new yarn purchase but would make use of some of the lovely yarns I already had languishing in my stash. I decided upon using up some of the Madeline Tosh DK in the nectar colourway, and after browsing ravelry for what felt like forever (and driving myself crazy being so indecisive about what sort of project I wanted to start) started on the Langston pattern. It’s a short cropped jacket and will be perfect for Autumn weather for Piper. Yes, totally dreaming of Autumn already… sigh…
See what I mean about the kittens? Wherever my knitting is, there they appear. It’s like magic.
We have been doing a fair bit of painting lately too. For this one, I made up a simple little story about water faeries and sun faeries playing together. Lilly was so proud of hers. I’m not sure what to do with all of the paintings actually. Each one seems so pretty, even as simple as they are, so it seems a shame to just let them sit in a pile. We used one to cover one of Maddy’s books for school but that is about it so far.
And finally, the details of Piper’s sweet birthday crown as promised. It seemed like this crown took forever, what with all of the planning and agonising and freaking out over making it perfectly perfect for her that I was doing. I used hand-dyed 100% wool felt for both the outside and inside, and 100% merino roving for the needle felting and embroidered it with cotton threads.
This is how the front/outside of the crown finished up. Needle felted faeries with floral wreathes in their hair, for imagination and creativity, and because I have always been fascinated by faeries.The flower wreathes were made with french knots, just like the little dots scattered over the sides are too. The sun was because she was born at the height of summer, and we call her our sunshine baby, and sing her “you are my sunshine” all the time. The lower edge is blanket stitch, while I used my machine for the top and sides.
And the inside. The little embroidered “P” is pretty self explanatory. The pink heart, representing my love for her, is needle felted again and surrounded by a border of embroidery stitches. Just a little something for “her”, if that makes sense. Overall I’m really happy with how it all turned out.
Just a bonus shot of my two littlest girls. Love them so much I could burst.
Oh, and, I don’t know who it was, but someone nominated my blog on The Homies at Apartment Therapy here. So, thanks, whoever you are!