So can't show you the coat I made for Molly from a really old knitting pattern I have. It's on flickr though (hope the link is right). Made that on Thursday.
So much has happened since the last blog, besides making coats.
Thursday was the first day the first panel meeting for Sherry's quilting magazine. It was a really cool experience and it was great to meet like-minded people. I'm not sure what I can offer the the panel though. Everyone else does lots of patchwork and quilting and know all the techniques and when events are on. They even know all the other quilters in Ireland, on a first name basis. So to be honest I hadn't a clue what they were talking about most of the time. The only reason I was chosen to be there is 'cause I'm not a member of the Irish Patchwork Society and I was a bit younger (I don't think I was that younger than some of the ladies there though, I think I just looked younger). It was really good to see what is needed when submitting patterns though.
And that lead to me having the courage to actually sit down and right a pattern on Friday during the day. Haven't sent it on to Sherry yet. I'm sure it's absolute muck but at least its a start. I think my patterns will generally be used for children's corner anyway as they are very simple.
The extremely bad news from Thursday is that I rear-ended someone in the car on my way to the meeting. In stop-start traffic and all so it wasn't bad damage but it was extrememly stupid. How do you hit someone when you're not even really moving?
And that lead to me being quite upset when I got home and had to explain to C that I had damaged his car. And more hysterical crying on Friday after C had talked to the guy I hit about the insurance, etc., as he started saying his neck was sore. So I'm now worried I could be sued and I don't have any money. Woo Hoo!! He must be taking the piss though 'cause we were barely moving.
So some very good times and very bad times.
Today was nice though. Myself, C and Smem went into Dublin city. There was a photographic exhibition all around Stephen's Green so we took a stroll around and then had lunch. Very pleasant and a nice family time.
Hopefully things work out okay on Monday with the car stuff.
Oh, and Come On Wexford in the football!
Of course as soon as I got sorted Smem woke up and took about an hour and a half to go back to sleep. I ended up giving up on trying to do anything and went to bed once I had her sorted. She then woke around 1am and 2am so I was pretty tired when I got up this morning.
Then to add to my woes she got sick everywhere after her breakfast (second day in a row. I'm wondering if its her rice?) and managed to hold on to some of her food so that she could be sick again after I had changed her.
We very nearly had tears!
When she eventually went down for a nap I sat on our bed sewing beads onto the star that I made last night.
Its very theraputic.
Then the doorbell rang. And who was it but Mister Postman with a present for me! And one for Smem too (the naked baby with the strawberry hat! it was so odd I just had to get it)
The Blythe doll is for me. She's a Prima Dolly called Ashlete so not a fully fledged Blythe. But cheaper so good enough for me. I'm not too keen on the name Ashlette so think I will call her Aisling - a good irish lass. She is so cool and will be great for Smem when she is older.
Oh to be a little girl!
Had originally intended a 5-point star but it turned out better as a 6-point. It only took me about 2 hours max so I decided to share the pattern.
Christmas Star - tree decoration
Make 12 diamond shapes as follows:
Cast on 10 sts.
Row 1: K1, K2tog, K5, Inc K-wise into next st, K1 - 10 sts.
Row 2: P1, Inc P-wise into next st, P5, P2tog, P1 - 10 sts.
Repeat these two rows 3 more times.
Arrange the diamonds in a circle with cast on edges all facing the same direction.
Join the diamonds together in the centre as shown below:
From the 12 diamonds, you should end up with two stars each consisting of 6 diamonds sewn together.
With right sides to outside, oversew across all outside edges, stuffing lightly as you go. (Initially I sewed it together with right-sides together to hide the seam but it meant that the points weren't as sharp).
Sew a small loop to the end of one point.
The star can now be decorated with beads or hung on the tree as it is.
On other news, sold another two patterns today on Etsy. Woo Hoo!! I am on fire!
Witty Knitters tonight. Am making something for my sister for Christmas so will be doing that.
The pot holders for Roisin's house-warming are nearly knitted. I plan to do the quilting this weekend to get them finished.
Bought wool today in Springwools to knit pressies for Katie and Roisin for Christmas. Need to start early as it will probably take ages.
Just need to get down to work on the quilt designs now and start sending some through to Sherry. Can't be a designer if I never put any ideas down on paper!
Now on to 'designing'. Can only do work in the evenings though as Emily is teething real bad and not really sleeping during the day. Poor thing! One tooth is nearly through now.
Luckily we are in the half that didn't flood. Thank God! I think Charlie would have lost the plot if our house had flooded as he's nearly finished doing up the house. It would have been awful to have to start all over again.
On other news, today was Emily's second time to taste baby rice and she ate it all up. Hepled by the fact that she could see her daddy eating from a bowl at the same time. She had a second bowl at lunch-time. Fair enough, the bowls are only 1 spoon of rice to 10 of formula milk but its still really good going.
On the crafting front, I have been in contact with Sherry who is starting up an irish quilting magazine. She's looking for designers and people to make up quilt patterns. Hopefully I can make up some cool patterns as it would be cool to be published. Imagine, being called a designer!
So the first instalment is a simple baby hat with a skinny brim. I thought I was making a 3-6 month size that would fit Smem but I got my figures wrong. So this is a 0-3 month size, kindly modelled by a giant mug I have.
Pictures of a bigger size modelled on Smem will follow as soon as I have made another hat.
SIMPLE GARTER BABY HAT
50g DK wool
darning needle to sew together
Basic pattern is 0-3 month size. Figures in brackets for 3-6 and 6-9 months.
Cast on 107 (120, 132) sts.
G-st 10 rows.
Brim Shaping Row: K1 (0,0), [(K1, K2tog)] to end. 72 (80,88) sts.
G-st 49 rows.
Row 1: (K6, K2tog) to end - 63 (70,77) sts
Row 2 and every alternate row: K
Row 3: (K5, K2tog) to end - 54 (60,66) sts
Row 5: (K4, K2tog) to end - 45 (50, 55) sts
Row 7: (K3, K2tog) to end - 36 (40, 44) sts
Row 9: (K2, K2tog) to end - 27 (30,33) sts
Row 11: (K1, K2tog) to end - 18 (20, 22) sts
Row 13: (K2tog) to end - 9 (10,11) sts
Row 15: K1 (0,1), (K2tog) to end - 5 (5,6) sts
Cut long length of wool, thread through remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.
To Make Up
Join side seam.
All comments are very welcome.
So that has given me a chance to start on some knitting projects from Ravelry. One of the ladies in the choir had twins two weeks ago so I decided to knit some baby bonnets.
This is the 'First Love Baby Bonnet', which is also available at http://www.yayknitting.com/. It's so cute and super quick to make. I made the yellow one last night while watching telly.
This hat is too small for Emily - well she is massive. However, I spent most of last night in bed just thinking up of patterns that I could make myself so cute hats.
Can't wait to finish this hat and then get designing.