8.31.2008

Flower Baby


New pattern in my Etsy shop. I've been working on the flower baby for the last few days. Smem didn't seem to appreciate the work, she just wanted to eat her.

8.30.2008

No Pics

Stupid google won't upload any of my pictures this evening. Boo!

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!

8.26.2008

PRESENTS!!!

Was pretty depressed when I got up this morning. Had set myself up last night, after updating the blog, to finally get to work writing a quilt pattern so I could send it on to Sherry and get some feedback. Its a daunting thing as I've never written one before. I tend not to even follow them!

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)


Think I'll put Smem's aside for Christmas 'cause she doesn't really need lots of toys.

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.

So much happier now. Can't wait to start making clothes for her. Should be great fun. I used to love making clothes for my barbies when I was younger.

Oh to be a little girl!

8.25.2008

Star

Decided to try to make a star this evening. Starting for Christmas very early this year!
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.

Cast off.

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.

8.21.2008

Carrots!

Smem had her first taste of carrot today. Took a while to get started but she horsed it down once she got into it.



Has led to everything been stained orange though!

8.20.2008

Rooster Pot Holders

Finished the rooster potholders today - finally! I'm quite proud of them. I don't have the patience for satin stitch applique so I did buttonhole stitch instead. So much faster.




On other news, sold another two patterns today on Etsy. Woo Hoo!! I am on fire!

8.19.2008

First Real Sale

Woo Hoo !!!!!!!!! Had my first real Etsy sale today (i.e. not an alchemy sale). Made this bunny over the last two days for Emily. Posted the pattern on Etsy and it sold immediately. Have a few put on now in case it turns out to be popular.



So happy!

Witty Knitters tonight. Am making something for my sister for Christmas so will be doing that.

8.15.2008

Billy Blueberry

Crafting has been a bit slow at the moment. Emily is cutting through her first tooth so she needs lots of attention during the day. Managed to finish the pattern for Billy Blueberry. It is now for sale in my Etsy shop.


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!

8.12.2008

Finished!

The seahorse is finished. Its quite nice. Pity that you have to be up close to see the detail in the colour. And it would benefit from some sparkle.


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.

8.10.2008

Celbridge under water

The rain yesterday was ridiculous. One half of our estate was flooded. There were people out in boats today.



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!

8.08.2008

My First Pattern

Now that I am back on my knitting buzz I decided to start to make patterns of my own. All these years knitting and I've never put my own ideas into practice.

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


Materials:
3.5mm needles
50g DK wool
darning needle to sew together

Size:
Basic pattern is 0-3 month size. Figures in brackets for 3-6 and 6-9 months.

Instructions:

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.
Top Shaping:
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.

8.03.2008

Bonnets! (2)

Finished the second bonnet today. So cute!


8.02.2008

Bonnets!

The seahorse is on hold until I get more thread.

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.




Now I am making a pink one for twin no.2.

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.

Woo Hoo!


8.01.2008

Seahorse Update

Well the seahorse is not coming along too bad now. Its quite nice really. There are some lovely blends of colours in it, but you can only see them when you are up close.