Kiddie Knitting

Not much crafting done the last few days. I started knitting a scarf Saturday knit but haven't took a picture yet. Its perfect knitting for when I'm tired at the end of the day.

Smem was sick yesterday for the first time in her now 13 months (I know, I'm very lucky to have made it this long without any real problems). I went in to here after her nap in the evening to find her sitting in a pool of vomit. The poor thing was so distressed - she had now idea what was going on.

We spent the rest of the afternoon on the couch watching a Barney movie!

She perked up a bit before going to bed - just in time to enjoy a spot of kiddie knitting!


Look who's famous!

Last night I realised that I hadn't mentioned that the third issue of Irish Quilting had come out.
I got my copy on the Monday before I headed down to Wexford and had been so busy since then that I just forgot.

Smem got her modelling career started in this mag - she's in the reader's letters section!

I also had my bib pattern included. Smem didn't get to model for this one. They used a younger baby. It turned out quite well.


Free Pattern - Moss Stitch Bag

After making the fabric pleated bag for C's mother I decided to try to make a knitted bag - I'm back into a bag-making buzz at the moment obviously!

I had some lovely circular handles so they begat:

The Moss Stitch Bag
About 100g aran weight yarn. I used Stylecraft Aran in baby blue but any make would be fine.
5mm straight needles
5"/13cm diameter circular handles.
Piece of lining material, approx 15.5" x 14.5 / 40cm x 37cm (plus a little extra if you want to make a matching flower pin)
Sewing thread and sewing needle and darning needle
Saftey pin
White felt

5 sts to 6 rows to 1 inch of stocking stitch

Moss Stitch:
Row 1: (K1,P1) to end
Row 2: (P1, K1) to end

How To:
Cast on 30 sts.
Stocking stitch 11 rows.
Next row: Increase knit-wise into every stitch - 60sts.
Next work in moss stitch, starting with row 1 and repeating these two rows until the moss stitch part of the bag measures 14.5"/37cm, ending with row 2.
K 1 row.
Next row: (K2tog) to end - 30sts.
Beginning with a purl row, stocking stitch 9 rows.
Cast off.

Make Up:
Take one stocking stitch end of back and fold in half over the circular handle. Sew in place. Repeat with the other stocking stitch end.
Fold bag in half so that handles meet. Mark a point approx. 2.5"/6cm from handles. Sew side seams together below this point.
You could use the bag as is at this point but it is a good idea to line knitted bags as the knitting can get quite stretched out of shape once used.

To Make Lining:
Take your piece of lining material (I used some checked cotton). Fold piece of material in half. Mark a point approx. 3.5"/9cm from the top and join the side seam below this point, using a 1/2"/1.5cm seam.
Turn right side out. Press remaining side edges and top edges under the seam allowance of 1/2"/1.5cm.
Slide lining into the knitted bag. Match side seams and sew in position.
Pin the centre top of the lining to the centre of the bag, just below the stocking stitch part. The lining is wider than the bag at this point so randomly pleat the fabric so that it fits (see photo of finished lining for an example). Sew in position.

To Make Flower Brooch:
Cut 12 petal shapes from matching fabric. Sew together in twos, leaving the small edge open. Turn all petals right side out. You should now have 6 petals.
Form the petals into a circular flower shape with all the open ends in the middle. Baste with a few small stitches.
Next cut two circles from white felt. Sew a pin onto one of the circles (you could use a small piece of white felt to cover the middle bar and help keep the pin in position - see photo).
Place the circles over the centre of the flower on the front and back. Sew together, encasing the petals as you go.

Violá, a super cute bag in super quick time.

The knitting for this only took me two evenings of not very intensive knitting and the lining took another evening.

Any questions send me an email and I'll do my best to help out.


What Happens When You Don't Plan!

We've another birthday party to go to on Saturday so I needed to make a present asap. I decided to make a sleeping doll and thought one that was in a gro-bag would be cute -

it wasn't!

It just looks odd. The arms are too low and I sewed the seams for the body too large so the body looks too skinny.

C likes how odd it looks though so I think its going to end up in his room!

Take 2 is better:
Sleepy Isabella


Pleated Bag

Once again, thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway (Jennifer, I can't get your email through your profile so please send me an email with it. Thanks!)

It was a good weekend for me to have the giveaway as I was quite ill so it was good not to feel under pressure to post a new blog every day - there is no written rule about this, I just put the pressure on myself!

I did get a chance to do a little bit of sewing. I'd bought some bag handles from U-Handbag a few months ago for making bags for my bridesmaids for the wedding. I got 3 in total so I decided to make the pattern from their blog that goes with that particular bag handle.

It turned out quite nice in the end but was a bit difficult to sew. Not difficult in terms of technicality but just in thickness. I would imagine that the fabric I used was a good bit thicker than the one they use and I managed to break one needle in my sewing maching and one hand-sewing needle - not good!

I'm also not so much in love with the actual pattern now. I like these photos but in real life I think the bag looks too small for the handles.

It will make a nice present though. It's C's mother's birthday next week so I think I may give this to her - she will be 70.


April Giveaway Winners!

The random number generator came up with 21,2 and 19 so the winners are:

Margie Wood

Congratulations to the winners (you should get an email from me today but if not send me one so I can send on the pattern to you) and better luck next time to everyone else.

Thank you to everyone for taking part.


April Giveaway - Spring Sheep and Lamb

*** This Giveaway is now closed ***

Spring is here! - or at least is was. Its all cold and rainy at the moment - boo!

The April Pattern Giveaway is now open. Up for grabs is a pdf knitting pattern for Spring Sheep and Lamb.

Leave a comment before Monday 20th and be in with a chance to win. Three lucky winners will be chosen at random.

Good Luck!


Inspirational Blogs

Smem got her MMR shot today at the doctors. She didn't seem to mind the actual injection, just the man-handling by the doctor to get her into position!

I think tooth no.11 is almost through - we're on to the lovely molars at the moment. Oh the fun and games!

So today I wanted to share two blogs that I discovered this week.

First is up is Leanne in Australia who left a message on the blog (and has done before and I never followed it up - bad me!). Some lovely knitting, and an obsession with smurfs - lots of fun!

Second up is Jennifer. I found her blog through someone else's (can't remember whose now!). Its got loads of lovely sewing and made me want to make lots of pretty dresses for Smem. Very inspiring!


Lots of Cleaning!

I had a pretty good day yesterday. C took Smem out shopping for a few hours to give me a break. It gave me plenty of time to clean our spare bedroom, where I keep all my craft stuff.

I stuck all the ATCs I received from Kate's swap onto a large picture frame that we weren't using as the glass had broken. I've stuck this up in my work space so that I can use it for inspiration.

Then I did some tidying. This is a picture of the wardrobe where I keep my wool and papercrafts boxes. It really needs shelves but I can't afford any at the moment so it will have to stay as it is. Its not too bad though.

Behind the blue sheet is my wedding dress - can't show it in case C reads this!

I also cleaned around my desk which has recently been lost under a sea of project bags!

Yesterday I also realised that it was much further into April than I thought and that I needed to make some more ATCs and get them out in the post. I flicked through a few books for inspiration and settled on a pear that I saw in 'SewHip' issue 1.

I made up these 8 cards last night while watching telly - super fast. I just need to make backings now and add my details and I'm sorted. So panic over!

SewHip is my favourite magazine at the moment. Its full of lots of different sewing projects - some clothes, some toys, some quilting, some enbroidery. Its perfect for someone like me. I will definitely be getting a subscription to it once I get a child to mind and start making some money!



While in Wexford last week I knit this scrubbie and washcloth set for Smem. Her natural sponge had disintegrated after she took a bite out of it one night and the washcloths we have in the house were just too big to handle when washing her. The little scrubbie is a perfect size as it fits into my hand just right.

I've a feeling I may use this pattern again for presents for people. I may try to alter the pattern though to make the scrubbie slightly larger. Its perfect for washing Smem but I'd want a slightly bigger one for myself.


A Mini Holiday!

Apologies to those who read my blog (of which there are 3 official followers!) for the lack of posts this week. Myself and Smem headed down to Wexford to see my parents on Tuesday and only got back Thursday evening.

We had a lovely time. The weather was great on Wednesday and we had a lovely time outside. Smem enjoyed crawling around - so much so that she forgot that her hood was up and left it there the whole time!

She also spent her time trying to steal the cat's food. We put it up on a window ledge but that didn't stop her trying to get it. You'd think she never got fed!


Elephant Card

I made this little card for the party we went to today, to match the toy elephant. Its so cute I wanted to share it.

I used a pre-made card 14.5cm x 10.5cm. I cut out the elephant shape, making sure that the dotted line was place at the fold in the card!
I cut the ear from contrast/patterned paper. This was folded on the dotted line, and the narrow part glued to the body.

Super quick and easy to do!


Free Pattern - Felt Bunny in Flower Dress

Materials: white and green felt, pink pencil, emboirdery thread in black, pink, yellow, purple and orange, polyester stuffing.

Step 1: Print off pattern pieces below onto an A4 size piece of paper and cut out all pieces.

Step 2: Cut 2 bodies from green felt. Cut 2 heads, one tail and 12 appendages from white felt.

Step 3: Use purple and orange embroidery thread to work a few daisy flowers on the front of one of the body pieces. Use yellow embroidery thread to work a few stitches in the centre of each flower.

Step 4: Sew the tail to the back body.

Step 5: Using black embroidery thread work straight stitches for the eyes and mouth. Use pink to work a few stitches for the nose. Use a pink pencil to lightly circle the cheeks.

Step 6: Sew each of the appendages together in twos using small running stitches around all edges.

Step 7: Position the arms and legs to the front of the body and baste in position. Sew front and back of body together with small running stitches around the edge, leave the top edge open. Stuff lightly.

Step 8: Position the ears to the top of the head and baste in position. Baste front and back of head together and baste to body, encasing the top of the body inside the head. Sew in position with small running stitches around the edge, leaving a small opening. Stuff head lightly and finish sewing head together.

Step 9: Violá

Felt Bunny in Flower Dress

Free pattern to follow - once I figure out how to upload it so that everyone can download it!