12.24.2012

Merry Christmas!

Thanks to all my readers for keeping in touch over the last few months.  Apologies for the lack of activity.

Hopefully normal service will resume in 2013!!

12.18.2012

Why I've been quiet

A custom order that took quite a while a do!

12.06.2012

Ready for the Market

Some little dolls just finished this morning.

11.30.2012

Superhero

From my 'Little People play dress-up' pattern.

11.27.2012

Christmas Fairy

Today's make for the last market I'm doing, on 9th December.

11.17.2012

11.16.2012

Ready for Market

Think I might have enough stuff!!

11.13.2012

Upcoming Markets

Not really relevant for most of my readers, but for anyone in Ireland:

Saturday 17th November - The Mill Centre, Celbridge, Kildare

Sunday 18th November - The Craft Fair, Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Sunday 25th November - Hamlet Court Hotel, Johnstownbridge, Enfield, Meath

Sunday 9th December - Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth, Kildare

11.07.2012

Bonnet

A little sparkly grey bonnet knit as a request for my sister-in-law.

11.05.2012

Uuggghhhhh!

Tummy bug no.2 in about as many months.  Feels like I've been out of action for a week (it hasn't really been that long!)

However, back to school and routine today so it'll be all systems go again.  Especially as I have 4 markets coming up between now and Christmas, and I don't think I have enough stock.

Aaaaahhhhhh!!!

10.27.2012

Etsy and Toejam Market

Mine and Sara's table from the market today.  Didn't go so well - it was really cold, and very badly attended.  I sold two toys, Sara sold 1 apron.

Ah well!

An apologies in advance for the lack of posts over the next few weeks - I will be furiously sewing and knitting in preparation for the next four markets I've signed up to.

10.26.2012

All Systems Go!

DH out, kids asleep in their beds, time to get some serious sewing done for all the upcoming Christmas markets.

10.22.2012

Some Dodgy Swiss Darning

It'll have to be intarsia knitting from now on I think!

10.17.2012

Free Pattern - Mini Toadstool Decoration

Another free pattern, but back to knitting this time.  So much quicker for me!!

3.5mm needles, dk yarn, small amount of stuffing.

Using red, cast on 6 sts.
Row 1: (Kfb) to end - 12 sts.
Row 2: p
Row 3: (Kfb) to end - 24 sts.
Row 4: p
Row 5: (k1, kfb) to end - 36 sts.
Rows 6-8: st-st, beg p
Row 9: (k2, kfb) to end - 48 sts.
Rows 10-11: st-st, beg p
Rows 12-14: k
Change to white yarn
Row 15: (k4, k2tog) to end - 40 sts.
Row 16: p
Row 17: (k3, k2tog) to end - 32 sts.
Row 18: p
Row 19: (k2, k2tog) to end - 24 sts.
Row 20: p
Row 21: (k1, k2tog) to end - 16 sts.
Row 22: p
Row 23: (k2tog) to end - 8 sts.
Rows 24-28: st-st, beg p (5 rows)
Row 29: (k1, kfb) to end - 12 sts.
Rows 30-36: st-st, beg p (7 rows)
Row 37: (k2tog) to end - 6 sts.
Break off a long length of yarn, thread through remaining sts, pull up tightly and fasten off.
Seam row edges, leaving a gap to turn right side out.  Stuff lightly.  Embroider or swiss darn white spots on top of toadstool.  If needed work a few stitches through the top of the toadstool to pull the stalk up and shape it correctly.

10.15.2012

Free Pattern - Crochet Penguin

Yes, you saw that right, a crochet pattern.  So here goes (be gentle!)

I used 3.5mm hook and dk yarn.  English terms and standard abbreviations (i think, please correct me if I'm wrong). 

Body:
The body is worked in continuous rounds, no joining.
Using black, ch 2
Rnd 1: 6dc in 2nd chain from hook
Rnd 2: 2dc in each st to end of rnd - 12 sts.
Rnd 3: (2dc in next st, 1dc in next st) to end - 18 sts.
Rnd 4: (2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 sts) to end - 24 sts.
Rnd 5: (2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts) to end - 30 sts.
Rnd 6: (2dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts) to end - 36 sts.
Rnds 7-16: 1dc in every st (10 rnds)
Rnd 17: (1dc in next 4 sts, 2dctog over next 2 sts) to end - 30 sts.
Rnds 18-21: 1 dc in every st (4 rnds)
Rnd 22: (1dc in next 3 sts, 2dctog over next 2 sts) to end - 24 sts.
Rnds 23-25: 1dc in every st (3 rnds)
Rnd 26: (1dc in next 2 sts, 2dctog over next 2 sts) to end - 18 sts.  Stuff body round about now.
Rnd 27: (1dc in next st, 2dctog over next 2 sts) to end - 12 sts.
Rnd 28: (2dctog) to end - 6sts.

Front
Using white, ch 3.
Row 1: 2dc in 2nd chain from hook, and next chain also - 4 sts. Ch1 to turn
Row 2: 2dc in first st, 1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in last st - 6 sts. Ch1 to turn.
Row 3: 2dc in first st, 1dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in last st - 8 sts.  Ch1 to turn.
Rows 4-15: 1dc in each st, and ch1 at end of each row to turn, except for last row.
Bind off yarn.  This straight edge will be the bottom of the front piece.
Sew front onto body.

Beak:
Using yellow, ch 5.
Row 1: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in next 3 sts - 4 sts.  Ch1 to turn
Row 2: (2dctog) twice - 2 sts.  Ch1 to turn.
Row 3: 2dctog - 1 st.
Bind off.  Fold beak in half and sew.  Position on front of body and sew in place.

Wings (make 2):
Using black ch 6
Row 1: 1dc in 2nd ch from hook, 1dc in next 4 sts - 5 sts.  Ch1 to turn
Rows 4-8: 1dc in each st (5 rows).  Ch1 to turn at end of each row.
Row 9: 2dctog, 1dc in next st, 2dctog - 3 sts. Ch1 to turn
Row 10: 3dctog and bind off.
Sew wings to side of body.


10.13.2012

Some dresses

One for the upcoming markets,
And one for my god-daughter's 6th birthday (just hope it fits!)

10.11.2012

Many many hearts1

I've been feeling a little demotivated - but that's probably because I spent a few days just knitting these little decorations:

I'm not really one for knitting the same thing over and over - it gets boring!
I now need to decorate them with beads, buttons, etc to make them look a bit more special, and sell-able!!

I used the heart from my little 'Heart Wand' pattern.  Size 3.5mm needles and dk yarn.

10.02.2012

Ballerina

Found these photos on the camera and realised I'd never put up a picture of the ballerina in her outfit.




9.30.2012

Little Kishs

Made before the sick week took over!

From my 'Kish' pattern

9.29.2012

Music Note Cupcakes

Been a bit of a sick week in our house this week.Tummy bug all round.

Today, however, needed some baking.  The parish is having an expo tomorrow to highlight the different groups in the church - I sing with the folk choir.  So I volunteered to make some buns for our table to tempt people over.

Of course, I left it a little late to source materials so I didn't have any black food colouring for my music notes, made from marzipan.
Simple 'fairy' cakes with just glace icing, and the music notes popped on top.

Not exactly shop quality but hopefully they'll do - I pictured them better in my head!


9.25.2012

Building up stock




9-12 month size dresses for little girls

9.23.2012

A Princess Dress for a Little Princess!

Was in a bit of a creative funk the other night - you know when you've finished a project and aren't sure what you're going to do next?
So I decided to make a princess dress for Emily and her friends' to use when dressing up.  It had occurred to me recently that something made for dress-up doesn't really need perfectly finished seams inside.

So a furious night of sewing ensued....

Quite happy with it.

9.21.2012

Ballerina Goodies

Haven't blogged in a while - oops!  I have been crafting the whole time,. just keep forgetting to take pictures.  Or I remember when the kids are gone to bed, and then its too dark to get good photos.

Last weekend I was away with DH - the folks looked after the kids.  DH was down in Cork for work so I got the train down on the Friday afternoon.  Three hours of uninterrupted knitting - oh yes!

So over the weekend, and finished on the Monday night was the ballet wrap cardigan.

Then I quickly made some little legwarmers.

Now my little ballerina just needs a leotard - ha ha!!

9.01.2012

A Fairy and her Fairy Doll

I made makeshift wings for Emily's doll, on request.  And they both got the same hairdos - this is apparently a Tinkerbell hairdo.

Must make a little pattern for the wings.  They're removable and so can be used on most of her toys.

8.31.2012

Glendeer Pet Farm

Myself and the kids recently enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Glendeer Pet Farm in Athlone, (courtesy of our Tesco clubcard vouchers!)


 They give everyone a bag of food to feed the animals - Oliver couldn't quite figure it out right.
 Hens.
 Calf.
 An old farmhouse done up to look like a traditional Irish cottage.
 Petting the goats.
 Baby chicks.
 Oliver in front of the monkey enclosure - yes, monkeys!
 Donkeys and llamas in the playground.

Lots of fun as you can feed the animals and touch them all - not like at the zoo!  There were lots of covered areas so it would even be a good place to go when raining.

We will definitely be back!