4.27.2012

Pattern meet Yellow

My little Office Monkey is featured in an Etsy treasury today that it made up of objects that are patterned and yellow.

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Check it out!  There are some really nice quilts actually - makes me want to get out my cottons and start some patchwork.

4.26.2012

A Top-down Cardie

A friend, and neighbour, has a sister who is due her first baby in July so she asked if I could knit a few cardigans for her, as she couldn't find any plain, unisex ones in the shops.

So I went for a trawl on Ravlery and found this pattern for a top-down cardigan.  My gauge wasn't perfect, but was only a stitch out per inch.  However, as I knit I realised that it was going to be too big - way too big.  In fact, so big that it fits Emily. (As an aside, most people on Ravelry seemed to have sizing issues with this cardigan and as one person had calculated, the gauge and stitches given would result in a chest size of 22" which is way to big for a baby.)

So I finished it with short-ish sleeves for the summer and sewed on the buttons.


I hadn't been able to get Emily to try it on for a photo, so yesterday we when were out buying fabric for dolly-making I let her pick out buttons for the cardigan herself.

And she chose well - nice sparkly flowers.

Just need to get her to actually wear the cardigan now!

4.25.2012

Children's Emotions

Lately Emily's teacher has been highlighting her emotional state, and how she gets very upset sometimes over small things.  I'm sure that this can be a problem in class as it would be very disruptive.

So, I've been down at the library reading books to try and find some solutions to try and fix it.  At first I was looking at the topic of discipline, but then I found David Coleman's book 'Parenting is Child's Play'.

A very insightful chapter in this book talks about emotional intelligence and how, as parents, how we handle our emotions affects our children.

So it is with tears in my eyes that I realise, and admit,  that the reason Emily cannot deal with her emotions is because, since becoming a mother, I have not been able to deal with mine.  The change in my life has taken a long time to learn to deal with, and even still I struggle, and it pains me that I have passed my problems on to her.

But, at least now I know, and can make a start at rectifying it.  As the book advises, I will endevour to try to keep myself calm, and recognise my own feelings, and then when calm, recognise how she is feeling and help her to deal with her emotions.

I write this, as I'm sure there are lots of parents out there who are tearing their hair out trying to deal with 'bold' children.  And often times, its not that the children are inherently bold, it is just that they react to situations in a way that is not appropriate.  And maybe if we, as parents, took the time the stop and see the world through their eyes, and from their perspective, then we could help them deal with it, and their emotions, much better, and reduce the fighting, conflict and tears.

(As a by and by, there are some really cute illustrations throughout the book.  Makes me really want to make some toys, if I can find the time!)

This parenting lark sure is hard!

4.24.2012

cupcake wars

I've been watching Cupcake Wars on tv and getting very jealous of all the decoration.  So i got out the piping bag I got for christmas but have been too scared to use,and bit the bullet,so to speak.
By no means perfect but its a start!

4.20.2012

Sweet Lolli Doll

Although its pretty obvious what doll influence this pattern!!  I only bought the pattern for the 13" Rag Doll on Wednesday.  It was really quick to make.  There was actually very little sewing for the body.  I probably spent more time on the hair - which is not perfect, but will do.

Emily was delighted to be given this doll - she's getting used to most things been kept for markets, etc!

4.18.2012

Another Peurperium

 Love this little cardie, although it is only sized for quite small newborns.

4.17.2012

And its done!

So glad to have this finished - and it turned out pretty well.  The pin-tucks aren't perfect but I think they'll do!

I'll be even gladder once its out of my house.  I'm terrified of it getting dirty or damaged as there's no fabric left.

Let's just hope it fits the little man now!

4.12.2012

Fireman

From Jean Greenhowe's 'Mascot Dolls'.

For a little 4-year-old who's obsessed with Fireman Sam.

4.11.2012

Emily's sewing

Emily got a few sewing projects as birthday presents -  everyone must think she's a mini-me!

One present was these two Kokeshi dolls from the Early Learning Centre.  They were quite easy to do and the instructions were fairly alright.
She likes them, but the fact that have the bits are stuck on rather than sewn on means I'm not sure how they'd hold up to any sort of actual playing.

4.10.2012

WIP - Christening Gown

A little update on the christening gown I'm making for my friend.  I can settle down to serious sewing after the kids have gone to bed, and last week was very busy with masses and prayer services, it being Holy week.

However, I've gotten a fair bit done.
I'm quite proud of all those pin-tucks.
Just left is sewing on the collar, which is kinda puzzling me at the moment, and make buttonholes and sew on buttons.

Need to Google how to finish the collar as the pattern sheet makes no sense.

But for now, a glass of wine - I think I deserve it!

4.05.2012

sewing!

i haven't had a serious sewing project in a while so i'm excited to get stuck into this - a christening gown for my friend's baby.  rather than cut up her wedding dress, as the okd tradition goes, she's asked me to make it from her shawl.

now for some sewing!

4.04.2012

seriously!

it was like summer last week in ireland.this week-snow!

4.02.2012

New Toys in my Etsy Shop

Miss Aine - Etsy Shop

I've also set up a Facebook page for Miss Aine, the business.  May as well get into the whole web-marketing thing!


I'm also on Twitter for anyone who likes tweeting, although I'm quite new to that so it can get a bit hairy at times!