12.15.2014

Lots of Christmas Wreaths

My mother was describing the last wreath I made to a friend, and that friend said she'd like 3 for presents for people for Christmas.

Here they are without any embellishments.


And with all the bells and whistles!


I love the style of these. Traditional but not fuddy-duddy.

11.28.2014

Christmas Wreath

My mother wanted a handmade gift to bring to a friend in the UK.


This wreath is from 'Twas the Knits Before Christmas' by Fiona Goble. It was a fun knit, and great for using up oddments.

11.26.2014

Faces and Hair

It's a Coraline and Wybie update.


Now I just have to make Coraline's coat and put some Velcro on Wybie's coat.

11.19.2014

Posting Fail!

I thought I'd done a few posts over the last week, but obviously not. Whoops!

I had someone contact me through Facebook about making a Coraline doll. Obviously I said yes !!!!

I've used my large rag doll pattern for the basic body and just changed the legs so that it would be easier to dress the doll as it was requested that she have removable clothes.

This is a picture of Coraline with her not-quite-finished star sweater.



And here is Coraline again with her best friend Wybie.



I just need to find the right black buttons for the eyes so that I can do their faces, and then their hair.

And lastly, Coraline's yellow rain coat.

Busy, busy, busy!

9.25.2014

Doll and Dress Gift Combo

On a bit of a go-slow this week as I have a really bad cold. It's just one big snot-fest. Yuk!

I have managed to finish this little dress and doll combo. And added it to my etsy shop www.missaine.etsy.com

It's €45 for the two items, which is pretty good value, if I do say so myself ;)



9.16.2014

Mr. & Mrs.

A friend asked me to make cake toppers for their wedding last weekend. While I was at it I made a knitted Mr. & Mrs. 

Probably the most complicated thing I've knitted! It was fun though, and a good challenge.

9.08.2014

Old-school

Winding up a hank of Kilcarra Donegal Tweed this morning.


No fancy winders in this house!

8.30.2014

Aaarrrgghhhh!

I'm knitting a top-down jumper for Oliver (Tama by Kelly Brooker).

Running kinda' low on wool now for the last sleeve.


Just hope I have enough left!

8.28.2014

Crochet Amigurumi

I don't tend to crochet much, but I took a notion to make a toy so I'm mid-make now.
I find I have to concentrate so much and I'm always counting! The hardest part with this toy is trying to crochet parts when some of it has already been stuffed. As you know, I tend to knit toys flat, then seam them up.
It's a learning curve.


Monday is back to school for my kids and with Oliver starting playschool it's going to free up a few hours for me in the mornings. 

So hopefully this poor little blog will start getting a bit more love and attention :)

7.27.2014

What a week!

Oh my gosh, what a week! Oliver was sick Tues,Wed and Thurs night, vomit and diarrhoea.And Emily was sick We'd, Thurs and Fri night.
Weirdly they were both fine during the day, just very cranky from lack of sleep. And up at 6 every morning.

Que Zombie Mammy!

I did get a little bit of knitting done - finishing the Irish leprechaun jumper.


This is going to my cousin over in Australia who just had her first baby. Hopefully she'll like it. 

And hopefully it'll fit!

7.22.2014

A little Irish jumper

A work in progress at the moment, but I'm liking how it looks.


'Irish Leprechaun Sweater' from Chic Knis for Stylish Babies

7.21.2014

Little Bear's Big Jumper

We got this lovely book at the library.bits a really sweet story about two brother bears and their favourite jumper.


At the end their mother knits them matching jumpers so they can each have one. It kinda makes me want to knit matching jumpers for my two.

The only problem with it is that at the end the mother knits their two matching jumpers in one night. That kind of sets quite a high expectation for kids. My two are always very impatient while waiting for me to knit something for them.

It was obviously not written by a knitter!

6.28.2014

Sneak Peek

My arm is hurting this evening. Too much knitting I think! 

So while I take a break, and watch the World Cup, I thought I'd share a pic of the newest design I'm working on.

6.15.2014

Book and Toy present

One of my cousins has a daughter the same age as Emily and even though they live a good few hours away from us, the girls always get on great when they meet.

For her birthday I got a book of Rapunzel, and decided to knit a little matching doll.


I'm quite pleased with how it turned out! I used my free Lilly pattern as the base.

5.26.2014

The last few weeks in photos

Oliver's birthday car for his third birthday. Can you guess he likes cars!


A Baby Owlet vest made for my little nephew for his christening present. 


Another Anna and Elsa.


The cake I made for my nephew's christening.

5.10.2014

Anna and Elsa

Emily asked if I could make her an Anna doll to go with her Elsa doll, whenever I had the time.
So I obliged. Well, she did ask nicely!



She was a bit more complicated than Elsa, with a fancy embroidered bodice on her dress and a two-layered cloak.
She's not exactly like the movie, but she's a pretty decent Miss Aine version.

Here are the Frozen sisters together.


I have a pretty happy daughter!


4.13.2014

Purple Fox




Pattern by Stitched by Crystal.

4.09.2014

Hobby Horse

Emily got her Elsa doll so I thought I'd better make something for Oliver.
He loves Emily's hobby horse, and had seen one like it in a shop recently so I decided to make him a hobby horse.
The internet is full of tutorials so I grabbed some fabric and started cutting.

It's a little wonky but pretty cool, I think!

Oliver was pretty chuffed when I gave it to him this morning.


About 10 minutes later he told me Emily's store-bought one is better. 

From the mouths of babes!

4.08.2014

The Miss Aine Elsa!

Emily is obsessed with 'Frozen' at the moment. So I decided to make a version of Elsa using my large rag doll pattern.



She went to bed quite happy!

4.01.2014

Working on new designs

I've been working on a new variation for the 'Sandrine' doll I designed. I'm trying out some new hair styles.


I'm taking a short break though to knit something for my brother for his 30th. It's on April 10th so I need to get knitting!

3.18.2014

New ideas

I've wanted to make a mermaid doll for a while now, so yesterday I drafted up a pattern based on my larger rag doll pattern.
I used nice shiny green fabric for the tail. Then Emily suggested giving her red hair so she'd look like Ariel from The Little Mermaid.


Now she just needs a face and some embellishments to finish.

2.23.2014

Personalised Rag Doll

A friend requested a small rag doll for a baby present. It has the baby's name embroidered on a bib to make it extra personal.

2.17.2014

Da Da Dah!

Finally!

The new pattern is finally typed up, double-checked, and up for sale.  Phew!


buy now

Meet Sandrine


For sale through the Ravelry link above for 3euro.  Also for sale through my Etsy shop, but not as an instant download as the file is too large due to the photos.

2.12.2014

New Pattern Coming Real Soon

I just have to refine the pattern on the computer and then I'll have the pattern I promised before Christmas up for sale.

Only 2-3 months late!!

2.01.2014

Little Cotton Rabbits Bunny

Finally got some time to knit my Little Cotton Rabbits pattern.
It's smaller than I envisaged but that did mean that I managed to get him knit in a day.



It's for my new nephew who was born just before Christmas and has got no gift yet - oops!
They're calling over this morning so I've no time to make the clothes but he still looks cute without them.

1.31.2014

Lost and Found

Someone saw my photo of The Boy, which I knitted a few months ago. She's planning a 'Lost and Found' party for her son's 5th birthday party and asked if I could knit the boy and the penguin for him.

Naturally I said yes!

I love how they turned out. 

1.17.2014

Finished Doll

I think she looks pretty cool with her extra long scarf. Perfect for the chilly weather we have at the moment!

1.16.2014

1.08.2014

A New Year!

Well I'm trying to start this year as I mean to go on.
I applied for, and was accepted to be part of a pop-up shop from 27th January until the end of March in Rua Red Theatre in Tallaght, Dublin. It's a new venue for me so I'm pretty excited about it.
It does mean that I have to get straight back into it after Christmas, making toys. It's good to keep the momentum going.
Here are two of my large rag dolls newly finished yesterday and today.
 I just have a few more toys to make for the shop to add to my existing stock. Then I want to finish a cardigan and matching bonnet I started for me niece. Then some leg warmers for my mam when she's cycling. And then I need to get down to some designing. I still have to write up the pattern for the doll I showed before Christmas, and I've loads of new ideas for more new patterns.

Now just to find the time  to fit it all in!!

1.02.2014

Another Onsie

This time for my brand new little nephew who was born on 20th December - his due date.  Kinda' caught me by surprise.  I had nothing made as I just assumed he'd be late.

So followed a knitting frenzy over the last few days!

I used this pattern from Drops Design - their baby stuff is so cute.

I'm not making the matching hat.  Instead I'm going to make one with a chin strap as my sister-in-law loves the bonnets I make for my neice.