Friday, 13 March 2015

Let's Talk About Christmas Presents

Has it been nearly three months since Christmas already? Yes, it sure has. This beautiful 11 week old girl in her cot next to me - she is beating up her mobile whilst stretching her legs as far up into the air above her tiny tummy as possible whilst I'm typing this - makes sure I remember Christmas and the time since very well.

Baby E let us enjoy a quiet Christmas Eve and a delicious lunch with my family the following day but she certainly kept mum and dad very busy between the late hours of Christmas Day and her afternoon arrival on Boxing Day - her estimated due date. Best Christmas gift ever!

Obviously we've been kept busy since, not that we mind too much. We're grateful and overjoyed to see her grow and learn, we're basking in her smiles and laughter. As I said, best Christmas gift ever!

I haven't sewn a stitch but I did get some wonderful stitchy presents. Up first, Oakshott fabrics - a Freesia fat eights pack and half a metre in Thistle. Not exactly a gift but I'd been intrigued to give them a try for ages and the last days of my pregnancy did wear my nerves a bit thin so I treated myself. The colours are gorgeous and I fear the picture doesn't do them justice. I hope to turn them into a cushion or two.

Up next a proper Christmas present, a Cotton & Steele bundle of yard and half yard cuts. Preeetty. No set plan yet but it'll be something special, I'm sure.

Last but not least, several wonderful helpers to make my sewing life easier. Some snips, Wonder Clips and a new, bigger cutting mat. The old one is only 60 cm x 45 cm whilst this one nearly covers the whole table at 90 cm x 60 cm. So nice.

I've got a few projects lined up (old ones, too!) but don't have a fixed schedule or anything. I'll take it as it comes as my most important "project" is lying in her cot next to me. Gnawing her hands. I should better be off. *wink*

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Wool on Sunday #5 - On A Christmas Wednesday

Merry Christmas all you lovelies!

Still no baby but I managed to finish this scarf for my brother-in-law just in time. My joints are aching - these last days I've retained water in my hands which I hadn't before and the power knitting probably didn't help - but I'm happy.

It's a simple as can be k2, p1 pattern but I've made it more interesting cause colour changes and vertical stripes!

Happy holidays!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Wool on Sunday #4

Dang, I'm sure glad that I decided to bind my Winter Baby Girl Quilt the other day. Knowing that I can add my hand quilting whenever and yet already be able to hang it prettily over the crib has freed my mind so much. I've been able to get other things done - crafty and non-craft related - without feeling guilty. For instance, I knit up a hat for my sister that she asked for in return for her "small to medium craft project of your choice" birthday voucher.

She picked Armour Love as a pattern and a beautiful blue wool. I've been sporting the dark grey version since last winter and we only decided to make the brim a little tighter. The pattern is a really quick knit with very pretty and comfy results. The diamonds do look a little like Christmas trees, don't they?

Thus, I'm able to put a second parcel under the tree for her. Very pleased. I've got another knit project on my hands as we speak which might be ready in time for Christmas, too, or not. If not there's a plan B. If yes the babe still keeps us waiting.

Happy knitting & sewing!