Friday 27 March 2009

No Peeping!

The blog has slipped down the list of priorities, hence the lack of posts. It is crazy in our house at the moment and we are all suffering from stress related ailments. But, we are making progress of the painting/ decorating kind with much help from one particular family member, and carpet has been going down, and the like. The end of all this building cannot come too soon. There hasn't been much going on in the way of crafting but here goes...

It was my birthday a week or so ago, and Brendan (that's the one I'm going to marry) made me a cake. I came home from a work trip to this:

It was very hard to follow the rules, but I did and the next day he produced this:

Yum! a polenta/ orange/ almond/ honey cake. Just as well I'm marrying him, huh?

And here is a little bit of knitting... I did these try-outs a while back, and now feel ready to tackle some sort of jumper for the boy, just need to find a pattern suitable for such a beginner.

Moss stitch: *K1, P1* K1

Tracks: Row 1: *K4, P6* Row 2 and alt rows: purl, Rows 3 and 7: Knit, Row 5: *P5, K4, P1*

Chevron Moss: Row 1: *P1, K3*, Row 2: *K1, P5, K1, P1*, Row 3: *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1* Row 4: *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*

Ridge Stitch: Row 1: Knit, Row 2: *K2 tog all across the row*, Row 3: K into front and back of each stitch, Row 4: Purl.

And I got some lovely yarn for my birthday too, so ought to find a pattern... any suggestions?

Monday 9 March 2009


Our little boy, Mil, was two today. A whole two years old!

We had a little party in the morning with 7 of his buddies over for some playing and some party food. Sadly, Mil wasn't on top form and was feeling a bit out of sorts, but muddled his way through. That's him amongst the balloons waiting for his guests to arrive.

I decided to make bags for give-aways. I hate all the tat that can come with the idea of a party bag, and the tat ends up costing a fortune! So all his buddies got a bag, a packet of pens and a bag of chocolate buttons. And, of course, a balloon on a ribbon.

Then after his nap, Mil was sick and spent the rest of the day in front of the fire in his pyjamas doing jigsaws.

Two years. Gosh.

Sunday 1 March 2009

Tiny Hand-Warmers

I've finished my first knitting project! A very shonky pair of hand-warmers for M. With little blue star buttons and a plaited string to loop through the sleeves of his jacket.

The knitting is of terrible quality, but I don't care. I set out to make these, and I was going to finish them whatever. They are functional, but have no function at all as obviously M doesn't want them near him and pulled and yelled until I took them out of his coat. This, actually, was the predicted outcome, but I thought that maybe the special buttons would sway him - no such luck!

Oh well, I am wondering who I might be able to give these to, but fear I am giving away the gift of a battle with your child.

I don't mind, I have finished my first knitting project and have been spurred on to start another, so the exercise has been worthwhile. And, what I didn't want was another unfinished project!