Sunday, 31 October 2010


My bro was in a Samhain re-enactment, Vikings v Saxons and all sorts of bloodcurdling stuff

There was lots if fire involved, too much for dan who enjoyed an unusual piggyback (no abi for a change!)

I got sick of darning my beloved slippers. They're getting patches from an old felted jumper!

I don't really get hallowe'en if I'm honest, it doesn't feel very real to me. But it was fun to dress up and visit nanny (and her cat)

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Friday, 29 October 2010

Icky sick.

TV on...
Eating on sofa...
Yep. Mama is poorly.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010


Here is our Xmas cake!

And here we are in our pinnies baking it!

Today I went to the garage to find my box of Xmas craft stuff. Could I find it? Nope. But I found this huge bit of muslin (original intended purpose long forgotten) and dyed it in some turmeric whilst our stew bubbled away.

The hot tumble dryer turned the vivid yellow a mellow autumnal orange

What a happy accident! It's now draped over the clothes horse play house.
Here is a little mouse I made last night...

And I can't not post any photos of my pixie!

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010


Oh yesterday was bad. My mum came to visit, first time I've seen her in months. Just as we sit down for a chat, the washing machine starts pissing water everywhere. Being the fool I am, I turned it off and opened the door. Instant flood, half hour mopping up. In my dash I knocked over a tealight I'd just blown out, tipping wax all over 3 hand knitted garments. Amazingly, I didn't cry. (and have now ironed it all out.) I nearly cried when I took abi for her vaccination though. Deciding to vacc was quite big for us.

All that, and aunt flo came to visit too, hurrah!!! So I deserved this, oh yes:

Today I relaxed with dan in front of star wars with my knitting

And dan with his knitting bee

Because watching tv is no excuse to be idle!!
And now I have the scent of Xmas cake fruit soaking in brandy to soothe my shattered nerves...

Mmmmm. Slowly but surely, Xmas is coming!

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Sunday, 24 October 2010

Knitted and felted bells for your Tree

I'm a bit obsessed with Xmas so made this wee pattern up. Maybe someone else will like it, maybe not, but I'm plonking it here anyway!

Use 100% wool and needles to give fairly loose tension.

Cast on 30, work 2 rs st st.
*k1, k2tog* to end, 20 sts.
Work 13 rows st st.
*k2tog* to end, 10 sts
Purl 1 row
*k2tog* to end, 5 sts. Cut long tail, thread through and pull up 5 loops and sew seam. It won't look amazing.

You could knit it in the round if you enjoy that sort of thing. Now felt it in the washing machine at at least 40 degrees c. Pull into shape esp around base before drying. Add loop and maybe a wee bell.

There you are, bells for your tree.

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Christmas stamped wrapping paper

Ok so it's a while til Xmas...but you have to do something during half term! I'm hoping to make all our Xmas paper so we need to build up supplies anyway.

Worried that chopping pots would be a faff but it was fine.

Much daftness and laughing!

Thought we may as well just use our fingers for the last one, dan says it's snow! Luckily I remembered to get a bowl for handwashing ready first!

Sometimes the simple things are the best :-) and the brown paper was recycled so it's satisfying all ways round.

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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Boring craft...

V messy drawer plus some mount board...

Other half sneered at my five minute job but it works so nur.

Nice relaxing day today, a walk on the downs...

And chilling at home...

And my amazing boy passed grade 2 artistic rollerskating today :-D

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Thursday, 21 October 2010

Red knitting and stuff

Feels good to knit red stuff, it's like therapy to help me process the fact we have a Tory government, which I still haven't really gotten over. I see more red knitting in the future.

Knitted and felted these red bells a bit ago. Maybe I'll put pattern on here soon.

Did you know it's black history month in the UK at the moment? Made me realise we don't have any black toys *blush* mind you we don't have lots of dolls and things, but all the same I'm enjoying adding some diversity.

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Some stuff

A big soggy thing! I ended up sticking this in the machine to felt, much more of a faff than the tiny ones. Pics when it's dry, whenever that might be!!!

The tiny ones are still fun...

My smallest one had such cold hands today :-( luckily they are small hands so knitted this during her nap...

This evening I'll be getting on with a special aviatrix.

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Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Yummy rainbow goodness...I was worried my daughter had got them all dirty whilst 'helping' make these but turns out they were just dark from dampness. Tumble dryer did finish them off nicely.

These have been played with a lot today, but have had to supervise because they are temptingly sweetie-like!

Bought some lovely wool for a friends daughters hat...merino, alpaca and silk mmmmm

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Monday, 18 October 2010

Jumping on the bandwagon...

Couldn't ignore current craze for rainbow felted balls.

Those crocheted slippers? Love them so much they needed darning already!

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Thursday, 14 October 2010

A new hat!

Aviatrix, to be precise.

She's a bit poorly today :-(
It's some sort of wool/silk mix. Usually i don't go for the mega smooth yarns...especially when knitting short rows as the wraps show...but I didn't want this to be tickly, I need it to stay on her little head!

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Friday, 1 October 2010

This moment...

As inspired by soulemama...songs at bedtime...

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Ultimate slippers

I bought dan some amazing wool haflinger slippers recently. I am so jealous, but the adult ones are pretty pricey

So I am making myself some Russian style slippers as inspired by a pattern on the purl bee, cba to find link right now. One is done, and it feels good, so the other one had better hurry up

I'm thinking about buying some sheepskin insoles for them, they seem cheap on eBay. Surely these would then be the ultimate slippers. Made entirely from granny squares, fab. I might make abi a wee pair to match.

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