Life is so busy at the moment I need to remember to breath. Between being a stay at home mum though I don’t think I should really call myself that anymore, it’s more like a Work from home multi tasking wonder mum. Recently I started taking over my husbands Karate dojo management. It has been a whirl wind couple of months. Of course all the normal stay at home mum jobs still need to be done as I’m still home but I feel like I’ve only got about a 1/4 of the time and to top it all off I decided to get more involved in B’s school and have joined the community group. But amongst it all I have been finding spare moments to stitch, knit and crochet for us.
This is one of my proudest knitting moments an actual item that I myself will wear, not a child who has no say :). I finished this poncho and the start of winter and have pretty much worn it everyday since. It is so nice and warm, made from Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury it is nice and soft and has held up well over the winter. While the neck has streched a little I think it may need to have some elastic sewn in for next winter, I still love it.
It was a pleasure to knit. I loved this knitting pattern, I find stocking knit so hard to knit I want to measure after every cm and am so disappointed to find it has only grown by a cm it’s so disheartening. But cables, patterns and lace change every few rows and it almost seems like a whole new pattern each time you repeat the rows. This poncho only took about a week. I never blocked it. It came straight off the needles and was worn out and about that day. I think I will need another one in a different colour next winter I love it that much and Little Princess will need her own as well.
Love to all
P.S. Photos were taken by Mr C and B can you guess who took which photo. I bet you can’t
From Start to finish this blanket has taken 2 year and 4 days, Thats 24 months 4 days or 716 days. That is one hell of a long time for such a little project and in all reality it probably hibernated for half of the that time. Looking back over all these hexipuff episodes the last time I actually knitted a hexifpuff was July 2012. Which means for a whole year these little hexipuffs sat in a box in a bag just waiting to be joined together.
I started to join them together in March 2013 and got 2 rows done and put it away until yesterday I thought to hell with it they will be finished come rain hail or shine and I sewed all 22 rows together yesterday.
And now I have one Finished beekeepers quilt. I used 8ply yarn not sock yarn so my puffs are slightly bigger so I made less puffs I think there is about 200, though I did have some puffs let over at the end of sewing them all together and I thought about making some more and adding another row. But truth be told I could not face knitting another one of these little puffs. I want to like this blanket. I really really do. I mean it took 2 years. Whether in that 2 years it was the actual knitting or the constant reminder that they were yet unfinished, I don’t know. But I’m not jumping for joy over these hexipuffs. I think the problem is that 2 years ago when I started this blanket I had no plan. It was just going to use up all my scraps (which it didn’t). Now 2 years later my colour choices have changed, I tend to head for more muted tones then over the top brights. While this blanket has some of those tones in there, many are just too bright for my liking.
Though we have already been using the blanket, this morning B, little princess and I snuggled under it on the couch. And I do have to admit, it is super comfy and amazingly warm. But it is long and skinny and rather heavy so I’m not sure how much use it will really get. For now it’s living with the rest of the blankets in our entrance way.
It has been a huge journey and I loved bringing you episodes in the early days of what the puffs had been up to. Santa was one of my favourite. He was such a good sport about the whole thing. Thank you Santa.
You can check out all those posts here for now I’m off to have coffee and watch some tele. For once I am without a project on the go so I shall be feeling a little lost
Love to all
The crochet and knitting continues with some little interruptions of the school holidays. We have just finished our mid year winter holidays here and there were many movies seen and lots of braving the cold for outings. The big kiddies are back at school now and so it is once again just me and little princess at home. She is getting to that real precious age. She now feeds her dolly and puts her to bed. Little Princess then comes back from her room to inform us all ‘shhh bubba sleeping’. It’s just so adorable. She is a really little treasure. On knitting I made her a hat details here. The gorgeous pixie type that makes me think of whimsical fairy tea parties.I’ve also been crocheting several new toys and hats for customer special requests. I am particularly proud of how Thomas worked out. I hunted for a pattern for a long time but there was nothing out there in 8ply or that really took my fancy. I wanted to work Thomas in as few parts as possible. I had many a false start and there were several Thomas’ that got ripped right back. But the finished product has only 2 main body parts, his under carriage and his circle part on top. Yea less sewing together. I also stuffed him with foam cut to size which allowed me to keep more of his rectangle shape then opposed to stuffing with polyfill. I haven’t decided whether to release this pattern or not. What do you think?
A mini hootabelle and a hootabelle cotton beanie have just come off the hook as well. I love hootabelle and I’m so happy they changed her voice she sounds so much more hootabelle like now. My little girl loves hoot and hootabelle she now has both a hootabelle and a hoot so she runs to get them when it’s giggle and hoot time on the tele.
But probably the most exciting thing to tell you is that I finally went to the Bendigo Woollen Mill and if you haven’t been you just MUST go and if you have you know exactly what it is like. It is like walking into woolly heaven, there is wall to ceiling delicious wool all around in an array of wonderful colours. And lets not metion the back room or I may just go into woolly delight overload. I purchased some stunning Luxury in 10ply to knit this, which I have already finished but will save for another day. I also purchased some spur of the moment luxury in 8ply from the back room. It’s not designated yet so I’m having lots of fun looking at different patterns.
I went to Bendigo on a day trip with my crafty pal Esme and after all our wool purchasing we decided to drive about and find main street and a cafe for lunch but on the way I spotted this out of the passenger side window and a quick detour was made. It was a little chilly but we decided to sit outside under all those blankets and we were surprisingly warm. It was such a wonderful day. I highly recommend a trip to bendigo.
Love to all
You may have noticed there has been a obvious lack of hexipuffs on this little blog of late and I have to say I have not really been knitting very many at all. In fact it was way back in may over here I even showed you a hexipuff at all and I have not counted or done a tally since Episode 23, where I was way behind my deadline.
So lets recap
I started knitting this project on September 20th 2011 my plan was to finish this by September 27th 2012
At the end of last season we were up to 139 Hexipuffs and was way behind schedule on our grand plan.
The puffs had been on lots of adventures but the knitting was lagging behind.
Fast forward to Season 2
I have knitted 200 hexipuffs, I’m now over half way of my goal but far behind the deadline and I now believe I am going to have to admit defeat. There is just no way in a blue moon I will knit 183 puffs in 79 days. But hey you never know I might just get a massive buzz and go on a hexipuff binge. But let’s not hold our breath. Though I’m not prepared to calculate a new finish date yet. I just can’t face.
So since March 14th I have knitted 61 puffs its been 118 days
that’s far from one a day but
As Gingerbread girl has restarted the One A Day
I may just reclaim the motivation to complete this blanket some time soonish
Love to all
I can begin showing you all the pressies I’ve been working on.
Today I put the finalizing touches to one of the little pressies that has been on my to do list.
But over the weekend I actually got to give a little present to a very delighted mum to be of twins at her lovely baby shower.
Her reaction was exactly what makes giving a hand made gift so delightful, the little shriek as she realised what I had made and the big smile that said that’s exactly what I wanted
Ok do you want to see
I was so excited when I thought to make it
here we go
She’s having twins remember, oo I wanna squeal now they are just so cute.
Though in case your a bit confused and are thinking ‘Oh how mean to call the babies thing 1 and thing 2′
don’t despair it’s a little joke playing on the Characters from the famous book
by Dr Seuss
The Cat in the Hat
I can only hope that her twins don’t bring as much mischief as thing 1 and thing 2 did in The Cat in the Hat.
I used the same pattern I used for this little hat here.
and I totally love how they worked out
Isn’t it just wonderful when you find the perfect colours for a project and it all comes together so well.
And now to just wait for the arrival of two little munchkins.
This beautiful scene is what we woke up to this morning, and I just couldn’t resist grabbing the camera and running outside to take a quick snap before starting the morning school rush. The whole backyard was covered in the most beautiful dewy pink glow. It made you all warm and calm inside. But the weather man was reporting 21 and showers but they didn’t seem anywhere in sight. Fast forward a couple of hours and it turns out the weather man was spot on our beautiful pink sky is no longer and has become a dreary grey mass.
It is so dark and gloomy now I have had to turn the light on inside so I can knit. I should be knitting hexipuffs as you probably gathered from the lack of one a day post, I haven’t really been into it this week. I might have knitted one but really that’s being pretty optimistic with myself. Instead I have started one knitting project 3 times. 1st I cast on the wrong number of stitches and didn’t pick it up till I had knitted 1 round, secondly I stuffed up the ribbing somewhere and finally after getting to the required length realized I was using the wrong size needles. So I went rip rip rip and have finally got it on the right needles with 1 round of ribbing done right and the right amount of stitches hopefully by tonight I’ll be back up to where I was before I ripped. I have however finished a few little crochet projects but I can’t show any yet as they need to be wrapped and posted off to a little one who will soon join us. But I will give you a teeny tiny sneak peek.
Hehe no colour for you yet. Can you guess?? I can’t wait to show you I’m so excited by these little pressies they have really been an absolute joy to make. I also stuck some art up on the wall and it has been met with mixed response’s. I’m quiet liking the splash of colour to our beige lounge room and this is the beginning of a our new gallery wall. I can’t wait to hang some more little family objects up.
Oh I’m so embarrassed it has been far too long and yet you lovely readers have still been visiting my little world. Thank you so much.
It has been a busy no scrap that hectic time. The days just seem to be flying by in a whirl of crafting, decorating, playing mummy and making home. But all of this was interrupted the last week with a little trip to the hospital that turned into a long stay.
You see part of the reason for my absence has been a persistent pain in my tummy which has made me exhausted, cranky and left me with a complete lack of motivation to do anything. I have to admit even my beloved crochet and knitting has been neglected over the last couple of weeks.
But I’m glad to report that I’m all better after a few days in hospital, where they made me fast for so long, I feel much better and it was so nice to finally get a reason for my pain and have it all fixed up and made better.
I have been trying to get back to hexipuffing too and have tried to always have one on the needles at all times.
I now have a total of 139 hexipuffs
and I need make 254
in 197 days
Oops I seem to have fallen another week behind. I am really struggling to hexipuff lately. I still like making them I even made Mr C admire how perfect one was the other day. He was rather amused and agreed it was very lovely, but I’m not getting that giddy with excitement feeling. I guess part of that is that I’m not joining them together as I go, purely because I want to be able to play with 383 hexipuffs before I put them altogether, but I’m left with just a big box of hexipuffs – no blanket in progress and it’s leaving me a little empty and with that need to make a blanket feeling. But I’m already doing such a big project can I start another huge project too?
Even though I’m falling even more behind I’m well on my way to having a
truck load of hexipuffs.
I actually managed to make 7 hexipuffs this week and finish off this book above for My bookclub on Goodreads “Bookclub Bitches” xcuse my language :).
Now this book has had rave reviews and was even a finalist for a National Book Award, but I just didn’t get it. I mean I understood it but I just couldn’t put faces to the characters I felt they were all very one dimensional and the fables that ran through the background while being intriguing resulted in me being disappointed by the end without giving away anything.
But hexipuffs we shall talk
With the 7 made this week I have a total of 121
I still need to make 263
in 212 days so as you can see I have done no catch up knitting and am still far behind. But I’m totally amazed that I managed 7 while reading a book and also a little sickie. Poor Little Princess has come down with a bad case of tonsilitis. Monday she had such a high fever that her little body looked like it was all sunburn she was so sick she couldn’t even crawl, she would get up on all fours and than flop on the floor unable to gather anymore strength. But through all this she has been so cuddly and just been cuddling into me which as an active 1 year old hardly ever happens now. Today she is much better just a bit grisly but oh so ever cuddly still.
I noticed that Carole over at Gingerbread Girl hasn’t posted in a while I hope she does today but if not pop over to raverly and check out all the other great one a dayers.
P.S. I’m not sure if I have said this but I’m having trouble commenting on blogger blogs using my wordpress account and can only comment if the blogger account allows you to use your name and address.
Is anyone else having this problem or is just me I would love to know if any other wordpress users have had this problem and if any blogger users no why this is happening to me.
As promised I have returned with a One a Day Episode and not only am I posting but I actually made 7 hexipuffs this week. Which I think is a massive accomplishment with the week I have had. But more of that tomorrow.
I am so happy that I managed a week back on track with 7 hexipuffs but I have to say thank goodness I already had one cast onto the needles because it took a lot of will power to pick up those needles again after the huge break I have had. I still love the little hexipuffs, they are cute and squishy and still make me all giddy inside but the knitting part, well the enjoyment of that has taken a downward slide. I want to, want to knit them but I have a bit of hexipuffitis, and who knows how far behind I have fallen on my schedule. I am so scared to look at how much catch up knitting I will need to do.
Oh well here goes
My total hexipuff count is 114
I still need to make 270
And I have 219 days to make it
I have so miss calculated along the way I thought I only had 209 to make no wonder I seemed to still be on track in reality I’m oh so far behind.
So I have 51 hexipuffs to make up. but this week it’s just 7 and a few hexipuffs having an identity crisis and playing at being cupcakes this week.
mmm hexipuff cupcakes yum yum. The perfect photo for the weekend we have had I’ll be back tomorrow with a lot of wonderful photos and some exciting news.
Before I head off to visit all the other lovely one a dayers and catch up reading all their awesome blogs. I just wanted to share my little parcel I sent off to Counrty Fragrance for the Initial Heart Swap over here.
I loved my little hearts I made for our house so much that I made one for my swap partner too. I added some Choccies that are Australian made and owned as I have been being a sneaky little swap partner and visiting my swap friend to find out things about her and knowing that she is on a health kick too I also included some sugar free chocolate as a healthy alternative for valentines day.
I loved this swap it was so much fun and Cheryl has a lot of wonderful swaps so if your like me and you love little surprises in the mail go over and find a swap that takes your fancy.
Ok off to check out my One a day partners in crime.
I seem to have gone missing. I haven’t gone into hiding, no witness protection programs, I just seem to be finding it hard to find time to blog. No I’m not particularly busy doing anything but I am working on a fair few projects at the moment and they all seem to be taking up a lot of my time.
You know the kinda projects you are working against the clock on. The kind with a deadline, whether that be a filming schedule or a babies due date. And the thing about schedules and deadlines is as soon as I have them I tend to procrastinate. I know I should get hooking and knitting away as soon as I find out about these deadlines but I always seem to leave it to the last-minute and spend several days/weeks hooking and knitting away like mad. And so this is where I am at right now.
I am in the clutches of rippling away. I am nearly halfway and the colours I’m using are making me really enjoy this project. But the bouquet of hooky flowers on my to do list is nowhere near half way and I’ve got one more week to have it ready to mail, so tomorrow I must I repeat to the procrastinator in me I MUST hook up a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
And don’t even get me started on my one a day. You may have noticed a drastic absence of One a day posts, this is largely due to the fact I’m not puffing away. I need to pick up those needles, I even have one half way done on the needles but I’m just so busy with all the other knitty hooky business going on in my house. But I will be puffing away again I promise to deliver another episode of the puff family next week.
Oh god did I just add something else to my to do list. Better go start now or I’ll never get anything finished.
Love to all