Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Warm that noggin!

The cold weather has certainly crept up on me! It was quite a few days of cool/sunny days and all of a sudden, its COLD! I had to go digging in my closet for my favorite hat! 

Speaking of hats, I tried out a new-to-me pattern by the lovely Lindsay Baker of Family Roots. It's called the Hudson Hat. Such a fun little pattern to knit up! I already have my little one asking me to make her one in pink! (yes honey, I'll get on that).

I made this one for a 1 year old little boy, all wool ofcourse. With a nice big pompom on top of the hat! I hope he likes it. The hat is on its way across the country, so hopefully it gets there soon. 

It's not the best photo unfortunately, but it was the best I could get in the lighting.


I'm working on my 2nd Hudson Hat of the season now... a scrappy one this time, in a newborn size. Can I get an "awwww...." . This time the mama chose a small tassel on the top of the hat. It's going to be so cute! I hope to get good pics of that one as soon as its done :)

That's it from me for today. I'll be back tomorrow with a post about something totally different (ok, may be not *that* different). 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Finished orders :)

I finished and sent off my last order a couple of weeks ago. My high-school friend ordered a custom made waldorf-inspired doll for her little girl, and some mug rugs for herself. 

I had so much fun making these. Apart from picking 2 main fabrics for the mug rugs, she let me have free reign with the designs, the accent colors, shapes and sizes. Maybe too much free reign - I picked and re-picked patterns for a long time!

Here are the 4 completed mug rugs. I have been told that they are being loved and used already :)


Next up, the doll. The little girl picked all the colors for this one - hair, skin, eyes, dress, shoes. I was only too happy to oblige and create the dream doll for her :)

She requested rainbow hair, brown eyes, tan/light skin, and a sweet smile.

Photo 2

Hair that she could dress up, so the doll can grow with her....(this request was made by the mom)

Photo 3

A green dress, and yellow shoes! So I hand-knit a sweet overall skirtie, and crocheted up a pair of boots that could be worn high or folded down halfway...
I also made the little doll a pair of bloomers ;) 

Photo 1 copy

She stands 18.5" tall! Definitely the biggest doll I have made so far.

Photo 2 copy

The best part is that the little girl I made the doll for, LOVED it! I am told the doll has a special sleeping space in her bed, and not with the rest of the toys. This is also the biggest doll the little girl has ever seen - my friend sent me a photo. That big smile, the arms tight around the doll -- that is priceless! 

I hope she gets years of love and play with this officially named Holly! awww!


I just finished up another order - a knitted item. This one is a surprise for one of my reader's daughter. So I won't post about it till after the item has been gifted ;) It was a first for me, so I hope it's well received :) It's all packaged up and heading to the post office very soon!

With that I'm off to get on with my day.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Planning projects

I received some gorgeous new fabrics from Warp & Weft a couple days back.  This store is my absolute favourite! I love all the prints Esmari brings in, and her blog is very inspiring as well. I ordered these at the end of the month in September, and they came in pretty quick.

Let's take a look at what I got =)

First up is "Petite Street" by Dashwood Studios UK. I absolutely fell in love with this gorgeous line when I saw it. I'm envisioning a little baby quilt with this line. The sweet little houses would look great fussy-cut and centred into a quilt block. The clouds would be perfect as the border. I'm playing around with the prints, trying to come up with a placement that looks *just right*. 

Next up is "Enchanted Forest", also by Dashwood Studios UK. This line was inspired by Enid Blyton's "The Faraway Tree" books. Did you read Enid Blyton growing up? I did! So when I read about this inspiration behind the line, how could I not get it! Besides, its way too cute to pass up! 
Flowers, mice, snails, hedgehogs, squirrels... oh my! hmm...what would you like to see this collection made into?

This little bundle is an assortment of prints from different lines. The prints are from Piper, Tsuru, Carnaby Street, Glimma, Ruby, Koi and Sew Stitchy. I'm thinking these will make some really cute wristlets, zippy pouches, iPad sleeves... oh! the possibilities!!

This gorgeous gorgeous line is "Bungalow" from Joel Dewberry. Don't you just love that little birdie? I love the color and print combinations here. Lap quilt, cushion covers, iPad case, placemats? This line would make any of those items look amazing!

Finally, here is "Tule" by Art Gallery Fabrics. This line is so sweet and delicate. The soft feminine prints, punctuated with the striking blue triangles makes an amazing combination I think. A purse maybe? a wristlet? a mug rug and coffee sleeve set for a special lady? 

I love the project planning phase. The possibilities are endless, and I love seeing how my ideas translate from paper into the finished product.

Is there anything specific you would like to see any of these fabrics made into?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October is here!

It's October 1st, and I am wondering where the year has gone! I love Fall weather. The changing leaves, the crisp air, sipping a hot coffee snuggled under a blanket, warm soups and comfort foods, baking!

Which brings me to one of my favorite things to do in this rainy weather. Knitting! I'm going through my yarn stash and picking out some colors to knit a pair of longies for my little one. She still fits the ones from last year, but barely. I am also still working on the socks for me. I hope to also have the time (and motivation) to knit up some mittens for myself. 

We don't really do anything for Halloween, and I haven't seen many kids around the neighborhood either. So we might head out to the mall to see some decorations, events; maybe visit the park, etc. 

That's it from me for now. I'll be back later this evening to post about Day 1 of our food-budget tracking that I am doing this month.  

Do you like the Fall weather? What's your favorite thing about it?