Crochet cardi

Another crochet cardi for a future little person.  I think this one is currently unassigned :)
Yarn: NZ Merino wool and pattern:

I had a few late nights after LP's arrival and wanted to make something I'd made before so would be relatively easy to work on and put down without concentrating.  I even got LP to model half way through to see what the sizing was like.  I never made her one as the season's didn't quite line up with the sizing!  (yes that is my Christmas jumper and yes, it wasn't Christmas!)

Baking up a storm

There's been a bit of baking going on here over the last few months.  I've been ravenous sometimes and having some baked goods about the place has been so helpful.  That said, this is about 6 months worth of baking (though the scones were repeated a LOT!).  My little helper isn't quite as helpful as the photo suggests and I'm back to work again so less time for food play!

These scones were a God send in the weeks after LP's arrival.  The lovely Gemma of 66stitches passed on the recipe - lemonade scones.  Only 4 ingredients and with the added bonus of using up the leftover cream for serving - Yum!

Banana bread.  I think this was edmonds but I wasn't a fan.  I really would like to get a good recipe with sultanas.

On the plus side, LP was very interested in the project.  She also really liked playing with the sieve afterwards.  Though I reached the end of being able to bake while wearing LP.

I made have also made another fantastic discovery of the scone mix at Bin Inn

Toting growlers

I'm rather pleased with this make. It was one of the last before LP (little person) arrived and was actually requested by BM.  Its a padded tote bag with spaces for growlers so he can cart his glass contrainers to the bottle store for some craft beers.  It also used up quite a bit of random stash including some buckram, padding and two different grey fabrics.

I self drafted based on the measurements of his growlers (here's wikipedia if you're not familiar with beer culture terminology - which I wasn't but have now been indoctrinated!).

Getting my vintage vogue on

Last year before things got hectic and while I was in Melbourne for a few months, I decided to put my sewing skills to the test and resize a fairly basic vintage vogue pattern I fell in love with and purchased off etsy.

Its a quick and easy pattern so I thought it shouldn't be too hard to do a FBA and resizing. I made a muslin and then sewed up the final version.  BUT by the time I'd finally added a zip (as I'd fallen out of love with it) I was a bit too pregnant and it still doesn't fit!  Gah!  The FBA needed more FBA for my current feeding baby size so at some point in the future I wonder if it'll work again.

However, I learnt loads!  And think the pattern on the fabric is a little too busy for my liking on me (though I still love it in the abstract).  I can't remember what I did with my resized pattern pieces as it occurs to me that I'm in need of tops like this for work (but don't think I can quite face how much work it would take to get it to fit m…

Cosy merino

I can't quite believe how long ago I finished these - I think it was a Christmas present last year for my niece.  The fabric is merino/nylon from levana fabrics and the pattern is from Sewnz and also purchased at Levana - pattern available online at levana.  I made one for my little person and one for my niece making use of one of the embroidery panels in the fabric.

I really like the neck - easy to get on and off for a little person and also a nice design detail.

Quick crafting

In the mad rush to finish things before BoJ's arrival, I made a rice filled hot pad and a cat toy.  The second is more understandable when I explain that a lovely lady from Fabric Hoarders gave me the cat toy mostly finished and I just needed to stuff it and sew it. 

The hot pad uses up my london purchased liberty fabric.  It and the coordinating grey fabric were used for a pair of PJ bottoms that are still in circulation (blogged in 2012!).

Here's the hot pad in my delivery suite.  Pretty sterile looking, eh?  I was glad of the small homemade touches as was in there for quite a while.

Marking with crochet

I have no idea where I got this yarn - I think I may have inherited it.  I cleared the stash a little and finished these up and turned them into some cards for friends.  I used spray starch to get them a little less floppy!