Thats the plan.Remember way back when I made this quilt and gushed about the softness and warmth an how the small males around here had requested nightwear? I didn't quite get around to it.Naughty me.
The weather around here has been warming up and it suddenly hit me like all great " oh crap I never got the (insert your good intention here) done and its nearly too late" moment so I went on a pattern hunt.
After my grandmother died, as with all deaths, afterwards the sorting began.In amongst the bags of yarn and bits and bobs, I was handed a box of sewing patterns. I shoved them all in the cupboard thinking there was nothing in there for me to use.Silly me.Tucked in there with all the seventies girlie and batwing sleeved womens patterns, was a very simple robe pattern.
Just what the gentlemen of the house had in mind.So I played "must make the pieces fit because you do not have enough fabric you twit".And I won.Finding enough Katie Jump Rope leftover from Henrys quilt I was indeed able to make him a robe.It makes a lovely lining and gives the robe a little weight which goes perfectly with the flannel.If nothing else it will save my cardigan collection which have become the early morning child warmers.Plus he looks snazzy.Ashleigh calls him Hugh.I assure you there is not a bunny to be seen.
Dont forget to pop leave a comment in the previous post if you would like to win the fabulous crafting magazine with my Henrietta doll pattern inside-I will send it proudly to wherever you live!!
Time moves fast.Entire days zip on by from school run to dinner panic and there's not a lot that gets achieved in the middle.Some days are great and when I look back over what was done I can smile.Other days.Well lets not talk about them ok?
even the back is yummy.Still working on Olivers birthday quilt.Slooooowly.
Sometimes you conquer a fear of SSK and K2T and the like.....
do NOT go looking at the sleeves.You eagle eyed tension queens look away !!
look at the pretty moss stitch instead...in this yarn(colour 967) it makes for a very cuddly smartly dressed son!
We also took a ferry across the seas to Cockatoo Island.Heaven on the harbour as far as the boys were concerned and we had a spectacular day enjoying the creations on display as part of the Sydney Biennale.
Colanders.I know right?? A fantastic installation and a lot of running in amongst it took place let me assure you.Not so fun when you get whacked by a line of swinging hard plastic things but that was part of the challenge!
More green.I cannot describe the gloss on this.It was perfect
Now this was such fun! I defy anyone to resist running across rooftops when the opportunity presents....
This though was cruelty itself-a jumping castle with no jumping allowed.
The island is a wonderland of tunnels and towers and we had a great family day out.You can also camp there which is something to think about when the weather warms up.
It was a very exciting day
Although someone felt a little frazzled at the end of it clearly!
We have had band camp and soccer and my classes are going really well.I am hoping to expand into adult classes soon.There is something else so absurdly exciting I cannot say a word.Hopefully that is going to change soon!!
On a very personal note,there has been a change in my life recently and we are all benefiting from it.Time bombs are unpleasant things but you become so very conditioned by them.You accept and justify.You modify your behaviour and ,quite naturally,learn to be like them if for no other reason than its how to get by.Every time there is an explosion and you think its got to stop, they make you laugh and behave lovingly and you think you were over reacting.When you reach a situation (and it was not so big in the scheme of blow ups but it was the straw that truly broke this camels back) that causes you to actually step back and acknowledge that it is not normal behaviour and most certainly not healthy, it is like a weight has moved from your life.Reaching that stage is hard and you don't know when ,or even if, it will come but when it does...well let me just say it is a relief.Sad but a relief.Breaking a cycle.Lighter is good.I don't know why people accept things when they don't have to.Many have been for far too long.
I have also discovered the delight of baby knits.Leftover skeins of yarn that I had no idea what to do with are being turned into super fast teensy tiny hats and booties.The school fete craft stall is looking like it might get lucky as heavens knows I cannot think of a single 'baby to be' in my vicinity.
And a little help -If anyone knows of a really lovely poncho pattern please let me know.I have had a look on Ravelry but didnt see what I'm after.Something light and elegant I can whip up in some Jo Sharp silk georgette.
I have been writing and uploading this post for the last three hours thanks to internet drops outs.Perhaps why I don't blog so much these days.I will try to get that sorted out I promise because apart from ignoring you by not blogging,when I do I ignore my family.Not so good.
Oh lovely husband just delivered hot tea to long suffering internet challenged wife.Smile
Olivers Birthday is looming.Ok- so August is not yet any moment but, the way this year is flying by at breakneck speed,it may as well be.Remember Henrys birthday quilt? Turning seven must be my "eek-last chance cute quilt appreciation before electric guitars and motorcycle quilts in -horror-black or something".Clearly I have an alarm system.
A while ago I saw this gorgeous quilt and Oliver really liked it.Oliver also really likes hexagons,circles,patchwork,naughts and crosses, riding his scooter and chocolate.Hmm.
I wanted to go for log cabin,the plus signs or gypsy.Anything angular.
Being the child of a somewhat indecisive fabric cutter who is too chicken to considers it a sin to cut gorgeous designs into teensy pieces for quilting, Oliver had a potential quilt problem!
I have gone for this.'Olivers Wonky Quilt'
I am anticipating some grr's because he was very selective about what could go in the quilt whereas I love soooooo many prints that ,as you know,I toss it all in.I do need some Mendocino sharks and perhaps a little something with chocolate in it though.However I try I cannot get away from brights.LOVE THEM.Why try right?
I will add some sashing around the blocks because all this wonky is actually hard to do and if I do that it should enhance the effect of each block being.....wonky ( I like the word!!).
This is my little favourite so far but with twenty six blocks still to go that could change.. *I don't think so though do you-those cute fish or too yummy for words!
I also knit thumb.A THUMB.I was so delighted with my poolside knitting success that the children would have been forgiven for thinking I was high on chlorine.
Some of the instructions in both patterns were confusing and I could have done with some diagrams but,between youtube/google/ and a variety of knitting blogs, I finally understood what turned out to be ridiculously simple.Having said that, now I have knit a few things from it all with success and thats what counts.I plan on tackling a jumper for Henry next so we'll see how that goes.
Ok.School then art class drop off then roast in oven (cold today) then art class collect then soccer training cancelled due to muddy grounds-YIPPEE I say to that.Thermos anyone.....