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A tiny bit of knitting

little bit of knitting

And finally, i’ve reached the knitting post!

This is, like the knitting, short and sweet. i’ve started to knit a UKO (unidentified knitted object) in anticipation of the next member of the family arriving. no, i’m not pregnant this is for the next niece or nephew, due in the next month or so. i knitted a little blanket for my niece, a blanket for my nephew and a cardi for my child, so it’s only right i do something for the next baby to come along. Once i’ve decided what to do, I’ll finish it off, and post it on here.

Sparkles and Wings – a fairy costume for toddlers

As promised, another post. This time, it is about SEWING. I am not sewing as much as i’d like because i’m struggling to get along with my “new” sewing machine. Did i tell you about it? i’m sure i did. Anyway, it’s another freebie (this time it was from the work Freecycle site) but it came without any instruction book and try as i might, i can’t find one on the internet anywhere and can’t figure out where i’m going wrong. I’ve taken to randomly moving knobs and levers and it’s getting me completely tangled up in thread to the point where the top line of stitching looks ok but underneath, the bobbin thread isn’t catching the top thread so the top thread is looping wildly and excessively underneath. i think for every stitch i’m probably using up about 30cm of top thread. gah.

Anyway, apart from those woes, i have been doing some stitching and sewing. I bought The Great British Sewing Bee book and it is BRILLIANT. it has a load of patterns, helpful hints and tips and is easy to follow. i’ve made a toile (Get me!) for a tunic style top but because of my issue with the sewing machine and no idea where to get nice fabric, i’ve hit a bit of a sewer’s block and i’m not sure where to go with it.

So… (Sew… ahahahaha!) i’ve made two sparkly fairy costumes for children instead. the first one i made was for The Child for her birthday (photos below) and the second was for a friend’s 4 year old. Both of them were fairly simple to make, but incredibly time consuming because i hand stitched.

construction: one skirt, one top, one ribbon for decoration.
material:
skirt:turquoise sequin top layer, then turquoise lining for the bottom layer
top: turquoise lining and turquoise netting for the wings.

skirt:
simple bubble skirt. i started to write out instructions on how to do this, but then realised that i’d just cobbled it together from some online tutorials so really wouldn’t suggest following what i’ve done! there are loads of online tutorials though, so have a quick search and you’ll be fine.
skirt

top:
this is easier! i measured from belly button to shoulder, doubled it. then also measured shoulder to shoulder. cut it out which left me with a long rectangle. folded it in half, sewed up the sides a little bit. cut into the fold a slash for the neckhole and there you go! i also nicked two holes in the front and back and ran a ribbon through them to act as a sort of decoration/waist cincher/way to keep the top anchored onto the toddler.

top (front)

on the back of the top i stitched on two wings. and how did i make these wings? i folded up quite a lot of netting, cut about a toddler’s arm-length and then sewed this to the top. then i hacked into the netting to make them a bit more floaty and wing like.

top (wings)

and the end result is:

outfit

The child isn’t 100% convinced she likes it yet… but she did shout “PRINCESS DRESS!” the first time i showed her it, so hopefully she will try it on at least once…

The Post where I tell you all about the Baking I’ve done

There have been a few birthdays, family visits and days which deserved an “ah, what the heck, i’m going to bake”. Sadly, i’ve not that many photos, but i did have a lot of fun baking and eating.

First things first, I can share a picture or two of the Birthday Cake made for the child’s second birthday. Yes, she is two. TWO! you’d hardly believe it’s been (just over) a year since one of the first posts written on the blog. I decided that seeing as last year’s square cake worked out well when it came to cutting equal chunks for people, i would replicate it with a tiny little twist. A bit of pink food colouring in the cake batter, swirled around a bit (but not too much) added a little bit of interest into an otherwise standard plain vanilla sponge cake. So, here it is:

CAKE!

CAKE!

And, cut open to see the slight marbling effect:

The inside of the cake

The inside of the cake

In addition to this cake (which tasted lovely), i’ve also been baking:

1. Mary Berry’s pinwheel biscuits. One layer of vanilla biscuit, one layer of chocolate biscuit, rolled up and then cut into slices = pinwheel biscuits. These are quite complicated to construct. Well, when i say complicated i mean “it takes ages”. The recipe itself is simple and they taste marvellous. However, there’s quite a bit of dough-chilling required, plus rolling out the two layers to the same size and rolling together takes a bit more dexterity than i have. It’s worth it though, they look really cool!

2. Plain vanilla biscuits. Bit of a standard recipe here, butter, plain flour, egg, sugar, vanilla and a bit of elbow grease. huzzah.

3. Vanilla fairy cakes with butter cream icing. It’s just as well i didn’t take a photo of these – the icing was hideous! i just cannot for the life of me figure out how to pipe properly. i may just resort to slathering buttercream on with a palette knife instead now.

I baked everything a few times and each time they tasted a tiny bit better. Hooray! Huzzah!

It’s been a long time

I’ve neglected you, my lovely bloggy friends. I’m so sorry, I’ve been a bit busy and it’s about time i updated you on what i’ve been up to. Sadly, most of it has been work related, or visiting friends or family and quite a bit of time child-wrangling. However! I have done a bit of baking, a tiny bit of knitting and a smidgen of sewing. Each will get an update blog so there will be a little flurry from me. Enjoy!