Friday, August 31, 2012

Kane ~ Happy 10th Birthday!

The most special thing about the end of winter ... Kane!  Double digits today.  He couldn't be happier!

Happy 10th Birthday Ruffy Ratbag xx

Friday, August 24, 2012

Book week 2012 ~ Maya the Harp Fairy

Book week is done for 2012 and we made it! I managed to catch a horrendous head cold on Wednesday with what feels like a million deadlines and Maya's costume for book week not even started.  I'm glad that Kane's was done!

Maya the Harp fairy wears a very bright dress and it was a quick run into Spotlight to see if I could find anything that would work.  This bright floral and fruit voile was picked up on the bargain table for $5 a metre and the trim was in my stash, a lovely basic from Quilt Fabric Delights.

I used the Make it Perfect Fab Frocks pattern for the dress, which I love for a quick make.  It only goes up to a size 5 but is a generous fit and I only needed to draft it a little larger for Maya.  As I used voile I also added some fullness into the skirt to add a bit more warmth.

Maya didn't like her hair curly.  She was upset that it looked short!  I'm sure but the end of the day it will be back to waist length for her.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Butterick 3238 ~ Kane's Mouse Costume

I'm not good at costumes.  I don't know what it is but they just don't inspire me and I bet I'm not the only one when it comes to book week :)  This year Kane asked if he could be Einstein from the book by John Heffernan,  The Revenge of Dr Von Berpinberger

I used Butterick 3238 and adapted it a bit to make a mouse costume and lengthened it a bit to fit Kane who is around a size 9.  I used some windcheater fabric so its pretty snuggly.

The book parade is on Friday and I hope Kane isn't planning on playing footy at lunchtime in the white mouse suit!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Maya's Olearia

Back in October 2011,  nearly a year ago, I made this short sleeved,  and all over ruffled Olearia cardigan for Maya.  Maya was wearing it yesterday and I remembered that I hadn't managed to blog it!

The cardigan is knitted in a cotton mix, Moda Vera Beetle that I bought from Spotlight on one of their big yarn clearance sales.  I also have some of this yarn in blue hiding in my stash.

Olearia is a very popular pattern on Ravelry designed by Georgie Hallam with several variations included. It goes up to size 8 and I think I make another version or two for Maya to wear.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My On Hold Socks ..

I don't usually roll up my skinny jeans
I finished off these On Hold socks a few weeks ago. So much to catch up on after our holidays and so many deadlines in August has put me behind on my blogging. 

This yarn is just beautiful.  It is Malabrigo Yarn in the colour Impressionist Sky and I enjoyed knitting with it so much. The yarn  is very soft and silky, and these socks feel so luxurious,  however they are not the thickest socks I have made for warmth.  Maybe the prettiest though.

The pattern is another from the Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson. Love this book!


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