Baby present

I find it difficult to make boy things and therefore it is always a challenge to put together a gift for a baby boy. Decided to make a nappy/diaper bag with lots of pockets and just add some diapers, knitted cardigan and booties (yes!!!!! I knitted those!) and a smocked romper.

Next time I will make the bag a bit bigger, but in general it is very practical. Hope the new mum loves it

Several years ago I bought a sewing magazine with a lovely smocked dress on the cover – I specifically bought the magazine because of the dress. At that stage I just couldn’t find the perfect fabric to use for this dress and the magazine was put away. And I totally forgot about it. A few weeks ago someone posted the cover photo in a smocking FB group and it reminded me that I always wanted to make the dress. Found the magazine and realised I now DO have the perfect fabric. And yes, it has been made and I am so glad I waited for the correct fabric. And so glad I bought this fabric last year because I wanted to use it for another dress, but it wasn’t right for that dress and I put it away. It all came together in the end 🙂

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Since last week………

Since last week I have

  • made a dress – not smocked – I cannot remember when was the last time I made a dress without smocking!
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  • cooked chutney with the apples from our tree in the backyard
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  • knitted a cardigan
  • cleaned half of the kitchen – washed out kitchen cabinets, repacked everything, washed the doors. When I say I cleaned half the kitchen I actually mean I cleaned half of the kitchen cabinets
  • been trying to toilet train a puppy!!!!!! Oh dear, I have forgotten how much hard work a little pup is. And she is a cheeky one, she runs in circles outside and runs away when we try to catch her. I am now limiting her to an area in my sewing room during the day. She sleeps here, under the watchful eyes of the cats, and I take her outside the minute she opens her eyes. There are always treats in my pocket and I have different places where I sit outside to watch her. But as I said – it is HARD work

Knitting (what??????)

It is no secret that knitting is not something I enjoy very much, but every single winter I take out the knitting needles and knit – and the moment I cast on the stitches I think ‘why on earth am I doing this again?’

Yes, I bought wool. It wasn’t an impulse buy. It was carefully planned and I even made a list. What is wrong with me???????

This is what I bought. And the colour combination looks a bit weird but I am actually planning two little cardigans. No, not one…….TWO!

I am also planning a new smocking project, something I have never done before, but it should be fun. I have the fabric for the dress and I also sorted the fabric for the butterfly wings. Now just have to pleat, tie it off and smock. At the moment I am planning to change the flowers on the waist to a ribbon with embroidered lace butterflies but I will decide as I make the dress.

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We are still battling with the toilet training of the new puppy. It is hard work and I am not sure we are very successful yet. I am doing everything Mr Google told me to do……but as I say, no success yet. She is, once again, nameless as we decided she is not really a Bonnie and the name didn’t suit her at all. I call her Gogga in the meantime (which means bug)

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Knitting, sewing and cake

This week I prepared more little dresses to be smocked as I still feel like smocking and sewing. You can’t see all of them, but there are seven on this pile. Just have to pleat, smock and make 🙂

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I also knitted a jacket and booties for a little boy who was born on Sunday.

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But then I was a bit bored last night and knitted a bonnet, which means it is now for a little girl. Will have to knit another set for the little boy

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The pattern for the toiletries bag has been saved on my desktop for a very long time – when I found some iron-on vinyl I decided it is time to try it out. Don’t think I’ll make it again, it is so much easier to buy pretty ones in the shops

And my favourite of the week? Chocolate cake

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Am I crazy or am I crazy?

Started two new projects since yesterday – yes, two in two days! What on earth is wrong with me?

After finishing the lovely little cardigan the other day I was tempted to try another one. But I suppose………who can blame me? Both are so pretty

The one I finished last week:

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The one I started yesterday:

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Isn’t it just delightful? I also found this cross stitch in the Homespun magazine (May issue) and couldn’t resist:

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So during a break from knitting today I gathered everything I needed and made a start 🙂