Hand Quilt Along – 16/09/18

Happy Sunday everyone!
I hope you have been well, I have been tired but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I will be getting induced this week if baby doesn’t decide to come out on his own and it’s a huge relief as I’m just feeling so so drained. I am happy with the progress I’ve made on my EPP this time, it will not be finished in time for baby but that’s okay, I’m still enjoying the slow stitching and that is what matters. Plus, it’s actually quite big so he will still get plenty of use from it.

 

It is getting closer and closer and I still love the organised randomness of the colours and patterns. I think I might be done with the top in 2-3 updates before I start the quilting and I can’t wait!

As usual, don’t forget to check the other awesome projects from our group!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!
Advertisements

11 Comments

Filed under Sewing, WIP, Work in progress

Cooper the Copepod pattern release

Happy Monday everyone!

Yes I’m still here, and baby is still in but I have exciting news! The pattern for Cooper the Copepod is finally live in my Ravelry store! I’ve had the pattern tested in August and my testers did a great job. If you read this Hannah, Lex and Heidi thanks again!

IMG_8457

I’m already working on my next pattern but it might get interrupted for a few months. Here is a sneak peak though, it will be a double pattern that you’ll be able to convert between a blue whale and a narwhal. I’m super excited about it!

IMG_8418

I hope you will all have a great week and if I suddenly disappear off you know where I’ll be 😉

Emma

10 Comments

Filed under Crochet, soft toys

FO Friday -Nappy bag/ changing mat

Happy Friday!

This week I have a sewing project to share with you, which is a bit unusual! I’ve now packed the sewing machine (as it was in baby’s room) but it was great to use it for a last project before he comes along.

I made a very cute portable changing mat/ nappy bag for baby. This isn’t perfect by any means but I love it and it will be super practical, which is what matters. I followed a free pattern from So Sew Easy and it was actually quite easy to follow. The most trouble I had was sewing the binding on the main body, as I had to go through 2 layers of fabric, plus the batting in the middle. I was super proud of my pockets though!

And how cute are those fabrics? The inside is a quilting cotton and the outside is flannelette, which is nice and soft and very washable. It’s all padded so that baby will be comfortable while he gets changed, and hopefully it’ll be a practical solution for when we are not home.

On other baby news, he is so big that I will need to get induced in a couple of weeks if he hasn’t come yet. I’ll keep you posted!

Have a great weekend!

Emma

16 Comments

Filed under Sewing

18 for 2018 – August update

Happy Monday!

It’s the beginning of a new month which means it’s time for another update for my yearly goals! Not a huge amount of progress but any progress is good progress with how drained I’ve been feeling.

18 letters sent to friends – 2/18
With the interstate move I would like to keep in contact with friends so I want to make the effort to send them handwritten letter throughout the year.

No letters sent, I might still make up for this goal around Christmas, we shall see. 

17 new recipes tried – Completed in July
If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I love cooking and baking so this should be pretty easy. Plus, the monthly bake-along will definitely help me with this one!

No new recipe this month at all, I’ve not been feeling very adventurous with meals and we didn’t bake along. 

16 painted units of miniatures – 4/16
My husband and I play a miniature game and one of the fun parts is to build and paint our own miniatures. I haven’t done much last year so I hope to catch up this year by painting more models.

None this month but I’ve started painting a new unit. I don’t think I’ll get 16 done this year but I still have done more than last year so it’s a win!

15 books read – 8/15
I’ve decided to tune down this goal from last year, as I don’t have a lot of time to read. But I feel like 15 would be a good number to reach this year.

I’ve read the two next books in the French series I’ve already talked about, Ellana and Ellana, l’envol. Those are real tear jerkers so I had to make sure I was safely at home with a box of tissues before reading them but I still enjoyed them so much. There is something very special about how those books are written that gets me every time. 

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket – 5/14
I have started a knitted memory blanket using my scraps of yarn from previous projects (mostly socks) and I’d like to see it grow this year.

One more added this month. I should be able to add a couple more next month as I have some left over sock yarn from previous projects.

13 batches of baked goods made and eaten – Finished in August
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

I’ve baked so much again this month, with 2 new batches of the peanut butter cookies (Kate they really are amazing and they have been perfect pregnancy snacks) and another batch of montecaos at the express demand of hubby who loves them. 

12 pairs of socks – 4/12
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

None this month as I was trying to get my jumper done as much as possible but my needles are hitching to start a new pair!

11 new stitch markers made – 0/11
I have been playing with shrinking plastic lately and I’d like to make new stitch markers using some cute drawings.

Does receiving at least 50 stitch markers counts? Still haven’t gotten around to play with shrinking plastic. I think I might end up failing this goal 😅

10 new movies seen – Completed in May
We go to the movies almost every week, so I think this goal will be easy to reach, but it will give me a change to blog about movies I see a bit more.

We are taking advantage of baby now being here yet to go to the movies almost every week still. This month we went to see the newest Mission Impossible, Darkest Minds and Crazy, Rich Asians.

9 amigurumi made – 6/9
I obviously love amigurumi enough to design some! I want to precise that those 9 amigurumi will be from other designers, I might even participate in another ami-along.

I have finished the second Orbit and I’ve also made two Eevee for a grand total of 3 new amigurumi this month, not bad!

8 months cross-stitched on the snowflower diaries calendar – 2/8
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

It’s funny that winter really makes me lose all want to cross stitch. One of my new friends I made at the pre-natal class does embroidery and cross stitch though so I might get back to it with her. 

7 games of 40k played with hubby – 3/7
The good thing with painting miniatures is that I will definitely want to play more (I’m hoping anyway) and this will definitely be a fun activity to do with my husband.

No game of 40k this month but I just got hubby a new miniature war game so we will be playing a lot of that (and as a bonus the game uses the same miniatures, win!)

6 new designs published – 2/6 
As you know I already have two new designs that I need to write up and publish. I have also started on a knitted shawl design using the beautiful yarn I got in NZ. Very excited about this one!

I really wanted to publish the pattern for Cooper this month but I’m still waiting on pictures from one of my testers so that should come soon. I’ve also been working on a whole new pattern that I’m pretty excited about, a blue whale/narwhal convertible amigurumi!

5 k steps walked every day – 4/31 
I changed this goal. I am still trying to keep moving during my pregnancy to not transform into a couch potato! Hopefully this will help me keep healthy despite the weight gain.

Hum hum, can we talk about an epic fail here? Okay I got a great excuse but I’ve just been feeling a bit down about this goal. On the other hand, I can’t really walk more than 10 minutes without feeling pelvic pain at the moment so it’s probably better that I didn’t overdo it. 

4 LOTR squares finished – 2/4
Yes I know I’ve been making this for ages but 2018 is the year I get it finished!

Still working on the third square, but not much as I focused on my jumper and my spinning mostly.

3 jumpers knitted – 1/3
Similarly to the need for socks, I will need more jumpers this year! I already have the yarn and a pattern for my first jumper so I’m hoping this goes smoothly.

I’ve made progress on my second jumper yay! I’m not dividing for the front and back, and I hope that means I’m almost there!

IMG_8415

2 getaway trips – Completed in July
We are trying to save money for a house deposit this year, but I’d still like to get a couple weekends away with hubby. We already have one planned, we will be going to the Bendigo sheep and wool show in July

1 thesis submitted – Completed in June
I’m so keen to finish my PhD, so this is definitely my n°1 goal this year!

That’s it for me this month. I hope you’ve been productive too and have achieved what you wanted. It was a bit slow for me but I’m still happy there was progress on some bigger tasks. Bring on September!

Emma

 

11 Comments

Filed under miscellaneous, WIP, Work in progress

Happy mail and early presents

Happy Friday everyone!

I’ve finally been able to catch up on some blog reading today and I realised that I haven’t shared with you the happy mail I received recently.

A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway hosted by the wonderful Bogga from Knitting in France. Bogga is very talented and is always doing test knits, which is super fun to look at because it makes you want to start all the projects! She also dyes her own yarn and this is what she sent me as a prize for her giveaway, which was super exciting! She didn’t just send me yarn though, she also added so many stitch markers, a few key-rings and a cute little pouch in which I’m now keeping my stitch markers. Did I mention I got very spoilt?

IMG_8420

I’m thinking I will make socks with the yarn, I quite fancy having a pair of lacy pink socks for the summer!

This week, I also received my spinning wheel, quite early considering my birthday is still in 3 weeks but I’m grateful we received it early so that I’ll have time to use it before baby is here. It’s a Kiwi2 from Ashford (a New-Zealand company) and it even came with some wool top to spin!

IMG_8430

Isn’t it pretty? I put it together yesterday and I’m so pleased with it, I love the double treadle system and I really like the light wood colour. Funnily, the chair I’m using to spin is actually not too bad on my back so I will be able to make good progress on my alpaca fleece in the next few weeks hopefully!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting everyone!

Emma

16 Comments

Filed under miscellaneous

Hand Quilt Along – 26/08/18

Hello everyone!

I’m a bit late to share my progress on my EPP. There is not as much as I would have liked but the last few weeks have been very busy with friends and family visiting us so my normal crafting time has been somewhat disturbed.

Here is my progress for this time.

I can almost see the end but it’s been more and more uncomfortable for me to sit for long periods of time, the reason being that baby has decided that he would have a growth spurt and is now measuring 4 weeks ahead of schedule. He has been pushing on my sciatic nerve a lot so I’m struggling finding a good position and I have to lay down most of the time (which isn’t very practical to sew).

Anyway, I hope you made more progress than me, next time I show you this baby might have been born, which is exciting! Don’t forget to check out all the beautiful work done by the others participating in the HQAL.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

21 Comments

Filed under Sewing, WIP, Work in progress

WIP Wednesday – Spring shirt

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a great week so far, I’ve been pretty good since last week one of my friends lent me her spinning wheel so I’ve been having fun with it 🙂 I can’t remember if I told you but when I was over in Queensland I got gifted two beautiful bags of alpaca fleece and I’ve started spinning the dark fleece.

What I really want to show you today though is my current progress on a Purl Soho Spring shirt I’ve started a few weeks back. It’s an A-line sweater knit bottom up in the round (which I’ve never done before) and it’s been a bit boring so far but I’m sure it will get much faster once I divide for the back and front. I still have about 4 inches to go on the body so I’ve done most of it, yay!

IMG_8415

I really love the colours I’ve chosen, they are nice and bright and will be perfect for spring 🙂

What projects are you currently working on?

Emma

12 Comments

Filed under Knitting, WIP, Work in progress

FO Friday – Eevee amigurumi

Happy Friday!

I hope you’ve had a great week, mine was quite productive and I’m looking forward to the weekend as we have family visiting for an engagement party. It should be heaps of fun!

Another cool thing happening this weekend is the Pokemon Go event for shiny Eevee. If you’ve been following me for a while you will know I love Pokemon, probably best reflected by the awesome Pokemon alphabet I crossed stitched a few years ago. In honour of the event, I’ve decided to make my very own Eevee and shiny Eevee, in amigurumi form of course! I found a really awesome free pattern from 53 stitches (I really like this minimalist style) and I got hooking. Those were just so fast to make that they were started and finished in a couple of days!

I didn’t add felt for the ears because I didn’t think it was necessary, they are super cute even without it! I’ve been really liking making those, so maybe I’ll challenge myself to make small amigurumi of all the event Pokemon until the end of the year, this should be fun and I would have quite the collection by December, who knows?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Emma

P.S. if anyone is interested, my PokemonGo friend code is 6477 9936 2570, I’d love to play with you!

16 Comments

Filed under Crochet, soft toys

Hand Quilt Along – 5/08/18

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s that time of the month again when we share our progress on our hand quilt along. I’ve been working a lot on my EPP and I’m past half way, yay! I knew all that extra planning from last time would pay off. The top is now at full height as well, so it’s “just” a matter of filling in the space 🙂

Now, I’m hoping to get the better part of the quilt top done by next update, it might be a bit ambitious but I do have some spare time so fingers crossed!

Please don’t forget to check out the other amazing people working on their hand quilting. Bella is currently taking a break but you can still go check her blog 😉

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

26 Comments

Filed under Sewing, WIP, Work in progress

FO – Orbit the dragons

Hello lovely readers!

I made it, I finally managed to sew together my second Orbit the Dragon (pattern is from Projectarian) and take pictures. For some reason at the moment, I’m quite good at finishing things but not so good at taking pictures straight away, which means I end up with finished objects that I can’t really blog about (because I know that you’re probably like me and love pretty pictures!).

Anyway I digress! Here are my two finished dragons, I’m so happy with how they have turned out and I’m looking forward to my next amigurumi (I think I’m back into wanting to crochet more rather than knit).

Aren’t they cuties? The one we are keeping for baby is the one on the left (with the darker green and lighter belly) and the other will be gifted to one of my childhood friends also expecting a baby boy around the same time as us (it will be sent to France with my dad when he leaves after his visit).

I hope you’re all having a great weekend and I’ll be back tomorrow with progress on my EPP!

Emma

30 Comments

Filed under CAL, Crochet, soft toys