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A finished pullover for Squeak!!

I finished the self-stripe pullover! I stayed up late last night sewing it up, and finished it this afternoon. Squeak loves it, but I wish I made it an inch or two longer in the body. It fits her well, So I am very happy. I would of finished it sooner, but as I was sewing up the raglan sleeves, I noticed the back was shorter than the sleeves. I soon realised that I had finished too early, and I still needed to do another 10 rows with decreasing. I also used 4 less stitiches in the neckband, and I think it looks good. I used a stretchy cast off method, which was brilliant for a neckband, I am impressed and will use it a lot. It is a bit bulkier, as each stitch is knitted, then the two just knitted are knitted together, but the elasticity makes it a winner, especially on neckbands. I didn’t have to put buttons in so I am stoked!

Almost finished pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You may notice a difference with the pic, as the old laptop had picasa to re-size and watermark pics, I spent an hour finding a new program to do it. I heard the pics load better if they’re not a large filesize, and I thought 6mb wouldn’t cut the mustard. I also like the watermark as anyone whe sees it can look at the blog and find the pattern and type of yarn. So my new photo-editing software of choice is Fotor. It was the first I came across that offered both re-sizing and text.

The progress with the knitting machine isn’t great, as it needs to be set up and not interrupted. In our house such a place is difficult, as it is still cold from winter, and my sewing room is quite chilly. Also, keeping an eye on Squeak is important, and her naptime tends to be filled with dinner preparation, and the housework where she tends to be underfoot, like unstacking the dishwasher, or vaccuuming the floor. I am thinking of ways to work around this, but at the moment I’m not coming up with many answers.

As a side-note Squeak is almost walking. She will take off across the room, and will happily take a dozen or so steps by herself. Also, she can walk happily holding onto a hand for a few minutes, and very much enjoys it. My lil girl is growing up.

How was your week?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Catch-up

I now have my Asus T100, with windows 8. A big change from Vista, and it totally bamboozled me for the first 2 days. I bought it on Saturday, and it was only in the evening I got to plug it in and fire it up.

First thing is that it needed to charge for 8 hours, so I couldn’t unplug it, so I was sitting on a step-stool in the corner. I had also purchased an anti-virus so I had to install it. I opened the packet and read the directions. they were to put in the CD, and follow the prompts. The Asus doesn’t have a CD drive, only a USB port. It only took an hour to get around that issue, but finally it was installed.

Vista had the typical start menu, and I could find where things were. With windows 8, It’s like I am fumbling in the dark. I might have to see if there is a short course to get the most out of it. The amusing thing is that I chose the windows based tablet over Apple or Android to avoid apps. There is no avoiding them now.

I also purchased a sewing pattern to make Squeak’s pyjamas, and 4 more pairs of flannel pyjamas, which was quite amusing, but now the pressure is off for now with the pyjamas, but the pattern is good for thinner cotton fabric, so this pattern will male all her pyjama needs for a few years. Instead of the traditional button-up style, the top is more of a peasant style, and there is a cute ruffle at the bottoms of the sleeves and legs. I am planning to buy some cute material to make her Christmas pyjamas, as we tend to have a relaxed Christmas morning, and I want to start a nice tradition.

On Sunday we went to Cranksters Cruise, in Nagambie. A few hundred hot-rods and older cars gather in a park in Nagambie, to look at each others cars and listen to a band. an entry fee and some raffles and auctions raise money for charities. It was a brilliant day out, and Squeak loved all the beautiful cars, she loves cars! She was rapt to take Blum, DaddyMopar’s Valiant out for a cruise for the day. I will hopefully write more about the day later on.

When I bought the pyjamas I also bought a new wool sewing needle. It’s just a cheapy, but when I went to sew up the self-striping pullover, I couldn’t find my beautiful bent-end needles. I loved them. They will be around somewhere, but I have a backlog of projects to sew up, so I must get sewing. I have sewn up 3 out of 4 raglan sleeve seams, then I can knit up the neckband, then finish off with the sleeve and side seams.

I want to finish sewing up the persille jumper, then the feathers blanket, then i will start my next hand knitting project. Even with a knitting machine I want to have a hand-knit on the go, as the knitting machine is a big learning curve, and I still have problems just making plain fabric, let alone any patterned fabric. I enjoy my hand-knitting, especially working with 8-ply (DK) yarn, as it is quick, and produces a nice, warm fabric.

do you have special clothing traditions for christmas and easter?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Let’s add a knitting machine to the collection

Just over a year ago, there was a knitting machine for sale in the local op shop. I considered it, but wanted to do more research. When I went back, it had been sold. Since then I have wanted a knitting machine of my own.

On sunday night, I was on Ebay, just browsing, when I saw a nice machine, only about an hour away. It has the ribber, recently serviced, and a one-hour lesson included. It was buy-it-now. I clicked to buy, I have let too many machines get away from me the past year.

Tomorrow I will pick up my new toy, and maybe I will finally knit something for myself! DaddyMopar thinks maybe I could knit some things to sell. That’s a possibility! I am very excited to pick up my new toy!

It has been a very long week, as DaddyMopar worked late most nights this week. Squeak and I ate dinner without him most nights, luckily he was home for family dinner tonight, Squeak was sooo happy to have him at the dinner table, she was all smiles. She has missed him all week, so we need some family time this weekend. I baked an egg and bacon pie for dinner, their favorite.

Today I went to the local fruit shop, it always has such nice, fresh produce, I can’t help but go a bit overboard. I bought 4 shopping bags worth, but to be fair, there was milk, bread and orange juice in there, so that’s a bag and a half. The orange juice is fresh squeezed, when Squeak was on the way I had to limit how much I drank, it was so tasty and refreshing during summer.

I bought all the ingredients for homemade sausage rolls, my backup lunch for Squeak. I can make the filling easily in the bellini. I normally use store-bought puff pastry, but I am considering making my own, as I dont like how flaky the pastry gets, so maybe I should try a ‘rough puff’ pastry which is less flaky. I will have to do some research.

I am also tempted to do a ‘Miffy’ quilt for Squeak, she loves the bunny. We went to the library today and got 3 ‘Miffy’ books, so I have lots of inspiration. Now all I need is time, and motivation, which will probably be used up by the knitting machine.

Have you used a knitting machine?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Self-stripe Pullover

Earlier this week I started a pullover for Squeak here.

I had just finished the rib at the bottom, knitted in the round. I contemplated knitting the body in the round, but I thought it would lead to a funny effect on the sleeves.

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As you can see the stripe is just less than 2 rows, so if I knitted in the round I would have a new colour every row, which would either change when I divide for armholes, or be wasteful as I would need to cut the thread after every row to keep the self-stripe correct. I like the look of the 2-3 row stripe, and at most it would be 4 rows on the sleeves. I also get a bit bored with knitting in the round for a long time.

You may also notice the pattern is for a purl5,knit1 rib, but the purl looked funny with the different colours. I thought it looked inside out. It will still fit the same, as the rib was just to look nice.

The back is finished, with 23 stitches set aside for the neckband, and only a few rows until I begin the armhole shaping on the front. I am enjoying this knit as it is very simple, but enjoyable as i love watching the yarn and trying to guess when the colour change is!

Do you love the simple knits at times?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Bubbles, Feathers and Sleeves

I am up to the sleeves on the persille jumper, and I am knitting both at once. I have completed the increases, and now I just need to keep knitting until I reach the desired length. Then it’s a few rows of binding off, then its on to some sewing up, so I can knit the neckband. I am not a big fan of sewing up, and I tend to put it off, sometimes for weeks. One of Squeak’s cardigans was almost too small when I finally completed it, so I try to finish as soon as possible so Squeak doesn’t miss out.

I decided I had to finish Squeak’s Feathers shawl/blanket. Squeak loved her Bubbles blanket, which is a round feather and fan shawl, knitted in 4 ply cotton. I picked up the pattern book at an op shop a few years ago, and knitted it on a whim before Squeak was born. When my Mum first met Squeak, she was swaddled in her Bubbles blanket, and Mum told me she had one like it as a bub, it was lent from a friend and she was so happy Squeak had one similar.

Once Squeak grew out of being swaddled in the blanket and started sleeping in her cot, I started searching for a square version of the pattern. I found this one in patons knitting book 216. I knitted it in Heirloom Organic cotton 4 ply.

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I just have to sew it up, I am getting very excited!! It was harder to knit than the feathers. It was knitted as a diamond, increasing then decreasing stitches. Once the centre is finished, the loops on the edge are picked up, and knitted out in a wedge. It was more challenging than my normal knit, but I was up for the challenge.

I am hoping to have it finished soon, I am hoping to have an evening to sew up the corner seams, I want to get it right, so I don’t want to rush it.

Do you have many unfinished projects?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x

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Yummy yummy banana bread!

Last night I stayed up waaay too late to make banana bread. DaddyMopar takes his lunch every day, and with the possibility of no shops nearby as he is a tradie, I try to make tasty lunchbox treats to stop him going and buying his morning tea.

I should bake up a storm and freeze a few varieties of cupcakes and slices, but I haven’t had the time, or researched freezing. Also, DaddyMopar needs to tell me what he likes in his lunchbox. This weekend I will try to make a few things for the freezer, as baking every second night is tiring, especially as I’m doing it after Squeak goes to bed, so I’m up til 2 or 3 in the morning to get everything done.

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DaddyMopar Loves it!!

It is supposed to have brown sugar, but I ran out, so I used a combination of white sugar, and golden syrup. DaddyMopar couldn’t tell the difference, and Squeak loved her afternoon snack. Hopefully I will be able to freeze a few slices for another day

Squeak’s persille jumper is coming along nicely, I will hopefully be finished by late next week. The pattern panel is easy to do now as I’ve memorised it so I can sit and mindlessly knit if I get a chance. I can also easily knit this while watching TV.

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I am now at the decreasing for where the sleeves will inset, in a few rows the shaping is finished for a while. I might have the front finished tomorrow if I’m lucky. Next I will knit the sleeves, and I am considering knitting both at the same time. I haven’t done it before, but I think it will work well to make sure they are the same length. Also, I tend to get bored by the second sleeve, and sometimes a project will sit for a few weeks before I finish it.

I have also been looking at doll dresses for Squeak’s dolly Deedee, as I want her to have nice outfits. I should be able to knit something up quickly, so maybe a few outfits as it’s nice to have variety.

Any ideas on dolly dresses?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Knitting, kneading and a finished quilt!!

I finished Squeak’s quilt!! I think I have to wash it tho.

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I am very happy with it, now to work out my next quilt. It’s hard to decide what to do next, but I think I must do a dresden plate, as DaddyMopar bought me an easydresden template a few months ago. It makes dresdens soooo simple, and there are a few random dresdens floating round our house that I’ve practised on.

I bought a box of bread mix last week, as I have had bad results with my dough making. I have ended up with under-risen dough, which is frustrating. Today I made the dough, doing the kneading in my bellini, the mix was as big as the machine is supposed to handle. The instructions with the bellini say to knead 1min on speed 6, then on speed 1 for a bit. That doesn’t knead properly so I started on speed 6, but then speed 4 for a few minutes and beautifully kneaded dough! I let it rise in a bowl on the stovetop, the vent from the oven provided decent heat to rise nicely. I was making home-made sausage rolls, so I had the oven going which made the rising easy.

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DaddyMopar is having sandwiches made with the bread for lunch tomorrow. It tastes beautiful, but is a bit difficult to slice. Next time I will make a lower loaf, of rolls. I might start making bread and yeast products more often.

Squeak’s persille jumper is coming along nicely, I want to knit a lot now. I have finished the back, and I’ve started on the front. I am still on the first 50g ball, so I might only need 2, maybe a bit of a 3rd. I bought 4 to have enough, but I will have leftovers! Maybe Squeak’s dolly will get a pretty new purple dress soon enough!

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I love the pattern in it, It isn’t as complicated as it looks!

Do you know how to slice home-baked bread?

lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x