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Green fern blanket update

I have been slowly working away at the massive fern blanket, The one where I assumed 5 stitches per inch, and it was more like 4. Over 201 stitches that makes a massive difference to the width. When I started I wrote about it in Ribbits, and crickets

I have decided it can’t be square, or it will be too big for a baby blanket. I think I am almost finished the centre, or maybe a few more pattern repeats. I will then finish off with the moss stitch border,  and then I have to pick up the cast on stitches as I hadn’t decided on the border when I cast on.

Can you see a problem?

fernblanket

Today I decided to take a few photos to put the project in perspective. It is a nice sunny day, so outside for some photos. As I was carrying it out I thought maybe I could see the different shades from different balls. In the photos it’s clear. I’m not happy, but there isn’t anything I can do now. I just won’t buy that brand of yarn again. I am a bit disappointed as I have put a lot of effort in, and this does spoil the final effect quite a lot. It is still a comfy, warm blanket though.

I also have a few more projects on the go, and a few small ones finished. I have made a toy owl for Squeak, She loves it and named it ‘Nin’. I bought the fabric as a ‘bunting and stuffie set’, so I will also likely do a bunting, or use it in a quilt later in the year. It was quick to make, just put them right sides facing, then stitch around the outside. fill with stuffing, then handstitch the opening closed.

nin

nin3

I am in the process of hand-stitching a fish, as my sewing machine needs servicing, and I don’t want to risk any damage by using it. I do have my Nanna’s singer 201k from the 50’s as well, but I’m having tension problems, and a lack of time to concentrate and work out what is causing it.

Here is the link to the pattern I am using, I am very excited as it is a sweet looking fish!

http://birchfabrics.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/free-pdf-pattern-tutorial-pond-fishy.html

I’m intending to do a 2014 wrap-up soon, I know it is a little late, and the year is flying by. 2015 is delivering some amazing opportunities, it feels like a bit of a fresh start in some aspects of my life, which is refreshing.

How is your year so far?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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a few random Q& A’s about me

1. What is one thing you would like to accomplish before your next birthday?

My birthday is in may so I might not have anything accomplished for me. I am hoping to knit myself a nice cardigan at some point during the year. I would like to finish it this year. I do have quite a few baby gift knits for the first half of this year. I would also like to master the basics on the knitting machine.

2. Do you have any “rules” about food?

I have severe allergies to nuts and coconut, so I can be very pedantic about food. My love of cooking and food developed as I was starting to have a bad relationship with food because of the allergies. We tend not to eat at restaurants or buy takeaway as often as I tend to be very conservative when ordering so I normally order things like spaghetti bolognese, or chicken parma. I have had a number of bad allergic reactions over the years and it is very scary when they happen.

3. Say 7 facts about your house

  • The house is believed to be over a century old
  • We have kangaroos come into our yard and are within metres (yards) of our house
  • We have a gorgeous view of both the sunset and sunrise
  • I never properly decorated the nursery for Squeak, as she slept in our room until she was almost a year old
  •  We have the lovely old-fashioned double-sash windows in quite a few rooms of the house, and cooling the house in summer is soooo much easier as they make the air circulate
  • It is the style of house that looks great with quilts, knitted things and a nice ‘shabby chic’ style. The shabby chic style is great as I have eclectic taste at times and I have bought 3 cabinets for the televison to sit on, luckily I am happy with the third one!
  • The house has high ceilings which is really nice looking, but can make things difficult keeping the place warm in winter. Luckily it is summertime and I can brainstorm ways to reduce my heating bill over winter. I am considering curtain pelmets.

4. You favorite ice cream?

I love homemade ice cream, as my mother-in-law won an ice cream machine in a raffle and gave it to us. I tend to buy a litre (about a quart) of custard or yoghurt and we can make a delicious frozen treat. DaddyMopar loves the frozen yoghurt, I love choc custard, and my brother loves the vanilla! It does set harder but about 5 minutes after I take it out of the freezer it is perfect.

5. What’s your favorite television show?

Daria. An animated cartoon from MTV that aired during my teenage years. For years I watched episodes I had taped off tv, then a few years ago they released a box set that my brother gave my for xmas. I love watching them in bed as I fall asleep. I rerely get a chance to, but a girl can always dream!

6. If you were a crayon what color would you be?

This is funny as Squeak loves crayons at the moment. I have to watch her carefully as she wants to have a little nibble at times, and although nontoxic, I don’t think she should eat them. I don’t really prefer any colour crayon though.

Do you have any questions, are you curious about anything?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxx

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Impossible quiche?

Yesterday was a very long day, Squeak woke at 6am, and I had went to bed close to 2. It was a long day, but I managed to get an hour-long nap when Squeak had her nap. I thought I would whip up a pressure-cooker casserole, and   I wanted to put kidney beans in it, I loove kidney beans!

We had 500g (about a pound) of diced chicken, diced up 2 zucchinis, 4 carrots and 3 potatoes. I then added a 400g tin of each tomatoes, and kidney beans. I also added some vegie stock and some dried oregano. I pressure cooked it for about half an hour. Once it was cooked and the pressure reduced, I thickened it with some cornflour (cornstarch). It was delicious!

casserole

Tonight’s dinner was something I never tried before. I saw on an old episode of Masterchef Australia about Quiche. I haven’t ever made quiche, and it seemed quite daunting. I googled a few recipes, and one site suggested an impossible quiche. It has that name as it seems almost impossible that the gloopy mix will come out of the oven with a nice crust on the bottom, tasty middle and golden top. The recipe is HERE

quichefinal

Cue Success!! DaddyMopar has said he loved it, and I should make it again sometime. Squeak happily ate her serve, which is great as I love finding healthy meals, especially ones that are reasonably easy to prepare. Since I tend to prepare dinner earlier in the day (while Squeak naps is the most common time) the fact that it bakes for an hour isn’t a bother.

Have you made impossible quiche before?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

 

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Finished Feathers!!

My Feathers blanket for Squeak is finished!! I finished it late friday night. It had been languishing in my pile of things to finish later, along with the persille pullover. I tend to put off sewing up, and blocking, and finishing, sometimes til the clothes are too small for the recipient. Then I forget about them, so I must get them out to finish them off

I posted HERE about knitting the blanket, it was while I was knitting the persille pullover. I must finish that off soon, I am sure Squeak would love to wear it.

The blanket was almost finished, All I had to do is sew up the diagonal seams on the border (not the edging) which was to be sewn up in herringbone stitch. I had to google how to do this, but I think it came out nice. It is a 4-ply cotton, Heirloom brand. I heard a rumour it is from Bendigo Woolen Mills, but it hasn’t been confirmed. I love the woolen mill, I could spend a small fortune in there.

feathers

Hopefully I can get the persille pullover sewn up soon, I don’t enjoy sewing up, but I would like to reduce the amount of unfinished projects, You could say it is one of my new year’s resolutions. My yarn stash is very tempting, but technically I have 4 blankets being knitted. I would love to knit up a few nice cardigans for Squeak, she loves them, and she looks so sweet in them. So I must finish some items so I can cast on new ones.

Are you making any changes for the new year?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Pyjamas and a peasant dress!!

I finally finished the xmas pyjamas for Squeak, I finished them on xmas eve! I did cut it a little short, but I did make a peasant dress of the same fabric when I should have been working on the pyjamas.

Here’s a link to the site I found the pattern on, I LOVED it!!! there was a few variations I could of made, short or long sleeves, different necklines, and even the option of a shirred bodice. I was sooo tempted to dig up some bobbin elastic to make that one.

http://www.scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com/2012/11/howtomakeapeasantdress.html

peasantdress

It looks better on. the sleeves puff out so beautifully!

Squeak wore it to the extended family xmas, and she happily wore it all day. The light cotton was great as it was a warm day, 30C degrees, possibly up to 35C degrees. (85 to 95 farenheit). It was a warm day, a lot of the other kids stripped down to their nappies (diapers) and singlets.

Squeak’s pyjamas came up well, the top was a lot more fiddly than I thought. Gathers, and the yoke took more time than I had estimated.

Here they are, fresh out of the wash, and needing a good iron.

pyjamas

The ruffle at the bottom of the leg is cute, but for the next pair I will just make it like the sleeves, it will save fabric, and save a lot of time instead of gathering the ruffle, and sewing it in place. I think the sleeves are gorgeous. The yoke is pretty. I used press studs instead of buttons for the back opening. I think this will be gorgeous in a simple print. It always takes a lot longer the first time you make something from a pattern. I am used to flat fabric, an making quilts,but making garments is a whole new ballgame to me. It is something I am enjoying though.

I will have to update soon on the 8-ply bubbles blanket, and show off the progress on the green fern blanket, and the new 4-ply feathersoft knitted blanket for Squeak. I know I have too many unfinished projects, but Squeak opened the drawer I keep my knitting in, broke open the band on the ball, and snuggled up to it. How could I resist making her something with it.

Have you sarted a new xmas tradition?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar xxx

 

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Project Pyjamas for Squeak!!

It is 8 sleeps til Xmas and I really really wanted to make some beautiful jarmies for Squeak. I want my xmas morning photos to have pretty homemade pyjamas, So I have to stop dragging my chain and get started.

I purchased the fabric today at my favorite little fabric shop. They have a nice sale table and these cheeky monkeys caught my eye

monkeyfabric

I traced my pattern pieces onto greaseproof paper, as I always trace, I never cut up the pattern. This pattern sheet makes up to a size 8, a 26in chest, so I could be using this pattern for a few years

pattern

I could get the fabric out and start cutting the fabric, but I think that might be tomorrow night’s project. I think I need to be fresh to do that, and it is a little too late. I stay up waaaay too late.

I chose the monkeys as I love monkeys, and we can use the pyjamas all summer, not just for Xmas

Do you like the fabric?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Ribbits, and crickets….

I started one of the baby blankets the other night, as two of my cousins are expecting babies in the next few months. I discussed colours with the first mummy due, and she is loving soft greens, as she is still deciding wether to have a surprise, or to find out the gender before bub is born. I bought some beautiful green 8-ply while I was out shopping. It is a thicker 8-ply, and I am using 6mm knitting needles. I couldn’t find my circular, so DaddyMopar called in at lincraft on his way home from work one day to buy one for me.

babyblanket

I am playing it by ear, so it might be 35 inches wide, could be 50. I started by picking a stitch pattern I liked, and assumed 5 stitches per inch, and about 40 inches wide. pattern repeat is 9 + multiples of 12, so 201 stitches. Oopsies. My tension is more like 4 stitches per inch. I decided after about 20cm (8 inches) I wanted a 6 stitch edging of moss stitch, as I thought I couldn’t find a nice edging to go with it, and most are too fussy, I wanted the emphasis on the fern stitch in the middle. Commence Frogging. You ribbit out. With fern stitch each diamond starts with 1 stitch, and you increase, then decrease. It wasn’t as simple as dropping 6 stitches, then re-knitting them. No no no, I ended up dropping about 30, then re-doing them.

Once I had my 6 moss stitch border in place, I noticed a big boo-boo. I skipped a row of the pattern repeat. I then had to go back about 20 or 30 rows to do the correct pattern.

I now have 7 stitches of moss stitch at each end, and I just measured, it is 16cm long. It is beautiful, and a pleasure to knit.

babyblanket2

As for the cricket…

There is a cricket loose in my kitchen, and he keeps chirping….

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Off to a swap meet

On the weekend DaddyMopar, Squeak and I attended the Bendigo Swap Meet, a large swap meet held at the Bendigo showgrounds. If you are unfamiliar with a swap meet, they are mostly car parts and memorabilia, with some older-wares as well. Car workshop manuals are of interest to me, as well as old kitchenware, and memorabilia. DaddyMopar loves his car parts, but he only got one car part, a rubber dust boot to go on his car. I got my dad’s father’s day pressie, a car workshop manual for one of his 1930s cars. Even though father’s day was a few months ago, I felt this was the perfect pressie. He loved it! It is great to have collectibles to go with old cars. I bought myself a cookbook from the 40’s, with some unusual recipes like fish pudding, and boiled terrapin. There is also instructions for buying fruit, setting a table, and carving meats. I haven’t had a good look, but it was only $8, so I am sure it will be worth a read, and have some good recipes in it, and a few that I would consider odd some 70 years later. I love old cookbooks, some of the recipes are brilliant, and there are some wonderful desserts. I tend not to be so fond of the more ‘modern’ cookbooks, as I love comfort food. I do find Nigella Lawson’s, and some of Jamie Oliver’s recipes very good.

I made a chocolate cake out of Nigella Lawson’s ‘How To Eat’ for my brother’s birthday a few weeks ago. I had bought a silicon cake pan shaped like a car, so I made a very odd car cake for his birthday. The candles were put in to look like zoomie headers

birthday cake

Nailed It??

It was delicious, so it wasn’t all bad. I will leave the fancy cakes to my sister-in-law, she makes gorgeous decorated cakes. I aim for edible

Do you like my Car cake??

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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It’s been a while…..

I lost track of time!!! It feels like only last week that I last blogged, but it has been a month! It has been an interesting, fun filled month. we spent a weekend away in the lovely Victorian town of St Arnaud with friends from our car club, and it was a blast! there was a halloween themed party on the Saturday night, and some amazing costumes were showcased

I made Squeak a patch to dress up as ‘Superbee’ a joke on Superman, and the car superbee. A pair of black leggings, yellow t-shirt, black wings, and the patch on the chest of the T-shirt and a perfect costume!

superbee

I haven’t got a pic of it finished, I cut it out from the background, and attached it to the t-shirt with safety pins, and now I am considering framing it, just as a cutesy thing for Squeak’s wall.

Unfinished projects…..GUILTY

I currently have a lot of unfinished projects.

The Persille pullover still needs to be sewn up.

The Square cotton feather shawl has been ignored and not touched

The All-in-one sleeveless top is almost finished, I ignored it for too long, as the plain stocking stitch was being repetitive. I then started a Bubbles shawl for Squeak in 8-ply (DK) using 5.0mm needles. I realised when I was about halfway through the patterned border (not the edging) that the pattern for 4 ply (fingering) called for 5.5mm needles, so I should have used at least a 6.0mm. Oopsies. Hopefully it turns out ok. Squeak picked a multicoloured yarn, a 250g ball in spotlight, and refused to let it go, so I bought it to make this blanket for her. I am a bit worried that it won’t sit right, as the bubbles shawl is a bit odd, it is circular with a feather and fan border, then a knitted edging. I hope it will sit flat. I could always knit extra panels to expand it if it needs it. I Wish I could post a pic of it, but my phone is flat, so I will post an update tomorrow.

I have now committed to knitting two more blankets in the next 6 months, as two of my cousins are expecting within 6 weeks of each other! I purchased some lovely dusky green 8 ply (DK) to knit up a rectangle blanket, and it suggests 6.0mm needles, so it should have a lovely drape. I am still deciding for the baby due a few weeks later, I might decide once the green blanket is underway, or almost completed. If I decide too early, I might lose steam on the green one. I can feel myself losing motivation on the 8 ply bubbles, and I HAVE to finish the all-in-one sleeveless top before Squeak grows out of it.

Do you think I have too many unfinished projects?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar

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Feeling better, a bit

I am slowly recovering from my chest and sinus infection. Last week I was on antibiotic tablets, but I wasn’t improving, so Monday morning my Dad drove us to the Drs, as he was worried that I was too sick to drive. The Dr was glad I had came in when I did, and next thing I was in the treatment room, for an antibiotic injection, a steroid injection, and a stint on the nebuliser for asthma as well.

On monday night I started to feel better, which was great! Tuesday was another antibiotic injection, and another stint on the nebuliser. Today was just an antibiotic injection, hopefully the last. All the injections were in the buttock muscle, so it can be sore to sit down, and I have a nice collection of bruises just under the waistband of my jeans!

I started the Girl’s All-in-One Sleeveless Top just before I caught ther cold that led to the chest and sinus infection, so I have been working on it for almost 3 weeks. It has been slow progress as I didn’t feel up to knitting, and with Squeak recovering from the cold, I pretty much ignored knitting and enjoyed quiet time with Squeak.

top

It is a horrible colour to take a photo of, but a beautiful colour on Squeak, I’m very excited for this to be finished for her to wear.

jacket

I tried to reduce the brightness and glare so you can get a true idea of the yoke, It is gorgeous. I love tops knitted with a one-piece yoke. Now that Squeak is in toddler sizes, there is a lot less knitting patterns that take my fancy.  I tended to only buy patterns for babies, but now I am running out of choices.

It is likely I will have this finished within a week or two, then onto pyjamas for Squeak. I was planning long pyjamas made of printed cotton as the weather is warming up, but Squeak has developed a habit of sleeping on her front, and kicking off all her blankets. If this continues I want her to keep wearing the flannels until the weather changes to be more summery and milder at night, as it keeps her that little bit warmer, which means less likely to wake up in the night wanting Mummy or Daddy to find the blanket for her to snuggle, for her then to kick the blanket off within an hour. At the moment she is happily warm and comfy with just the flannel pyjamas, but I really want the better fit of the elastic in the cuffs of the legs and sleeves, and it is a daily struggle to do up the buttons on the pyjama shirt. Hopefully I can start on them by the weekend, but it might just be wishful thinking!

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x