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Easter, and multiple miffys

Hi Everyone,

Can you believe it is easter already! It’s been a big few weeks, but I will go into more details later on, as it is way too much for one post!

I had a plan to knit a Miffy softie for Squeak for her easter pressie. Squeak loves Miffy, I think it might be her favorite show. I saw a beautiful pattern for free on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/miffy-and-her-balloon

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It took a while to get motivated, as I like knitting without a lot of shaping, and also I didn’t want Squeak to see it and work out what it was. The pattern was written differently that I am used to, so I made quite a few mistakes which meant I had to knit the head twice. I will need to knit another one the same very soon, as where Squeak is, Miffy must be. A spare is definitely needed. Especially since Miffy is a creamy white, and Miffy already had a chocolatey mark on her, and she is only 2 days old.

We were invited to an easter hunt this afternoon, easter monday. I had looked for a nice easter t-shirt in the shops, but I hadn’t found one I liked. We did have some plain t-shirts she was outgrowing, so I got my collection of scrap fabric, and my heatnbond roll out. I googled Miffy colouring in pages, and found three I liked. I decided that it didn’t matter if they wouldn’t last long term, as it was mainly for easter and if they lasted longer then that would be a bonus.

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I am happy with the longsleeve t-shirt, as the face details are the best. In the future I will have to embroider the face after I iron the Miffy on, so you can’t see the shadow of loose ends of embroidery floss.

This was technically a no-sew project, but I have my doubts about the longevity of the Miffys, as the light pink one started to peel off yesterday, the first day of wear. I didn’t take any shortcuts with the iron on adhesive, I am a little disappointed, but Squeak is so close to outgrowing the shirts. I might use this technique of layering fabric to make a cute shopping bag, but I think the background fabric being stretchy might have contributed to the peeling. It might also be good for a quilt,  Imagine how excited Squeak would be if she had a Miffy quilt!

I have been working on finishing some unfinished projects, and bought more yarn. There was a 30% off sale at lincraft so easter bunny bought me 2x100g balls in each of 5 colours, and a pattern book. DaddyMopar is eagerly awaiting a jigsaw puzzle I ordered for him, that we will do together. Isn’t easter great?

Lots of Love,

MummyMopar xxx

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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?

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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.

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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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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!

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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