Monday, October 17, 2016

Little knits

Once again, I have been doing a bit of knitting instead of quilting. Just a couple of quick little knitted things.

A little vest out of chunky yarn. I had started a sweater for one of my grandsons in B.C. but it became a UFO and when it was unearthed a couple of weeks ago, I no longer remembered what pattern I was using so I undid it. It was only about 6 inches long so it didn't take long. I asked my middle daughter, Maili, if she wanted me to use it to make a vest for Teemu and she said sure.

Mother and son - wearing his vest.

Later the same day. I'm glad I made the vest a bit longer than the pattern indicated but it could have been a bit longer still.

While I was going through my yarn - about the same time I unearthed the yarn for the vest, I came across this one and decided I could probably get a nice hat out of it. It's a child size and is now headed to B.C. for one of my grandsons. Depending on which one it fits, I'll make the next one (same yarn (Bernat Premium) different colour) either bigger of smaller.

I have a couple of little people garments to sew next. I may knit something too since I have so much yarn.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving Day

We celebrated on Saturday with family.
Stay safe.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The party's over

The little girls turn two on Wednesday and the party was yesterday. Balloons and chocolate cupcakes, other little ones to play with, friends and lots of relatives (some via facetime) helped celebrate. I did manage to make a couple of loaves of pulla and some broccoli salad and I even managed to make them aprons.

The fabric was from Len's Mill store in Barrie was only $6.00 a yard.

They sell fabric by the yard or by the metre and I picked up half a metre.

The pattern was a freebie from HERE and only called for a fat quarter. The pattern is actually for a reversible apron and so one would need two fat quarters. I didn't want to make it reversible but the fat quarter was perfect. There was no waste whatsoever. Since I bought a half metre, my fat quarters were cut out of it with some leftover on the sides which I used for the neck strap. The quarter circle that was cut out for the arms was used for a pocket - that was doubled.

It's hard to see but there is a pocket in the middle of the apron (click on the photo to make it bigger.) Little ones don't use pockets much so it's mainly for decorative purposes. I hoped to trim the differently but I didn't have enough lime green bias to cover both arm sections. I left the excess fabric for the neck part so that I can adjust it if their heads grow and the strap becomes too tight. The apron itself with fit a little one for several years. I made the ties with some polyester broadcloth that I had.

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Take a look.

These are three scrubbies I just knit. I had my choice of what three balls I wanted and it was hard to choose because the colours are all so vibrant.

I was asked by Tiffany of YarnCanada to review Red Heart's Scrubby yarn. I had read some of the comments from other people who have used this yarn and I have to say, I didn't find it hard at all to knit up. With 5mm needles, they were quick to knit (as long as you have a bit of time) and I managed to knit these while watching a few TV programs. They are only 26 stitches wide and that works out to roughly 7.5 inches by 6.5 inches. I didn't want to fight with the stitches in the beginning and so I cast on using both knitting needles as one - just like my mother taught me. Even though I just knit a boring straight square or rectangle, I have seen some really nice patterns such as an owl, turtle and flowers. I've even seen it knit up into a mitt that looks like a frog.

The yarn is 100% polyester and 'hairy' with bits sticking out here and there but they didn't get in the way of my knitting like soft hairy yarns would. I tried it out to see if it was indeed a scrubby and it managed to get some cooked egg whites off the outside of my fry pan so yes, it is aptly named. It dries quickly and I'm pretty sure it won't smell like knitted cloth dishcloths tend to do after a bit of use. Totally machine washable in case you do want to spruce it up. 

To get your own Scrubby yarn, pop on over to YarnCanada and choose your favourite colour(s). There are some really gorgeous variegated colours too, not just solids. They have a flat rate of shipping of $5.00 and shipping is free for orders over $35.00. These are for Canadian orders. For international orders, contact the store.

One last thing - they carry other yarns too.

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network once again.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What I've been up to

Besides looking after the tiny little ones in my life, I managed to finish a few things and begin something else.

I managed to finish knitting this one piece sweater - finally. The colour is a bit off. It has to be sewn along the sides and then Teemu can have it.

My friend Judy gave me this pattern a few years ago. She also gave me a metre of some gorgeous fall fabric with leaves and birds on it but I found that it was too bright for this border.

So, I used this fabric. For some reason I have about 4 metres of this fall leaves border fabric. All of those little pieces - the hands, feet, hair, hat, face, crows, etc. were little pieces of scraps.

 I oriented the birds differently from the pattern and I fussy cut the flower. I'm thinking of giving the crows some embroidered feet and some corn seeds to eat. They need eyes and their wings have to be outlined.

Here's the scarecrow with his face on. I just used my Micron pens. The colours of the fabrics show a lot better in this photo - much closer to what they really are.

My plan is to finish sewing around all those fused pieces and then machine quilt it. It will be hung in the hall just inside the front door. It's not a big wall hanging at all and finishes at 16" X 23". Hopefully, it will be done soon so I can move on to other things.

I have decided to join in on the Meadow Mystery which has just started. These are the fabrics that I'm using and they were all cut as per the instructions given in August.

And here's the first part of sewing the pieces together - the instructions for September. It's only a 60" square quilt so it won't be that big. I have used some of the fabrics that my daughter's friend gave me.

I also managed to make a monster tooth fairy pillow for Luc who, at five years of age, has now lost his first tooth. The monster's mouth is a pocket for the tooth.

I'm linking up with The Needle and Thread Network. Pop on over to see what other Canadians are up to.