Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Thursday, 17 December 2009

It's nearly Christmas!

I've got one more pair of longies to finish and then my customs list is done until January. I've got a couple of things I want to knit over Christmas but it will be nice to have the pressure off.

As we're moving house next month (eek not long now!!) we had a man come round this afternoon to give us a quote for removals. There is something uncomfortable about having strangers wander round your house looking at things. I guess that's one of the reasons house moving is so stressful, your calm quiet home suddenly has people trampling through it, taking all your furniture outside to load onto a lorry and then trampling through your new house.

I'm looking forward to this all being over. The new house is quite a bit bigger than this one so there won't be the problem of trying to find places for things. The kitchen is bigger with a large workspace which will be very useful. There is a garden for the children to play in during the summer. There is a play park nearby for the children to use and a country park a short walk up the road :-)

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Skirty Collab

Last post tonight, sorry for spamming!

This is a set that I'm really proud of. I dyed the yarn ages ago and it just wasn't quite right so I overdyed it a pinky-red colour and it blended beautifully.

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The booties were made by Sam from Essence of Envy

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The buttons are adoreable!

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Ok that's it for tonight. I should have some more photos to update with in a couple of weeks. At the moment I'm in a B&B with 3 very over-excited children who are supposed to be going to bed but are instead bouncing around and squealing. We're all sleeping in the same room so I fear it will be a long night!

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This was what I made for my Mum's birthday:

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I made it with some semi solid dyed yarn by Krafty Koala

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It's such a pretty pattern

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I think I might make one for myself when I have time. It was a quick knit and nice to have a change from longies :-)

Oops!

Almost a month without a blog post, sorry!! I've been busy with Buy British Month and working through my orders list. Here's some of the things I've been doing:

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These are some instock longies which I made for BBM. They are hips 23, rise 19, inseam 11 so if anyone is interested let me know ;-) They are made using Fyberspates thick blue faced leicester yarn so are lovely and snuggley

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These were a custom order using some Cascade 220 yarn

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Super Busy!

Been too busy to post for a while. I've recently found out that we'll be moving house by January so things are rather busy here at the moment. I'm working my way through my customs list and have closed my shop for the next few months. I don't know if I'll be able to participate much during Buy British Month which I'm rather sad about but hopefully I'll be able to start making woollies again early next year :-)

In the mean time, here are some things I've been making:


Mexicana by Babylonglegs

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Scrappies for the lovely Vonnie's gorgeous littlest baby

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Googly Moo by Krafty Koala

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And lastly Fire in the Sky by Babylonglegs (these were a YYMK order)

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I've also been making something for my Mum but I won't be able to post about it until after her birthday.

Next on the needles are some longies in a Purpley colourway in a Cascade 220 yarn.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Buy British Month!



It's nearly time for Buy British Month!

A month long celebration of the work of British WAHM's. It sounds like this one is going to be the best yet. The Soaring Sheep will be there with some ready made woollies, collaborations and custom slots. There will be loads of other WAHM's offering new products, special offers and OOAK items. I'm definitely going to be joining in as a customer ;-)

Please check it out, it's going to be great

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Leo the Lion


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Originally uploaded by evel_lin
Rubbish photo thanks to rubbish light from the rubbish English autumn... (yes I did get rained on today, how did you guess?)

Gorgeous colourway in real life and knitted up really nicely :-)

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Greens and Oranges

Apologies for the bad lighting in the photos. It's so grey and dark at the moment

Babylongleg's Greens colourway

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Wharfedale Woolworks on Bluefaced Leicester

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Currently working on a pair in Babylongleg's Leo the Lion colourway. Should get them done today or tomorrow :-)

Monday, 19 October 2009

10 Things About Me

I was tagged by Charlotte so here goes:

1. I can play the flute. I was grade 7/grade 8 standard when I left school. I got my grade 6 certificate but decided I didn't want to do more exams at the same time as doing my A levels so instead just worked on enjoying what I was playing. I hardly ever pick up my flute now, I miss it in some ways, there is something very peaceful about just sitting and playing

2. I love reading. Particularly fantasy books and historical fiction. I like the escapism of reading about other worlds or times and always want a happy ending. With 3 young children I don't get much chance to read at the moment, except in the mornings when I'm running a bath.

3. I love being outside. Going for long walks, camping or just running around in the rain. When I was pregnant with my daughter I didn't go out much. I was lonely and I sat around all day feeling trapped and getting fatter. 4 Years on from that I feel like I'm starting to find the outdoors again.

4. I started training to be a midwife. I've been interested in birth, pregnancy and women's health since I was a child. I had to leave in my first year after I got pregnant with my daughter. I think I would like to go back to it, but don't know if I ever will.

5. When I was younger my Granddad used to send me fossilised dinosaur poo that he'd dug up on his land. I think I've still got it in a tin up in the roof!

6. I enjoy cooking and baking. I'm not the world's best cook by a long stretch but I like flipping through cookery books or looking on cooking websites for inspiration and trying new meals.

7. I'm a control freak. I like to plan things weeks, if not months, in advance. I love making lists and crossing things off. I get grumpy and stressed out very easily if people aren't on time or don't do something which they've said they would.

8. Conversely I can be ridiculously spontaneous. When I was 43+3 weeks pregnant we decided to drive 6 hours to go see an American aircraft carrier at Portsmouth. That night I finally went into labour with my third baby.

9. I am left handed and resent being called "cack handed". I am just as dextrous as a right handed person, and I'm probably more ambidextrous than a large proportion of them, having had to learn quite early on how to use tools designed for right handers

10. I can pick up a snail and let it crawl across my palm but I can't bare to touch a slug. It is ridiculous!


I tag Annie in Woollyland, Bibs n Bots, Mrs Halobaby and Crafty n Clothy

Thursday, 15 October 2009

X Large Scrappies


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Originally uploaded by evel_lin
This pair had a large hip measurement which is why they look a bit baggy in the photo. I enjoyed making them because I like putting scrappies colourways together :-)

Friday, 9 October 2009

Phoenix Longies


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Originally uploaded by evel_lin
A pair of X-large longies for a very patient lady. Made using Babylongleg's Phoenix colourway on soft British Merino yarn. The colours are so vibrant in real life :-) Finished with simple moss stitch cuffs

Monday, 28 September 2009

Heathers Longies


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Originally uploaded by evel_lin
Custom YYMK Longies in Jimmy Riddles "Heathers" colourway finished with twisted rib cuffs

Monday, 21 September 2009

Recent FO's

YYMK Longies for another woolly WAHM

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Some longies in a variation of Blue Banana by Babylonglegs

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A large soaker that I knitted up with some left over yarn. It was sold to a very quick Mama

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And lastly some shorties in Pixieknit's Violet Rainbow colourway. These were the prize I donated for the Cloth Nappy Addict forum's birthday celebrations. The winner asked for shorties to fit her daughter next year and gave me a list of colourways she liked. I picked this one because it was so bright and Summery.

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I think I'll order this colourway again, it would make such a cute skirty :-)

Currently I'm knitting up another YYMK order with some lovely Jimmy Riddles yarn. It is gorgeously thick yarn, perfect for winter longies

Friday, 11 September 2009

Purple Rain Crops

I am really pleased with these so they can have a blog post all to their own. They're a custom order made using Krafty Koala's Purple Rain colourway which is so rich and vibrant. It's absolutely scrummy and I will definitely be ordering it again

Anyways, enough waffle, on to the pics:

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And here's a close up of the ruffle (thank you to Cathie of NKFN for helping me out when I had a brain-fail moment!)

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I thoroughly enjoyed making these. Yay for uber girly woollies

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

I've been busy!

X-Large skirty longies in Bewitched by Krafty Koala. Barely had enough yarn to do these!

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Phoenix (Babylongleg's colourway) shorties with moss stitch ruffle

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Blue Banana (another Babylongleg's colourway) Longies

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I also knitted up some longies for another WAHM but forgot to take a photo of them before posting. Lack of sleep is really taking a toll on my memory at the moment!

I've got 2 more longies to show off but they are destined for Buy British Month on the Cloth Nappy Addicts forum in November ;-)

Monday, 17 August 2009

Bluebell Skirty

I love this Babylonglegs colourway :-)

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I got loads of knitting done this weekend but the other things are still WIP's so not photos yet. Going to make a cup of tea now

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Confession

You know I said I've got lots of yarn at the moment and don't really need any more. Well tonight I've just ordered 1.1kg! Some from Sarah at Babylonglegs and some more from Alison at Pixieknits. I really need to get knitting!

However, in my defence, some of that is for orders and my customs list is full til October so theoretically it will get used soon-ish.

No idea where I'm going to put it though! Do you think the baby would mind sharing his cot? He doesn't really need all that room does he? Or would he try to eat it?

I think I have a problem :-o

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Recent customs

X-large soaker in Babylongleg's Iris colourway

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Absolutely stunning colourway, definately one of my favourites. I love the patterning of the colours and it makes me think of sunshine and Spring :-)

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These longies are in Babylongleg's Gothika colourway with bell ruffle cuffs.


My shop is closed for the next 3 weeks to give me a chance to catch up on orders and also to go on holiday! We're renting a house with the in-laws in Dover for a week so fingers crossed we get lots of sunshine!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Recent Customs

I've been super busy lately, not helped by a hungry baby who wants to nurse all the time! He is about 18lbs now at less than 4 months old so it's not surprising really!

Anyways, here's what I've been up to:

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I've also got some X-Large skirty longies on the needles which are taking a while! Got about an inch left on the skirty part now so hoping I'm not going to run out of yarn!

I finally took a photo of Eli wearing the jacket I made for him whilst I was pregnant

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At 6-9 month size it just fits him!

And as I'm showing off him, I might as well post some photos of the other two as well :-)

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Thursday, 16 July 2009

Here come the girls!

I've been enjoying lots of girly orders lately. As I only have boys in cloth nappies at the moment it's good fun to be able to use pinks and ruffles :-)

This pair were an X-Large custom order using Krafty Koala's Fairground colourway. Soooo bright!

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This pair are in Babylongleg's Chocolate Candy colourway. Due to a problem with my shop I managed to sell this colourway twice. The other customer is being very understanding and patient and I'll be knitting hers up when Sarah has had the time to dye up more yarn when she's back from her hols :-)

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I love these ruffles!!

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Finally I've got a Juliette skirty to show off that I've made as a swap for a friend's baby. I'm going to be offering custom slots for these from August

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I did a sewn cast off for the legs and skirty which took forever! Won't be doing that again, no matter how nice it looks!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Busy Me

Two more shorties to show off and another pair just finished today that need lanolising which I'll post pictures of tomorrow.

First shorties are these made using Babylongleg's Weeping Willow colourway. These were for the same person who ordered the Blue Banana shorties

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I ran out of yarn at the end so ended up having to do a simple crocheted drawstring. I'm really pleased with how they turned out though. Hardly any pooling and the colours look really nice knitted up.

This pair I finished at the weekend:

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They're knitted in a goldfish colourway from Krafty Koala. I'd been lusting after this colourway for a whiile, bought it and then persuaded a customer to choose it! These were X-large shorties but surprisingly quick to knit. I love this colourway and I'm sure I'll be ordering it again at some point :-D

Anyways, need to get back to the needles. Hopefully I'll have some more photos to post soon :-)

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Eek

Had a scary moment last night. I tried to put away a big bag of yarn I got recently from Babylonglegs. I didn't have space in my yarn box. I didn't have space in the big drawer either. I have too much yarn :-o I told DP to take a note of the time!

Unfortunately I decided I had too much yarn just after I ordered 5 skeins from Krafty Koala, whoops!

However I have finished a pair of X large shorties which I cast on friday evening. I then cast on another pair of shorties and I've finished the back of a medium soaker which will be part of a skirty I'm making for a friend's baby.

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with yarn at the moment so I'm knitting really quickly to try to get rid of some of it. I'm hoping to get all my orders done by August so I can close the shop for a month and knit some longies for Eli to wear this winter. I've got 3 longies worth of yarns that I bought for him from the US whilst i was pregnant and I've not touched any of them. I've also got 2 skeins of yarn I was going to make into longies for my eldest hut she's potty trained. I'm still deciding whether to use it for my bigger boy or to keep it to one side for Eli when he's bigger...

Patt of me likes the idea of putting all my yarn in a big pile on the floor and taking a photo. I'm worried that it might shock me a bit though!

Anyways, I'll do some photos of what I've been making in a bit but just wanted to post this one now of some instock shorties I made out of the yarn I dyed a few weeks ago

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I'm rather pleased with them :-) They're listed for sale in my shop

Thursday, 18 June 2009

More Scrappies!


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Originally uploaded by evel_lin
This time some girly ones. Finished off with a cute little ruffle :-) These were a custom order. The pale orange/green/blue section at the crotch increases was yarn dyed by me. I've knitted the rest of it up into some X-large shorties but forgot to take a photo of them. They're lovely and summer-ey too.




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Currently I'm working on another pair of scrappies, this time some boyish crops. I've just got to sew up the crotch and do the legs. I've got the yarns already and I'm planning on doing it in the next couple of evenings.

I'm off on holiday today. We're going to be staying at the in-laws house for a couple of weeks and having a holiday from there. We've already planned two beach trips and I'm planning on meeting up with some friends too which I'm looking forward to.

I need something to knit in the car so I'm taking with me some crops that I've got on the needles. I'm also planning on making a skirty for a friend's baby girl as well so will be taking yarn for that. Guess it's not technically a holiday if I'm bringing my knitting, but it's a hobby so it doesn't count :-p

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