Busy season

alexia dress It’s been pretty busy here since last post, what with summer, Christmas and a second birthday! So I thought I would do a quick recap of some of my silly season projects.

Up top is the Alexia dress by FooFooThreads etsy shop, which I made for the little one’s birthday dress (first birthday dress is here). I just loved the yellow dress in the inspiration photo so much I had to recreate it. (Order it here if you can’t make it yourself!). Happy birthday princess!

Baby slip dressI also made her a baby slip dress from the free pattern by Suburbia Soup using Koi It’s a plus fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale. Just love the colours in this.

super raccoonI made a few other Christmas gifts, none of which were photographed of course. And I have nearly finished the knitted Christmas stockings. Maybe I’ll have them done for Christmas in July?? Here’s one present that I did manage to photograph, made with love for a special birthday boy. It’s Randolph the Super Raccoon (from the pattern by Rebecca Danger), gifted with My Super Hero by Chris Owen and Moira Court. Note to self: If you forget to knit jogless stripes, position it better in photos!

And now it’s time to tidy up the fabric stash so I can see what I’ve got and start planning for the next kids clothes week.

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The small McCoy – mini seventh doctor vest

knit seventh doctor vestFinally, FINALLY, I have finished my 3 year old’s 50th anniversary outfit! And there’s less than one day left to #savetheday.

seventh doctor vest backThis was my first attempt at knitting stranded colour work and while it is far from perfect I am really pleased with it, particularly since I was working with department store yarn bought on a last-minute whim. A little tight here and there perhaps. But overall! How cute is my mini doctor?

seventh doctor vestI worked the ring bear vest pattern with a few mods and used the witty little knitter’s pattern for the colour work. So lucky that these talented people offer their patterns for free!

3D printed tardisMy mini TARDIS was 3D printed by Zebra Atoms. If I had access to a real TARDIS I might have found the time to make a tiny version of Ace‘s bomber jacket for my nearly 2 year old daughter as well. Maybe I will eventually get around to it – Halloween 2014 perhaps? Here are some cute bomber jacket options: crocheted, self drafted, vintage pattern.

Almost sugar-free mini donuts

mini donutsClearing out a cupboard today I uncovered the donut maker I bought for $12 at kmart a couple of years ago to make party food. I think its been used all of twice. Time to use it or lose it!

This adaption of an already popular recipe worked for us to make slightly cakey, yummy donuts. Note: Although I am not very strict about sugar generally, I wanted to try a sugar free recipe simply because I realise that I prefer my little ones when they haven’t been eating it! I say ‘almost’ sugar free because I did dust them lightly with cinnamon sugar for a more authentic donut taste. The extra flour is to offset the extra liquid from adding the rice malt syrup.

Rice malt syrup donuts.  Made about 20 mini donuts.

Recipe adapted from bestrecipes.com.au

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour plus 2-3 tablespoons extra flour
  • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 125g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  1. Turn on your electric donut maker.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add butter, egg, milk and rice malt syrup and beat until smooth.
  4. Ask your toddler to keep their fingers out of the bowl while you scrape the mix into a piping bag to pipe into the machine.
  5. Cook until lightly browned.
  6. Dust with cinnamon sugar or other sugar-free alternative.
  7. EAT!

Daddy day car scarf

daddy scarf drivingLate I know, but here’s my handmade father’s day gift. A (seasonally inappropriate) daddy scarf with a meandering road for mini vehicles! There are 4 mini garages (two at each end) …daddy scarf garageand an overpass bridge in the middle!

daddy scarf overpassAll up the scarf is roughly 180cm long and 12 cm wide, which is large enough to be actually worn in winter. The cars are called Nano Speed which I found at the supermarket in packs of two. We chose the police car/fire engine combo.daddy scarfI absolutely cannot take any credit for the design, but simply followed the inspired directions posted by MizToolLady on Ravelry. I also ran out of yarn half way through, leading to the (ahem) design feature of a very slight colour change. The kids loved it from the first mention or was it perhaps just the tiny cars? Either way, anything which is functional AND can be used to distract the littles is a win for me.

Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zara

Easter 2013

Easter 2013 10I can’t quite believe Easter 2013 has already been and gone! We had a lovely, busy weekend, with family, good food and lots of egg hunts.

Washi ear easter eggsThe eggs were placed inside these beautiful silicon bubbaccino cups from hookTURN. My two love their homemade babyccinos! I added some easy washi tape bunny ears to the eggs to dress them up.

Bunny earsFor the littlest, no-chocolate eating member of the family I made a little bunny hat, which he promptly fell asleep in. Aw. Love those sleepy little bunnies!

Ruffle bloomers and a new machine

polka dot ruffle bloomersIs there anything more squeezable than a baby with a ruffle-y bottom? So cute.

Before I get to the bloomers, I want to introduce my new baby! I feel like my sewing has suffered lately because of my machine, which was an ultra-basic Brother from a discount department store. It was functional, but noisy and I knew it had hit its limit when it started to have trouble sewing a straight line on a single layer of fabric. Since a service was nearly as much as the whole machine originally cost to buy, I dragged the family over to Hobbysew to have a look at some shiny new machines.

brother innovis 600This one came home with us. It’s a Brother Innovis-600 and it blows my socks off. Auto needle threading, thread cutting, hands-free presser foot lifting, multiple button holes, more stitches than I could ever use and if the kids are playing around my ankles I don’t even need to use a pedal! Finally I am sewing in the 21st century! I wonder what my grandmother would make of it.

I immediately whipped out a few toy-organising drawstring bags to get used to the machine and test it out, but I really wanted to test the little extra I snuck in – this ruffler. It’s a little beast of a foot and very complicated looking, but it is straightforward to use and it certainly does its job. So I made these spotty bloomers using Dana’s perfect diaper cover. Baby girl is 14 months old, but I made size 2 for extra bubble. I stitched three strips of ruffly cuteness onto the back after cutting it out and then followed the tutorial. And then I took far too many photos of that little booty. Love! Now I sort of want some in my size, ha ha!polka dot ruffle bloomers in actionFabric: Cotton polka dots from Spotlight.

A knitted doll for a new baby girl

I was staying with my parents-in-law when I heard that a friend of mine had delivered her fourth child. I wanted to give her something small and handmade so I used supplies from my mother-in-law’s cupboard to quickly knit this little doll.

Every now and then you come across a pattern that you can use again and again. This is one of them. It is fast, easy to follow and the result is adorable. Thanks to Jean Greenhowe for publishing it for free!

The knitting was finished in less than a day, but took a little longer than that for me to find the time to sew it up. Put together it is just over 20cm long and has very cute little details like nose and blushing cheeks drawn on with a pencil.

Welcome to the world, little one!