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.

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

Knitted lap blanket

blanket foldedKeeping the promise I made to myself, I have finally finished my lap blanket! Really it was just the binding off and weaving in the ends left to be done, but it was still languishing in a bag for years mocking me. So pleased it is done!

The yarn is Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks. 18 skeins of varying colours lugged back from the states by my wonderfully generous brother. If only they shipped to Australia!   lap blanket

I actually ordered this yarn as soon as I saw the pattern, way back in May 2011 just before my oldest turned 1 and I suddenly had a lot less “free” time. Since then, the pattern has been upgraded and is now a paid pattern on ravelry, available here.

Anyway, I love it. It is like the warmest snuggly granny blanket, with a slightly updated look. I’m sure it will end up being well used. Starting right now as it is just cool enough in the evenings to need a lap blanket, hurrah!

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!

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!