- Aunty Mum
- The past two years have been all about adjusting to motherhood and finding my way through it via craft. The out pouring of this came in the form of my blog Aunty Mum. Now I'm finally finding my feet, the children are growing, I'm getting some independence and my interests are morphing . . . into cooking. Join me in exploring creativity in many forms, food, fabric, frowns and laughter.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
The other place you have to go is the Mollie Makes site. It's a new magazine out in the UK. As luck would have it my mother is currently in the UK so I've sent her a request to get her hands on all the available issues.
My friend has spoken to our local magazine specialist shop to see if they might be able to stock it so we can keep our fingers crossed. Mum's been having trouble finding it but I've just discovered it's stocked in the supermarket just round the corner from where she is. I'd better sign off and send her a quick text. She'll be regretting she ever went I think as I keep sending through a new request of something to bring home. Note to self: Remember to order the Jelly Babies!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
What's the rush? I've been loaned this gorgeous book.
There's also a nurse that Kayley wants so I think I'll be busy making dolls for a while. But I have to be good and finish the birthday order first. I'll also have to find time to make some more headbands and hats to take down to our centre for selling. My father was being cheeky telling me that I had no right to complain about being worn out as every time he sees me I'm crocheting. When I pointed out that I was actually "working" and earning money he started to see it all in a different light so I'd better keep earning or he might tell me off.
Now I've got to telephone my building buddy. She's got the webbing and we need to make a date to finish our ottomans (I can never decide if it should be ottomans or ottomen). So much to do. So little time.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
We were so excited by our progress that we had to bring the frame into my living room and take turns at sitting on the sofa and pretending to put our feet up. I know, we're very silly.
Tomorrow I have promised Kayley a baking session. I have some of the girls coming over for a crochet lesson on Monday morning and as I'm aware the visit is as much to do with coffee, cake and conversation as with crochet, I promised to make Martha Stewarts no bake peanut butter and chocolate slice. The trick will be ensuring that half of it doesn't disappear between baking it tomorrow and Monday morning (and the children wouldn't be entirely to blame if that happened). I also have to figure out how to make a crochet ring for a six year old and there's mountains of clearing up to do before the Monday morning visitors. Sunday looks set to be anything other than restful. Enjoy your day, what ever you're doing.
Friday, June 24, 2011
By the time I'd made the last ball I had got into the swing of things so I might have to make another one. What a shame!
Today is ottoman day so I've just time for a quick breakfast before my building buddy turns up. I've borrowed the drill from Dad, the wood's in Carolyn's car and the enthusiasm is high.
This afternoon I'm dragging my girls to spotlight to pick the fabric. As a reward I'll take them over to Bayfair for a browse around the Smiggle shop and then dinner. Should be a great day. Hope yours goes well!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
So the tea cosy has been tossed into the bottom of the basket and I've been rummaging around for ideas of what I can create.
I have made a start on a necklace. I had thought I'd do flowers and then I kept coming back to the concept of beads and how beautiful a long necklace made of large beads looks. Last night as I made the first couple I did feel like I was fighting a war with toothpicks as the stitches are so little and my fingers are not. But I'm so pleased with the result. I'm using cross stitch silk because it sews up so glossy and glass bead like. I'm also adding some texture to others with little beads throughout. Today I managed to find these gorgeous metallic looking threads. I'm resigned to the fact they'll be absolutely awful to crochet with but I'm determined to work it out.
So as you can see there's no room for tea cosies today. I also have to finish a hat I was asked to make for Megan's grandfather, I need to start a hat for Sophia's birthday on Saturday and tomorrow I'm starting my ottoman. We are planning on taking step-by-step photographs so that we can share a tutorial with you here so keep your eye out!
No more time for the luxury of blog posts today. I must dash and make something before the afternoon school run. See you soon.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
So, to take away the stress of construction Janae and I took up residence at the table and got creative. Granted, most of Janae's creativity is minute bits of paper on the floor, but it was creative nonetheless. (That's why the vacuum cleaner currently lives in the corner of the room.)
here. I'm loving making this as it's straight forward and stress free (if a tiny bit dull). The result, however, is fabulous. You will note that I've strayed from the original pattern in that I'm doing stocking stitch instead of garter stitch. I'm not a great fan of garter stitch . . . maybe it's a bit of that snobbery coming back.
But in true Belinda style, I have been working on the next pattern adjustment in my head while knitting. I think I might make myself one and make it checked. I find it very ironic that since declaring my strange dislike of stripes, everything I've made so far has been striped. My eye does strange things with stripes, in that it tries to introduce patterns or structures that aren't there. In this case my mind is trying to see blocks of two colours instead. So, once this is complete I might just make up one in two tones but do squares so it comes out like a checker board. I will also have to knit the yarn across the back looser so you get the full effect. I'm not very good at making the same pattern more than once so I hope the enthusiasm is sill there once I've completed this cosy.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
And here are Kayley's pair. I love this wool and am off on Thursday to get some fair isle wool to make Rogan some. I have worked out a pattern for little feet and once I've tested the pattern on Rogan's feet I'll post it. They're really straight forward and look totally cosy. I think I'll have to work out a pattern for big feet too.
Friday, June 17, 2011
I have adapted the pattern a bit from an adult sock to a child's sock. This was supposed to be for Kayley, aged 8 but I think I over adjusted and it's the perfect fit for Janae aged 3.
I also need to use smaller needles for the ribbing as it's just not tight enough to be effective, but they've come out great for my first attempt.
On a very exciting note, my lovely friend Carolyn and I are hatching a plot to make our own ottomans (or should that be ottomen?). She's priced up materials and, while it's a bit more expensive than we'd first anticipated, it's still way cheaper than buying one. And I can't help thinking that every time someone sits on it or puts their feet up on it I'll secretly smile to myself thinking I made that. See, that's the beauty of craft . . . the anticipation!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Anyway, sock fever returns to my home. I found this great book today that teaches you how to knit socks from the toe to the top rather than the reverse. Do you remember how I'd managed to knit my first attempt at socks all the way down to the toe and then got completely stumped? This is a problem no more. Working from the toe up is way easier. Well, it's easier if you have complete quiet, count aloud to yourself, write down exactly how many stitches you knit in each row and talk to yourself muttering phrases like "and now slip, one, two . . . ".
So, child free day tomorrow, gardens all up to date, have cried off coffee group so that, as soon as the hoovering is done, beds made and washing put on the line I have a date at my kitchen table with a pot of tea, four knitting needles and my current favourite book.
Speaking of tea . . . does anyone know of any really great tea cosy patterns floating about the ether? I have a special friend I want to make a cosy for as a thank you gift. Of course I'll have to get her a teapot for it to go on too.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I have finally made it to the bottom of my laundry basket after all the rain we've had. Now our drawers are full to overflowing with clean clothes.
I have managed to get the lawn mowed. There is only one issue with this: every time I mow I keep praying it'll be the last time for the winter. We have, however, had such mild weather so far that it keeps on growing. Here's hoping that's the end of it for a few months.
And, while Janae was at Mainly Music this morning, I made some more treasures. I'm loving the bumble bee and the butterfly. Now all I have to do is make something to fix them to. I think I'll have to make a start on some hats tonight. I did promise myself an early night though so I'm going to have to be firm with myself as I want to have all my faculties to browse the knitting/crochet isle at the library in town. I haven't been there for ages and I need some inspiration for some new ideas of things to make. Hopefully someone returned a whole lot of books today and they'll be waiting patiently for me to arrive.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Because I have a sick child today, and because I’m awaiting a time to go and purchase more colours for hats I’ve decided to concentrate on making the flowers today (while I pray for the rain to stay away so the washing dries).
Every time I start a new flower pattern I think . . . hmmm, this will never end up looking like the picture; but I keep knitting, faithfully following the pattern and, voila, there’s the flower from the picture. I just love these little snowdrops. They’re so delicate and fresh looking. I especially love them against this dusky purple too.
This little flower was a bit of a challenge as it was created on the dreaded double pointed needles. Still, I got there in the end and, despite the few mistakes, I’m quite happy with it.
And all the while I was knitting this poppy I was certain it would be a disaster but it’s turned out to be one of my favourites.
My next project is going to be carnations. I don’t particularly like carnations as flowers but I have a feeling they’ll look pretty good on a wee hat. I’ll let you know!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
So Friday afternoon we quickly packed up our stuff and headed off. We didn't need to head far as they're only about 10km away. A quick hot swim, dash into town to grab some dinner then home, a bit of telly and the kids were off to bed.
Being the geek that I am, I use my parent's MiSky to record a programme called Edwardian Farm where two archiologists and an historian live for a calendar year in a specific era. This time it's the Edwardian era. I LOVE this kind of telly so I have hours of viewing to catch up on. While I was watching I created my second cushion.
All I have to do now is figure out which craft I'm going to take with me to the hairdresser tomorrow morning. I will have two hours of peaceful bliss to fill so I'll have to think of something. I'll keep you posted.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I did wonder if it should have been circular but I think square works too.
Now it's time to whip the dinner dishes into the dishwasher and then curl up to make a few more squares. I've also promised to turn up with some home baking to coffee group tomorrow so I'll have to fit that in before bedtime. Mmmm, custard creams I'm thinking.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I did, however, have an hour to start the next cushion but I'm not happy with the colours. I had blues in mind really, but I've started now so I'll finish it, but I think there'll be some blue purchasing tomorrow too.
This gorgeous specimen above is a Tamarillo. I'm assuming it's an Asian fruit introduced to New Zealand. I have awful memories of this fruit. Once, when I was about 10 my friends and I gorged ourselves on them and I came home with a very sore tummy, promptly threw up all over my father and have never eaten one again. Kayley, unfortunately, loves them. Just the sight of them makes me feel a little queasy to this day.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Crochet With Raymond blog and all the beautiful crochet cushions and blankets Alice has in her photographs that this morning, as I had the house work done quickly, I thought I'd start a cushion. This is not what I made today but one of the first things I ever crocheted when I first started a couple of years ago. Note the terrible sewing together and dodgy appliqué. Wow, how things have moved along since then.
But, it's been so long since I've crocheted a granny square I'd quite forgotten how to do it. I had to start twice, I'm ashamed to admit. But we're well under way now.
As I have lots of cushions with removable covers I'm quite restrained on how big or, in this case, how small the cushion can be so it feels like I'm grannying forever but that's okay. It's not taxing on the brain which is a blessing after a long weekend with all the kids (and their friends) at home.
Well, the long weekend is finally at an end and I sent two children out in the cold to catch the bus this morning. (The fact that they came back 20 minutes later because they'd missed the bus is a fact I need to gloss over for sanity sake.) I've got a tidy home, Granddad is home and is coming over for dinner so he can take some of the pressure off the incessant chatter that goes with pre-bedtime and I'm feeling more like my usual, bubbly self rather than a psychotic mother on the brink of murder, as I did last night. I love week days.
Monday, June 6, 2011
However, all is not lost. I kidnapped Polly Precious from Janae's bed last night to see if my tiny cardigan fit her okay. Now Polly Precious has taken ownership of it. That's okay as I'm not very happy with a couple of my executions. It's just nice to know that it will fit a baby sized human being. This said, though, I am now completing an order for a bonnet for Polly as Janae tells me that her head is getting cold too.