Friday, 23 January 2015

Ordinary week-end

Just a few days at the beach, cold feet in the water, lots of wind and sun…

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Picture taken at Clearwater beach – will I even get bored of taking pictures of my kids?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Brooklyn Tweed Kids

If you follow me, you might know that I love, love Brooklyn Tweed knitting patterns.  Last year, I knitted Jules for myself, I also knitted a couple of hats for the girls, shawls
How can I explain my love:  the patterns are always trendy and classic, well explained.  And I always learn something new.  It’s the kind of knitting that makes you feel that you could be an expert.
When Brooklyn Tweed Kids was launched, I had to knit one something from the collection.  And lucky me, I know two little kids that might be happy with new tops.
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Wyatt – once the pattern was established, it was a breeze to knit.  I did size xxx.  It seems quite big.  I guess the little guy who getting it will grow fast anyway.  I’ve used Bergerede France, Chinaillon.  Once blocked, it became very soft and drapy.
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I had some yarn left so i used all the remaining to knit this pretty scarf – Spore. Again it looks more complicated than in it is.  The rhythm of the cable made this the perfect project during our road tip this summer.
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Finally, Arlo – this one was a tough one.  Nothing wrong with the pattern or the cables.  But I made a very poor choice on the yarn.  I got it from Jo-Anns, but I did not realised that I picked balls from two different dye lots.  The texture and the colour were so different, I still don’t know how I did not notice until I had one front fully knitted.
I’m curious so see these on the kids – both tops look quite big, or it might be me not remembering how tall are 4 and 5-year old kids.
Now all is left to do is drive myself to the post office, do the paperwork and mail all of this to Australia… with a few more things that don’t necessarily require a full post
KNITTwo pairs of socks – notice the matching stripes, quiet proud of this!
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Wrap dress (pattern and fabric were in my stash for 13 years) – Happy, sunny little top – Japanese book

Sunday, 11 January 2015

My kind of happy, quiet Saturday

After all the fuss and rush of the ‘Holiday Season’, January is the perfect excuse to go slow, to make for quiet time.  And it is exactly what today is about.
The girls are working in my Craft room, it’s is sunny and warm.  I really like when they work together.  I miss the the time when the three of them were gathered around the dining table, helping each other with their revisions.
Good time to cook too. I have been buying Sweet Paul Magazine recently (I normally find it at Anthropology).  Browsing through it this morning, this recipe called my name: My Happy Dish – Candy Pork with apples and pears.  After the cold week we had (colder than in London), it is the perfect dish -  comforting.  There’s plenty of spices, maple syrup.  I’ve glazed some carrots and mashed some potatoes to go with it.
Candy pork
On the crafting side, for once, I have a finished project to show. 
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At the end of November, I’ve started following beelori1 from Bee In My Bonnet.   Lori was hosting a Christmas Sew Along project #haveyourselfaquiltylittlechristmas on Istagram.  I had sewed a few blocks, but then I was interrupted and was not able to work on it until after Christmas.  I was determined not to let this little thing wait until next Xmas - I can’t add any more UFOs to my list.  I mainly used fabrics I won from my Quilt Guild and a few scraps from my stash.  I got the back and the on sale at Jo-Ann’s.  Now I’m ready for Christmas.
Xmas sew along
There were a lot of swearing, broken threads, needle changes involved in the quilting – I am far far away from the ‘expert level’.
And here is another happy note, my ‘old’ parents shared some pictures from their trip to Bolivia.  And they don’t do holiday like most people, no fancy cruise, no well equipped hotel, no cozy transportations.  They were gone for 3 weeks, trekking, back pack, staying in rudimentary shelters and ‘goofing’ around on salts desert…
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These pictures were taken in Salar.  Obviously they had a great time, and it makes me thinking ‘if this is old age, I can’t wait…”
One last picture, because this post would not be complete without a picture of these three.  It makes me want a huge family hug.
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This has became a tradition to take a picture of the kids just before we leave my parents after Christmas.  And if you were wondering, YES, I am now the smallest one in the family.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

New year’s resolution or the joke of the year

Now that we are in 2015, do you make New Year resolutions?  You know: I’m going to… (fill the gap…or go to my Non-resolution post from last year).

I pretend I don’t but… Actually, it is not resolution, it is list of things I want to achieve… you see the difference!

Well, here is last year’s list with annotations – I did finish a few things, I lost a quilt top (honestly?!), and there’s a few things I’ve decided not to finish (what is the point if you don’t enjoy the process…)


IMG_6028The Owls quiltMystery quiltLady of the Lack – Xmas matLiberty pillows
Alice’s cardiganJulesSampler shawlTrendy
Juliette’s pj

And now my new list


I have many more UFOs in my cabinets, but I’m trying to be realistic here.  I know from experience that there’s always be new projects taking priority over old UFOs.

Once thing I’ve decided to do this year, is to go through all the projects that I haven’t listed and decided whether I still want to finish them.  After several years in my cabinets, I’m sure I’ve lost interest in them and they probably need to find a new home, a new purpose.

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