Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Soft wave baby mittens 

I do love making things for babies and got all carried away again because my friend is having twins. Unfortunately her babies won't need any woolly accessories as they shall land in Kuala Lumpur. I might have to knit them a fan instead :) 

My mumsy friends never tire of telling me that babies are wriggly little things that are forever shaking off their socks, hats, mits and the like. So when I was looking for a quick and cute pattern I was also looking for mittens that would stay on. Looking after little people is challenging enough as it is without the irritation of garments that keep falling off. I sourced a fab pattern that ticked all the boxes on Ravelry (where else?) called soft wave baby mittens from Sunnyknits:

I adore the little wavy cuffs - maximum cuteness achieved! I had some Merino leftovers just enough to make the mittens and a matching hat. The hat is a single colour variation on my striped baby hat and you can find the pattern here

Materials used:
  • DROPS Baby Merino Extra Fine Off White (DK)
  • Circular needles 3,5 mm
Here are my soft wave baby mittens. I'm sure some day in the near future a little person will come along who needs warm hands.  

Monday, 10 June 2013

Boom! Liebster Award. 

Thank you Miss Demeanour for nominating my little blog for the Liebster Award! I am VERY honoured indeed! 

So what is the Liebster Award? It is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, beloved, valued, endearing and welcome. How lovely! Blogging is about building a community and the Liebster Award is a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer blogs. 

The Rules:

  1. Answer 11 questions from the person that nominated you
  2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate and tag 11 newer blogs 
  4. Tell them about it on their page
  5. Make 11 questions for them to answer

Miss Demeanour's 11 questions for me:

1. Who would you get to play in the story of your life? 
That would have to be Christina Hendricks. Not because I look like her (I wish!) but because her fabulous sens of style in Mad Men is just absolutely mouthwatering. Hmmmm, maybe I just want her wardrobe.

2. Career wise what would your plan B be
I have quite a stressful job and I often dream of miraculously generating an ample income by doing what I love most - making things. I also fantasise about winning the lottery which would allow me to do same.

3. Say you found yourself in a Quantum Leap type rol which enabled you to jump to any event in history, what would you choose? 
I would be in the audience of this wonderful 1964 train track concert with the incredible Sister Rosetta Tharpe: 

4. If you were coming on stage what would be your walk on tune? 
Tina Turner's Nutbush City Limits - hands down. 

5. In Grease what character would you most like to play? 
Betty Rizzo because she is a bad girl with a soft spot and a fab outfit.

6. What skill would you most like to have? 
I wish I would feel as comfortable and confident with sewing as I do with knitting, but that is a long way away yet. 

7. If you could make an outfit from a movie what would you choose? 
I would very much like to make Betty Grable's famous bathing suit and I'll have her figure too while we're at it. 

8. Do you have a recipe for something that never disappoints if so can I have it?   
My mum's Dutch vegetable soup with meatballs. Lord only knows what secret ingredients she puts in there, but it tastes amazeballs. 

9. Can you recommend a good book you've read? 
My Antonia from Willa Cather. Published in 1918 but you'd never know it - I read it the whole thing in under two days. 

10. What's guaranteed to make you laugh? 
The Calvin and Hobbes comics get me every time. I recommend a minimum of one a day to keep one's sanity in life. 

11. If you could choose another name what would you go for?
Why, Betty of course! What's not to love? Betty Boop, Betty Grable, Betty Draper - need I go on?  

11 Random Facts about myself:

Ooeff. This is a toughy but I will give it a go.

  1. I am a Dutchie! Only moved to Brighton about a year ago and have not regretted it for a single moment. 
  2. I started to knit 'properly' about two years ago and I wish I discovered it sooner. 
  3. My first project was a knitted fairisle Christmas ball. Perhaps a garter stitch scarf would have been more suitable. 
  4. We do not own a tv but I am absolutely obsessed with watching Mad Men on my laptop. 
  5. My boyfriend is a dedicated windsurfer and I hate wind as it messes up my hair.
  6. I twirl my curls every morning when my hair is wet to get the ringlet effect.
  7. Every month I write for an online music magazine about singles. Records that is, not people. 
  8. When I do not have sunshine for more than a week I start to wilt. Literally.
  9. I love spicy foods.
  10. My favourite people are my family and my darling boyfriend called Toast. 
  11. I am of the humble opinion that the English cannot make proper bread. 

Blogs I'd like to nominate for the Liebster Award:

I love these blogs and I have no way of knowing if they actually have under 200 followers or not. I would say some probably have a lot more than that and if not they most certainly should do. I haven't quite managed 11 blogs but am going for quality rather than quantity :)

My 11 Question for YOU:

  1. Which singer/band would you invite to sing at your wedding, if you could choose anyone?
  2. Is there a moment in your life that you would like to 'rewind' and do over differently? 
  3. What is your opinion on peanut butter and jam sandwiches? 
  4. If you could be a car, which car would you be? 
  5. What project have you always wanted to knit/crochet/sew but haven't plucked up the courage yet?
  6. Can you juggle? 
  7. What creative project are you most proud of at the moment? 
  8. Have you ever done something heroic and if so, what? 
  9. Are you a natural fibres kind of person or do you not mind a bit of acrylic? 
  10. What is your most essential appliance?
  11. Do you have an accent and if so, what is it?