Monday, 26 January 2015

Two Geraniums for new sisters

Last week a colleague gave birth to her second daughter. To celebrate the new arrival and pomotion of their firstborn to 'Big Sis', I made a couple of Geraniums.



For Baby Sis I opted for a dress with basic bodice with gathered skirt. For back closures I settled on small blue snaps.



Big Sis gets a top with faux-cap sleeves and a pleated skirt (in size 3 T).  This time the (slightly larger) snaps are orange.


Monday, 19 January 2015

Birthday Cakes

It's now become a tradition that I make my niece and nephew's birthday cakes. Their birthdays fall a week either side of Christmas and this year, Little Miss started sharing cake ideas with me in August!

First it was 101 dalmations, then Tarzan. Finally though, she settled on Teddy Bears Picnic.  I thought I would get away with a green iced cake with bears in top, but she had bigger plans... a 3D bear that looks fluffy and looks like her beloved 'Teddy'. I think I did ok...



It was a bit of a mammoth construction job with multiple stacked cakes and cake-truffle, with dowels and spaghetti for support.



Luckily my 2-year-old nephew's only request was "goats", so he got the simple green cake with picnicing goats to go with their picnic party theme.




Sunday, 18 January 2015

Christmas tree skirt

This year I had big plans for a traditional Christmas tree skirt.

Unfortunately I left it a bit too late, and by the time I got to the fabric store at the start of December,  they were all out of Christmassy fabric.

So my plan went on hold for a bit, until, the week before Christmas, I found a single fat-quarter pack of Kirsty Allsopp's Cranberry Cream.



I didn't quite make it in time for Christmas, but the project was completed just on time for Twelth Night, making it into the decorations box before it was stored away for next year!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Itty bitty cardi for a special little girl

A friend of mine asked me to make a cardi for her friend's newest foster child... an itty bitty baby girl who wasn't quite 4lb when they brought her home. She is such a pretty little dot that I wanted something really special, so I worked hard on sizing down a cute ballerina style cardigan from 'Cool Knits for Kids' (Gunn & Macdonald). The pattern was for 3-6m, in a worsted-weight yarn. I knit it up in lilac 4-ply, on 3.25 needles.




I finished it with a little pink butterfly button; ribbons look beautiful but not really practical on a teeny tiby baby.