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Orange is his favourite

Shopping for trousers for the kids a few weeks ago Wee Man was very keen to get orange ones which we didn’t find. So when I was buying extra backing fabric for his dinosaur quilt I purchased a metre of orange twill to make him some trousers. They’ll be a bit big for a while yet so hopefully he doesn’t grow out of his orange obsession anytime soon.

The pattern is the Art museum trousers from Oliver and S and I’ve used it before in other sizes for both Wee Man and Hobbity-boo. I like that it has an elastic waist and faux fly as they look like proper trousers but are easy to get on and off. This pair are in size 3T. The bottom right photo is the closest to true colour – they are very bright and he’ll be hard to lose at the park in these trousers.

Art Museum Trousers by Oliver and S (3T) in orange twill from Minerva Crafts - little grey hedgehog

 

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FO: Two henley style sweaters

Back in April/May I knitted two kids sweaters. There isn’t a pattern as I mashed up various sizes and gauges to get approximately right sized henley style sweaters for the younger two for this winter.

The red one is the bigger of the two and is knitted out of New Lanark DK in Cherry leftover from my Lush Cardigan. The other uses some WI DK bought at hobbycraft early last year. Buttons are from Textile Garden.

Henley Style Sweaters in New Lanark and WI DK yarns - little grey hedgehog

Currently I am making very slow progress on a pair of toe-up monkey socks. Baby is not yet much for naps by herself so not much knitting is happening. I have managed to get a quilt top put together for Wee Man. It’s covered in dinosaurs and will be used when he gets a big boy bed sometime over the summer. I’m waiting for some more fabric so I can piece a back together as I had less than I thought available. It’ll be machine quilted so hopefully won’t take too long.

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All the cake

The first week of February is cake week in our house. Both the kids birthdays are this week and they each have their own opinions on cake. It makes for quite a lot of cake. Half of the Wee Man’s ended up in the freezer as we hadn’t got through it before I made Hobbity-boo’s cake for her party on Saturday. Luckily half of that one went home with party guests so we are not completely overwhelmed with cake.

Both cakes have a chocolate base – I’ve used this recipe several times before and although it takes much longer to bake than the recipe says it comes out lovely and moist. The recipe is from Edmonds Cookbook (mine is the edition printed in 1999). They are coated with chocolate buttercream before fondant.

Wee Man asked for an orange tractor cake. He is obsessed with trucks and things at the moment. I used this tutorial as inspiration and started with a square cake. There are parts where the fondant is a bit thin (I was worried about running out of black) but the kids agreed that it looked like a tractor. The back wheels are donuts and the front small circles of cake.

Orange tractor cake for a little boy turning 3 - little grey hedgehog

For the third year in a row Hobbity-boo has asked for a ladybird cake (though she tells me that next year she wants a rainbow). This year it is purple and black and we used a number of different cutters to make leaves and flowers for around the base (added advantage of hiding any wobbly bits). The antenna are fondant wrapped around cut down straws. I’m happier with the fondant on this, I had plenty so wasn’t trying to spread it so thin.

Ladybird for a 5 year old - little grey hedgehog

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A catch up

The last few weeks have been a little off schedule has Husband has had time off work, we’ve had visitors and we went away for a few days. I’ve not felt much like blogging and my crafting has been a bit slower than usual. The crafting I have done isn’t getting blogged about just now either as it’s for a swap so I don’t want to accidently give it away. I have remembered to take photos before I parcel it up though.

Knitting wise – my linen t-shirt is still slowly ongoing. I’ve also cast on a cowl out of the Ripples Crafts Burras mini-skeins I purchased at EYF earlier this year. There’s only 60g so that should be off the needles reasonably quickly. I’ve reached about 5.7K for stash dash. If I do get the linen t-shirt of the needles I think I might manage to reach 7K with a couple more small projects as well.

I’ve sewn a couple of project bags but otherwise all my sewing efforts have gone into cutting out all the things. I have 9 projects cut out now (except for the various bits of interfacing) and shouldn’t be running out of things to sew for a good while now. Some is projects for the kids out of leftover fabric and some are things for me. It’s helped to clear out some of the space in the sewing boxes as it takes up less room now.

Otherwise, Hobbity-boo is on school holidays. She’ll start at big school in August which means I need to get uniforms, labels etc organised sometime in the next month so she’s ready to go. She’s just worked out how to pedal her bike properly which is great. Wee Man has turned into a right chatter-box over the last few months which is fun. He’s also getting pretty good on his scooter but is still a little on the short side for his balance bike.

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Dinosaur invasion

Triceratops and Stegosaurus from Heidibears patterns, crocheted in Stylecraft Special DK - little grey hedgehogSteggie and Ahtop are finished. The kids are thrilled and the dinosaurs are pretty giant. The final finishing is a bit fiddly – mostly because the animals are stuffed by then. Overall they were time-consuming but not hard. I used more than a kilogram of stuffing inside them and I probably could have fit more. Steggie used 930m of dk yarn and Ahtop 689m. I used a 2.5mm crochet hook.

Plod the Triceratops by Heid Bears in Stylecraft Special DK - little grey hedgehog

Ahtop must watch the Wee Man but was not taken to bed last night. The only modification I made was to attach the final tail motif before stuffing. Because the dinosaur is much bigger than the original due to the yarn size I could get my hand inside his tail so it was easy enough to stuff the whole thing from the body side.

Puff the Stegosaurus by Heidi Bears in Stylecraft Special DK - little grey hedgehog

Like with the Triceratops I attached the final tail motif before stuffing and also had enough room in the neck to stuff the body after attaching it though I’d done most of it before. I also added spikes to the tail. I used the instructions for the Triceratops horns to make two large and two small and attached them in the same manner.

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Steggie and AhTop

My kids are rather obsessed with dinosaurs. When I discovered that Heidi Bears had written a stegosaurus pattern I was thrilled because her creatures are adorable. My original plan was to make a stegosaurus for Hobbity-Boo because they’re her favourite and then do another one without the plates to be a diplodocus for Wee Man. Then I found her more recent triceratops pattern so Wee Man will be getting an AhTop instead.

They helped pick the colours. The stegosaurus will be purple/pink with yellow plates. Wee Man says his favourite is blue (I’m not convinced he really knows about favourites just yet) and was also excited by the orange so the triceratops will be mostly blue with an orange face and some orange on the frill too. I’m using Stylecraft Special DK and a 2.5mm hook.

The pictures below show the colour scheme but are missing the darkest colour of both the blue and the purple which will be used to join the motifs together. The stegosaurus requires 65 and the triceratops 50 separate motifs. I’m planning to get all the motifs of both of them finished before I start joining them together as they both need to be finished at the same time. I will need to buy a bunch of stuffing though as I’m pretty sure I don’t have nearly enough.

In progress motifs for Heidi Bears stegosaurus and triceratops in Stylecraft Special DK - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Thistle

As expected I finished the Thistle sweater for Wee Man at the end of last week. It’s slightly shorter than I would have liked to have made it but I was concerned about running out of yarn so didn’t add any length the body. I did add a bit of extra length to the sleeves as they are the last part worked. I worked the pattern as written except I didn’t break the yarn when I worked the fronts rather I started another ball for the other front to save on ends.

The yarn is Crucci DK which my MiL sent me last year. I had four balls which I used almost all of. I used 4mm needles and three elephant buttons on the collar and one on the hem.

Thistle by Julie Partie in Crucci DK - little grey hedgehog

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