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FO: Blue Handspun Honey Cowl

This project was started in late 2016 with the intention of having it knit for Wee Man for that winter. It didn’t happen partly due to pregnancy and partly due to slow progress because of the pattern stitch. It’s been waiting for me and I decided rather than slogging through it I would aim for a quick win and work the rest of the cowl in plain stockinette. Three days later and it was all done.

Blue Handspun Honey Cowl - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Honey Cowl by Antonia Shankland for 3 inches then straight stockinette

Yarn: my handspun from blue merino fibre

Needles: 4mm

Ravelry page: here


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FO: Wool Dino Coat

The stash from Oma is varied. There were a couple of pieces of heavy weight but loosely woven wool fabric of around 1m each. With limited fabric sewing for the children seemed a good option. Wee Man is starting to actually grow out of the coats he’s been wearing for the last 3 winters so another coat it was. I’d purchased Simplicity 1328 a wee while ago and it has both shirts and shirt jackets for men and boys. One day maybe husband will let me sew for him but in the meantime the smallest size of the boys is just right for Wee Man (he’s just reached 97cm). There are a lot of pieces to this jacket as it has both collar and collar stand, separate button stands, sleeve plackets and four pockets two of which have separate flaps plus lining and facing pieces. A lot of these pieces were smallish which made it easier to squeeze out of my limited fabric. I was pleased to be able to fit all the lining pieces on the leftovers from the dino shirt. The garment gets quite thick in places and I was struggling until I realised I could raise the presser foot even higher than it’s up position which made doing all the buttonholes much easier. There’s also a lot of top stitching involved but it’s worth it as it does make it look much better. The jacket is not lined (just the yoke) so this is really for warmer weather than we’ve got at the moment but it should fit for a while.

Wool Dino Coat, Simplicity 1328 - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Simplicity 1328 size S boys.

Fabric: Leftover dinosaur polycotton from Minerva Crafts and woven wool fabric from Oma’s stash (~1m).

Notions: Gutermann 93, 12 1.2″ buttons, interfacing <0.25m.


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Wee Man is 4!

Today is Wee Man’s fourth birthday. I’m not quite sure how that happened so fast. He loves dinosaurs, trucks and numbers. He wants to do homework like his big sister and plays at being a baby like his little one. Orange is still his favourite colour and he loves to eat sausages and pasta (or best of all sausage inside pasta). He’ll be starting school in August (eep!) and is getting closer and closer to being ready for it. He’s having a wee little party with a few friends, party games and cake!

Triceratops cake for Wee Man's fourth birthday - little grey hedgehog

Recipe: Chocolate cake from my Edmond’s cookbook sized up by 2/3rds. (Baking takes about twice as long or more than recipe states.)

Cake tin: Large and small hemispheres

Sculpting: took the sides and part of back off the small hemisphere to butt it up to the large one. Took chunks out of the sides of the large hemisphere to create the legs. Used scraps to create a tail. Smushed it all together with buttercream. Frill created with marshmallows and rice bubbles (rice krispies), shaped by hand and then attached to the buttercream already in place at the neck.

Icing: Buttercream to sculpt and as a crumbcoat. 500g of orange fondant to cover – mostly in one sheet but with patching around the edges and between the legs. Water and fingers used to smooth out joins. Had to make myself stop fiddling with it trying to make it perfect.

Features: Horns shaped from white fondant around toothpicks. Eyes are Wiltons Candy eyes purchased from Amazon.


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FO: Dinosaur Shirt

Wee Man is still obsessed with dinosaurs so when I found bright happy dinosaur fabric I thought it would be perfect to make a shirt for him. The pattern is Burda 9792 which was the only dress shirt pattern I found that went small enough for a small 2 year old when I first used it a couple of years ago. The pattern has no collar stand, and uses self-facings for the button bands (rather than attached ones) but does use sleeve plackets (so fiddly on the tiny sleeves). Overall the shirt is not too tricky to put together, the sleeve caps need quite a bit of easing to get smooth but otherwise it’s pretty straight forward with enough detail in the pattern pictures to work things out. It’s going into hiding for his birthday now but I hope he’ll like it.

Dinosaur shirt, Burda 9792 - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Burda 9792 size 4

Fabric: Dinosaur polycotton from Minerva Crafts in white

Notions: white thread, 7 1cm buttons

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Sewing plans

I’ve been taking advantage of the lack of trips to school and extra adult around this past week to cut out a bunch of sewing projects. Fitting in sewing is doable during a normal week but cutting out requires a larger uninterrupted time so I often get ahead on cutting out before actually doing any of the sewing. I’ve cut out seven projects in the last week so should have enough to keep me stitching for a while.

  1. Overalls for baby in size 1yr, this is the Kwik Sew pattern I’ve used before.
  2. A shirt for Wee Man, covered in his beloved dinosaurs, again a pattern I’ve used before – a Burda one this time.
  3. A shirt jacket for Wee Man, main fabric is some wool from Oma’s stash that my MiL gifted me back in May. I managed to get the lining pieces done in leftover dinosaur fabric, pattern is Simplicity 1328.
  4. A unicorn skirt for Hobbity-boo, made from this twirly skirt tutorial.
  5. A gathered knit top for me, pattern is the same as this purple one.
  6. Another Granville shirt for me this time in some Liberty Tana Lawn.
  7. A red t-shirt for Hobbity-boo in knit fabric from Oma’s stash. I’ve used the same pattern as in the short sleeved ones I made back in April (and apparently never blogged, I think there must be pictures somewhere so maybe I’ll manage to catch that batch up) but left off the neckband and just folded it over. This one is finished already.

Red t-shirt from Oma's stash

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The end of the year

So I didn’t intend on abandoning the blog for nearly 7 months but the last few months have been hard. Baby (who still doesn’t have a nickname) got mobile back in September, stopped napping anywhere but on me and started getting teeth. Plus with the big kids back at school I’m making three trips there a day. All combined crafting has been pretty limited and blogging and instagram even more so.

My ravelry project page is mostly up to date but the wips that were wips earlier in the year are still wips. I’ve made quite a lot of kids/baby hats this year and counting all of those just got me to 17in17 yarny projects. I’ve done a lot of sewing too, I’ve found it easier to fit in around baby. The big kids have new pajamas, Hobbit got a bunch of t-shirts earlier in the year and Wee Man has a pile of trousers. I’ve not really sewn for baby as she has piles of clothes as hand-me-downs plus is still in 3-6 month clothes at over 8 months old. She might finally be getting to a point were I could swap out some shirts but she’s definitely got short legs as the ones she’s wearing are still on the long side.

Hobbity-boo is halfway through her second year of primary school, she can read now which is super cool. She’s almost 6 and currently wants to be a science doctor when she grows up and teach her kids how to do experiments. Wee Man is almost 4 and halfway through his pre-school year at nursery. I’ve just been filling out enrolment forms for him to start school in August – there’ll only be two trips to school a day after that. He loves counting and can get to 109 before he skips to 1000.

I’ve not got solid plans for crafting for the new year. Currently on the needles (as well as the old wips) are a pair of rainbow socks in West Yorkshire Spinners yarn. Some of my older socks are wearing a bit thin so I need more, plus sock knitting is still my favourite. I’d really like to knit a sweater or two for me this year but need to get some things knit before I can justify buying more yarn. Sewing wise I have a few things for the kids on my desk and I’m planning another Robson Coat for me, this time a shortened version.

I’m hoping to be blogging more in the New Year, I need to get back in the habit as I like to have a record. Best wishes for the new year.

Christmas Munchkins

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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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