Birthday Girl Pixie

Today Pixie had her first birthday. We are struggling to believe that she’s been here for a whole year as it has gone so fast. She is still a wee thing, wearing clothes that her brother and sister were wearing at 6 months. She has worn out the knees of several pairs of trousers recently having been wearing and crawling in them for so long but having started walking can’t wear the too long next size up ones just yet. I made her a couple of pairs of simple trousers from remnants over the weekend so hopefully we can make it a bit longer without needing to buy a third round of 3-6 months trousers.

We bought her a scuttle bug ride on which she is almost big enough to use easily. She can’t climb on by herself but can get off and is getting more successful at moving around. And her own water bottle which she’s super happy about because unlike the big kids ones this doesn’t get taken off her.

In general she’s a happy wee thing, trying to communicate, getting into mischief and trying to keep up with her siblings. She doesn’t really believe in naps and is not great at night but will at times play on her own (or spend her time bothering her siblings) so sometimes I get little bits of crafting time.

I made her cake, chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and sugar paste flowers. She was super excited to see it and ate rather a large piece as well as some of the flowers.

 Pixie turns 1 - little grey hedgehog


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FO: Cadeautje

Super fast and super fluffy, I started these slippers 6 days ago and despite having to work around the kids and school runs and so on they’re already done. This is the first time I’ve worked with thrums and it took a little bit to get into a rhythm. I enjoyed the pattern and making the thrums and think I’d make them again. The pattern goes from a child’s 9 (which is what my 4yo is wearing) up to large adults. I don’t know how easy it would be to size down, maybe best to change gauge and do it that way but it’d be easy enough to size up if you needed really huge ones

They are super fluffy inside and I’m looking forward to wearing them when they dry.

Cadeuatje by Ysolda Teague in Cascade Eco+ (silver) and Ashford Corriedale Sliver (winter nights) - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Cadeautje by Ysolda Teague size f (5.5UK)

Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in Silver (73g) and Ashford Corriedale Sliver in Winter Nights (100g fibre)

Needle: 4.5mm

Ravelry Page: here

Notes: I made no modifications, I would suggest only making a few thrums to start so that you can test out the sizing. I made my first ones too big. The sole is worked flat but then you pick up around the whole sole. The pattern suggested using dpns or magic loop for this but I ended up using a 21″ circular because the stitches were sliding off on dpns and I don’t like magic loop. I swapped to dpns after the toe cap when the number of stitches goes down. It was a little fiddly the first couple of rows but once you get further from the sole it’s easier to maneuver. I used knit 2, knit together tbl to bind off at the top, no problems getting them on or off. I’m blocking them upside down on my mannequin feet.

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FO: Socks

I started these last summer and they lived upstairs where they were worked on in stolen moments. When school started again, Pixie got mobile and stopped napping on her own and they generally didn’t get any love. In trying to get things complete I brought them downstairs after finishing the last blanket and have knit a sock and a half since then.

(Lighting was really bad today and the table was covered in blankets being a den, but bad photos in the utility room are better than no photos for record keeping.)

Sneaky socks in Flying Tiger sock yarn - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: My own mash up for vanilla socks (toe-up with a gusset heel)

Yarn: Flying Tiger sock yarn in a dark grey with multicoloured variegation (78g)

Needles: 2.25mm dpns

Ravelry page: here

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FO: Marley – Blue Ocean

We got caught by sickness bugs again, Wee Man had a cough then Pixie had a cold followed by a Husband with tonsillitis. But we are on school holidays now and nobody seems to be sick (today at least) and despite it snowing again yesterday today we have lovely sunshine.

I made rapid progress through the second Marley blanket thanks in part to sizing up the needles a bit. I’m happier with the size of this one and the fabric is still a good gauge. This is otherwise pretty similar to the previous version. I didn’t get as many repeats in each section but due to the gauge change the blanket is a bit bigger any way. It’s waiting now until the baby it’s intended for is a bit closer to arrival.

I’ve now turned my attention to my sneaky socks – they’d stopped getting any attention hiding away upstairs and I’d like to get them off the needles and onto my feet. I’ve turned the first heel in the last 24 hours so making progress, hopefully it will continue as next I get to cast on something new.

Marley Blanket by TinCanKnits in Stylecraft Batik Swirl Blue Ocean - littlegreyhedgehog

Pattern: Marley by TinCanKnits

Yarn: Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Blue Ocean

Needles: 6mm

Modifications: I wanted a squarer blanket than the pattern is written for so worked extra repeats of the increase sections, weighed my yarn then worked straight repeats until I had only enough yarn left to complete the decrease section.

Ravelry page: here

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FO: Polka dot hat

There were two whole days of spring in a row at the beginning of the week so I hunted down the kids sunhats. Hobbit’s still fits, Wee Man’s is snug but will do for a bit longer and I couldn’t find the one that should fit the Pixie. Oliver and S bucket hat pattern and leftover fabric to the rescue.

Oliver and S bucket hat - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Oliver and S bucket hat (free download) in size S (she’s measuring 18.5″)

Fabric: leftover purple and polka dots

Modifications: I stitch together two hats then join them leaving a gap at the brim. Turn them in the right way then topstitch the brim.

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Two years ago I put Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer on my wishlist for Christmas ideas. Husband bought it for me for this past Christmas. It sat for a bit while I thought about colours then I picked up 100 skeins of embroidery thread in random colours as a pack on Amazon which gave me plenty of options to do it in a rainbow of colours. I started with blue running stitches and have since moved on to green back stitches. I didn’t have a good place to store it so it ended up sitting on my desk and being shuffled around as I needed space so I started looking for bag ideas. I found this pattern on Craftsy which seemed like the perfect style but needed sizing up to fit a 6″ hoop in the top section. Slight modification to the pattern piece later and I had two bags cut out. They were fast to put together and the clear vinyl only stuck a little bit to the machine as I stitched it (mostly I could have the fabric pieces down). I made two inverted versions from a pair of fat quarters. I could have squeezed the binding for the top pocket out of the fat quarters too but chose to use bias binding scraps instead. I managed to have perfectly coloured zips, thread and snaps to match in my sewing drawer which was super handy. It fits really well and means it’s a bit more portable as I can tuck a few bobbins or skeins in the zip pocket along with a thread cutter and take it about. 

Embroidery pouch - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Peek-a-Boo Pouch by SewCanShe free on Craftsy

Materials: Two fat quarters (half a fat quarter for each side), clear vinyl, 10″ plus zippers, thread, one snap per pouch – I used Kam Snaps and snap setter.

Modifications: Added an inch to each side of the pattern piece and re-drew the top curve to match, added two inches to the bottom. Clear vinyl pieces became 7″ by 10″. Used bais tape for the binding piece – need 10″.

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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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