Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rowan Tee #2

Round 2 of pattern testing for the Rowan Tee has now finished (you can read more about the pattern here). After round 1, Laura came back with some additional features for us to test:

- long or short sleeve cuffs
- shoulder only stripe or full length stripe
- cuffed hem
- kangaroo pocket
- patch pocket

I opted for short sleeve cuffs, shoulder only stripe, cuffed hem and kangaroo pocket. We had the choice of regular neckline or hooded so I decided to keep it basic and went for the regular neckline again.


I love how it turned out. It's so easy to sew and looks great - perfect for this warm weather we've been having lately. R's favourite feature is the kangaroo pocket, he can't keep his hands out of it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Minecraft Mini Quilt

The birthday countdown has started (17 days) and I am slowly getting there with the accessories for R's bedroom makeover.

I have finally finished the mini quilt that I shared here and I'm happy with how it turned out considering all the problems that I had with it - there were some serious tear your hair out moments and a lot of unpicking.


I didn't keep it a secret from R and he's had regular input throughout the making process so I could get it just right (I don't know much about minecraft). He loves it and if anything it's just heightened my anticipation of the big bedroom reveal which he doesn't have a clue about.

Still on my to do list is: a couple of cushions and a tissue box cover plus anything extra I can think of if I have time.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Month By Month: 9/12

Simple and achievable.


First ice-block of the season - it was freakishly hot that day.

You and your Dad had a fun time at the driving range on Father's Day.

Enjoying looking at a Minecraft book together.


It was a freezing cold day and we had to drag out all the winter woollies again.

A bit of morning maths in bed - I love the school holidays.

Getting some fresh air and enjoying the late afternoon sunshine.

1/12
2/12
3/12
4/12
5/12
6/12
7/12
8/12

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pattern Testing: The Rowan Tee

Recently I was lucky enough to do some pattern testing for Titchy Thread Patterns.

Laura's new pattern is the Rowan Tee which is a great unisex pattern and comes with several different options - short sleeve, long sleeve, hooded and even a funky striped version.


She hasn't set a release date for this pattern yet so make sure to keep an eye on her blog Craftstorming for more info.

I opted to make the basic short sleeved version in size 6. I'm not very confident when it comes to sewing with knits so I was pleasantly surprised by how easily this tee came together and how good it looks. It was definitely made easier by the use of my overlocker/serger (optional) and the fact that I used a fairly sturdy knit.


The pop of purple around the neckline makes it a little bit funky and I also hemmed it using matching purple thread (R loves purple).

I love the way this tee looks and fits and I'll definitely be making a few more for summer. The shorts in the photos are also handmade but more about that in another post.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Month By Month: 8/12

Simple and achievable.


We've had some gorgeous Spring days lately and you love being able to go outside and bounce on your trampoline after school.

Some things just taste better through a straw.

You love telling jokes even if you don't quite get them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday: A Minecraft Mini Quilt

This year for R's birthday, rather than cluttering up the house with more toys, I've decided to give his bedroom a bit of a makeover. He is Minecraft mad at the moment so it was easy deciding on a theme.

I'll be making a lot of decorations myself starting with this Minecraft mini quilt to hang on the wall (excuse the bad photo, the lighting wasn't very good in my room).


It was really simple to put together and I love how it's turned out so far. I'm hoping the quilting and binding goes just as smoothly.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Month By Month: 7/12

Simple and achievable.


You love hanging out with your Uncle Ben.

Relaxing on the couch - my sweet brown eyed boy.

Looking at a book with Daddy while you finish your dinner.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crochet: Crossed Stitch Beanie Pattern


Today I'm sharing the pattern for my latest beanie. I've called it the Crossed Stitch Beanie because the majority of the hat is crocheted using the double crochet crossed stitch. I love the way it turned out and the crossed stitch gives the hat a wonderful texture and makes it a bit fancier than you're regular basic beanie without any extra effort.

Now I'm not very good when it comes to getting the gauge right when following patterns - you need to take into account factors such as tension, hook size, yarn - and some patterns are just too much for me to get my head around if I need to change them in anyway.

I'll include instructions for when to stop or keep going to make sure you get the right size. I made this hat for me but it would be really easy to make it smaller for a child and you can embellish it in any way you like - buttons, pom-pom, crochet flower, etc.

Hook: 4.50 mm
Yarn: Panda Magnum Soft

Ch - chain
Sl st - slip stitch
DC - double crochet
SC - single crochet

STOP INCREASING AND SKIP TO ROUND 10 AS SOON AS YOUR FLAT CIRCLE MEASURES 6.5" ACROSS.

R1: Magic circle. Ch 2 (counts as first DC, now and throughout). DC 11 times into the circle. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R2: Ch 2, 2 DC in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of ch-2.

R3: Ch 2, *2 DC in next st, 1 DC in next stitch* Repeat around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R4: Ch 2, 1 DC  in next stitch, *2 dc in next stitch, 1 DC into next 2 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R5: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 2 stitches, *2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 3 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R6: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 3 stitches, * 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 4 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R7: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 4 stitches, * 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 5 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R8: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 5 stitches, * 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 6 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R9: Ch 2, 1 DC in next 6 stitches, * 2 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in next 7 stitches* Repeat from * around. Join with sl st to top of ch 2.

YOUR FLAT CIRCLE SHOULD MEASURE 6.5" ACROSS (if it's too small, keep increasing until you get the right measurement).

R10: Ch 2, *skip 1st stitch, DC in next stitch, cross over and DC in skipped stitch* Repeat from * around. 1DC in last stitch, join with sl st to top of ch 2.

R11: Ch 1, SC (BACK LOOPS ONLY) in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of ch 1.

R12 - 25: Repeat rows 10 and 11.

R26 - 31: Ch 1, SC (BACK LOOPS ONLY) in each stitch around. Join with sl st to top of ch 1.

Fasten off and weave in ends.



Tip: Try the hat on as you go and adjust the length as necessary - make sure to leave enough room for the SC band which measures roughly 1".

If you make a Crossed Stitch Beanie using this pattern, I'd love for you to share some photos in the Monkey Makes Three Flickr group or leave a link in the comments.