31.3.13

Some Sunshine To Brighten Up the Dark Days

Dear Laura,





It is not only the UK that has been suffering this long drawn out winter. Here in DC it seems like it is taking forever for spring to bounce into our lives again, so I am taking matters into my own hands. Well by that I mean that I have made this cushion out of some lovely bright mustard yellow material to substitute for the sun until it decides that it is in fact time to show up and get the blossoms started.

Not much longer one hopes!

lots of love

Annie

p.s. Happy Easter! There isn't much celebration over on this side of the pond, no holidays or anything, but I have managed to snaffle a chocolate bunny to enjoy later today. I hope you are having a fab easter weekend.




27.3.13

sewing on my mind


Dear Annie,




I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately. Both boys have been ill and so have I, and there hasn't been much time for crafting. I've been slowly knitting away at my blanket, but nothing else!

Now, however, everyone is on the mend and I have sewing on my mind. As you know, and as anyone who also reads my personal blog may also know, I am expecting another baby in about a month and a half.

Now that I have my new sewing machine, I would love to make something for the new arrival. I had a dig around in my fabric stash and rediscovered this fabulous green animal-print cotton sheet that I picked up at a Brocante in France a few years ago. It came with a pillow case, which I made into a cushion, using the remaining scraps as patches for an eiderdown that I found at the same Brocante. The sheet, however, I have been loathe to cut into, and as yet I have struggled to think of the right project to use it for. 

I did wonder about a quilted play mat so that I could keep a large section of the fabric intact. I have been perusing my sewing books in hope of inspiration but I am hoping that some of the clever sewists who read the blog might have some suggestions!

In an ideal world, I might manage a little sewing time over the Easter weekend. Here's hoping!

Love from,

Laura


25.3.13

Toasty Slippers

Dear Laura,

I have been knitting, it is very exciting, I feel so free, now the blanket isn't staring at me wanting my attention. Do you remember that wool that I bought at loop, well one of the many wools that I bought at loop? I finally got to play with it and I made these toasty slippers. Inspired by a picture nancy at figs and roses put up a little while ago, I desperately wanted a pair. So I figured it out, played octopus needles, at one point I think I had 8 needles occupied at once, redid the heels and the toes a few times but finally managed to get them just right. They are a little big, if I was to do it again I would leave off a couple of stitches but I love the way the cables go down the front. 











There is one thing that annoyed me though, the needles I used were horrible. Horrible, there was a gash in one of them and it kept ripping the wool, it was heart breaking. It was pretty frustrating as every time I changed needle I had to check which end I was using. Anyway, I am enjoying my new slipper-socks now and will wear them with great joy whilst winter turns into spring.

Lots of love

Annie

23.3.13

A Selection of Things

Dear Laura,






This is what I have been up to lately

: : Signs of spring

: : Tiramisu creation

: : Touring DC with my sister 

: : Friday afternoon off with a coffee and my knitting

The knitting is nearly completed, I can't wait to show you.

lots of love

Annie

17.3.13

Crafty Pen Pals

Dear Laura,

You remember Ksenia right? She posted here a year or so ago but I always like to think of her as the lady with robots on her dress. Anyway other than having fantastic style she has been knitting away like a crazy thing. I have no idea where she finds all the time. You might recall how I made these pijamas for her, knowing what a fan of giraffes she is. Well, I had to let her know in order to get a couple of measurements and what should appear in the post a couple of days ago but a little package just for me with these beauties in it! (there were also some white rabbits, the sweet kind not the real bunny kind, they didn't last long enough to take a photo).



They are amazing, she is such a talented knitter, it always astounds me when people produce such beautiful stuff. They also go with this scarf she knitted me a little while ago.



I love it and I love that we have been sending crafted bits back and forth so much now that I do believe we are proper crafty pen pals. What better than receiving a parcel with homemade goodies in it. Long may it last.

Lots of love

Annie

14.3.13

twenty minute tote

Dear Annie,





As you may remember, for the last few years, I have given my Mum a handmade present for Mother's Day. I didn't want to break with that tradition, but with a birthday party to organise, time was short this year. Thanks to Mollie Makes, I came across a bag tutorial from the Purl Bee called the twenty minute tote. I'm not sure that I was quite as speedy as that- I suspect that it was more like an hour long tote once I had gathered my materials and set up the sewing machine, etc.- but twenty minute tote is pleasingly alliterative, so I'm sticking with it!The fabric was left over from my upholstery project,so it was a thrifty gift as well as a speedy one- all I needed to buy was the cotton webbing for the handles, that and couple of little goodies to go inside.

Love from,

Laura


10.3.13

A Small Purse

Dear Laura,

Often I head out with R for a nice afternoon walk around the neighbourhood. Generally I am not so keen to carry my big wallet around with me so I made this small purse. Just big enough to carry a couple of my cards and a little bit of cash, it is perfect for our little walks. I have to make sure I have some cash for essential ice creams and such like.




Lots of love

Annie

7.3.13

superhero cuffs

Dear Annie,







Do you remember the superhero capes that I made for the boys for Christmas? They are going to come in very useful this weekend because S has requested a superhero theme for his birthday party on Saturday.

Last night, I whipped up some felt superhero cuffs to match the capes. I had a look at several examples on Pinterest and then came up with an approximation of a pattern. They were really quick and simple to make, and the two junior superheroes are delighted with them.

Love from,

Laura

PS: Please forgive the hastily snapped photos. As I had already discovered, superheroes don't stand still!

3.3.13

Casting On

Dear Laura,




Spring is in the air, I could tell by the brisk cold winds and the snow today. However, the birds have begun to chirp again and the golden daffodil heads are popping up all over the place. Waking up from the sleepiness of winter it felt like a good time to start thinking about what to do with all that lovely wool I bought at Loop with you. 

Now over the last two months I have to admit, I have been picking up some of my skeins and giving them a hug. I can't help it, the wool is so soft and the colours so vibrant. My first project (of three) is to make some cable knit socks. As you can see I haven't got too far yet, but I am so excited to be working on them. These will be my first pair of socks and I am going to try to make up the cable pattern too so I imagine it isn't going to be the easiest journey. It is so fun to be knitting again!

Lots of love

Annie
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