16 July, 2017

New Slippers


BJ needed new slippers.

Back to the mukluk pattern from last year.  It is oddly enough, about a year since I started some of these as he got his first pair while he was in hospital.

He picked the colours for these out of my stash.  He wanted orange again, but we added a colour with it.

Hopefully they last him longer than most of his other pairs have done!  I really don't know how he does it!

15 July, 2017

Forgot This...


I have finally taken a picture of this.  It's a cowl I did the other week before I finished that blanket. I've worn it a bit but still hadn't taken pictures.  It's an unusual design in that it's really basic to knit, but twists itself onto the bias so sits really fun & collapses around your neck making a warm & cosy piece with a different appearance when using variegated yarn.  

It's called Wolkig & is a free pattern on Ravelry so check it out!  


13 July, 2017

At Last...


My baby blanket for my new nephew is complete.  It's just a Basketweave design which is good as it gives it lots of texture so looks a little thicker maybe than it really is.  I'm pleased with it, but will not be knitting with bulky yarn again any time soon.  It's hard work.  I'd rather knit a sock any day!  lol

I got the last row & cast off finished this morning & sewed in all the ends while I had some friends over for a holiday catch up. It's a great way to not think about sewing the ends in.

Thursday Thanks



  • A 6 year old.
  • An enjoyable party for the 6 year old & his friends.
  • The fun I get from doing the party!  lol  
  • Getting through the last week of school.
  • Boys that are better again.
  • A boy who got an award at school for "Respect".  Can't ask for better than that.  

692/1000

04 July, 2017

He's 6!!!

It was a VERY early start as I am sure most can imagine.  I did have to get him back to bed at 3am, 3.30 & 4.  Not sure if he wasn't already feeling a bit off at this point.  



School day for him though.  The first time he had his birthday on a school day.  

Also his first party with school friends.  So he was very excited.  

If you remember from my preparations the other week I was working on Pokemon things for it.  Well the theme continued. 

Pokeball lanterns.  White lanterns that we coloured in.  Used these instead of balloons.  (I am really starting to hate balloons.)  

 


Pikachu fruit boxes.  Free printable on line.  



There are a lot of cool ideas on Pinterest so I made some food labels.   




Parties these days need fruit.  So a Pokeball it is.  Handy serving dish from the cheap shop for $2.



We coloured in 24 table tennis balls & Stuart hid them in the back yard.  They had a good time running around finding them all.

I had prepared a pile of Pokemon eggs.  Found this idea on Pinterest too of course.  What a perfect thing for 5 & 6 year olds.  I even labeled an egg carton specially.


They spent ages doing this.  So lucky it was warmish.  Sun was shining so we could do it outside at least.  Each egg had one of those little plastic Pokemon instead.  So they were excited to do this.



Lots of food, & then some cake.  At this point I could see DJ was crashing out.  His eyes were glazing & he wasn't his usual crazy loud fun self.

A Pokemon cake & some Diglett Dirt cakes.  Children don't eat cake really.  So I tried the little chocolate coconut slice.  Most of them were demolished.  Only a couple weren't I noticed but the worms in the top of the dirt had gone.




The children left & the grandparents came for tea.  DJ had zoned out completely by this point.  We had obligatory cake pics with him & sang to him & then we enjoyed his birthday tea of sausages, mashed potato & gravy while he went to bed with a temp.  Poor kid.  Had a day home today feeling miserable.  Oh well, these things happen.  He still enjoyed it & was very spoilt.

29 June, 2017

Thursday Thanks




  • The safe arrival of my new nephew!  
  • A very happy & excited new mum & dad already thriving on parenthood.
  • A bit more extra work.
  • Busy days at work.
  • More eggs from my chickens.
  • Fun party planning.
686/1000

27 June, 2017

Secret Party Business

Some bias tape making.  



Bias tape turned into lanyards, thanks to hunting down plastic card holders.  I didn't want to have to fork out more for the ready made lanyards or belt clips which weren't cheap.  At least not for a kids party...  lol  So well, after looking at options I just sewed the lanyard to the card holder.  Done.



I was really excited to find this website with Pokemon Trainer Cards.   Personalised & printed & glued to a thick card makes a really fun treat for the kids I think.  I hope DJ loves them.  He hasn't seen these yet.  I have to try to keep something as a surprise I think.