Monkey baby

Ash likes to hold toys in his feet so that he has his hands free to play with them.  Apparently he holds books in his feet so that he can turn the pages with his hands 🙂  I think thats pretty clever for a 6 month old!



Yarn mail

When I got home yesterday there was a package in my mailbox waiting for me, it was a ball of wool from my friend Kelly of Knit So Quaint for a secret project I’m about to start.  Only Kelly being the lovely generous person she is, had snuck in an extra ball of lovely lovely stuff called Somoko somethingorother:


AND a gorgeous set of stitch markers, the very set I’d been admiring on her blog last week! (I hadn’t mentioned to her which particular set I was coveting, so I don’t know how she managed to send me THE set I secretly drooled over!)


And yes I nicked the photos off her blog *blush*

Thanks Kelly!!!!

FO: Lavender Lacy Scarf

My first ever scarf!  I sensibly started with a kiddie- sized version 🙂


I felt like a complete nana knitting lace in lavender, but purple is E’s favourite colour and 80% of her tops are purple, so it was the only colour I could knit her really!  I have actually started discouraging her pretending to be Jeff Wiggle, it had been going on for over a year and was showing no signs of abating, so I have told her she can only pretend to be Jeff sometimes and not every. single. day. 


The pattern is Lacy Ascot which I will do a link to when I get around to it.  Its actually written for 8ply but I used Cleckheaton Merino Bambino in 4ply, which was on special for $3 per 25g ball at my LYS.  I got 2 balls and just kept knitting until I’d finished them, which gave me a scarfette 12cm x 90cm.  I could have made it a wee bit longer but was keen to cast off and start something new, and I figure E will probably manage to stretch it anyway.  The yarn is lovely and soft, I enjoyed knitting with it (other than the colour).


There is a story about the Barbie – E is 3 in June and I was determined to get rid of her dummies before her birthday.  She only has them in bed at night but insists on 3 of them – one for each hand plus one for her mouth.  So for the last few weeks we have been talking about how dummies are only for babies, and how big girls don’t have dummies.  Then I introduced the idea of trading her dummies for a Barbie, and she liked that idea.  So after talking about it for a couple of weeks to let her get her head around it, I bought her a Barbie (in a purple dress of course) and we traded it for her dummies.  I rummaged through my house and Mum’s and unearthed 9 of the blinking things!  Anyway she is very pleased with her trade, and two nights on we haven’t had too many troubles.  Once in bed we had a few brief tears and she did ask for something for her hands and something for her mouth but she hasn’t requested her dummies back so I’m very pleased with her.

Easter cupcakes

E spent Saturday with her Nana C while I went to a classical dressage clinic.  E had fun doing an easter egg hunt, and then she and Nana C made these cupcakes  – E had fun putting all the eggs on top:


FO by Mum: Easter Duck Family

I know Easter is usually all about bunnies and chicks, but Ellie is all about ducks, so Mum made her this cute wee duck family as an Easter present.  They are from a Jean Greenhowe pattern and I think they are super cute!


Ellie loves them and has taken them to bed with her for the last 3 nights, ever since Mum gave them to her (along with about 4 other soft ducks – she is slightly obsessed with ducks!)  She has been having fun dressing them in her dolls clothes, because ducks need to wear dresses don’t you know?  Daddy Duck has been masquerading as a fairy princess, as daddy ducks are wont to do 🙂

In other news – today was to have been the day of Ash’s big operation, but his white cell blood count is low so it has been delayed a week or two.  Its nerve-wracking for his poor parents!

FO by Mum: Waddle Duck

As I mentioned yesterday, my nephew Ash is going into hospital today.  Mum wanted to give him something made with love to have in hospital with him, so she made this soft & squishy Waddle Duck (link to come).



The photo isn’t the best – he is a lot cuter IRL.  I’ll have to get a pic of Ash holding him.

Ash met his cousin Jasper the other day, here they are holding hands (or maybe Ash is just wondering how Jasper tastes…)