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TTMT - 1st April - No Joke!

I have been busy this week and a few things from way back!



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Apr. 1st, 2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, your mercury looks TOTALLY different, I love it! And I like your new pattern, too.

Go you making all those clothes up, and very smart to make bigger sizes for later. Use up those remnants! :D

Cute snake! And I love that quilt you have in progress.

Eeeee, cute little girl clothes! She is going to be the best dressed little girl around... and all one of a kind!

Man you used to be a knitting monster! So much cool stuff. And you're already set for Tara for Fall /Winter.

Your roses are lovely. Our back yard had a rose garden when we moved in, but it's all gone now.
Apr. 1st, 2014 08:43 pm (UTC)
i'm hoping that eventually my hand will get better again and i can get back into my knitting. i really miss it. i used to be able to churn out quite a bit though.

i still have a huge amount of remnants to use up and i also found some drill prints that i'm going to use up for the boys. I also think that Connall needs a few new clothes that haven't been quite so worn out by Eoin, so i'm hoping to get a lot more done yet.

Our Mercury blocks look completely different, so i'm glad about that. they'll still compliment each other though used on a quilt as opposed to more traditional styles.

These roses came from the rose bed at my husbands old family church. it was knocked down to make a new underpass and we were able to save a few before hand. we moved them in the middle of summer when we got them, so we weren't sure if they'd all survive, but they did :)
Apr. 1st, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
Wowza, that's a lot of clothes! I'm impressed with how much you got done.

I really love those star blocks. I'm not normally into red white and blue but those work really well. Very pretty and striking.

Oooh, the roses! So pretty and bet they smell great. Some of ours have died, that reminds me I need to put out some more and prune our very old rosebush at the side.
Apr. 1st, 2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to get as much done as possible while i'm still on leave. so i'm doing up to size 2 for her at the moment and i want to start doing some clothes for her older brothers too

I was really glad with how the blocks came out. i wanted the stars to be white with a blue background to make them stand out more. I'm hoping they work on the recipients quilt as i suspect most people have chosen to do a white background

I really enjoy the roses. in years gone past i use to make jam from the petals, but i haven't had a chance to do that in quite a while. you need to collect A LOT of petals to make jam.
Apr. 1st, 2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
I'm just amazed at all of the clothes you have made! What a well dressed little Miss she will be :)

The knitting is great also. What a great find!

Your quilt in progress is looking good too.

The roses are so pretty. I have a really black thumb, so I always appreciate when others don't.
Apr. 1st, 2014 09:54 pm (UTC)
as i get the fabric remnants so cheap, the clothes cost me next to nothiong to make, maybe 10c per garment? as i also get the elastic cheap too. I normally use a few favourite patterns, but this time i drafted some up based on some clothes a friend gave her and went from there. i like basic patterns though as i can make a lot in a short period of time and it's very satisfying

I'm glad i found the knitting in time for miss Tara for winter. they were the wrong size for the season with my boys (and the pink wouldn't have suited them either ;p )

i enjoy the roses even if they do require a bit of effort to maintain. we have a lot of vegetation in our garden so normally go for low maintenance stuff to keep it easy
Apr. 1st, 2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
My computer is misbehaving, so I'm watching you on my phone and typing comments on the laptop. Silly computer!

The birthday blocks are so lovely. :)

Wow, 23 garments! That's going to make for some amazing show and tell!

Your backdrop is just lovely, I do enjoy getting to see you garden. I'm sure it's a lovely place for your family to be. Absolutely stunning roses.

Beautiful child's quilt top!

What a sweet snake. My own little gal was (and still is!) a fan of snakes.

The baby garments are just adorable. I can't even believe the tights and how many different things you finished up! I think you could use what I have been coveting: a serger/overlocker with a cover stitch. That does the lovely hem with the double stitch for knits. If I'd purchased the next machine up from the one I got, it would have had that, but I had no idea what it was. Now I know!

And the knitted spares! It doesn't surprise me that you did that. Such wonderful planning. ;) How brilliant to have those sweet pieces for your children.
Apr. 1st, 2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm really enjoying the garden. our new renovations have huge windows looking into the garden, so i see them for most of the day. Nathan has been pruing back the grape vines that seem to cover half the garden, so it is slightly less green now, but still full of trees and plants. Nathan has also set up a little water play area for the kids and is setting up a mud pit for them as well. we are firm believers in kids getting mucky in the garden and the boys love it!

my serger is similar to the ones at the sewing group and they are pretty basic but still very useable. Mine was given to me from a friend who was only going to get $20 trade in for it when they upgraded, so gave it to me instead. I do a block of just serger work, then a block of straight stitching, and that seems to work well for efficient use of my time, and i set up my own mini sweat shop sort of thing ;)

Those knit garments are just the right size for the season for Tara, and just coming into winter, it works out well :)
Apr. 1st, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
I need to borrow your Nathan's green thumb and make my yard into more of a garden. Love your space!

My serger is basic basic, too. You do the same thing I do when I need to hem, just proceed in batches!
Apr. 1st, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
we are both good in the garden, but i've had a few more injuries than he has, so can't do as much of the hard work anymore. I do more simple things like mini raised garden beds for EOin to plant vegetables in etc.

That works for me :) and i can get a lot of work completed that way
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:55 am (UTC)
The birthday block swap looks great, really like that Mercury pattern.

I just love the clothes you make for your kids. The raglan look is my favorite.

Adorable knits! I love knitting baby things, wonderfully quick and such a sweet reason to knit, too.

Haha I am SO used to mail taking a long time to arrive, nature of the beast when you live in the farther reaches. Patience is my middle name. :) (well, when it comes to shipping, that is!)

Beautiful roses. And eek! A gnome!
Apr. 2nd, 2014 03:10 am (UTC)
It was interesting that out of all the star blocks out there available that Jewells and I both chose the same block to do for the same swap, but at least we chose different colourways. The pattern is here.

I've not quite got the hang of raglan sleeves yet so tend to favour the square cut. one day i'll try something different ;)

Yeah things take a long time here too. I can remember one swap parcel taking 3 months to get to me. the other swapper was really panicking by that stage, but it eventually got there. I think we have a better range of fabrics available here than you do, but they are still SOOOO expensive compared to prices in the USA.

Thanks. i do love the garden. it's my happy place.

Edited at 2014-04-02 03:18 am (UTC)
Apr. 3rd, 2014 04:33 am (UTC)
Your blocks are all so cool. I'm loving the tights. Babies in tights are adorable. Just when you think Tara can't get any cuter you put her in some lime green tights! Your roses are beautiful!
Apr. 3rd, 2014 04:57 am (UTC)
I was pleased with how the blocks came out.

i'm working on some trousers for my boys at the moment in some cute drill prints and vintage fabric :D i like making clothes for the kids
Apr. 3rd, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
The blocks look great. I love the fabric you used for the blue.

So much clothing! Awesome job!

Crazy temps all around the world. We are excited because it is actually hitting 40°F here. If we averaged our temps, we'd have really nice Spring/Autumn temps. :)

Your roses are beautiful!
Apr. 3rd, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
the blue fabric i bought years ago thinking i would use it for something HP related, but it's sat there for about nearly 5 years now, so time to use it for something.

i love making clothes for my kids. My eldest love it when i make clothes for him too as he's had it most his life. i started making him some pants yesterdat with some drill prints. when he came from kindy he was so excited about it :)

today is a much more normal Autumn day of around 22C/72F so it's a nice day :)
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