Friday, December 23, 2011

Me and Ryder


Me and Ryder, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

And just a little self portrait of me and my youngest. What a cutie!

My girls


P1070696, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Once a year, my girls and I manage to steal away from our partners and children to come out and play. We have 8 children amongst us. This year we changed venues to a restaurant which has a bar with a balcony looking out to the ocean. With the temperature reaching above 30 deg during the day, the evening was lovely and balmy. Add (quite) a few champagnes to the mix and you get 5 very happy ladies. Love ya, bitches! x

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rant of the week

Check out this 'hit the nail on the head' blog post by my mate. I've recently resigned from my job and this might explain why.


And if you need someone to write with such articulation for your website, marketing or whatever, she is the person for you!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Spice Man socks


P1010955, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

I'm getting there. Completely knitted in transit 3 days a week. Except for the heel turn which I need longer than a 25min block to knit before putting it down. One night at home each sock, then back on the train. But work has finished for the year so I'll have to do the rest at home. I love these colours.

Gentleman's sock with lozenge pattern

What do you know, another WWFY number. This time a gorgeous handknit pair of socks for the hubberino for Christmas. I hope he loves them as much as I do!! They'll be great for winter :)

Vivian


Vivian, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Another WWFY number. I LOVE this. It's a shame I've lost so much weight though. I asked for a 38" but I'm now just under 35". In any case, it'll be a lovely cozy coat. I will have to remedy the sleeve length though.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mara


Mara, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Here is the finished Mara shawl. It's for a christmas gift for an aunt-in-law. She lives in Armidale where it gets quite cold at times. Hope she likes it! I do. It's going to be difficult to give away!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My design


My design, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

I have a couple of ladies in my life that are pregnant at the moment. So I designed these in different colours. The lovely Yasmin from ScissorsPaperMouse whipped them up for me. I love how they turned out. This one will live at our house for Ryder.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Ms.Marigold


Ms.Marigold, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

It's finished. What do you think? Am I rocking the ruffles or are they too froufrou for me? I think I need to add more stitches to the back of the raglan next time. I think it's quite cute :)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

A monster in the making

Daphne and Delilah in Cascade 220 Citron and Blue Hawaii.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Ms. Marigold


P1010945, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

So I heard that Rowan Calmer was being discontinued and people were arcing up about it. I had to find out what the fuss was all about. So I got some on destash and started Ms. Marigold. It is a lovely cotton acrylic. Lovely soft and stretchy. And I love the colour too. Just the neck ribbing to do and decide what to do with the sleeve caps. What do you think? Am I a ruffle kinda girl?

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Goal weight - done and dusted

The stats are in. I'll be back for the next round to firm up and get fitter.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Off for a Walk with Charlotte

I really really wanted this shawl. I really really couldn't get myself to knit it. So up on the WWFY group it went. Someone took it up and I sent her 1600m of yarn and this is what happened. LOVE! These pic are unblocked. But I already know its going to be amazing. Thank you Rrrr :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Watershed #2


Watershed #2, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Watershed take 2. How cute is this!!?? I love everything about it. Although if I made it again...which I will...I would keep my eye out for a couple of funny things with the pattern. But no-one will be able to see the glitches except me. I wasn't sure about the colour when I received it, but I love it now. It'll be great once I get a tan!

Watershed #1


Watershed #1, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

My first attempt at Watershed. Lots of errors, but you can barely see them since the yarn is black. Shame it turned out so small though. I'll be gifting this to my 12year old sister-in-law for Chrissy :)

Decouverte


Decouverte, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Here are some better shots of my Decouverte. It's great to throw over a singlet or top to add a bit of warmth without bulk. Could have made a size or 2 smaller. But then again, I have lost nearly 11kg since I made it.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Spice Man II


Spice Man II, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

So I finished my Watershed. I was in need of a small black cardy to wear over singlets at work on a warm day. But it came out far too small. Boo. My fault not being careful of gauge. It's ok. I'll send it to my 12year old sister in law.

I will make another one in a larger size and nicer yarn. But for now, I'll concentrate on my Spice Man socks. Relatively mindless knitting. I love Am Kalten Polar!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Finally, goal weight!


Finally, goal weight!, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

I did it. It took only 9.5 weeks to get from 75.5kg to 65kg. My next mini-challenge is to get down to 63kg in the next 2.5 weeks. Can I do it?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Featherweight


Featherweight, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Finally. It's finished. It only took me 2 months. I love it!

I just wanted to share more of my weight loss journey. These are my measurement changes in 8 weeks. I've lost a total of 9kg now. 1.5kg to my goal weight of 65kg. I might have to shift my goal. I can't recommend Michelle Bridges 12wbt highly enough. If you want a healthy, fast and effective way to get fit and healthy and lose weight, this is the way to go. Next intake is January!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

I must try this...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Weight loss so far...


Weight loss so far..., originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

And for those who are curious, the Michelle Bridges' 12wbt is going along brilliantly. I've lost close to 8kg since starting 7 weeks ago. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a healthy change in lifestyle with the added benefit of losing that flab before Christmas. The next intake is January. I will be signing up again to keep myself on track. I'm 3kg away from goal weight! I might have to adjust my goal :)

Christmas present


Christmas present, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

So I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front. I've been frantically knitting away on my featherweight. I only have one sleeve to go. But I couldn't help myself. I had to start another project. This time it's a family kris kringle present. It's for a new girlfriend in the family. I asked my brother in law if she would like something hand knitted and what her favourite colour was. He said she loves all that stuff and would love a shawl in purple. This was a super quick and easy knit. I used the entire ball of yarn but I had to cut the pattern off binding off 2 rows early. I don't think she'll notice :) I hope you like it, Linda!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Scanned Image


Scanned Image, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Here is the article in Melbourne Weekly about my hubster's bike ride. Have a read and if you have a spare dollar, sponsor him by following this link: 1200kms For Kids

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Michelle Bridges' 12 week body transformation

So the stats are in. No wonder my jeans no longer fit! I didn't think I'd shrunk that much, but the measuring tape speaks for itself.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Decouverte FINISHED!


Decouverte, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Yay, it's finally finished. What do you think? I really like it. I'm wearing it today as it's a bit fresh but not really cold.

Featherweight


P1010834, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

It's coming along nicely now that I've finally finished Decouverte. What a lovely yarn to work with. But we all know my love for Wollmeise! The colours look lovely together.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More yarn p0rn

Check it out! I got all these from destash on Ravelry. I'm loving myself sick with them. Grapes for Sheri, Libelle, Vincent and Raku Regenbogen!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Dinner...


Dinner..., originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Who says eating healthy is boring. This was delicious! A healthy alternative to fish n chips. Yum!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

12wbt with Michelle Bridges

I have a few extra kilos on me since giving birth to a giant. I have 5kg to get to pre-pregnancy weight. And I'd like to lose a further 5kg to get to an ideal weight. So I've joined up with a friend to do Michelle Bridges' 12wbt. In this program she gives you every exercise you need, be it gym equipment, gym classes, at home with DVDs or outside in a park.

She also gives you a complete food menu, sticking within 1200cal limit. So far the meals have been more than delicious! Tonight it's lasagne and it looks like this. Mine has come out exactly the same! One of the excellent things about Michelle's recipes, is that you always use so many fresh fruits and vegetables. It's teaching me so much about food. Which is invaluable. Especially to maintain my goal weight at the end. Oh, and my toddler eats everything aswell!

In 2 days (Monday and Tuesday) I have already lost 1.5kg. Yay me.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Featherweight


Featherweight, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

It's coming along nicely. Still waiting on the Mal sock!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sockweight Cardigan


Featherweight Cardigan, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

While I wait for some more Malabrigo Sock for my Découverte, I thought I'd cast on a Featherweight Cardigan. But I'm using Wollmeise sock yarn in Maus Jung and Natur. The fabric on 3.75mm is gorgeous and soft. More lovely mindless knitting. Perfect for a trip to Sydney while the kiddies sleep.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My two creeps...


Footsies, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Manolo


Manolo, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

I haven't had much to say lately. My Découverte has been keeping me busy with miles and miles of stockinette. I've just ran out of yarn 7.5" from the end. Don't you hate that?

So while I wait for another skein to arrive, I thought I'd pick up my Manolo Socks. I'm using Wollmeise in Ruby Thursday. A gorgeous cool bright red. It's a nice easy knit...so far. Not that I need another pair of handmade socks. Considering we're moving into spring now :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

WWFY - Baby Garter Yoke Cardigan


P1000549, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Here is another job that I got someone to complete for me. It took 4 balls of yarn that I had started a handbag with. Looks pretty good considering the yarn's start in life. In payment, i gave the knitter the remaining 6 balls. Cute huh?

My first quiche


DSC_2626, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

I know that most of you have been making quiches blind since you were about 2, but this is my very first quiche. Yay. I wish I'd made it a lot earlier than now. It was so easy and healthy.

After a false start with the egg leaking through my pastry, success! I didn't know the 'rules' so obviously I didn't make sure the pastry was sealed properly. So we stuck what was left in the oven to slightly firm it up, then added more egg on top.

Notes for next time: line tray with baking paper, make sure the pastry is sealed and add a bit of salt/pepper to the egg.

Hubby's not complaining though, he's eaten about half of it himself!

No recipe, just made it up as I went.

1. line tin with premade short crust pastry (make sure it's all sealed, no cracks)
2. blind bake it for 10mins - 180C
3. sprinkle half a finely chopped onion on the base
4. sprinkle a packet of thawed frozen spinach (all water squeezed out of it first)
5. mix 6 eggs with a cup of soy milk and salt/pepper (hubby's dairy intolerant) pour over
6. add chopped feta cheese
7. bake till almost solid (it will continue to solidify in the tin while cooling down) about 40mins

Friday, August 12, 2011

WWFY - blanket binding


WWFY - blanket binding, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Finally it's my turn to help someone. I'm sewing on satin binding onto cuddle fleece to make a blanket. In return I will receive a gift voucher from my favourite yarn or fabric store. It's interesting working with this slippery fluffy stuff.

Me by my 3yr old


Me by my 3yr old, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

A pic my 3yr old took of me at Chaddy :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WD 47ag 100%


WD 47ag 100%, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Some more yarn p0rn :)

Keep calm and...


Calm, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Hat Fit for Ed


A Hat Fit for Ed, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Turns out the last hat was actually fit for hubby's brother, Andrew. So I had to make another for Ed. This time I made it a bit deeper.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Little Apples quilt for Eva


Little Apples quilt, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

We finally heard last night that hubster's cousin had a baby girl. Yay! Now I have a recipient for this quilt. I hope she likes it. Not the typical baby girly pink colours. Something a bit different. The backing and binding are from Spotty. I didn't use a pattern. I just chopped into my layer cake, mixed it up and sewed them together :)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Anna Maria Horner Receiving Blanket

Blanket 4 out of 7 receiving blankets. I'm quite partial to this one. Shame I don't (and won't) have any girls.

Dog mat cover


Dog mat cover, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Do any of you readers have dogs? Well, if you do, you would understand the frustration of a smelly dirty dog mat. Not to mention the sheer number of them you go through. Puppies like to 'punish' their owners when they are left to their own devices for too long.

Enter the dog mat cover. I came up with this idea when I decided to use my son's very old and cheap fitted cot sheets to cover the dog mat. I kept 3 on rotation so that every couple of days I could change them. Have one in the wash, one on the bed and one spare. Needless to say little teddies and rattles do not a stylish decor make.

I had made a cot sheet for my new baby not long ago, so decided to do the same thing but for the dog mat. Here is one example. I have another one on the sewing table in the reverse colours. The fabric is mid/heavy weight and I think will hold up nicely to doggy wear and tear. It also hides all the dog mat seams which mine love to nip at to release all the stuffing. You like?

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Anna Maria Horner receiving blanket

Number 2 out of 7 Anna Maria Horner receiving blankets. Again with premade binding.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Will Work For Yarn Ravelry Group

Check me out in my new Melody's Shawl that I had made for me by Vonraveller. I love it so much that I whipped this on without looking. And it looks fabulous. I think it might be my new favourite. I might have to get another made from Malabrigo Yarn Sock again!

1200kms for kids bike ride

Every year my hubby rides the 1200kms for kids charity bike ride from Brisbane to Sydney (alternating directions each year) to raise funds for Children's Hospitals. This year it is the Royal Childrens Hospital in Brisbane and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. As most of you will know, our first son was born at 28weeks. He needed intensive / special care for the first 2months of his life. As such, this charity is close to our hearts.

If you'd like to donate, please visit my husband's DONATION PAGE. He has committed to personally raise $10,000 so any little bit will help. This is his fourth year doing this ride raising over $50,000 himself.

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Hat Fit for Ed


A Hat Fit for Ed, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

I was sick of seeing hubster walking around with cheapo (though expensive) beanies made of some sort of nylon. He's never asked me to make him anything (the bugger) so I took it upon myself to make a nicer beanie. A very quick knit and I love the results. He looks hot in it!