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!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Carnaby skirt

Carnaby skirt, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Well, here it is. My completely finished Carnaby Skirt. I actually like it a lot more than I thought I might. The length is good. The fabric is nice and thick with great drape. I like the tweed look. And it looks great with boots! I might actually wear this quite a bit in winter :)

Friday, July 22, 2011


Pancakes, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Would you believe that these are my first made-from-scratch pancakes. Not only that, but they are 'Ed friendly'. i.e. Gluten/Dairy free. And they were a hit! Add bananas, blueberries and real maple syrup. Kai is currently eating his 4th one! I could only manage 2 myself.

2 cups gluten free flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 organic egg
2 cups soy milk
75g melted butter

Sift flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk egg, milk and butter. Add wet mixture to the dry mixture and whisk until smooth (my arm is a bit tired!).

Heat a non-stick pan and spray a tiny bit of oil. Pour in 75ml at a time and flip once bubbles appear on the top. Only 1min on the 2nd side.

Keep pancakes warm on a plate with foil while you make the rest. Serve with your favourite topping. I managed to make about 11 or 12 from this mixture. Enough for 4 people I think.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

AMH receiving blanket

AMH receiving blanket, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Just one of seven blankets I'm making up. Lots of babies to be born in the next little while. I used pre-made bias binding, though, to speed up the process. As I learnt from my last two blankets, making bias binding with voile is no walk in the park. Shame I attached it to the wrong side on this one though.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Toasty Topper

Toasty Topper, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

One more cute very quick finish. It was supposed to have a thicker necktie so it's more of a scarf, but I ran out. I was only using scraps anyway. He's still super cute in it :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

My kids at birth

My kids at birth, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Some of you may know that my first born was actually premature. He came into the world at 28 weeks. My 2nd child came into the world 1 day off due date. Take at look at the size difference!

Kai: 13 November 2007 - 1.4kg (3lb 1oz)
Ryder: 25 January 2011 - 4.6kg (10lb 2oz)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Little Apples quilt top

DSC_2565, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Talk about instant gratification. I bought this layer cake yesterday and wanted to make something up straight away. This is what I came up with. It's a shame I cant get any yardage for the backing fabric until September. Lots of babies to be born soon, hopefully another girl :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Little Apples

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

The family and I went on a bit of a road trip to Brunswick East to a little organic food store my hubby wanted to try. When our GPS finally got us there, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a red sign saying "GJ Discount". I wondered if it was the fabric store I had heard of before. Walking a little closer, I could see that it was. And boy, what a find! I was in fabric heaven. Soooo many pretty things to look at. I was on a serious budget though so anything I bought would have had to come out of my weekly pocket money. I saw this layer cake of Aneela Hoey's Little Apples and couldn't resist. When I got home I was thinking of all the different easy layouts I could use. This is one of them. What do you think?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lollipop hat #2

Lollipop hat, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Yay, success. I knitted the 1-3T size and it's fits my 6mth old perfectly. Although I could have probably knit another half an inch deeper. I still have some of the grey and the charcoal left so I might make a v3.0. How friggin cute it he??

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Baby beanie

Baby beanie, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Another tiny finish. I've been thinking about making a beanie for my 5.5mth old for this Melbourne winter. His poor bald head gets so cold! Unfortunately, this one turned out a newborn size. My baby is in the 75th percentile so there's NO WAY this is going to fit him. That's ok, lucky there's lots of preggy ladies around me at the moment.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Personalised name quilt

Personalised name quilt, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

Well, I've finally got a baby's name to put on one of my quilts. Welcome to the world, Cooper. I hope you like your new quilt!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mini Wollmeise sorted and ready to ship

Finally...done!! It's taken a lot of time and effort to finalise this swap, but I enjoyed every minute of it. These are the final 3 groups. I hope everyone enjoys their mini skeins. I look forward to seeing all the new colourwork projects as they upload onto Ravelry.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


DSC_2512, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

I'm not an "I'm in love with being a mum type" but I *love* my family. How could I not. Have a look how cute they are sitting on Kai's foam couch. Please excuse the washing in the background :)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Carnaby Skirt

Carnaby Skirt, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

This is what's on the sticks at the moment. Carnaby Skirt. It's a super easy pattern to memorise. Great for mindless knitting. I wasn't sure how the Cascade 220 Tweed would knit up, but I love it! It's not pilly at all and it's softer than I was expecting, but firm enough, I think, to hold it's shape. It's coming along very quickly.

Overflowing mini wollmeise

My progress so far. 77 out of 147 mini skeins of Wollmeise wound and ready to be shared. I put a baby bottle next to the bowl as a point of reference so you can really see how overflowing the bowl is. There are 11 full skeins of Wollmeise split and wound in that bowl. Love the gorgeous colours.

Mini skeins galore

DSC_2491, originally uploaded by stitch-by-stitch.

I've lost count on how many I've made...let's go check...78 so far out of 147. I'm getting there. But I'm getting tired now. But it is a great project to do in front of the telly. If only a sewing machine could fit in front of the telly :) I'm still working on sewing down the appliques on my blocks before I can assemble them. Slow going.