Socks, scarves and exercise

I have been working on my creative side this past couple of weeks and have hit my woolly straps by using up some leftover wool to begin making a scarf for Master Oh Waily, and even went out on a limb by purchasing needles and wool to make socks for both my little monsters beloved children.

Please find below, for your amusement and amazement, pictures of the woolly works in progress.  The photos are not the best as the only large flat place to lay things out at the moment is in a dark part of the house and I just had to make do today.

Scarf 1

The Scarf - about half way done.

For those who may be interested, the pattern is by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and is called One Row Handspun Scarf. Nice and simple, but not boring to look at.

Sock 1

The Sock - just starting on the foot

The sock is knitted in self-patterning Opal wool. While I love the colour, the wool is incredibly twisty – as you can see in the photograph. The pattern is from Ashfords, but frankly I think it may fit me better than my nearly four year old. Not quite what I was expecting it to do. But that’s fine. If it is way too large, then she can grow into them and I will start again for a pair that will fit her now.

I’m feeling brave now, can you tell? The sock is not quite as hard as I thought, and when I have some more time I will point you to a great YouTube video or two that helps take the scariness out of it. A big thanks to Gran Oh Waily for her help in starting me off and fixing my initial stuff-ups, as well as taking me shopping for more ideas. Specifically, this one:

Next Idea

The Next Idea - the mitts and the top.

Oh, and while I have your knitty attention, perhaps I could introduce you to Ravelry? Or should I say, enable you? A very useful, but addictive community of knitters and crochet enthusiasts.

Sewing 1

Miss Oh Waily's Sewing Practice

The last image is of Miss Oh Waily’s work.  Some scrap wool, a plastic canvas designed for making door hanging signs and a large needle.  Bob’s your uncle.  A home made, mostly, sewing practice.  Great for little fingers, concentration and new skill development.  An all around winner, really.

And finally there is a glimmer of hope on the exercise front.  I have revamped the look of Active Mum and have actually posted a small update today.
Will miracles never cease.
What with all this creativity and exercise I think I may need to go lie down.  Happy knitting everyone.

Easter Crafts & Similar Madness

Okay, it is almost Easter so I thought I would share some of the best picks from the craft section of my feed reader.  Seriously, if you are even vaguely crafty* then there should be something here to make you smile.
Most of the links lead you to How-To posts so if you’re game enough to try one or more, don’t forget to pingback here so I can see your art.

* knit, sew, bake or have kids.

What do you do on holiday?

Well, if you’re as mad as a meat axe, then you take your knitting on a tropical holiday.

Just call me Ms Oh Waily, the meat axe.

Yes.  I did.  It is true.  I am not making it up.  I did take knitting on my holiday to Fiji.
In my defense, it was knitting for my son.  A nice jersey for him to wear through the drudgery of the New Zealand winter.  And as anyone who is the parent of two young children can tell you, peace and quiet to use pointy implements of any kind is a rarity that could stand alongside gold or diamonds in value.  (White gold for me, thanks.)
So, with the assistance of those on holiday with me, I took the opportunity to do in two weeks what could have taken months at home.  I knit and I knit and I read and then I knit some more, then I squeezed in a bit more reading, and finally I knit again.  Now all I need to do is sew.  Sew it up and make it into something that actually could be worn by a small boy needing a bit of warming up.  I’ve taken a photo so you can see what a tropical knitting holiday can do for a small one’s winter wardrobe.  Don’t laugh too hard, it’s been decades since I took up knitting needles in anger for anything more than a scarf and you would all definitely laugh at the boat necked 1980s jersey that was my first full knitted creation.

Before Sewing Up

Update:  Gran Oh Waily very kindly did the sewing up and now Master Oh has his own personal cashmere/merino/silk tent to wear throughout this and several winters to come.  Maybe I overestimated the need for it to be *roomy*.

If you made it this far, then here’s a few gratuitous holiday photographs including the little Master himself taking his first dip in a swimming pool.

First Dip

First Dip

Mr Oh Waily instilling bad habits at an early age…

Bad Habits

Bad Habits

Master Oh, all at sea on dry land. Not content with his own floating palace he wants to try out his sister’s for size.

I want to try my sister's

I want to try my sister's

There are more photographs to come, but mostly they were taken by Gran & Pop Oh Waily, so I need to organise to get copies to share.