Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sweater present

Her best friend's birthday. She's decided, as a present he needs a new sweater, like hers.... but not pink. He likes blue.

I like lable-less clothes. But for her, I always sew in a little bit of fabric and write her name. With a present like this, of course, she gets to write the name.

And make the card (the first photo).
Apparently, girls not only have longer hair but longer eyelashes, too.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


It's impossible to knit when it's hot and sunny outside. So part of me is thankful for a little grey and cold weather.

My first pair without having to undo and re-do great parts. Still a little wobbly in places, but I think I might just risk it and start an adult size pair.

Do you remember this and this attempt?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Making... something different

Making cough medicine....

This week for the first time in probably 7 months the temperature has dropped below 20ºC. Along with the rest of Spain we are now fighting a cold. Princess included. (A family of wimps, we are :)

Glad I found this recipe for making cough syrup (original recipe in German).

250g onions (roughly chopped, with peel)
125g brown sugar
1 tbsp thyme
1 tbsp rosemary
125ml water

Bring everything to boil and let rest for 12 hours. Drain.
Take 4-5 tbsp throughout the day.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Stripy dress

I almost didn't sew anything last night. All the late night sewing this week...
Well, go on then, I thought, just a little bit (KCWC working its magic). Just a simple dress.

Simple it is. But it really isn't a good idea to be matching up stripes when tired. Need to remember next time.

But! She's over the moon. What a start to the weekend - this joyful smile.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Simple Pants

I get really nervous when I make a new pattern for pants. Pants are tricky. Not the pattern as such, but the tweaking. Too tight there, too bulky here. Can't move right. Too many buttons. No pants for a princess (do you remember this conversation?).... and what not.

Yesterday was a bank holiday and I felt brave enough to try a sort of wider top, slimmer leg version. It's girly enough, but has also (lucky me!) passed the dancing, playground, running, climbing and cycling tests. I've made it slightly bigger to make sure it fits next week as well ;)

Of course, it has to be worn with something pink, like this T-Shirt.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pink sweater

When I saw the purple fabric with the pink dots I immediately thought this was made for the two of us. Her kind of colour and my kind of pattern. I am sure whoever created it thought of us.

I was tempted to use just that one fabric for the sweater. But then I came across some sleeves I had cut off an old jacket of mine and added some yellow. I like the mix.

I used the same pattern as for this, which is an adaption of this.

BTW. She and her new sweater are taking the train. It needs an outing, she says.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Button Fly Skirt

If she could decide, she'd be standing knee deep in the snow wearing a light summer skirt and a short sleeve T-Shirt, insisting that she really, honestly, is not cold. At all.

But I know she needs warmer clothes. Bigger, warmer clothes. Every time I turn around she's grown 2 cms.

So I am glad it's KCWC again. This is yesterday's work. An autumn button fly skirt.
With pockets to take tissues. She's very concerned about that. Someone might have a runny nose and might need one.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Handmade Pony

Pink, princesses, and now .... ponies!!!

Well, if this is what she likes, I take on the challenge (as long as I can avoid buying any of these).

Her cousin loves ponies, too. And it's her birthday soon.
We tried thinking of something to make and this is the result - drawn and assembled by her. I was responsible for 'stability'.

Rather than me choosing and getting the presents for her friends I would quite like her to be involved, too. How do you get your kids involved? I imagine not all of her friends want handmade presents for their birthday.

Sunday, October 2, 2011