Looking back at October

Let’s start with some Oxford Kitchen Yarns news: Yesterday I took a whole load of DK and Aran to Jo at Darn it and Stitch, which has pretty much cleared me out of both weights for the next couple of weeks. So head there if that’s what you’re looking for.

In other news the super secret Darn it and Stitch EXCLUSIVE yarn has arrived and is being dyed as we speak. Hopefully Jo will have that in the shop in about two weeks time. (More details as the skeins start to dry off and the collection comes together.)

(After that I will go on a DK and Aran dyeing bender. There is talk of a third dye vat even. 🙂

More soon…



Waldorf Dolls as made by me

October is always a very busy time for our family. It is a month filled with good things, a month when good things happened.

Firstly W and I were married (7 years ago!) on the 1st. This year we went off for a fancy lunch, just the two of us and it was wonderful just to spend some time together since neither of us are having much in the way of evenings at the moment.

Then further in the month are FB’s and LR’s birthdays, close enough for a joint party to be the only sensible option.

Usually this means that my crafting in September and October are birthday themed. This year most of the work got pushing into October due to pregnancy tiredness. At times I didn’t think I would get everything done, but the big days both happened, and everything some how ended up ready in time, and each small person had a good birthday.

(And yes, of course the list of things I got done was from a drastically reduced ‘omg I only have a few days left, what *has* to get done?!’ list. Let’s be realistic here.)

Anyway this year the big craft gift was LR’s waldorf doll. This is a tradition that started just before LR was born, when FB turned 2 years old. (LR got the smaller doll at the front of the photo for her first birthday.) I’m hoping to continue said tradition for the little one inside me (and the nieces and or nephews that might come along.)

I only make about one waldorf doll a year and each time I’m intimidated before I start and then I get stuck in and it’s totally fine. In fact I would say they are really fun to make. As ever I used the basic stitch in Grrr to knit the wigs, which leads to a full head of hair that is very hard to pull out (since the stitch actually tightens when you pull on it.)

(The yarn is, as with all three dolls, Oxford Kitchen Yarns sock, doubled up. In this case however it took nearly all 100g, and she had a huge head of hair.)

I’m planning some doll related items for Christmas this year, too, including a mei tai so that Dolly can be carried around much like LR’s new sibling will be in a few months time.

Apart from the above doll, there were also birthday tee shirts with their ages on, and birthday pj bottoms, in collaboration with Debbie from Monkey and Bo who was happy to feed my fabric habit, rather than buy my children more toys. (She’s a true friend, that one! 😉

Oh and Duplo. This year there was a lot of duplo too. 🙂

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