What a week! I haven’t been able to work on the pattern writing at all because I’ve been hit by a wave of babies! One of my friends here just had a pair of twins so I quickly whipped up something soft and cuddly.
A pair of ribbed beanies loosely based on the Basic Ribbed Beanie, but modified to be much smaller.
Also sewed 2 baby blankets. The fabrics used are fleece and a colourful printed gauze. I used the self-binding method again. I’m not very sure about the combination of gauze and flannel, but my aim was to make a blanket that is multipurpose… It can be 1) placed on the floor for the baby to crawl/roll around on, 2) used for swaddling, 3) used as (an oversized) burp cloth, and of course 4) used as a blanket. Another bonus is that both flannel and gauze wash easily and dry really quickly!
While I was at it, I discovered “double gauze”fabric, which looks amazing and I’m really keen to get some to try out! It doesn’t help that the prints all look so pretty!! Unfortunately, it was difficult to find even printed normal gauze fabric locally, much less double gauze. The prettiest ones seems to be from USA, but I really try to avoid buying things outside the EU because of the customs paperwork, which isn’t so terrible except that it is in Finnish! So we shall see.
Apart from knitting and sewing for little twin babies, I’ve been doing a bit of painting as well. HH and TH liked the pair of Black Grouse I’ve painted (for the letterbox) so much that they asked me to do another similar painting. I was happy to comply!
This week, I managed to take 4 Me Made May outfit pics.
Handknitted cardigan (which I’ve been writing the pattern for, since before L was born! Maybe it will get done this year?), IngHer camisole (which doesn’t get enough credit for how often I wear it! I need to make another one.) and a KISS (tutorial) I’ve sewn up a couple of years ago (which also doesn’t get enough credit for how often I wear it!)
Handknitted Java Drops jacket and Xia top. This was actually one of the really rare occasions where I actually wore pants. I hate how the store-bought pants for my size are usually sewn for women with absolutely no curves… I may be kinda petite but I’m not a stick! Pants are constantly slipping down and also being too tight at the bum. I really have to give it a go to learn to sew pants!
Handknitted TienMiMi bustier/tank and a store-bought tulle dress. Not shown, but I also wore my Java Drops jacket.
News on my little garden, the seeds have sprouted! This year I planted some Bai Cai (Bak Choy), Cai Xin (Choy Sum), Thyme, Rosemary and Lemon Balm. The Chinese vegetables had sprouted really well and the Thyme was just beginning to sprout. The Lemon Balm is flourishing because I simply bought a potted one and re-potted it in a bigger pot.😀 Other residents in my balcony includes 4 Aloe Vera plants and 4 miniature rose plants. So far so good!
In the previous years, I had grown the Chinese Vegetables hydroponically. So I am curious to see how these will turn out this year.
I also decorated a cake today. I baked the cake a couple of days ago and stuck it in the freezer (so it is easier to work with when dressing. Of course, it will be given enough time to defrost before consuming!) I tried a new cake recipe for this cake (which is bigger than it looks.. If I remember correctly, it is 12″/30cm across!) and to be honest, am not so thrilled with this recipe.
For the dressing, I simply used my ruffle/petal tip (Wilton 104) along with a turntable. This is my current favourite way for cake dressing, because it is so quick for such a pretty effect! And of course, an ombre effect using freshly squeezed blueberry juice!
Because this cake is bigger than my usual 8″ cake, I decided to make a few smaller flowers on the top, rather than a big one. This was more difficult to do, simply because I had to position each flower at the center of the turntable for proper piping, which is tricky because the cake is big. It turned out well enough in the end though. Next step will be to transport it to the venue without smashing it.😄
We spent this weekend in the countryside again. This time round, we didn’t manage to spend much time outside. But in the brief amount of time I was out, I saw many flowers popping out! The north is ready for Summer!
This is from an apple tree full of blossom buds. There will be quite a few apples on this tree this Summer!
The wild blueberries are also blooming. In fact, most of the plants are full of raw blueberries already! I am looking forward to berry season.
So this was my week so far. The wave of babies is not yet over, though. There will soon be 2 more back home in Singapore and I’m hoping to make something useful and meaningful for them. But it is trickier because of the weather in Singapore… Maybe some baby kimonos in lightweight stretchy cotton?