Saturday, July 25, 2009

Leif James Melia-Lowe. B. July 20, 2009. 9.18pm.

One day old. It's been exhausting, and I'm only Grandma!
Welcome to the world little man. I can't wait to see who you are!
Congratulations to my darling son Rob and to Jenny. xxxx

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Leif William or James. Born last night just after 9 (July 20). All is well and as cute as a button! Mum was lovely... so fit and healthy and yoga'd into a pliable, strong and perfect producer of little grandson! Just for me! He has Rob's eyes and is ensconced in an exact replica of his father's body although he is said to have his mother's lips.
Leif is an Icelandic name, or Norse. Rob is a 6ft 5" norseman if ever I saw one.

Yay team. I'm very proud and pleased that it's all over and everyone's well.

Thanks God.

This is a picure of his Dad, my boy Rob because I don't have one of Leif yet. I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Better Pic Than The Other

See more pictures here. There will be even more ASAP.
It's sold, you see (if you hadn't read the other posts) so I have to get loads of brilliant photo''s.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Going, Going...

The Rabbit Cushion

I still love my rabbit fur cushion. Every day I look at it and love its lusciousness.

Friday, July 03, 2009


When the money changes hands, I'll tell you more! Sunday, 9.30am.

This is the bit that was on the cover of this magazine some years ago. I really don' have a good electronic picture of the quilt yet. Tomorrow will change that though. My friend is doing a shoot tomoz. I had a cry the other night... you know, old friend... memories and all that. But I'm pleased as punch.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Feather & Fan Baby Blanky Pattern

The pattern is so simple. It's fun too. You have four rows per repeat pattern, so the first is a new colour, then you endure the pearl row, then it's the pattern row, and with one more, you've finished! So it carries you on quickly.
If I did another, I'd make the edges slightly different and so the pattern reflects that (I did 6 Stocking stiches rather than the 3 on Linda Ball's beautiful Baby Bib, and three looks much better).
I have used Shokay's Orient for the main colour, which is a 4ply ish Yak wool blended with a touch of Bamboo. It's stunning to use, so soft, and wears incredibly well. No pills! Yay!

WITH SIZE 4mm NEEDLES:Cast on 132 sts.
Row 1: K (wrong side)
Row 2: Sl1, P to end of row (do this for the first stitch of every row to give a firmer edge, excepting the first row of a new colour or it'll look odd).
Repeat rows 1 & 2.
Row 5: Sl1-K.
This finishes the reverse Stocking stitch border/ends.
*Row 1: Sl1-K to end of row.
Row 2: Sl Knitwise, P to end of row.
Row 3: Sl1-K2 (border) - (k2tog) x 3, *(yo, k1) x 6, (k2tog) x 6, (yo, k1) x 6*. Repeat from *-* until 9 stitches remain, (k2tog) x3 - K3 (border).
Row 4: Sl1-K (wrong side)*.
Change colours for each repeat (*to*) if you want to.
Continue in pattern for desired length (I did 51 repeats for a good pram or basket length).
Next row: Sl1-P to end of row.
3 more rows reverse Stocking stitch (K,P,K).
Because of the frequent changes of colour and the resulting sewing-in of ends (i.e. lumpy), I crocheted the side edges with a Picot stitch...
*Single crochet-Chain 3, then crochet into 1st stitch of chain. Single crochet.* Effectively this means that every second single-crochet has the picot.
Repeat for as long as you want to.
I used Youtube for the tutorial on the picot, and will for any other thing I can't figure out ever!

I'm pretty sure this is right, but please let me know if it's not huh?