maybe I should stick to cooking



I recently sent off a package to Germany. It's been received, so I can tell you what was in it. 

I have a beloved sister and two nieces who had birthdays last December that I set about making gifts for. So they're not very late at all.

The girls may have also not quite received their Christmas presents on time. Spectacular Auntie, I am. 

Here's what I finally got off to them:

A gumnut beanie for my unbelievably adorable two year old niece, Rose.

I didn't follow a pattern, incredible that it worked out at all really. I was supremely unconfident that it would not turn out a lot like this one, a particularly stellar example of my knitting prowess. But I cast off (had to look up youtube as I had a total mental blank about binding off) and it looked like it'd fit a smallie nicely. Happy days. 



A lazy days skirt, (a free pattern from Oliver + S). That's the end of my birdy stash. Hopefully Rose likes it as much as I do.



For Tilly's intensely adored Miss Georgia, 4, a skirt in corduroy, following the lazy days principles. With a pocket for treasures. 

There is a visit scheduled for later this year and Tilly is insisting on a full matching wardrobe for her and Georgia. I better get started.



Also for Georgia, another of these dresses, Simplicity 2377. Didn't work so well in lawn, for reference. Sits much more nicely in 100% cotton. 



It was right about now that I turned around to find a cow right behind me (see Monday's post.)



And for my beloved Naomi, a scarf.

I bought this gorgeous wool at Vinnies for 50c. Two balls.  



It knitted up quickly and beautifully, gorgeous to knit with. 

'Cept it was only about half a metre in length. Ran out of wool. Not a scarf.


I stitched it up and decided it was a cowl. (I looked it up, it's a word. And a thing.)



Modelled here. Cowl. Going to be big in Germany this year. Or maybe next year…


…given they've just finished winter.

Christmas handmades in April.

That's gotta be a record.


9 Comments on “maybe I should stick to cooking

April 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm

LOVE that last photo….. he seems a willing model, but doesn’t look to think the cowl is his kinda accessory. That’s a great idea for using a small amount of loved yarn though~ gonna have to try it. In several months. 😉

You’re creative~ or so I’ve gathered from reading your posts…… got any inexpensive and fun ideas for wall decor for little girls’ rooms? I attached a link of some inspiring ideas I found on my post today, but I’m always looking for inspiration.

Thanks, by the way, for all of the inspiration I’ve found in these pages, unbeknownst to you!

April 6, 2011 at 11:53 pm

You know it might sound coy and I don’t mean it to, but I don’t actually feel very creative. Thanks, though! You know what I LOVE on little girls walls? Bunting! Easy to sew up, looks super sweet! Any good?

April 7, 2011 at 4:19 am

Lovely presents. And the skirts and dresses will be perfect for spring and summer, so they arrived at a good time! x

April 7, 2011 at 9:12 am

I just wanted to tell you that I so enjoy reading your blog. I like seeing what wonderful item you have created,but most of all I enjoy just reading what you have written. I always laugh! Thank you for that as it has been a very long day.

April 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm

So, let me get this straight… these presents are for LAST year’s Christmas? and the worm farm for my lot was for LAST year’s Christmas… was Stella the only one you provided the gift on time for? That’s pretty funny, honey 🙂
P.S. The boys are LOVING the worms!
P.P.S. I know the cowl wasn’t the plan, but it looks fantastic!!

April 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Yes. Oh shut up. xxx

International Woman of Mystery
April 7, 2011 at 9:34 pm

They are all BEAUTIFUL and received with adoring gratitude! Given the unlikelihood of me ever actually needing to wear the cowl (it’s 22C today), I have decided to name it (Lila) and take it out regularly and stroke it. It is lovely. The girls are both wearing their skirts today and looking gorgeous, all ready for a big, organised Easter Egg hunt this afternoon. They’ve decided that they are their new party outfits. And I’m SO glad we got the end of the bird fabric. It’s fabulous!

green ink
April 9, 2011 at 1:24 am

I’m just as bad re: getting presents in the mail on time. It really does creep up on you – I used to rely on good old Express Post envelopes to get stuff from Melbourne to Hobart the next day but can’t do that any more 😛

Look at it this way – you have PROLONGED the joy of Christmas for them. That’s what I tell myself 😀 xx

Kylie (mealyandi)
May 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Thought you might like to see these for some more cowl inspiration. I made 6 a few years ago for Amleia’s kinder teachers – I really should make a few more:)
They are the best – the teachers still rav about them.


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