A bag for the little guy


No Yarn Along post this week as not much is happening yarn-wise, but instead I can show you something else that’s been made this week.

So it appears that my youngest is at an age where one requires a kindergarten bag.
He won’t wear the rucksack he inherited from his brother, and instead prefers to wander about with my handbag or a lunch bag around his neck. So I decided to make him a simple version of this messenger-style bag.

This little bag was made entirely from scraps of fabric, leftover ends of bias binding, last little corners of wadding… I did not have to purchase a single thing for it.
The lining and strap are made from fabric I purchased a few years ago with the intention to make curtains. This fabric has become so many things already, none of which is anywhere near curtains, and there is still more left of it.

I used the same technique as for this bag, quilt-as-you-go. The extra layer of wadding makes this bag more sturdy, which I really like.
And the little guy seems quite happy with it as well.


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P1020660The summer holidays are here now (well, for some of us anyway), so weekend, Monday – all the same, right? I just wish the children would realise that no alarm clock means that no, we do not have to be up at half six every morning!
We might still need to practise that one a little bit.

This weekend we had a morning that felt like evening, with the darkest storm clouds looming, and a big thunder storm just as we were getting ready to leave. A morning spent making a big bunch of crepe paper roses.
A wonderful (sunny!) afternoon spent at a birthday celebration, with lovely people, good food, happy children.

Today, I am trying to start the week on the front foot, ticking off as many things as possible from my list early, in the hope no new ones will come to replace them. Ha!

I hope you’re having a good start to your week.
Weekending with Karen

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This Moment

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words* – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savour and remember.



* I meant to snap a picture of our celebratory ice cream treat today, to mark the start of the summer holidays.
A scoop of mango for the big guy, vanilla for the little one. Mint chocolate for me.
In a lovely courtyard in town, with just enough shade from the sun.

But as it happens with little people, climbing up on statues, ice cream dripping, ice cream dropping, and no picture was taken between the damage control, and enjoying my own cone. (I tried to lick off the melting outer layer of ice cream from the little one’s cone. He clutched it to his chest in protest… You can imagine!)

So instead, a bit of blue and beautiful sky for you.
I hope
 this weekend will be just as bright and open for you all.

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Yarn Along


We’re having a bit of a heatwave here, but that doesn’t stop us trying on our new woollies, oh no!
This is the Joseph cardigan from that book I keep telling you about and have never knitted anything from (until now), What To Knit: The Toddler Years. I am hoarding it from the library, I just hope nobody will ever think to reserve it, so I can renew it for ever!
I used two balls of Drops Karisma in teal and one in green, and ran out of yarn at the yoke – luckily my own woolly cardigan has matching colours so I used my leftovers. Ha!
And just when I was wondering what to do about buttons, a wonderful surprise parcel arrived from Scotland, with a whole lot of them. Some of them were just perfect. So there. (Thank you, D!)

It’s a lovely basic pattern. I’d love to knit one in a single colour one day.
Although I must remember that the sleeves don’t come up very roomy, and maybe add a few stitches there. Also, the pattern includes waist shaping. For this little guy? I think not.

I finished Police, which is a great book, if you don’t mind a bit of gruesome. I do recommend Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole thrillers, if you like that sort of thing (like me). Unfortunately they were published in a very odd order in English, it’s worth doing a bit of research as to which one comes when.

Now I have a Kate Morton and a Henning Mankell ready and waiting, I haven’t decided yet which one to read first..

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Fairies and other things Gnome



Over the last week, I worked on a few new gnomes, as the ones I had in stock pretty much all sold out during my recent summer sale.
Now there are a fairy each for all the seasons, a Rainbow Fairy, a Queen of Summer, and some little love gnomes.
Pop on over to the Etsy shop for a closer look if you like.

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This weekend was much needed, and much too short.
Seriously, how can it be already Monday again?

We did a big round of grocery shopping; the big boy on his bicycle, little one in the buggy, visiting various supermarkets and greengrocers. Thank goodness the weather was nice!
We went out on Sunday with the aim to buy a watch – I haven’t worn one for ages, but at this point in my life it appears I do need one. We came back with a yellow griddle pan. No watch for me, but a happy husband.
(He is usually a bit obsessed about keeping all kitchen surfaces clear, but his pan is allowed to stay out. Hm. It’s lucky that it’s such a happy colour.)

And now it is already Monday afternoon. I’m still adjusting.
Good thing there are still some muffins left to help me through.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Joining Karen.

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This Moment

A Friday* ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savour and remember.



A quiet moment in a somewhat manic week.
* Hence a day late sharing This Moment.
I hope you’re all enjoying a sunny weekend.


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