Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mummy Moments - Lunches

Happy Tuesday everyone.

I'm having one of those weeks where parenting is kicking my butt. My husband worked all weekend, so today I'm on day 9 of looking after these little monsters delightful young ones on my own. (Hubby hates it when I keep track, but I can't help it.)

Anyways, I thought today I would post a couple of my tiny parenting successes in hope of reminding myself that I am not always a stay-at-home-failure.

First up, my toddlers new favourite lunch. She asks for it everyday, and almost always eats it all up, despite the fact that it is made out of different things every time. We call it "Happy Face Lunch". When I was little my favourite meal was "Things On a Plate".  I thought it was a proper meal like "Lasagna". It took me years to figure out my mum was just making a meal out of whatever was in the fridge ; )

I've just taken "Things on a Plate" and jazzed it up a little.

Next up is my back up strategy for Monkey's school lunches. The school's nut free policy really hampers our sandwich style. I try to send him was a lot of leftovers but every now and then I get stuck with nothing to send. Luckily, Monkey's school has a microwave so I keep a back up of pasta meals in the freezer for him. I make big batches and freeze them in muffin tins and then pop them into ziploc bags. Two to three frozen pucks and ta-da! Instant lunch.

Well that's pretty much all I've got today. Hopefully, I'll be able to come up with some more positive Mummy Moments soon.

Cheers, Nikki

Friday, April 26, 2013

FO Friday #73 - K is for Knitting

Happy Friday everyone!

I am really looking forward to this weekend because not only has spring finally sprung, but my mum is coming to visit! She hasn't seen Bean in 10 weeks and he has changed so much.

Here he is, this week, enjoying another gorgeous hand knit cardigan made by a friend of mine.

I have a new knit too....

Pattern: TGV (High Speed Knitting) by Susan Ashcroft
This is a great simple pattern. I did the increases as written and thought the top edge felt a little tight, but it is still comfortable to wear. I wish I could have made the ribbing a little deeper, but I would have had to sacrifice length and I think the length is perfect for me.

80% Merino / 10% Cashmere / 10% Nylon
Colourway: Hemlock
The yarn is glorious and the colour may be my most favourite I have ever knit. I cannot tell you how much I love this yarn. I wish I could bath in it.

I wanted to include a modelled shot but unfortunately this means you get a poorly lit bathroom pic. The colour is most accurate in the first photo.

The best part about this knit is that it will always remind me of our first travels as a family of five to my family's homeland, Wales.

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday #89 - Turning over a New Leaf

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I hope everyone is having a good week. Mine has been... a little trying to be honest. It's Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, organized by Eskimimi Makes. I participated in both of the last two years but couldn't get it together enough to join this year. I'm a little disappointed.

It turns out that being a stay-at-home mum to three small children doesn't leave you with a lot time for yourself. Who knew?

This week, I'm also trying to toilet train Doodlebug. Hahahahahahaha. Yeah.

So, not much blog time. But, a few days ago, my husband suggested that I start taking a couple hours each weekend to do something just for me (I think he may have noticed that my head was about to explode from a little too much "quality" time with my darling children.)

I've been thinking that Spring is a good time for new beginnings (even Spring's that are taking their sweet time showing up). On Saturday, I started a free course through Craftsy. It's something I've been thinking about doing for ages. It's a sewing class! But really it's still knitting related because I'm making a project bag! My sewing skills are definitely rusty but if this works, all my knitting friends can expect one for Christmas... maybe.

I've also managed to finish my TGV shawl, so I hope you will swing by on Friday to see that. In the meantime, between Tami's WIP Wednesday and blog week, there is a ton of awesome knitting and crochet blogging to check out today!

Cheers, Nikki

Friday, April 19, 2013

FO Friday #72 - Bring on Three

Happy Friday everyone!

 We have settled back in our regular routine. We had such a lovely trip. I am looking forward to Spring's appearance now that we are home... anytime now... seriously, tomorrow wouldn't be too soon.

This coming milder weather (soon!) should be the perfect time for Doodlebug to wear her new jacket.

It is knit from an aran weight tweed that is gray with fun multicoloured specks. It is also, sadly, discontinued.

I really enjoyed knitting this very clever pattern and as super happy with how it's turned out. You start with the cable yoke and then pick up stitches to knit down to the body and up to the hood. So smart!

I finished it off with toggle buttons I bought at John Lewis in Wales. I love that they will always remind me of our amazing family vacation.

I had to knit with 4.0mm needles to get gauge and a fabric I was happy with. That is pretty small needles for aran weight yarn and it made the cable yoke very stiff and difficult to work. If I could do it again, I would go one needle size up for the yoke. My only modification was to make the hood a couple centimetres smaller than the pattern suggests because previous knitters on ravelry said it came out too big. I am happy with how how it looks.

Overall, this was a pretty awesome knit.

(I admit, not the world's most inspiring pattern name)

Colourway 142

At the risk of jinxing myself, I think Doodlebug is finally might be starting to come out of the terrible twos... Maybe. She was actually willing to do a bit of a photo shoot in her new sweater... as long as she could wear her new boots. She calls them her "matching" boots because I have a pair just like them. Only bigger. Doodlebug is most concerned that my current knitting project is actually for me ; )

She's cute but I am done with two. Bring on three! (And yes, I know her birthday isn't until July. A girl can dream, can't she?) Next, we get to start potty training. Woo hoo.

Cheers, Nikki

Linking up with Tami's FO Friday, of course!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WIP Wednesday 88 - Heading Home

Happy Wednesday everyone.

Today is about packing up and heading home. I always find it so hard to leave my family knowing it will could be years before I see them again.

So, instead of thinking about it too much and getting down, today I'm going to focus on life's smaller difficulties.

Like, how am I going to get all this home?

* not included in the picture - new Wales rugby tops for all three kids, a couple Marks & Spencer tops for me, a new hat for my hubby, a Wales rugby ball, a Wales football, Peppa Pig books, Peppa pig jammies, Peppa pig plush toy, two Paddington bears and a toy double decker bus. Yikes!

Posing in amongst that disaster is a Windschief hat that I have cast on for a friend in my favourite hat yarn, Malabrigo Rios

See you on the flipside!

Cheers, Nikki

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

WIP Wednesday 87 - Castle Edition

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I'm having a great time in the UK with my family. We have arrived in the middle of the coldest spring in 50 years. But, we are making the best of it. With the cold seems to also come the dry. I don't think I've every been here for 10 days in a row before without any rain (and I once lived here for an entire year)! And it"s not like we aren't used to bundling up against the cold, coming from Calgary.

Besides visiting family, we've been on a bit of a whirlwind castle tour. We've been to three and have at least two more to go.

Windsor Castle
(Where the queen wasn't home because -according to Doodlebug- she was busy knitting.)

Cerew Castle
(On an incredibly cold day - even by my standards.)

Cerreg Cennen Castle
 What? I'm supposed to be blogging about what I'm working on? Alright then.

For April, I've cast on K is for Knitting. A TGV (high speed knitting) in an incredible green by Handmaiden.

Cheers, Nikki

For more knitting (but fewer castles) check out Tami's Amis WIP Wednesdays!