We've been hanging out in the bedroom. A lot. In fact, I can see from my Instagram posts and pictures on here that it would seem we never really leave the bedroom! but I promise, we do.... only when we have to.
The house has been all about fairy lights and foxes over the last few weeks. I hung the star lights I brought for Ed's (big boy) room in our room to test them out before dangling them from his window and I really don't want to give them up. I wish Ikea wasn't 2 and a half hours drive from our house and I wish they offered online shopping in Australia because I really want to get some more. They give off the loveliest light and look so inviting against the background of a gloomy day when the curtains are open.
I finished Ed's little Fox and Wolf mitts at last. This is the second lot because the first pair were too small. I made him the toddler size not really thinking to measure (I should know better by now) and they were a bit too small for 'ol mc chubby paws so I made him the small youth size and gave the toddler size to my soul niece. I had planned to make her a pair to match Ed's anyway, she just got them a little sooner. The white under the chins calls for twined knitting which I had never done before. I couldn't find a good video tutorial for twined knitting and I don't think I got it quiet right- I think I kept twisting the wrong way so it doesnt look very pretty inside. If anyone knows of a good video tutorial for this stitch Id love to know. The Little Fox Mittens are Ravelled here.
I made a trip to the library alone last week and had a chance to flick through some grown up books. I came across this gorgeous one by Allison Kave called First Prize Pies. Oh. mah. gawd. This book is so lovely. Like, REALLY lovely. I don't think I have ever been so inspired by a cookbook before and its a pie cookbook- Ive never baked a single pie in my life. Ive been carrying it around the house with me and flicking through it over and over again. I still can't decide which pie I want to try first. I would definitely recommend getting your hands on a copy of this book even though I haven't tried any of the recipes yet (which I'm sure are awesome), it would be worth it just for the pretty factor.
Speaking of recommendations- I am also in love with making felt masks for my lad. I found this cute Woodland Creatures pattern, designed by Jess from Willow & Stitch and have made all except for the rabbit but am hoping to finish it today and get some more photos to show you. Ive left the rabbit to last because thats my mask. Ed has clearly shown a preference for the fox so I need to be the rabbit so we can play Mr Tod and Peter Rabbit (in our game Mr Tod and Peter are friends and Mr Tod isn't always trying to eat him). These little masks are really easy to make and very enjoyable. I hand stitched the faces on and machine sewed around the edge to catch the elastic. I chose to hand stitch the faces because I wanted to slow down and get back to enjoying the process of making something. I mean, I always enjoy making things but I find I rush with things, wanting to finish it so I can start the next thing on my very very VERY long list of "things to make". The masks have definitely come in handy for some inside play on the cold and rainy days we've been having lately. Jess has also designed a great set of Superhero masks I'd like to make too.
Ok, Im off to finish my rabbit ears before the lad wakes up so we can get a good hit of afternoon pretend play in.
I hope you're week is a full of fairy lights and sweet wee foxes.