Patons Colour Block Jacket Book 3756

With another baby due to be born in to our family we had a think about what would be nice for the baby, Peregrine’s nest decided to make a dress and I thought I would knit up a cardigan, I already had a few things on the go with a deadline so thought, for now at least, something simple would be best. I opted for this lovely patons jacket/cardi.

In the original pattern it is knitted in lots of colours which I love! But decided to go with a soft pink/purple colour throughout.

I ended up using stylecraft special DK, I love this yarn, I use it for a lot of projects, it is soft, good quality and comes in loads of colours!

This pattern is REALLY good for beginners as it has little (no) shoulder shaping and simple decreases for the front and sleeves. One thing I did find is that I didn’t need as many buttons and I chose not to add the top one.

Also because it was for a new born baby I wanted as few seams as possible so I joined the shoulders with Kitchener stitch and made seamless (in the round) sleeves

It wasn’t long befog I had knitted up this cute tiny cardi!

patons colour block jacket book 3756

I also made this blanket (patons fab DK)

vertical stripe baby blanket 2

I have made a few of these and posted about them before.

 

 

Still Clicking Away

Things have been busy here so I have been rather quiet on the blogging front, we have been lucky with fantastic weather so we have been here, there and everywhere, but the needles have been clicking.

We took a trip to Glastonbury a few weeks ago, I sat at the bottom of the Tor knitting while my tribe climbed up it with some friends we bumped into. With the odd knit here and there and some work on my WIP’s (work in progress) I have kept clicking.

baby cardi pink

pixie faery knit

pixie faery fairy autumn cardi
pixie faery autumn cardi

lace flower knit

New Forest Fairy Festival 2016

we had another lovely weekend at The New Forest Fairy Festival, lots of fun learning new skills with Gypsy Pyskeys, meeting great fairy’s and elfs, basking in the sun, and so much more, just the right spot to be in on such a lovely weekend

Most of our outfits were made by Peregrine’s Nest, …little fae fairy dress, skirt, trousers and yes that tail…

petle skirt

pic for faery ferlicity

When we were packing up the car my little fae drew this for fairy Felicity

hooping

hooping work shop Gypsy Pyksy

hooping sucess

double hoops

great fun hooping with Gypsy Pyksy’s

kitty tail

Lovely furry tail (made by me…trousers made by peregrine’s nest)

fairies

tree man

Lunch break
Lunch break

peddle power
peddle power

ribbon

ribbon fun

Ribbon fun

mermaid

fun on stilts
fun on banana boots!

uni cycle

snail race
snail race

woodland folk
woodland folk

pixie faery

people cleaners
cleaned with people cleaners

fairy wishing

hare
saying our goodbyes

wolf

new forest fairy Fest day
great weekend with fairies

Eden project

We took our tribe to the Eden project, it is so close but we have never been! so we took our leaf (electric car) to the Eden Projcet plugged it in and went for an explore, by the time we were done the car was fully charged 😀

Disabled access for us mermaids was great, the only bit I didn’t like was the wooden planks between the two bio-domes, they were a bit too bumpy for my joints but worth it when I saw what it led to! There were some places with steps, viewing platforms and to go under the water fall, we rolled a different way for most of these and met up with everyone once they were down, I didn’t feel as though I missed out as there is so much to see!

It is amazing the things our planet does and we really got to discover how she provides for us, and the amazing things she can produce, the extraordinary colours of the plants and teach our children to embrace things such as wind and rain because without these our flowers would not pollinate and grow! really teaching us that amazing things happen in nature and how wonderful the world around us is….

both my fae and I were wearing knits that I made

Purple balero cardigan

festival cardi

seeds pods

pink flower

aubergine

aubergine

pink flowers

good wheelchair access, though I do have a battery to help on hills!

wheelchair acess eden

baby dino!

baby dino

Trying out another EV think we will stick to our bigger leaf for our car trips!

twizy

amazing colourful flowers!

lilly red orange

orange flower

Eden project flower

Eden project flowers

how do they smell?

Eden project flower smells

Eden project flower smells a

ending our day with ice cream and dairy free sorbet 😀

Eden project ice cream

Eden project sorbet

we will definitely visit again, there was so much we didn’t get time to see and so much more for the children to enjoy and learn and so so much fun!

wonder to Mount Edgcumbe

This week we had clan (family) come and we took them to some of our favourite places, and that wasn’t even the start of it! We have so many local woods, moorland and more that we could have ventured out to

As you may know already we go to 3 wishes faery fest every year and it is help very local to us, so when the faerys are not strolling amongst us we still pop over to faery land and have a wonder to Mount Edgcumbe

my two spent some of the day being mounting goats

goating

Running around

running

finding huge trees!

huge tree

hugging trees

tree hugging

 looking at the amazing flowers Mount Edgcumbe has to offer,

flowers

lovey day out strolling and walking,

walking in gardensa

we often take picnics here

busy start to summer

we have a super busy tribe for the last few weeks, as I have mentioned in previous posts about bike riding, Pretzel boy had an amazing trip away on a trip that was about sustainable transport, so he took the train, bike, sail boat, all sorts, this is great for him as he loves this topic, and it is why we have an electric car! Keeping our planet clean is important to us!
our son has now started sailing so once a week he is off on a sail boat,

sailing

we have been enjoying all the fun things that are near where we live, I have talked before about how you can enjoy summer from your doorstep, you really don’t have to go far from home to have fun in the sun, sure it is nice to get away, but one day it dawned on us that there are so many amazing places near us and we never take advantage of them, so we vowed to start, ever since then we have been out and explored them! Walking in woods and moorland and visiting beaches and gardens and realising how amazing our planet is! Mother nature is wonderful and seeing her seasons turn all around us is magical!

mount edgecome

beach

Eden project

National Marine Aquarium

Learning To Ride A Bike, Low Motor Skills

My son is 10 years old, he has EDS (elhers-danlos-syndrome) also under the category of HMS (hypermobility syndrome) he has had motor skills problems all of his life, he has worked hard and adapted well so that they do not affect him too much.

Riding a bike is something a lot of children have learnt by the age of 10, he has tried so many times and it has been clear that he REALLY wanted to ride a bike, we have had so many new bikes in an attempt to get him going but we never quite got there. He did give it his all, and always did so well, as with other things he struggled with we found that arms and legs working together along with balancing and watching where he was going was just too overwhelming for him, so each time, battered, bruised and feeling deflated, he gave up!

And every time he tried again I was very proud, I didn’t know if he would do it this time, but he was willing to give it his all, again, after so many attempts in the past

This month he learnt to ride a bike, he had a trip coming up, he did some good extracurricular work and as a reward he gets to go on a trip, they are looking at ways to travel that are good for the environment, this is right up his ally, being druids and we even have an electric car!

This trip involved riding a bike, and this time he was DETERMINED!

learn to ride bike

We took the peddles off his new bike and off he went learning to balance, once he got the hang of this he asked for one peddle to be put back on, this was the peddle that he felt was for his strongest leg, the one to get him going and give him momentum.

This seemed quite scary to start with, starting off at a bit of speed, but once it clicked that speed actually meant he was more likely to stay upright, it got easier for him.

So then the other peddle went on and although a bit shaky to start he was off managing to peddle and stay on for a few meters, I was so proud of him, he spent days outside on his bike, practising, then the day came that he rode peddled and turned around without falling off, very, very proud, he had only been trying for a few days!

The day after this, the day we consider he could actually ride a bike, he went off on a training day for his trip, and did a 10 mile+ bike ride, I am just so so so super proud, he went from just about riding a few meters to a 10mile bike ride over night!

riding a bike eds

The week after this we packed the bikes (and my wheelchair) into the leaf (car) and took him on a bike ride to see for ourselves what he could do, we only had one tantrum, on a big hill that even my husband couldn’t ride up! We had a good day out and I was confident he can ride his bike well.

bike ride EDS

Today our son is on his trip, he has spent the day riding a bike, about 2 weeks after he learnt to ride, he camped last night and will be camping again tonight, he is doing well, and is super pleased he could join in, and just be a normal active 10 year old 😀

It really is hard for children with EDS or children with any other low motor skill problem to ride a bike, and loosing confidence is understandable, one thing we did do was make sure he did have his meds for managing his condition!

Our son usually gets to choose (within reason) if he has his meds, if he isn’t expecting to do much activity he doesn’t always need any, but if he starts feeling that he does then he can change his mind and have some, and I can often tell if he needs them as I can see he is shifting his weight to compensate for pain that he hasn’t noticed yet. One thing with learning a new skill that is active is that pain meds really are our friends, it allows us to exercise without feeling as battered and beaten as we usually would, this is more so than most for people with EDS, my son gets loads of bruises when being active too, he is pickled with them at the moment! And although I don’t want him to become reliant on pain meds keeping on top of the pain when learning something new helps with this a lot!

Away With The Faeries 2016

We had another amazing weekend away with the faeries!

This was our 4th year and we know for sure we will be back again next year 😀

This year was lovely, I usually take loads of photos. This year I did take hundreds but I found I got caught up with having fun being a mer-fae and chatting to friends that I have made over the years

It Is lovely to have a meet up with everyone and meet new people who are coming for the time, after a year or so of going I found that I started seeing the same faces and recognising people, as the years have gone on some of those people have become good friends for us and the children. You do find yourself wondering were some of the people who have been over the years are if you dont see them.

We love seeing the stallholders and food vendors, who come year after year it is always lovely to see them and recognise each other, I am amazed that some of the regular entertainers recognise the children, not just mine others too, it makes it extra special for them, you can see their faces light up with happiness that they have been remembered!

Now we are home and washed some of the faerydust away, I find myself reflecting on it and really being happy that we have a place we can go and relax and just be who we want to be!

I am of course exhausted, I have my wheelchair with me, for me just attending is tiring, BUT I wouldn’t change that for anything, I danced a little and hurt a lot after, major leg, back and hip cramps now, and it may set me back a little…I would do it all again, and I will next year! (if i can) I selected who I would dance to carefully so I didn’t use up all my spoons! (energy) and this year I had the amazing help of my smart crutches! this was great it meant I could stand and have support and dance a little, not really moving me feet or jumping about but still feeling more free to dance with less pain! I really do recommend them.

I have a few photos to share, not as many of costumes as I would have liked as I was just soooo relaxed and happy and in the moment of being with friends and care free, I just didn’t feel the need to keep snapping away, I will share most of these soon, but for now I need a lot of rest and recovery before I share our memories Karen Kay has given us with 3 wishes faery festival!

here are a few just for now

time for tea

 

3 wishes faery fest fairy willow

3 Wishes faery fest bubbles

3 Wishes faery fest huge bubbles

3 Wishes faery fest stage

Fabric Painting Mermaid Shells!

I posted the other day the fabric painted shell tops they were really simple and easy to do

this is how I did it

keep in mind when it drys these do NOT stretch!! I made a top for my self, I didn’t stretch it when painting so the shells came out smaller then I had intended and did not stretch!

I have used other paints in the past that do stretch, but I think these ones are better for colour and a much wider range too!

I made a shell template

fabric pen

Then drew around it with a fabric pen

mermaid shell

These are the paints I used

fabric paints

Then just paint away

fabric paint afro!

I had to take a picture at this point because i think it kinda looks like an Afro!

afro shell
SEE!

I just filled it in with the blue one, then with the other bottles (the taller ones) I added to it

The taller bottles are designed to draw & write straight on to things however because I wanted an all over glitter effect so I just painted in on over the blue 😀

mermaid shell fabric paint a

And for this one put some green with the writing one over the top edge!

For the other shell I think I used a little green on the shells too, you can mix them together you don’t just have to use it do draw, they mix really well with the ‘normal’ fabric paints 😀

Then with the glitter one I drew shell lines on, which worked quite well

mermaid shell b

I think I will add more detail to this one, maybe both but for now we are happy with them.

With my eds it isn’t the greatest and I did find it hard squeezing the bottles to draw, however I did find, with the glitter one, that if I went wrong I just removed that line with a paint brush and started again, as I had glitter all over anyway it worked out ok,

here are my shells, as you can see not quite in the right place and too small!

mermaid shells wonkey

I do think I will still wear this around the house – why not 😉

End shells

mermaid shell c

mermaid shell d

Mermaid shells!

just a quick post, I had the fabric paints out so i could make some bits for 3 wishes faery fest so i thought while i was at it i would make these plain white tops a little more interesting !

fabric paint mermaid shells

please excuse the hair she was dancing

mermaid shell fabric paint

she is very happy and i am quite pleased with how they turned out, I might add some detail to the single shell after the festival!

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