I don't have much today. I am making progress on the Clementine Shawlette and the first of Jane's socks. That's about all the crafting I have done. I took a trip to the fabric store and bought nothing. Spent some time browsing the yarn store and bought nothing. Mailorder arrived. So did my necklace from Mood Swing. It is wonderful. Really, really wonderful. Looking forward to a family dinner and some sewing tomorrow.
All in all, not bad for a hump day.
Look what arrived in the mail for me! My very own bolt of Heather Bailey's Freshcut. Twelve glorious yards. I am going to use it for curtains and some pillows in my guest room. The scraps will go into a quilt, I hope. Some combination of this and this. At least, that is what I have in my mind. And it'll have to stay in my mind while I finish up some other projects. That's okay. I am pretty happy just looking at it and imagining all the possibilities.
What are you dreaming about making?
I didn't get much completed this weekend - it was just too nice outside. The girls were outside playing away most of the daylight hours. Hooray for spring!
I settled on a little birdie for Jane's shirt. I think it is pretty darn cute.
And, of course, I couldn't leave Kate out.
Kate's skirt was finished right after I made Jane's. (This time I got the math right!) You can see how twirly this one is over on flickr. I am patting myself on the back over this t-shirt, too. I took the giraffe straight off the animal print. Here's a close-up:
I have picked out the fabrics for Jane's next skirt and am planning on shooting the tutorial photos while I make it. It might not be for a week or more, though. I am working on a big project that needs to get finished first. (Yes, I am talking about your project, Shannon).
Look at what Fatty did for me!
He knows the way to this girl's heart! Someday the whole room will be this organized. For now, though, I am happy to sit in my chair and look at all my thread. Bliss.
I have lots of projects sitting around, piling up around me. A skirt tutorial is in the works. Hopefully, it'll be a productive weekend and I will have something to show soon.
Thanks for all your well wishes - the ankle is much better. I am walking around, just not running! Now, off to watch Kate play soccer. Enjoy your weekend!
And....Happy Birthday Georgia!
Have you visited Sulu-Design lately? If not, you should. Susan makes beautiful jewelry that she sells in her etsy store. She has an ongoing series of Original Intent posts where she shows a photograph that she took and then the earrings that were inspired by it. Not only is the jewelry stunning, her photographs are spectacular. My favorite Original Intent post can be seen here. I like everything about the inspiration photo, but I especially liked the earrings. What's a girl to do? You got it - I bought them. Imagine my surprise when I opened the padded envelope and found not one, but two wrapped packages.
Here's what was inside:
The earrings I ordered are on the left and my little gift is on the right. I adore them! Thank you Susan! You shouldn't have (but I am really glad you did!)
P.S. In case you are wondering, the ankle is a bit better. I was able to walk today, but am still taking it easy.
Thanks for all the kind compliments on Jane's skirt. I'd like to make a tutorial to give you more details, but you may have to wait a little while.
I took a big fall on my run this morning. I scraped myself up and twisted my ankle. After I got up, I started walking and felt just fine. So I finished my run, picked up the kids from school and ran my errands. I started to notice some tenderness while standing in the grocery store and by the time we got to the garden section in Home Depot, I could barely walk. I went straight home, took some ibuprofren, put it up and began icing (or edamame-ing?) it. I am hoping it is nothing big and that I will be much better tomorrow.
Until then, I'll be hanging out on the couch.
I finished Jane's skirt. All in all, it turned out pretty well.
I debated whether to use a solid or a print for the waist and hem. I was thinking solid orange because Jane likes pink and orange together. Fatty voted for a print. I think it was a good choice - thanks, hon. I would like to make an applique t-shirt to go with it. A butterfly, maybe. Any other ideas?
This skirt was very easy to make. It's basically a bunch of rectangles. I did have a small problem, though. My math was off - I forgot to take seam allowances into account so the casing is very small. I didn't have enough fabric to re-do it so I just bought some skinny elastic instead. Yes, there is elastic in there with the drawstring. A lady at the fabric store suggested it. I am glad I took her advice - it stays up better.
She tried it on and took it for a spin.
Around here, twirly skirts are favored. And this one passed the test.
My head is swimming with ideas. I am hoping to make some of them a reality this weekend. I started working on a little something for Jane.
It's not turning out exactly how I envisioned. I made a math mistake - ugh! I think it will be OK. At least I now know what not to do the next time around.
The girls don't have school today so I would like to do something fun. The high temp today is a whopping 48 - good grief! Outdoor activities are out of the question. I am going to put my thinking cap on and come up with some sort of a plan. See you all later!
Warning: Cute feet in little socks!
She likes them! And they fit! While I was finishing them, I let Kate play with my camera. See her photos here.
Don't think that Jane is going to be left out. She has already chosen her yarn. And yes, it is variegated, too.
The tooth extraction was successful. Pliers were used. Kate is one brave girl! She put her tooth in an envelope to stick under her pillow. She said, "Goodbye tooth. Have fun with all the other tooths in toothland." This morning she found $5 under her pillow - the same amount Jane got for her first tooth (which I completely attribute to it being lost on Christmas Day and the tooth fairy feeling very generous). She also told me she saw the tooth fairy! Apparently she has blue hair and rides a pegasus. Who knew?
Jane's reading was a great success! I am super proud of her. She got up to the microphone and didn't waiver a bit. As for me, I got a bit teary (sniff). She's growing up so fast.
Today is our last warm day for awhile. The temperature is headed back to the 40's. Sigh. It's been nice.
All the spring weather has given me an itch to get sewing. I started cutting out some things for the girls last night. I have loads of ideas floating through my head - so many that I didn't sleep well. I just hope I can make them reality.
I didn't finish the socks. As soon as I do, Kate will want to wear them. I think they'll be better at 45 degrees than they would be at 75 degrees. Tomorrow sweet girl. I promise.
We drew a name for the garland kits this morning. The winner is...
Dawn! I will email you for your address and have it on its way this week.
Kate is about ready to lose her first tooth. Right now she has two rows of teeth - the permanent ones are already in behind the baby ones. Oh my little shark!
She doesn't want to pull it herself. She asked Fatty to use pliers! They tried last week, but it wasn't loose enough. Round two is tonight. And to make it all a bit more dramatic, Jane can't stand looking at or hearing about Kate's tooth. I guarantee that if anyone cries, it'll be Jane.
Jane is reading in front of the whole school today. That's where you'll find me at 10:00 a.m.
Happy Wednesday all!
It's too nice to do anything but play outside. 78 degrees too nice. But when I am sitting in the carpool line, I have to do something.
I just need to knit up the last toe and my first (well, really second) pair of socks is finished.
Back tomorrow folks. Hope your weather has been as good as ours.
Daylight Savings Time always throws me for a loop. Thank goodness for coffee.
I normally have one, maybe two cups each morning. Today I am dragging so if I seem a bit strange, it may be all the caffeine.
We had a great weekend. My mom was here for a short visit and the weather was beautiful - all sunny and warm. The girls played outside. They got into hula hoops, jump ropes, frisbees, roller skates, scooters. It was so nice to have some "new" things to do. There are some photos here. Poor Fatty came down with the stomach flu Saturday night and spent all of Sunday in bed. I am hoping it passes over the rest of us.
It was a craft-free weekend. I did spend a little time cleaning the sewing room up. Up for grabs:
You can see it on their website here. I have two sets - enough for 24 little stockings on a ribbon garland. The best part? I have done all the cutting - you just have to sew it up and embellish it. The bad news? Because I cut it all out, I can't separate the sets. Both will go to one lucky person - I will give you until Tuesday night to email me (hillroad at bellsouth dot net) if you are interested. I will draw a name and let you know on Wednesday. OK?
Time to do the laundry. When that's finished, you'll find me playing outside.
I hurt my neck - too much intense knitting is my guess. Things are at a bit of a standstill over here so I thought I would take the time to thank a couple of wonderful blogging pals for some mail candy I have received in the last couple of weeks. Follow the links to see.
This Vintage Chica, Eren, sent me a cool vintage coverlet that I had admired. I don't know what I am going to do with it yet, but I will make something with it. She also sent me some very cool vintage napkins (sorry no pics) and a great book It was extremely generous of her - thanks Eren!
a patchwork belt
and a knitted bag.
I am going to try to take it easy and resist the urge to finish the socks in the hopes that my neck/shoulder will heal. Have a great weekend and don't forget to "spring forward" on Sunday.
Yesterday I got re-acquainted with my bicycle.
I pedaled off to meet some friends for coffee.
The weather wasn't too warm - about 50-ish - but it was so good to get on the bike and go somewhere. I love that my knitting can easily come along too.
And I think I just may be a sock knitter. One down and half of the other left to go! Get ready for photos of cute kid feet.
Let's talk about knitting...well, I am going to talk about knitting. You can read or if knitting isn't your cup of tea, feel free to move on. You won't hurt my feelings.
I did not knit this sweater, but it is one of my favorites.
I learned to knit the summer between my junior and senior years of college by a girl who was my friend Rebecca's roommate during her junior year abroad. I took to it immediately. No scarf knitting here - I just jumped right in and knit a sweater. So, it wasn't the best, but I felt hugely accomplished and kept at it. I then started knitting in hats in the round - I was so so at this (see Fatty's first hat here - I think I had been knitting for about 18 months when I met him). Back to the sweaters. I even knit one for myself. I knit a Dale of Norway one for Fatty to learn fair isle and to improve my knitting in the round skills. I made Fatty a pair of socks - not fun and complete disaster. Sock knitting is not for me. Then Fatty's friends started having babies - so baby sweaters it was. For a long time. Then we had kids - I knit them each a sweater and one blanket that didn't get completed for Jane, so it is Kate's. And besides a few little projects sprinkled here and there, I didn't knit much for the few years.
I now have a yarn store that is walking distance from my house. It is also on the way to and from Kate's school and is one block from her best friend's house. Danger! Well, only kind of. This winter I have knit a bunch of hats - I counted 18. I know - that is a crazy number! I don't have any good reasons for this, either, except that small projects are excellent for the carpool line and hats make good gifts. Once I was turned on to the provisional cast-on by Sarah and her flapper hat pattern, I was hooked. I didn't stretch myself very much - I used the same yarn for most of them, with the same basic pattern using different colors. No gauge swatches necessary - a huge bonus in my mind.
Except now I am done with hats - I really don't want to knit another one for a good long time. I can't even make myself take the last one off the needles. And that is okay - it's March, you know. I started the Clementine Shawlette from the Spring issue of Interweave Knits. Knitting lace is a nice change of pace, but this is going to get big pretty fast and won't be very portable.
I still need something to do in the carpool line and reading magazines is only good for a day or two. Sarah suggested sock knitting. My immediate reaction was no. My previous experience left a lot to be desired, but that was ten years ago. Ten years. Long enough to forget why exactly I didn't like knitting socks. I think it was the yarn. And I imagine that sock yarn has come a long way. So I am taking Sarah's suggestion and knitting little kid-sized socks. Kate-sized socks, to be exact.
I took Kate with me to the local yarn store. She chose the yarn with the most girly colors she could find. I am not a huge fan of variegated yarns. I think they are so attractive and beautiful before they are knit up; I am just never sure if I am going to like them once I start knitting. I gave in, though. Kind of like her all pink apron, she had to have it. And in my mind, it's not worth fighting with a five year-old girl over something as silly as sock yarn.
So far I am liking it. I did have to rip out about two inches to fix a mistake - I hate that. I thought the size 1 needles would irk me, but they haven't. And I am pleasantly surprised by the stripes the variegated yarn is pumping out. Now if the socks fit and I can make them the same size, I think I may try a second kid-sized pair. You guessed it, a Jane-sized pair. Does anyone have a good kid-sized sock pattern they want to share?
And the shawl - I had to frog the entire thing after I saw two big mistakes. Oops. But the best thing about knitting is that you can start over without wasting anything but time. Tonight I will cast on again. Here's to hoping I can keep to the stitch chart this time.
More appliques... this time butterflies.
a t-shirt for one of Jane's friends
jean shorts for an almost four year-old
with a little flower on the back pocket
The t-shirt and the denim shorts are both from Target. I love that you can buy something for $5 and with a little time and some fabric scraps make it your own. Plus, the kids love it!
Happy Tuesday all!
Way back in the beginning of February, the artsy-crafty babe herself sent me this adorable patchwork pouch.
As the weather has been getting nicer, this pouch is seeing lots of use. It is perfect for a bit of cash, drivers license, lipstick and keys - and it fits in my coat pocket! Perfect for springtime walks. Thanks Beki! I love it!
And along the same heart-shaped lines, here is my Tie One On apron for January/February.
When I made Jane's apron, I promised Kate that I would make her one too, so this is for her. It's a mini-version of the Adorn Tea Party apron (full size pattern here). Honestly, I am not too happy with it. I find it a bit, um, boring. I would have liked to use some other print on the waist/sash and neck ties, but when a five year-old wants all pink, she gets all pink. So there, an all pink apron with a conversation heart pocket. Cupcake...appropriate for the kitchen and a term of endearment for my littlest valentine.
And speaking of cupcakes - check these out. I want one now.