Friday, February 25, 2011

Simple

Simple doesn't always mean quick. At least not for me. It took me about 3 weeks to finish this simple and easy baby blanket for a co-worker and only because I realized that the shower was sooner than I expected! I had to put a rush on it. I think I'm realizing that I'm a loose hooker (HA!). This was made using 2 strands throughout and you should see how wobbly it is. I used some acrylic baby soft yarn from Michael's.


Here's something else I crocheted that I really like but too holey for actual cold weather. It looked great right after I made it. After a few uses it got a bit wobbly and after washing it's ALL wobbly. I used Chunky Biernat on this one. Less than 1 skein. I would like to make it again in double crochet instead of triple.




This next project really was quick and easy. It was a scarf kit I purchased from Anna Maria Horner. Loved the color combo and knew exactly who to make it for when I saw it. The only thing I didn't like was that the 2 fabrics were not cut in the exact same width so I had to do that. I really wanted to just take it out of the bag and start sewing, so that was annoying. My friend Renate loved it. Yay!



Hooray for simple things!

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Crochet to end and begin the year.


Ah, a new year! Love that fresh start feeling. I get it every Monday too. We started the year with a child with a broken ankle, acquired during vacation at a local skate arena. She just had surgery and is recovering at home. I have worked exactly 1 day this year. I always take a week off and I ended up needing it for a myriad of doctor's appointments. Went to work for 1 day and am now off for the rest of the week with my recovering child. She gets depressed but physically appears to be doing well.

I ended the year crocheting a poncho for my sister as a Christmas gift. In this picture I had her try it on. I just needed 4 more rows on the cowl and wanted to see if I could just stop here. We both decided it needed the rest. My sister is always cold. I finshed it in the new year. I was still working when they were visiting and then my kid broke her foot. The pattern was from a special edition of Woman's Day from 2005. It was an ad that included the pattern. It was easy enough to follow, but you can tell that my counting went off somewhere. I don't think you'll be able to tell when worn. I'll update with a picture next time I see my sister.


And tell me, did I crochet the bottom of the portion of the poncho, backwards?


This is my first project of the year. The girls received scarf kits for Christmas to make matching pom pom scarves for themselves and their doll. With the leftover yarn i made this hat that i purchased. You can get it on Ravelry or on Etsy.
I made the pink hat first following the instructions completely. But I could NOT get that sucker on the doll's head! It was way too small. So I started over, adding an additional 10 chains and that resulted in the teal hat. It fit perfectly. I'm already working on a third. Hey, I have lots of yarn remnants hanging around and lots of little girls with dolls!

This is Naiobi's doll, Emily. She is sporting her new pom pom scarf and her new hat.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Believe

I am one of "those" people that leaves their Christmas decorations up all year. I only left the Santa up and it faded badly. I went out and got a small bottle of acrylic paint at Michael's and painted it. It looks new! Now I want to go get some blue to paint the sack.






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Monday, December 6, 2010

Cuffs

Naiobi is particular. Clothes have to fit a certain way. She will stop wearing a jacket because the sleeves go up to far when she crosses her arms or raises her hand. That was the case with a very nice, warm Land's End jacket that is also very new. I got it earlier this year on super sale. I remembered that a while back I had purchased some cuff material. This is heavy duty stuff. It does not feel like polyester. I know I bought it in the garment district and I just happened upon it. I like to shop at those big fabric "dumps" where they sell everything for a quarter. Okay, not really a quarter, but dirt cheap. There were a few color combinations and I bought a good size piece of each. Did a quick search online but can't find anything like this. Dritz carries some though in case you are ever in need of replacements.


I pinned the cuff on after sewing it in a circle and then hand basted. I wanted to follow the stitching that was already there but I could only see from the right side.


The cuff was way too small for my free arm so I had to sew very slowly while the cuff went up into a cup shape.


And now I have a happy girl with sleeve lengths that are just right. You can see that her wrist is covered now when she crosses her arms. (Whenever she smiles hard like this I am astounded at how much she looks like her father. People overlook it only because she's light. They comment that her sister looks most like him, but it's untrue.)

Yet, they're not too long when her arms are down.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Fun Girls

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I've ordered my holiday cards! I was hoping to get a cute picture of the girls and I when we were at Disneyland the day after Thanksgiving, but alas, the pictures were blurry, I'm not wearing lipstick and I look fat. There's always next year.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Hello there!

Oh my it has been a long time! My friend Carlita says that "Facebook killed the blogging stars." Not that I was one of them, but it sure has pulled me away from here. But that's not all, I've not made anything to post about. You can see she hasn't posted anything in a while either. So what have I been up to?

Well, I sent my kids off to my sister's for 3 weeks and decided 3 weeks just wasn't enough time to get anything done. So I didn't.

I sent my kids off to school to start 1st and 5th grades.

I celebrated my daughter's 6th birthday. I decorated the store bought cake and it was a big hit with all the kids. Fortunately, i brought the bag of skittles and marshmallows so they all could have a bit of both on their piece.

I trained and ran in the Los Angeles Rock n' Roll Half Marathon. I was not, and still do not consider myself, a runner. It took me 2 hours and 54 minutes to complete it and I would do it again.


I went to 2 high school reunions for the same high school and the same class (Not mine) because I had friends in that class and because their reunion committee could not get along well enough to hold 1 reunion. So high school!



I won a prize at my kids' adult costume contest. I went all out with the yellow contacts.


And most recently, I completed Columbia's Muddy Buddy held in San Dimas. I won't be doing that again! Seriously, meant only for athletes, and I'm not one of them. Very difficult for both of us.

And that's it! No scrapbooking. No sewing. No crocheting. No attempts at knitting. Just living! I am starting to feel both the yarn and fabric itch, so maybe before the end of the year I will produce something. I hope my old blog friends are well.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

T-shirt Undies and comparison to RTW


My sister turns her old t-shirts into rags. I turn mine into undies, shorts and bras for the girls. They don't turn out cute because I don't have cutsie t-shirts. But I'm going after function anyway. I did consider letting Naiobi draw on them with fabric markers but she wore them before I got a chance to offer that to her.

The pattern above is That Darn Kat's Children's Undies pdf pattern. I don't see the pattern on her blog but you can get it from Pink Chalk Fabrics. This is the first time I make these although I've had the pattern for at least a year now. I would say these did not sew up quickly for me. Keeping the cotton/lycra bands folded in half, even after I ironed them so, was too fidgety for me. I sew elastic on much faster. One thing I didn't quite get, were the curved seams in the front where the panty is joined. I could not get them to fit well together. I had to stretch the front piece a LOT to get it to reach the side piece. I don't understand why it's not just 2 straight lines. I started out using just a straight stitch, but when she put them on, the stitching busted. I had to go back and use the straight stretch stitch. Of course, that won't be a problem if you use a serger. The dark green pair is topstitched as suggested, but I found it to be unnecessary.

Naiobi made a face when she first saw them but she didn't give me one complaint about them once she wore them. She says they're comfortable and she likes that they cover her crotch. I'll compare them below. Here's how they look on. Ignore the little hole. These were made without a serger.





You can tell how the fit is affected by the type of fabric used. The dark green ones are cotton/lycra and they fit more snugly. The light green ones are just a cotton ribbing, looser. I think she likes those better.

Next up, my staple undie pattern: Ottobre, Winter 2004. I've placed them next to the other one's for comparison. The crotch width is comparable. You can see here what I'm talking about where the seams are joined in the front. The Ottobre pattern is has the straight seam. In terms of wearability, I don't think adding the curved seam makes any difference.





And here is why Naiobi prefers the undies I make her. Granted, not all panties are made this way. The Fruit of the Loom and Hanes girls' panties both have a very good fit in the crotch area. I can't remember where I got these particular RTW ones. I think it was either at Macy's or JC Penney's. She HATES these underwear. The crotch is just too narrow and they don't feel comfortable to her. She never wears dresses or skirts without shorts underneath, but these would not provide much coverage for those little girls who do. You can see in the pictures above that the ones I made fit well below the belly button. The RTW ones are even lower than that! Mommy likes handmade better for that reason too.


Omari didn't want her face in the picture. The bra is from Jalie 2564. These are super easy to make. I didn't use any pattern for the shorts. Just used something she already had to cut them out. These were from an extra large t-shirt. I used to use all her dad's old t-shirts to make her shorts but he's not extra large anymore. I guess I'll have to start buying fabric for this purpose.


The one on the right is awaiting the purchase of more bra slides.