Thursday, February 28, 2008

Many Hands Baby Blankets

I came across this during my daily morning blog readings. It was posted over atPurly Victorious. Doesn't it just make you smile?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Babe!

Today's my hubby's birthday. I crocheted him this newsboy hat in less than 2 evenings. It crocheted up real quick with Lion Brand Homespun yarn and size K hook. I was afraid it would be too small as the pattern was written so I increased the diameter with an extra row as well as the length. However, it turned out too big. Also, the brim needs to be redone. It needs a little tweaking.

As is our tradition, we woke him up with a cake and candle ready to be blown. Wait a minute, nobody's ever woken me up with cake! The girls were excited for him to see the cake and open up his gift. No pictures of the morning wake up call.


Well I tried and tried to get a good picture but this is all I could come up with. You can see it larger by clicking on it. So, I was ecstatic with this top when I made it. I love how it fits, I love how it looks and it was so easy to make. Would it be silly to have 2-3 of them in different colors? Kevin said the blouse was cool, but remember, he'd said the fabric looked old lady-ish. He still wasn't happy with it.

I've made 2 pairs of stretchy pants for Naiobi out of a Kwik Sew toddlers pattern. Both times I cut the 2 pieces out with the fabric and pattern face up. This means, I had 2 right legs or 2 left legs. GRrrr. For this reason, they came out this skinny. However, I she doesn't like baggy clothes so it worked out. The other pair is grey stretch velour. She is not happy with either pair. I added the flowers on these in order to entice her to wear them, but it didn't work. She still complained about it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

This is the cutest apron ever!

This Emmeline Apron is so..., so..., Dressy! Doesn't it look like a dress? It's so cute. I recently learned that a girl in my circle of friends really likes aprons. I bet she would just LOVE this one. She's thin too so it would look so nice on her.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Underwear, round 2

So I made the navy blue undies for Omari using Jalie 2564. The rise was a little low for my taste but she thought they were fine. The real problem was there was not enough butt coverage. So tonight I set out to fix that. I changed the back piece a little by extending the leg area in a more round shape rather than the straight line. So, a little more like a cursive W instead of a V line. I also raised the waist line just a little bit.

You can see the difference from the blue to the pink pair. See how the pink extends past the blue? I'm hoping this will work as I intended. She's asleep now at 1am so we'll have to see tomorrow.
I also made her the little pull over bra. This was super easy and I think it's super cute. Of course, she doesn't "need" a bra, but she runs hot most of the time and she doesn't like wearing the little tank tops under her shirts. So it's mostly for when she wears her thin, white uniform blouse.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sneaky Blouse

This is my sneaky top. Why? Because I started working on it when I was supposed to be at the gym. Well, what else was I supposed to do? I had planned to go to the gym and then Saturday morning my husband says he's thinking of taking the girls to the beach. Ding! Ding! Ding! Immediately the prospect of having uninterrupted, daylight sewing time consumed my thoughts. I helped get the girls ready and plotted what I would work on. The idea was that I'd go to the gym later in the evening. But of course that didn't happen. I didn't get to finish the top b/c he'd asked me to pick them up after a few hours so he could play ball worry free. It was fair I thought.

So, this is New Look 6149 which is rated easy, as are most of my patterns. It actually was really easy to put together. The only thing I didn't like was the facing. I couldn't decide what to do with it, to bind it or just fold under and stitch it down. In the end I just folded it under once and used a double needle (my first time). I think it came out pretty good. I really love how soft this material is. The top is really low cut, as it shows in the pattern picture and too short in the waist. I did add about 1 inch to the length but I wasn't sure I did that right so I didn't want to add more. I was really concerned about the length so I did as narrow a hem as I could. I'm sure that if I had a waist, it would look tons better.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Despite having grandiose ideas in my head about all the cute V Day things I and the girls would make, we did none. This huge cookie was unplanned but works for the occasion. After they were in bed and the kitchen was clean, I added some red food coloring to white frosting, scooped it into a ziploc bag, snipped a hole in a corner, inserted a frosting tip and decorated it. They were ecstatic this morning with their decorated cookie and the mini loaf crumb cakes I made for their teachers. That's one of the great things about little kids. Everything is awesome.

I finally finished crayon rolls for them. These were supposed to be for Christmas. I changed Naiobi's up a little by making it a velcro closure instead of using ties. I could just picture her constantly asking me to tie and untie it. To do it yourself, just meausure 4 inches in from the edge of the roll and add the velcro so it sits between 4-5 inches away from the edge. Do this BEFORE you sew the front and back together. The tab measure 3 5/8 inches. To follow a tutorial on how to make the crayon roll, head on over to Skip To My Lou.

My thoughtful hubby got me gift card to the Coffee BEAN! Yummy! And along the same lines, I got him a gift card to Wendy's since he so rarely gets to eat out nowadays.

Have a fun, loving day.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

So what did you do last night?

I cut fabric scraps into 4x4 squares that I will eventually quilt. And see way in the back? That little touch of purple and white? That's the blanket I'm crocheting. I added a few more rows to that too. Ahhhh. Peace.

Friday, February 8, 2008

6 Rows

Did you notice I changed the title of my blog. It was probably due to feeling blue yesterday and not feeling crafty at all. I said I would go crazy if I didn't work on something, anything. So in order to keep my sanity, while the girls watched their 1/2 hour alotted time for weekday television, I started a baby blanket for my SIL who's due in April with a baby girl they are currently calling Kyla. I think I like it.

Well, because we are low in cash I had to use what I had in stash. Now stash, is really just leftovers from other projects. Surprisingly, I don't have that many baby colors. I was looking through my crochet pattern books and realized that I have made a LOT of baby blankets. I have one book with 8 patterns of which I've made 7. One of them is a swirl pattern that I could never get. I found some pretty lavendar with shiny white threads weaved in and will be using that as the main color. I'm also going to insert rows of white and maybe I'll buy 1 skein of a deeper purple or maybe pink for contrast. Or brown? Hmmm. But I don't think I've ever seen brown in sport weight. I'm just doing a picot stitch. This was one of the first patterns I made and it was Omari's baby blanket.

I also remembered last night, that my little Naiobi never got a baby blanket. Those of you who know me, know that 3 ultrasound techs told us she was going to be a boy. So I made her a blue and green, lovely blanket that I didn't end up keeping. Why should it have mattered that it wasn't girly? Anyway, I gave it to my sister who did in fact have a boy because I had not made one for him as I was busy with a newborn during the time he was going to be born. Anyway, I feel guilty that she doesn't have a baby blanket. She is almost 3 1/2. Far behind I know and you know as well from the posts about my progress on her baby scrapbook! I will make her a blanket, I will! Maybe I'll finally master that swirl pattern mentioned above and make her that.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Can't do it All

I'm bummed that I have not been able to do any sewing. Prior to my "committment" to working out, as soon as the girls were in bed, I'd do crafty things. Not a lot, but enough to apease(sp?) me. When I go to the gym, I don't have time. I get back home at 8:30, then dishes and lunches, shower and that's it! It's time for bed.

I do rationalize that I need to work out, that I need to be in bed by 10. But it doesn't make me happy. Not sure if I'm going to the gym today vs. tomorrow, but if I don't, I HAVE to do something crafty or I'm going to lose it!!!

Since I can't actually do any sewing, I think about it. All day. A lot. So yesterday I was asking myself, "What is it that you want to accomplish with your sewing?" I asked myself that b/c I feel like I'm getting way ahead of myself. Buying all kinds of patterns and daydreaming about what I'm going to make. In reality, all I wanted to do with my sewing was make simple things that are good enough to look RTW. Simple things that I refuse to buy at the store b/c "I can make that". Things like dresses for the girls, knit tops for myself, pajamas, underwear for everyone, swimsuits and maybe t-shirts. But t-shirts I can find for reasonable prices so that's not a big one for me. Reading all the reviews over at PR I have gotten overexcited about the things that people make and that I think I can make too. I know now that I can make a dress for myself and do want to make more but really, those ladies over there that make lots of stuff seem to either be childless or SAHMs that have their housework in order. No fair.

I'm just feeling sorry for myself. On weekends, I'm itching for "nap time" so that I can have a couple hours sewing time. I go to bed on Fridays and Saturday at 2am b/c that's the only uninterrupted time I have available. I need a vacation where I stay home and my hubby and kids go away for a week and I just sew and sew and sew. HA HA HA. I am DAYDREAMING! I'd probably end up spring cleaning all week. Anyway, I feel better now. Back to work.