Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

15 years ago I made 2 little pilgrim girl dresses for my girls to wear on Thanksgiving day. This last week I made an Indian outfit for Jacob. Emily is pictured here wearing the one of the dresses that Jessica, Heather, Katie, and Ellen wore years ago. Yes, that is a tear on Emmy's cheek. I don't think she wanted her picture taken.

I have not had time to sew in ever so long, and the Indian costume was a quick sew. It was rather fun to sew something in speed-mode without having to worry too much about fit. Jacob has hardly taken the outfit off since I finished it. :-)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. I am thankful for the outlet this blog has been for me, but mostly I am thankful for the blog-friends I have made along the way. I appreciate all your kind and encouraging comments. You've been great! Have a blessed Thanksgiving day!


Thursday, November 08, 2007

Knitting with Oboe Reeds

It must be a nightmare. Lately I have been knitting almost as much as I've been practicing my oboe, and now I am having these re-occurring dreams in which I am endlessly knitting. But at the ends of my knitting needles are oboe reeds! Hmmm.... Either I am playing my oboe too much, or I am knitting too much. Or I just need more sleep. :-)

This is "Martine" from the Summer Essentials book by Debbie Bliss. I am making it for Katie, and it was supposed to have been finished this summer. Did I ever mention that I am a slow knitter? I have the back finished and am midway through the left front. I love the yarn I am using---so soft, and the color is lovely.


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

My 1st Pattern Review! McCall's 5531

Whew! That took forever. I just posted my first review on Pattern Review! You can read it here if you're interested.

Any tips on a good site to host pictures for places like pattern review? They won't let me use flickr. I used photo bucket this time, but I didn't know if there are better ones. I'm not really good with all this computer/photo stuff.

Here's pictures of the finished jacket. I am really happy with how it came out. It makes me feel cute. =) I just love new jackets!

I didn't fully line it like the pattern suggested...I left out the sleeve lining and the skirt lining. It ended up working well, but I am sure thankful for my a serger!

Here's the back:

Friday, November 02, 2007

When you don't have pattern weights... use mini pumpkins! (I hate pinning!)

I'm making view A of this McCall's 5531 pattern (the shorter length with the peter-pan collar). It's coming along really well, and I can't wait to show you pictures and write a review. I'm using a lightweight, very dark colored denim and doing top-stitching in white. I've been wanting one of these new styled jackets this season and was so excited to find a pattern for them. I can't justify buying a new jacket to my husband (I seem to collect jackets), but I can justify sewing one...especially when I got the pattern for $0.99 and the fabric was 50% off!


Elliot at 8 1/2 months

Little Dino Baby!

Normally I fold laundry on the bed and we compete to see who can be the fastest. I fold and Elliot unfolds...yesterday though, I found a solution. Put the baby in a laundry basket!

That didn't last long!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Easy Laptop Sleeve

Recently finished project: a laptop sleeve for my sister's birthday. She recently got a laptop and needed something to protect it when it is traveling in her bag.

Basically I took the measurement of the laptop and added a bit of ease. It fits pretty snugly. I used a cotton fabric for the outside, a sew-in interfacing, and a lining of fleece.The strap closes with Velcro. I was so happy with how this turned out, and Heather loved it too! I wonder if these would sell on Etsy?