Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from my home to yours!  As my children grow up, get married, and have families of their own, it's sometimes a challenge to coordinate the holidays so we can all be together.  This year we celebrated an early Thanksgiving and the family was almost complete.  (Our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter in Switzerland couldn't be here). 

Truly, I have so much to be thankful for! The Lord has blessed abundantly, and I can't begin to express my gratefulness in words, on a blog post.  So I'll leave it at that and instead will show you a few pictures of my own sweet little Thanksgiving Pilgrims and Indians.

When I sewed two Pilgrim dresses in the late 1980's for my first 2 girls, I had no idea that twenty-some years later my 5th daughter and my granddaughter would be wearing the same little dresses.  Emily is 7, my granddaughter just turned 4, and my grandson is 5.  Elliot is almost as tall as Emily!  This will probably be the last year that the dress will fit Emily.

 In this picture taken in 2007,  Emily is just 2 and 1/2 years old.

I sewed this Indian costume in 2007 when Jacob was 7 years old.  He loved the costume so much that he wore it almost continually for years until he finally outgrew it.  Now he's 12.  Sigh.  Where do the years go?!


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kitten on My Cardigan and Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Sewing Momma whose name was drawn for the Sharp Crochet Hook giveaway!  

Sewing Momma commented:  "Thank you so much for sharing these ideas for edgings. They are beautiful. I am currently doing some crochet edging on socks for my little girls. I never knew a sharp hook existed. I would love to give one a try.

I do not have your address, so send me an email with the pertinent information!  

On another note, I am still knitting away on my Rocio cardigan.  One sleeve is all that remains, but let me tell you, this one sleeve is dragging on and on.  My goal is now to finish the sweater by December 1st as part of a KAL on Ravelry.
If you are a Ravelry user, and if you care to bother with it, would you please go to this link and click on the little "love" button under my picture?  If I get enough love, I may just win a skein of handspun yarn.  Now wouldn't that by nice?!  

(Clicking on the picture below will also take you to the Ravelry page). 
"I want to take a nap, but these pointy things are getting in my way."

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Start of Something New

The start of something new.  New babies, that is.  And new knitting projects for new babies.  Two new grandbabies due in the spring, and I am giddy with joy. 

My newest knitting project is a white blanket for a precious, yet unborn, baby boy or girl.  The pattern is the Pine Forest Baby Blanket, modified.  I'm using a wool-acrylic blend yarn (Berroco Vintage DK) which is machine washable and dryable, making it a good choice for baby items.  

A few days ago I spent the day with three of my five daughters.  We went to town and shopped and ate and drank coffee (okay, I was the only one who drank the coffee) and ate chocolate and looked at art galleries and ate some more and looked at antique shops and ate again (I had forgotten how hungry pregnant women can be!) and just enjoyed hanging out together.  We missed my lives-in-Switzerland daughter tremendously, but it was a fun and enjoyable day otherwise.  It was a day that I hope to repeat many, many times.  I am so blessed.


Friday, November 09, 2012

My Baby is Sewing!

It seems like just yesterday when my last baby was born and I was sewing little outfits for her to wear.  Now here she is, all grown up and learning to sew for herself!  My sweet girl has been asking for months for me to teach her, and finally we took a day last week and started what I hope will be a lifelong love for sewing.  

We started with a simple  project, a pillowcase.  Emily did a great job sewing the seams and I was delighted at her happiness in the finished pillowcase.  

Since then, I've given Emily free run of my extra sewing machine, and she has made all kinds of little bags and filled them up with stuffed kittens and other what-nots.  She quickly mastered threading the machine and inserting the bobbin.  I think she's on her way!

Next week I'm going to help her sew a simple skirt or perhaps a tote bag.  Stay tuned.  :)



Wednesday, November 07, 2012

More Crocheted Edgings and a Giveaway

With two new grandbabies due in the spring, I have been busy crocheting edgings on flannel receiving blankets.  A number of years ago I posted how I make these blankets, and today I am going to show you some of the stitches I used on these recent blankets.  Also, at the end of this post you will read about a giveaway for one Sharp Crochet Hook and instruction booklet from Jessica of

These edgings are all quick and simple to crochet with only one or two rounds.  If you want more elaborate, fancier edgings, then you may want to look elsewhere; however, if you want edgings that stitch up quickly and easily, then give these a try. 

For this giraffe-monkey fabric, I wanted a plain edging that wasn't very frilly, suitable for a boy.  The thread I used is size 5, and is thicker than the size 10 I typically use.  I like this thread for the heavier look I achieved here.  The stitch is so easy (only one round!) and yet looks great.

Only one round: (2 sc directly into fabric, chain 1); repeat around every 1/4-inch

I used the same size 5 yarn for this green polka-dot blanket and crocheted another simple 2 round edging as follows:

Rnd 1: sc around, approximately every 1/4-inch
Rnd 2: (chain 2, sc into next st); repeat

The edging for the pastel dot blanket was also stitched in only one round to create a simple, bumpy, picot edging.

Only one round: sc into fabric, (chain 3, slip-stitch into the sc (picot made), sc into same hole as first sc, chain 1, sc into next place in fabric, approx. 1/4-inch apart); repeat around.

The pink rosebud fabric has long been a favorite of mine.  It's a classic print that is simply sweet.  For this blanket, I used #10 crochet thread in a variegated pink with the following simple scallop stitch:

Rnd 1: sc around approximately every 1/4-inch
Rnd 2: (sc in next stitch, 5 dc in next stitch, sc in next stitch); repeat.

Now for the giveaway information!  Jessica at Sharp Crochet Hook is going to send one Sew Chic reader a free booklet of patterns and one crochet hook like the set pictured below.  The instruction booklet is small in size, but it comes packed with patterns for 18 projects.  I haven't yet tried out the patterns, but I did use the crochet hook to work the pastel dot blanket. I found the sharp hook helped me move along more quickly than with my regular size 8 hook.  Jessica's current hook is improved over her previous design and does not snag or catch on the fabric.  I like this hook even more than the hook I received last year. 

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post.  I will randomly choose a winner in a week or so.  In the meantime, go here to check out some of the exciting patterns included in the booklet.