All I have to show

It was a half-rainy, family-centered weekend, and all I have to show for it is this photo from an outing with which I surprised my husband for his birthday. 🙂

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I almost finished a new bear, but not quite. I hope you had a good weekend too! >

Ursula

Having finished my socks, I’ve been picking up my bear project when I have just a few minutes to knit. And before I knew it, Ursula was off the needles!
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And then my busy hands started a new one right away. She’ll need a name starting with the letter V….

Put a bird on it! (Part Two)

I sewed the bird dress in two sittings today, and it turned out well. However, I decided two things:
1) The patterns in Simple modern Sewing are BAGGY! I need the XS without adding the 3/8 ” seam allowance.
2) I think I’ll add the optional drawstring and casing at the waist, because although this is cute from the front, it’s very baggy in the back. I cinched it up at the waist and it looks a lot better, so I think I’ll work on that tomorrow, and hopefully have a wearable dress this weekend!

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Put a bird on it! (Part one)

My post-bed-time time started out the way so many do– “omigosh I have free time, what shall I do??? Knit? Spin? Sew? Waste lots of time online until I’m too tired to do anything at all???!!!”

Luckily I was able to get it together and do some solid sewing prep. Using the bird fabric I bought at Pincushion over the weekend, I prepped another jumper.

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(The fabric is blue-er than it looks here). This time I remembered to add a 3/8 inch seam allowance, and I traced one back and one front, instead of two backs. :0. This one will be longer than the last, which will be nice. I felt a little self-conscious with the short one over leggings, although it was very comfortable over jeans.

And ohhh, looking through Simple Modern Sewing today, I found that I’d missed an entire page of instructions that would have been very useful last time. I made so many mistakes on my first jumper, it’s amazing it actually fits me!

While I was cutting the dress pieces, I also cut some 4″ x 4″ squares to eventually be part of a patchwork something.  I thought it might be nice to cut the squares as I finish projects, and eventually have a big stack ready to use in a blanket or something.

I have been feeling some inspiration to use my leftover fabrics for patchwork pillowcases, sofa pillow covers, potholders, etc. In this way, I hope that hoarding scraps will be useful, not crazy!  I particularly like this tutorial:

http://craftsnob.com/2013/09/bite-sized-sewing-how-to-make-a-patchwork-pillow-cover/

I’d like to use some larger leftover pieces to re-cover my sofa cushions.  They’re nice as they are, but a little more color in the living room couldn’t hurt.  And hey, stash-busting!

What do you do with fabric scraps?  How small do they have to be before you allow yourself to throw them out?

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Beach FO

Happily, I’m over my short but fierce cold, thanks for the warm wishes!

While at the beach yesterday afternoon, I finished my Serenity Socks! 

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They are actually sparklier than they show up here, and I’m very happy with them.  I’ll always think of Firefly when I see them sparkle…. Maybe I need to knit a Jayne hat…

It was an interesting time at the beach.  There were hundreds of these jellyfish washing up onto the beach.  I’d never seen so many at one time!

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Today I’m plugging away at the Wee Girl’s Tiny Tea Leaves cardigan.  I have only about 3 inches until I can do the bottom border of the body section, then on to the sleeves!  It’s nice doing some biggish projects, but I miss the instant gratification of Mother Bear knitting.  So I think I’ll knit a few bears after I finish the cardigan, like a reward.  :0

Back to Pincushion

I ventured over to Pincushion Sew + Craft yesterday and was pleases to see the shop bustling, as well as nearly bursting at the seams with excellent stock, especially fabric!

Having used the fabric I bought at their Grand Opening, I was in the market for more! I chose a bird print and a seashell print.

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I think I’ll use both for dresses like the one I made last week, this time without the mistakes. 😉

Here are a few shots of more cute things in the shop!

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