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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Birthday sewing

In spite of late bed times and other interference, I managed to haul out my sewing machine for some last-minute birthday seeing for the wee girl.

You see, I don’t have a craft room or even a designated craft space. My kitchen table doubles as my sewing room, so when I’m done sewing/nap time is over/etc., I have to stash everything in the closet, away from curious little hands. This means that it’s kind of a big deal to get sewing in. Knitting is no biggie, as a knitting project is easily brought out and stashed away. But the sewing machine and accoutrements? They take more energy to gather than I always have at the end of the day, no matter how badly I’d like to sew, which is why I’m up late, trying to finish some last-minute gifts for the wee girl who is turning 6 tomorrow.  (6!!!???)

Anywaaaaay, here’s what I worked on tonight! A friend gave me this pretty fuschia butterfly fabric recently, and I decided to make  it into a pillowcase. I think the wee girl will love it, and perhaps the slick fabric will help keep her hair from getting so tangled. Or so I hear…

There’s just enough of the fabric left over to make something cool.  I’m thinking about some kind of art supply carrying case.  I saw some in a shop today and thought they were cool but 1) we already have all the art supplies it included and 2) I could make a prettier case at a fraction of the cost.

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And here’s the second project, which I promised her a while back– She chose the pattern– it’s a dress from One Yard Wonders, and she also chose this pink Hawaiian print fabric (oh, my!!!).   It’s a fairly simple pattern, and I’m nearly done, but the armhole facings are a tad challenging, especially since it’s my first time trying this particular skill, and it’s late at night (read: I’m exhausted….). Oh, well. She’ll be glad I’ve started, anyway, because she often asks about this dress!

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I’m not betting on finishing the dress by gifting time tomorrow, but you never know…..

Peaked

My day started out great, with enough time after prepping the wee girls lunch to sit down with coffee and a couple of
knitting magazines. This never happens!

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Unfortunately, I peaked early today (6:50 am!!) and my big plans for sewing or spinning we’re dashed by a little boy who will not nap at home and who did not go to bed easily, either. Better luck tomorrow….