Secret project reveal!

Well, my package of secret projects arrived at its destination on time!  That is, everything arrived at my sister’s house time for my niece’s baby shower, and now I can show you the gifts I made.

There was this tiny (newborn size-ish) sweater, the Easy Baby Cardigan from More Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-baby-cardigan-3  It really was an easy project, and quick!  It only took a few days and less than a skein of yarn.

The pattern called for 1/2″ buttons, but I had trouble finding that size, and also the pattern doesn’t call for buttonholes, so I went for slightly smaller buttons that I thought would be easy to jab through the garter stitch.  (Next time I’d consider adding buttonholes– new parents don’t need that one more thing to slow them down.)  The yarn is Plymouth Encore Worsted, which is machine-washable, a huge bonus for baby knits.

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Next up is this baby quilt I made to match the quilt I sewed for my niece’s wedding last summer.  I was able to use only fabric left from the first quilt.  I had to piece lots of smaller bits together, but that is part of the fun for me– to see if I can make it work!  And I did!  It also helped that I found a good amount of the polka dot fabric after I’d prepped most of the squares already.

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As you can see, I’m still working on cutting straight.  :/img_6175

I also sent along three of the pink stripey baby hats I’d made recently.  I forget which of the Magic Coffee Baby hats, but they included one or more of these, plus the Marley on the right.

With my deadline crafting done, and feeling a bit tired of hats, hats, and more hats, I’ve finally started a new cardigan for the Wee Boy.  It’s the Child Sophisticate.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby–child-sophisticate I always liked the Baby Sophisticate, but never made it while my kids were small enough for it.  And now the pattern has been expanded up to size 10!  Handy!  I’m using pea green Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino from my stash, and navy blue Cascade 220 Heathers from last year’s Stash Exchange.  This photo was taken yesterday when the lighting was good, but I’m further than this now.  Tonight I separated the arms and am working my way down the torso.  So far it’s a quick, easy knit, even with the limited time I’ve put into knitting on it.

Carpal Tunnel has still got me down, and I’m trying very hard to listen to my hand and wrist and not overdo it!   Computer work also irritates it, so I’ll stop here for now!  Good night!

Sneak peek

I finished my very special quilt tonight! I’ll just give you a few sneak peeks in case the recipient happens to see this blog.

I decided to sew diagonal lines across the squares instead of vertical lines like on my last quilt, or all-over quilting. I haven’t tried the all-over style yet- I’m intimidated by it, don’t know how that would work with my Singer Seventy, and also wonder if it takes forever? I need to maximize my craft time, so I go for simple/efficient when I need to. 

Here I was about to start pinning the binding.  
  

And here it’s all finished. If you look closely you can see that I didn’t bind by hand.  Honestly, I want my quilts to be used and loved, and I want them to last. I figure binding by machine is more durable, even if it isn’t as pretty as by hand. 

So that’s done, and with time to spare before it gets given away. It’s a relief to have it done, and I’m happy with it. 

Now for some movie knitting! Good night!

A holiday Monday

Someone was proud to discover how to keep his sword handy while on the swings. 

 

Someone made vegan chocolate pudding almost entirely on her own.   

And also got to help with the current quilting project.

  

 I have 9 freshly blocked squares and 6 freshly knitted ones.


And now I’m plying.  

wearing and watching star trek! yeah!


Tomorrow we’re back to normal- early wake ups, preschool workday, swimming lessons…. It was nice to stick close to home today.

A Saturday 

Today involved…. 

Peanut butter and jelly muffins! (Recipe from Big Vegan)   

Japantown!  

Birthday sewing for 1st grade boys!

i made different mistakes on each of these, but they’re sturdy and presentable.

  

yay! it fits!

  

thwack!!!

  

Biking in Golden Gate Park!  

Also tree climbing! 

Japanese cooking!

sauteed asparagus, kabocha nimono, blanched spinach with garlic and sesame seeds, yaki udon!

And potion making!

making a face oil

 

I also knitted two squares for my POP blanket, but unblocked they don’t look like much. Now for a bit of spinning before calling it a day! How was your Saturday?

Almost a quilt

Bed times tonight  were reasonably early, and I was able to start the quilting on this cutie:

  
I should be able to finish within another few quilting sessions, but with kids, ….. There’s no telling how many days it may take to have the opportunity to sew….  So for now I will just be content with this progress and the knowledge that I’m not finishing this at the last minute. 🙂

Blankets

The Wee Boy had a good nap today, during which the Wee Girl helped me sandwich this quilt.

  I think I measured better than usual, because it came together more easily than my previous quilts. Three cheers for experience! 
The kids did not go to bed nicely, however, so I was only able to complete one blanket square, instead of all the amazing crafty goodness I had been fantasizing about, but I blocked the current batch of freshly-knit squares, which is better than nothing. 

Good night!  

Class quilt auction!

It’s a bit late to be posting, but here we go:

Tonight was the Wee Girl’s school fundraiser. Silent auction, live auctions, excellent food, etc!!!

I wore this cute little dress I bought for a Christmas tea in 2014. I was surprised tonight to see many similar dresses- nude under layer, black top layer. I’m not on top of fashion, so I never know… 

The purse is a really vintage one- it was from either my grandmother or great grandmother, I’m not sure which (I have to check with my sister, who gave it to me)! As it’s a neutral color, it matches many outfits, but because it’s so small, I can only take my keys, phone, a debit card, maybe a lipstick, and my driver’s license.  So, if I’m feeling very minimalist, it’s usable and I’m so happy when I can use it!


And…. The class quilt auction!!! Here’s our hard work up on stage. I’m happy to say that the quilt bidding was active and lively, and went for a pretty penny. All our hard work paid off. And the event was really fun! And I’m very tired, so good night!