Headbands and more

Lately I’ve been plodding away at my small-needle WIPs, which I can only work on for a few rows at a time due to carpal tunnel. Case in point: I knitted one measly row while waiting with the Wee Girl’s second-grade class for a play to begin.


One or two rows at a time, it’ll eventually get done!  But I’m afraid I might have to really stuck with larger needles from now on. 

A little sewing project has been going on here- I decided to make a couple of bundles of headbands for our elementary school’s fundraising auction. They won’t bring a ton of money, but it’s nice to contribute something, especially since I didn’t work on the class project this year.

there were supposed to be 10, but i made a mistake on one and am wondering whether to fix it or just go with two sets of 4 instead of 5 per set.


And in cute baby news, here’s my cousin’s granddaughter in one of her Magic Coffee Baby Hats.

so cute!!!!!!!!!

Gogood night!

This is why we practice.

I’ve been holding on to some cool Tardis fabric for a while now, thinking it’d make a cute skirt. Finally I got around to trying out a pattern I had in mind. I practiced on some stash fabric that isn’t dear to me, in case it was a flop. Good thing I did!   It did not turn out well.

The pattern is from Simple Modern Sewing, which is super lovely but with which I’ve had mixed results.  
Unfortunately, the ease in the patterns in this book is enormous and therefore very unflattering on a curvy, petite woman like me. I won’t even model this giant skirt for you!

looks ok-ish from the front…

 
It just has sooo much excess fabric.

too much fabric!!!


Oh well. I can salvage the fabric and make some pj pants for the Wee Boy, and I will definitely seek out a different skirt pattern for my Tardis fabric! Suggestions welcome! 

On a more positive note, I should be able to finish my Magnolia hat tonight. Yay!

  
 

Some sewing, etc.

Yesterday I found myself with some free time and an urge to start a new sewing project. However, when I peeked at my project basket, I found a few UFOs and was reminded of a project with a deadline coming up this weekend. After a few scattered sessions in my studio (aka my kitchen table), I’ve finished four of the pieces.

Two soccer gear bags:

 

these ate quite big- they’ll easily hold a uniform plus shoes.


And two oddly-shaped project bags, eeked out of leftover fabric too big to be scraps and too awesome to not eke out a few little somethings for myself:

daleks!

 

spock!

 
I’m ridiculously pleased to have a few colorful project bags to brighten up my knitting. These are pretty small- they’ll fit a sock or hat project, but not much else.

Today I was also able to get some better, naturally-lit shots of my Provocateur hat. A few shots here, to show you the funky construction.

   
    
 
  
Pretty trippy, right? That’s all for today! Good night!
  

FOs

This morning at my sock knitting group, I made myself focus on sewing up my Splatterdash mitts before working on any other projects. I was able to finish them in time to have a friend take some photos!

   
 Having decided that the yarn is busy enough on its own, I didn’t sew buttons on.
The same friend also took photos of my Giants cowl. My favorite is this grumpy one. Apparently the Giants lost a game today, so I was probably mad about that.  

Last but not least, we took photos of our April/May KAL, the Mini Mania scarf.   

 I love all the different versions, and I love that our new meetup spot allows for fun new photo ops!
In Etsy news, I added Star Trek and Star Wars project bags to my shop today, and sold one right away, thanks to my most loyal customer. 🙂

   
 
I didn’t have much time or great lighting for the photos, but you get the idea. 

I hope you had a good Sunday too!

Crafty

Today I did some sewing for my etsy shop! I cut up lots of geeky fabrics…  And ended up with two project bags.  

One is for a current order, the other is to add to my stock. With all this fabric prepped, I hope to be able to add more bags to the shop soon! Once I get my assembly line going, I can be pretty productive. It’s just a matter of having the alone time, as I can’t do much sewing with the kids around. (I don’t know how other moms do it!!!!!) My shop is https://www.etsy.com/shop/MarissaMadeIt?ref=s2-header-shopname, if you’re interested!

Tonight I also started a project to knit/wear? at Stitch n Pitch tomorrow evening. The Giants are playing the Brewers, and I have exactly zero sports-related items to wear. Maybe I’ll have a warm cowl by the time the game is over.

  
Good night!

Sachets, sachets, and more sachets 

This evening I worked steadily on the sachets I’m making for the Wee Girl’s classmates.  I used scraps from her class quilt, so that each kid will have a small part of the quilt they all worked so hard on. 

 

i’m pretty sure that stuffing them with lavender calmed me down and kept me from losing my temper all afternoon/evening!

  

21 sachets!!!

  

they’re all slightly or very different.

  

the backs are all the same, though.

 

There was still lots of fabric left, so I whipped up some lavender and flaxseed eye pillows for the teacher, assistant teacher, and the principal, who went out of her way at the fundraiser to tell me how much she loved the quilt.  I think she’ll enjoy having a small piece of it as well.

  

The end of year party is tomorrow, so I hope to pass these out at the end. I can’t wait to see the kids’ reactions! 

Best Sunday ever.

1. We saw Star Wars (A New Hope) in the theater! I made a new skirt for the occasion, and the kids dressed up, of course.

 

waiting around. yeah…. we went to the wrong theater at first because there are 2 within like 3 blocks and we chose the wrong one. still made it on time!

  

easy, easy cosplay!

 

2. The kids both mastered their pedal bikes (the wee boy just got his yesterday!), and there were dandelions.

those cheeks! those dimpled hands!

3. The husband and I went out! Without kids! At night! We saw the Kids in the Hall live and it was amazing. If you’ve never heard of them, check them out.  You won’t regret it.
 

photographic evidence

  

mark has just crushed his cast mates’ heads. if this means nothing to you….. go look up Head Crusher amd be prepared to giggle!

 Our weekends aren’t usually quite this epic, I’m still reeling from all the excitement!!!  How was your weekend?

I lied.

Remember last night when I signed off, off, saying that  I was going to watch a movie and knit? Well, I didn’t.

You see, I’d had a stealthy sewing project in mind, but I had to finish the quilt first.  Last night was the perfect chance to get at it! 

Remember the wee girl’s class quilt? Well, some of the kids were so sad that only one of them would end up with the quilt in the end, so I thought it’d be nice to make a little something with the leftover fabric- one for kid, so they’d each have a piece of the quilt in the end. I started by sewing small pieces of scrap fabric together. 

  
Then the smaller parts were sewn together until I had a nice big piece. I cut 5″x5″‘squares and eventually had…

  
21 squares pinned and ready to sew up:

  
The sewing of the squares  took much less time than preparing all the fabric. In the end, these will be sachets- next I’ll fill them with lavender, then sew them up! Part of the fun is that they’re all different! I think the kids will like them!