We have two birthday parties for little girls tomorrow, so tonight I whipped up some headbands for last-minute (as usual🙄) gifts. The insect one is my favorite!
A few weeks ago (?) I started sewing a Japanese knot bag out of some cute fabric a friend gave me. I couldn’t get far at that time, due to kids and confusion with the pattern. But today I finished it!
I meant for it to be a project bag, but as soon as it was done, I was heading to the library and stuck my wallet, phone, and keys inside, instead of taking my big (and unnecessary) backpack. It was perfect! Here’s an awkward selfie to document the simultaneous use of handknit sweater, handknit socks, and handmade bag.
Also! Yesterday we went to the beach and the kids decided to wear their recently tie dyed shirts, so here they are in action.
I overdid it last week, knitting too much. My hand hurtsa bit so I’m knitting very little. Instead, I’ve started prep to sew a new garment, Aberdeen from Colette/Seamwork.
This is my first time sewing knit fabric, so I’m a little nervous. I have ballpoint needles, but I’m still in search of a twin point for the hems. I might be able to do without. Fingers crossed!
Today I shopped for linings for a few skirts I’ve been wanting to sew. From our trip to the Lost Coast, I have some purple flowery souvenir fabric from the shop Stitch in Ferndale, and I also have some cool “wonderland” fabric recently destashed to me by a knitting friend.
The pattern is the Robert Kauffman free skirt pattern, but I thought I’d try making it less wide this time, as I’m pretty petite and don’t need tons of fabric bunched up around my waist. I started with the wonderland fabric, because I have a lot of it. It came out perfect for me.
The length is just as I like my skirts- it hits above the knee. The circumference is not as generous as the Tardis skirt ended up, and I think this less fluffy/bunchy effect looks better on me. Plus, you can see the cute print more easily. I am so happy with the pattern placement! I’m sure I will omit the 4 inches or so that I took off from the circumference every time I make this pattern in the future. The only thing I regret is that I forgot to add the pockets I had prepared. I love skirts with pockets!
Oh! By the way, I forgot to show you my souvenirs from the lost Coast.
Ok, readers, I’m back! My carpal tunnel has gotten loads better, due to rest, acupuncture, and very helpful Occupational Therapy with exercises/stretches/massage as homework. Since I last wrote two months ago (!), I’ve managed to make lots of things, so this will be something of a photo dump. I hope you don’t mind!
In sewing news: I made myself a Tardis skirt! It’s this simple lined skirt by Robert Kauffman: http://www.robertkaufman.com/quilting/quilts_patterns/simple_skirt/ It’s great! Easy, quick, free pattern! I’ll totally make it again, but with pockets next time.
Baby sewing! I made these rompers for my great niece (the awesomely chubby thighed baby) and for my cousin’s granddaughter, whose daddy is a big Batman fan, and I happened to have the right amount of Batman fabric for a romper and a reversible bib!
Then I made some eye masks for the Girl’s best friend and family, who just moved home to the UK. http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/2015/07/how-to-make-eye-mask-free-pattern.html
In knitting news, I’ve made two hats for the Leethalknits mystery hat club. These are Vanguard and Omnia. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanguard http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/omnia The special increases on Omnia hurt my hands, so I switched to regular old kfb, and it was much better. I also like the ridge that kfb made, as opposed to the sloppy eyelets I was getting with the center double increases.
In bear knitting news, I’ve finished several new bears. Last night I finished one more, which I haven’t been photographed yet. I’ve finished up to the letter R (Rugen)and have started S (Saruman).
And I’ve had several bear sightings in Africa! I might be missing a few since I haven’t been keeping up on here, but here are a few! Kylo, Henrietta, Buttercup, and Gandalf. You might notice that most are from my current journey through the alphabet, where I’m naming them for characters from my favorite movies, so I have to get more sent out! I sent a box to Minneapolis last week, so I’m doing well with these. It helps that the stockinette doesn’t irritate my hands/wrists.
I’ve also swatched for a new top, but haven’t started it yet due to a trip and my fallback knitting of bears. This is a Berroco booklet I found at Imagiknit after falling in love with the knitted sample on display.
And of course, we’ve had lots of local adventures, mostly centered around getting the kids out in the trees. We’ve played at Stow Lake, in the Presidio, many parks and playgrounds, the Exploratorium, and we’ve done lots of swimming at the pool…. Yesterday the kids and I came back from 3.5 days on the Lost Coast, which was gorgeous (all the pics below except the line of children at the SF Botanical Gardens).
Yep, we’ve been having some pretty good summer adventures. Mostly our days are unstructured, aside from Thursdays and Saturdays, when the Girl has been playing baseball with the Junior Giants. Yay, summer! And yay for being recovered enough from Carpal Tunnel to be able to craft and blog again. It’s nice to be back!
Today I wanted to sew a simple headband or two for a birthday present. Well, as usual I overdid it and couldn’t stop myself from making a bunch instead of just one or two. I blame the easy pattern and fabric stash-busting nature of the pattern. I used this one: http://www.aliceandlois.com/diy-fabric-headband-tutorial-handmade-gift-series/
These are so fun, easy, and quick! I can see using lots of stash fabric up on these fun items! I managed to make all 8 of these while taking care of my kids solo (that might not be a big deal to you, but the Wee Boy is the biggest handful you can possibly imagine, and then some), and they didn’t take that much time. I know it would be a bit more work, and the elastic is mostly covered by hair anyway, but I’m curious how much harder it would be to cover the elastic with some fabric. Although, if I want to keep making these quickly, adding more steps probably isn’t the way to go.
The Wee Girl turns eight on Monday, and I decided to make her some pajama pants with Star Wars fabric featuring Rey from The Force Awakens.
And a view from the afternoon- we took the kids to play at Crissy Field for a while. It was chilly and windy!
ETA we gave the girl her gifts early- she’s a happy camper!
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.
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.
As you can see, I’m still working on cutting straight.
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!