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/

she made the goofy face on purpose!


Most have recipients in mind, some may go to “gift stash”

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.

Birthday sewing

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.

I also fancy-cut a scrap and zig-zagged it onto a t-shirt so she’ll have a set. I think she’ll be pleased!

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!


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.

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.  :/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!

Halloween sneak peek 2

Today I had some frustration working with faux leather.

This is the back side- hemming didn’t work out, nor did just sewing the layers together with no finishing. The top layer tended to stretch, and the layers didn’t want to move forward in my sewing machine. I gave up and used my hot glue gun, but I’m not satisfied. Any ideas???

Felt is almost always good to me, however, and I was happy with my one last addition to the Wee Boy’s costume.


it’s upside down, though!

At least something worked out, right? 

Harder than it looks

A while ago, I bought some sewing patterns to spruce up the wardrobes of the Wee Girl’s dolls.  

Well! These are not just easy 2-step tutorials, they’re proper patterns with facings and everything, so they still take a bit of time and effort, despite their itsy bitsy size. So, after several hours, I only had this as a result. 

But I have several more items cut and ready to sew… My difficulty here is that the small items tend to jam in my sewing machine, and that the back area of the patternsught be smaller than that of the actual dolls. So I may do some adjusting. 

As it was my first attempt at tiny clothing, though, I won’t be too hard on myself, and I’ll call these efforts a success. At least Shang and Mulan have more options now. 

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)   


Birthday sewing for 1st grade boys!

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


yay! it fits!




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?