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)   

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?

Hitchhiker: new obsession

I love this pattern/yarn combo!

  
This was taken this morning- I’m a bit further along now, as it’s so fun and addicting!

However, I had to focus on the Wee Girl’s class quilt this evening. I’m binding it by hand, which I’ve never done. 

 

It’s not that easy, but also not as hard as is expected.  But I feel like I need caffeine and daylight to do a better job of it. Good night!

Quilt, startitis

Here is the Wee Boy’s multi-fandom quilt! 

   

As you can see, I could have been more precise in the back, but I like it! I feel kind of proud that I only used leftover fabrics and managed to make it work. :0. 

I learned a good lesson about evening the edges up before binding. Next time I’ll do that before I’ve pinned all the binding on.  Ugh.

We spent the afternoon up in Petaluma, where we walked/the kids biked around a lovely 2-mile path around/within a pond filled with geese, swans, killdeer, red-winged blackbirds, etc. It was really nice.

 

“hey, watch out for that big swan!”

  

no bench shall be left unexplored.

  

the Wee Girl received a birthday gift that was hardly put down for the rest of the day.


 

In knitting news, I’ve only had my blanket squares on the needles lately, and I’ve been itching to cast on new things but was at a loss as to what

Well, I remembered a technique I picked up from the Yarn Harlot a while back, so I employed it this evening: pair up your yarn patterns with corresponding yarn(s), put them together in a project bag (preferably wound into balls and including needles), so you have a project ready to grab any time. My result, after consulting my large binder of patterns and my stash:

  
Four almost ready to go projects! Yeah, they’re all scarves/shawlette/cowls, but that’s what I’ve been feeling like knitting lately.  I might have to start giving away more of my knitting if this trend continues.

And yes, I need to find a yarn to pair with the Silky Wool for the Duotone cowl. One search through the stash didn’t reveal an obvious choice, so I’ll have another go.

I forgot how fun this method is! Already I am remembering other pairings I could do right away; ie., having bought particular yarn for a specific project (I’m looking at you, Cardigan for Arwen + Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, and you, Blue Whale + Tosh Pashmina!!).

Phew, that’s all for now! I’m ready to cast on for my Hitchhiker! (I love how 150g should yield 42 teeth!! I hope mine works out! I’ll keep my towel handy, for luck.)

A Saturday

 Today was the Spring Fair at the Wee Boy’s preschool. There were crafts, good food, friendly families, and even a wee petting zoo. The boy was very gentle with the bunnies, and the girl developed a love for chickens.   

she has a way with chickens, apparently!

Later, I picked up the Wee Boy’s quilt, which had been collecting dust on a shelf, and by bedtime I had finished it. I have no photo of the FO because it’s over the sleeping boy at the moment. 🙂 But here’s the binding action getting started.

  

During the boy’s nap today, I did various bits and bobs of sewing/crafting/mending. I patched two pairs of pants, prepared eight heart appliqués for the girl’s class quilt (the auction is a week from today!!!!),and made the kids t-shirts to match their Dr. Who pajama pants (the boy liked his pants yesterday, but questioned me as to whether there was a matching shirt. Yes, sir!!!). 

 

these make me awfully happy!

 
The girl happily wore hers to bed, declaring the pants super warm and comfy, but the boy ignored his. Oh, well.

Thus concludes an unusually crafty Saturday. Hope yours was awesome!

To boldly go

Today was all about pajama pants!

pajama pants are easier to see than they look!

done!

live long and don’t snore!

silly pic, just for fun. the wee girl caught me doing a crazy dance to celebrate my geeky new pajama pants.

I was so excited to finish these that I immediately cut out the same pattern from my Dr. Who fleece.  Unfortunately, I cut the front pieces with the pattern upside down.  After thinking about it during the afternoon/evening, I decided that I want the pajamas to be awesome, so I re-cut (I had way more fabric left over than I expected!). Hopefully I can sew them up tomorrow and have super warm jammies!