Sunday, June 15, 2008

Forgotten objects

I actually finished these items ages ago, right after I said I was going to make them. I ended up with only one bib and burp cloth set. They were incredibly fiddly to make and I wasn't really happy with the results. The bib came out a little wonky because of the stretchy knit material. It was a pain to sew.

One finished item that turned out much better was this little oven mitt I sewed for Baby Girl. She got a plastic kitchen for her birthday and some accessories. The funniest was a little potholder that came with her pots and pans. She'd make everyone back away as she opened her oven door, shouted "Hot! Hot!", and carefully removed the pots with her potholder. I'd let her pick out this fat quarter at a fabric store a week or so earlier and didn't know what to do with it until I witnessed the above. I decided she needed an oven mitt so she wouldn't get "burned." I whipped this out in about 20 minutes from start to finish and it's even quilted! It was a lot of fun and Baby Girl loves it. You can't tell from the picture but it's about 6 inches long at the longest point, just right for Baby Girl's little hands with some extra room for growing.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Productivity... finally

I finally finished something! This has been the week of sewing. Baby Girl and Sweet Pea having been taking lovely, long, simultaneous naps this week and it's really boosted my productivity. While they've been snoozing the afternoons away, I've been hard at work down in the basement at my sewing machine. As a result, I made a travel tote and a floppy brim hat for Baby Girl and a floppy brim hat for Sweet Pea.

The tote bag was started last Sunday evening after bedtime. It took a while to finish because I did quite a bit of hand embroidery on it. Sometimes I find my joy in the details.

The floppy brimmed hats came about when I searched the stores in vain for a fun, stylish, yet functional hat for Baby Girl to wear to the beach in a few weeks. As much as I call her Baby Girl, she is no longer a baby and all her old hats have gotten too small. I found an online tutorial that was most helpful. This really was an excellent site. I think the hat turned out rather well, don't you?

It was a snap to make. The only modification I made was to create tucks where the crown meets the brim instead of trying to stretch it.

I liked the hat so much that I whipped one out for Sweet Pea during today's naptime.

I've also been working on a Christmas present for my mother. It's never too early to start planning for Christmas in my opinion, especially if you like to give homemade gifts as much as I do.

I'm making her the ubiquitous Irish Hiking Scarf using Dark Horse Yarn's Fantasy in Color 83. I'm knitting it with my impulse buy of Serendipity needles in size 8. I'm loving these needles. They're so lightweight. Yarn and needles were purchased at the closest thing I have to an LYS, Krazy Knitz.

The ramblings of a crafty soul...