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.

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