I only worked on one project this week. I blame my lack of productivity on being incredibly busy and my love of self striping yarn. You can tell that I have developed a project bag problem as I was able to pull out a holiday specific project bag for the occasion.
I did manage to do a tiny bit of sewing today, My Aldi quarter keeper was falling apart, so I decided to see if I could sew through fake leather. I didn’t even change the thread in my machine, so it doesn’t match, but I’m still proud of fixing it.
I am itching to cast on a sweater. I’ve been haunting Ravelry and Blueprint looking for ideas. I always add things to my queue on Ravelry, but I never want to make them when it is time to cast on.
I hope you are having a great week and feeling productive.
John rode his bike last night, so after the kids were in bed I started sewing. It was that or work on the sock that never ends, and I think we know how I feel about those.
I cut out a Laundry Day Tee dress for myself and noticed I had enough scraps for shorts for the kids. My quick project immediately turned into three projects. It was a nice way to spend a quiet evening.
This week is simultaneously dragging and flying. I cannot explain it, other than to say I have no idea what day it is.
Do you remember The Song that Never Ends? These are the socks that never end. If I don’t keep working on them they will go into a knitting bag never to be seen from again, so I keep plugging away on them. I am to the gusset of the second sock, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve pulled out the yarn for my next playground socks in the hope that it will inspire me to get working on these.
I cast on a pair of Twizzler socks to work on while we watch the Tour. We still have five stages to watch, so I should make some good progress on these before they become normal socks that I can work on whenever I want. I love this pattern, which is really easy to memorize. The yarn, which I bought at Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival this year, is beautiful to work with. I’m using 100% SW BFL for these socks, so they probably won’t last long, but they will be lovely while they are here.
I said I wasn’t going to buy fabric until my trip in September, but something came up. The Iowa State Fair is going on right now, which is a huge deal. I normally don’t go, as I find it expensive, exhausting, and annoying, but this year I’m going. My friend is taking me to see Hootie & the Blowfish and Barenaked Ladies, two great bands I loved in college. I decided if I’m going to the fair I need a state fair dress, so I went to the store to find some hot dog fabric. Then things got out of hand.
I do have some unexpected time to sew, as I cancelled our trip to Cedar Falls this week. Yesterday Elliot was hit in the teeth in a backyard swing/running Elliot collision. He is OK, but his lip is swollen and he is clearly in pain. Last night his tooth was loose, but it is OK now. So, not a great reason to have extra craft time, but I’ll take it.
I hope your projects are going well and your house is injury free.
John was out of town last weekend. I was at home with a sick Elliot and stir crazy Audrey. I did what I needed to do to get through: relaxed my TV rules (I bought a season of Sheriff Callie and they were happy for a long time), invited friends over for post bedtime wine, increased my anxiety meds and sewed up my stash so I could stop stressing about where to store it.
I started with pajama pants for John. We often get sushi on date nights, so when I found some sushi flannel I picked some up. As he was out of town it was the perfect time to get a birthday present made for him.
I did make a mistake when cutting out the fabric, so one leg has the sushi upside down. Oh well, he probably won’t notice.
I made a romper for Audrey out of the Pegasus fabric she picked out. This required more thinking than I was in the mood for, but I do like how it turned out. It is knit, which is good, because she is always climbing something.
I had extra fabric, so I made her a pair of shorts too. I’ve learned that morning are easier if I use a fabric marker to add an initial to the back of shorts. Neither kid can figure out where the back is without a tag.
On Sunday I got a start on Christmas sewing and made the kids some Minnie Mouse Christmas pants. I haven’t finished these yet, as I am waiting until November to check on length and elastic width. They were not happy I made them take off their Minnie pats after I took this picture.
Now that I’m out of fabric I hope to find my knitting mojo again.
We were stuck at home most of the day with a sick Elliot. That meant my strict screen time rules were relaxed so he could chill out on the couch watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It also meant that I had some time to sew while he watched Mickey.
After making Audrey a smocked dress last week I was in love. Smocked dresses are so cute and so fast. When I was at the fabric store yesterday I picked fabric for another dress for Audrey. I made the straps extra long so I can rip the seam out and lengthen them when she grows. I now want to craft a lemonade stand for the sole purpose of doing a photo shoot.
My sisters and I talked about how comfortable smocked dresses look last week after I made Audrey her first one. I decided to make us matching dresses (like my mom made us when we were little). I sewed them all up conservatively (I will likely have to take them in) and made straps for them to attach once they try them on. I hope we rent a lake cabin and spend days drinking coffee and wine and wearing our summer dresses.
I have a few more projects planned for this weekend. If Elliot is feeling better I’ll put them to the side and get outside to enjoy summer. The weekends usually mean a little more time for me to craft. I hope you are having a relaxing start to your weekend. If you are looking for an activity to do I highly recommend sewing a smocked dress.
I had an appointment today, so my in-laws watched the kids. They offered to take the kids all day so I could get a few things done. I was hoping to clean my house. I was hoping to go for a run. I was hoping to run to the store to buy mulch. I did none of that.
I was productive, just not in the way I intended to be. My MIL lent me her serger again (seriously, she takes the kids all day and lends me a really nice serger, how great is she?). I wanted to make sure I still remembered how to use the serger, so I ran to the store to get fabric for a dress. Then I made myself that dress. It’s a Halloween dress that glows in the dark (my life is pretty awesome).
It is not exactly flattering, but I don’t mind. It feels like I’m wearing incredibly comfortable pajamas when I wear it, so come October 1 this is all I will be wearing.
While at the fabric store I found some camel fabric. Obviously I needed to make a pair of camel shorts for Elliot.
I couldn’t just make shorts for Elliot. I also needed to make a pair for Audrey, so I picked up some unicorn fabric I new she would love.
I picked up fabric for a couple of other project this morning too. My plan is to avoid the fabric store until September 14 when I head out on a girls trip to Missouri to go fabric shopping. Wish me luck.