WIP Wednesday

No, it is not actually Wednesday, but we got home late last night from watching Spiderman and I forgot to post. Have you seen Spiderman yet? It was really good.

Anywhooo…..I’ve really only worked on socks this week. My TDF France are slowly moving along. We’ve only had time to watch two stages this week. I’m done with the gusset of the second sock. I love how these socks are turning out. They are smooshy and the yarn is nice to work with.

I’ve decided I don’t like my playground socks. The yarn is a little rough, and I don’t love the colors. I was really excited about these socks for the first leg, but I’m now at the point where I’m ready to be done with them and move on to yarn I’m excited to work with.

I have not been knitting much this summer. I have been walking at parks instead of knitting at parks. It has been lovely, but I have been making slow progress on my projects.

Sewing Up Stash

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.

Smocked Dressapalooza

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.

WIP Wednesday

I feel like I haven’t accomplished any knitting this week.

I’m on the gusset of the fist vanilla striped sock.

I made it to my second TDF sock, and I’m half way through the heel flap.

I didn’t touch the shawl this week.

I have been working on my worsted Norteasterly. It is a good thing to pick up when the kids are playing and I don’t feel like cleaning or cooking. The colors are off in this picture, but I trust I will get a decent photo of it at some point before it is finished.

I hope you are knitting more than me this week.

Minnie and Mickey Dress

It is too hot to play outside in the afternoons, so we’ve been stuck inside. My way of dealing with being stuck inside with two very active children is to obsessively sew (if you have been around for awhile you probably already picked up on that).

Today I made Audrey a Mickey & Minnie dress. She picked out the fabric when we went to the store last weekend. I picked out the black with white polka-dots to go with it. I used a Simplicity Learn to Sew pattern. I made the dress a size bigger than her measurements so it will last for more than a season. I didn’t love the pattern. I was very confused about the way they said to add bias tape, so I ended up ignoring it and adding the tape like I did when I made the Fen dress. I think it worked out OK.

When I was making my list for the fabric store I forgot to write down bias tape. I would normally make my own, but I didn’t buy enough fabric. I went back to JoAnn today to pick some up and ended up letting the kids pick out fabric again, so I guess I’ll be making shorts again soon. I need to stop taking them to the fabric store with me.