Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sewing thoughts



Lately I've been thinking a lot about not sewing. Not sewing anymore clothes for myself anyway.  I struggle between wanting to have everything handmade and the reality that it takes a lot of time and money and skill that I just don't currently have.  I have a lot of things that I finish but aren't really how I'd have liked them.  The fit is often off.  And you really can't tell until you are done.  Muslins help, but it goes back to to time again.

I've been knitting like crazy and really enjoy that process now.  I wonder if I just need to take a break from sewing until the kids are older and I can take a garment making class.  My ideas are outstripping my ability.

I do have the cinema dress pattern and fabric for it which I'd like to try since Anjali's came out so well.  I haven't given up totally yet...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Simple raglan tunic




I have to figure out a better way to take pictures of completed garments.  It is tough to find a place where the light is good and the background is uncluttered enough.  All out walls have pictures hanging.

This is the tunic length of the raglan sleeved shirt from Simple Modern Sewing.  I've used this book a lot over the years.  I took an inch out of the front but otherwise it is pretty much as written. I have another one cut but just realized I cut one sleeve backwards.  I'm not sure there is a good remedy for it as I am out of fabric.

I finished this on the 2nd.  First item of the year.

Friday, January 9, 2015

January, again?









I'm still here.  I've been busy. And sick. And parenting. And overwhelmed.  I am trying to figure out how to use this space with the time I have.  I'm trying to figure out how to live more graciously.  I'm trying to find solutions for solution-less problems.  How could it be that there are so many of those?

I'm hoping to use this to catalogue completed projects this year. Less words, more images.  I've been using instagram a lot.  But this would be neater, easier to look back and possibly (?) have details I'd like to remember.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sissie at 20 months~

You:



:Have moved in with your brother and seem to like it! Though you aren't sure why you have to sleep under the loft and not up there with him.
:Are running everywhere.  Downhill has special sound effects.
:Sign like crazy. In sentences and everything!  I should make a list...
:Sing yourself to sleep.
:Make scrunchy, kissy face.
:Climb up and down the ladder on E's loft. Even in the dark.
:Are really observant and sign to me all the animals (especially), vehicles, trees and other strange sights that you see.
:Say "No!" and "Mine!" but so sweetly I don't mind too much.
:Have started playing a make believe game where you are going to school and say "bye-bye" and close the door over and over.
:Started resisting your own car seat and want to ride in Emerson's seat instead.
:Want to go down the stairs without holding hands.
:Have strong opinions about which way to go when we are driving (or walking for that matter.)
:Love to look at kitties on instagram.
:Want to read books all the time and have your own sign for Dr Seuss books.
:Still love the binky.
:Drink a lot of milk.
:Eat a great variety of foods, love salsa and other flavorful foods (hooray!)
:Like to go visit the neighborhood chickens and cats as much as possible.
:Still love to swing.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Flax

I'm a little knitting obsessed right now.  I just don't seem to be able to stop.  This morning I finished another Barley for John and already I've started a Clayoquot for Anjali.   Today is slightly cool and over cast.  I have several hours of work to do while the apartment is empty.  And, of course, I had to start a new project?  Clearly, there is something just a little bit wrong with me.


Before either of those hats there was a sweater for Anjali completed.  I really love the patterns from Tin Can Knits (could you tell?) Even as a total novice knitter I feel empowered to start color work and pick up stitches and use DPN's like I know what I am doing.  This sweater didn't come out perfect (nothing has yet! :) but it is perfectly wearable and fits her great.  Cute as a button if I do say so myself.


I made her the 2-4 year old size with shorted sleeves.  I'm hoping she'll be able to wear it next year with the sleeves at 3/4 length.