Saturday, July 31, 2010

I'm never moving again.

No, really, I mean it. I'm never moving again. Well, unless I have very, very good reason to do it. I've been going thru our stuff, and I'm going to go mad before I'm done with this packing. Argh! I've filled three huge garbage bags with junk, three huge garbage bags with clothes, all of these boxes with stuff
and I've just barely begun to scratch the surface. And I've been doing this packing stuff for, oh, more or less three days now. And I'm getting just a wee bit frustrated. And I need to start working on the girls' room next. I'm so not looking forward to that. Like I said, I'm never moving again. That's all for now, carry on. :)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

First pants with a zipper I've ever sewn

Shorts count as pants, right? Well, in this case they do. I've never sewn a zipper in pants before, so I was a bit uncertain about how to go about it. I tried reading the instructions, but didn't understand any of them, so I decided to just go ahead and sew the zipper in without thinking too much about it. And it ended up just fine. :) For some reason I'm having huge difficulties with written instructions these days, don't know what that's all about.. Anyway, here are my new shorts, I found this fabric (like so many times before) in the discount section of the fabric store and just had to have it. It was love at first sight. :) And just look at that pose! :D (and yes, you can see my pink crocs again..)
The pattern is just a basic bermuda short with pockets and waist band.

Oh, umm, huh, I haven't sewn on the buttons yet.. Oops. :)

Pattern: Sortsit from Suuri Käsityö 7/2010
Fabric: some pre-cut JoAnn's fabric from Eurokangas

Love these!

I also made a new dpn roll, with a matching small project bag, as a request. I think they turned out very cute. :)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Oh my, I've been productive

Honestly, I have been. I've sewn two dresses and a skirt for the middle kid. And she'd better wear them! The first dress and the skirt she picked the fabric for herself and the second dress I made without asking her opinion. You've actually seen the dress once before, months ago, when I still thought it was going to be a skirt for me. But I decided long ago that I didn't like the hem, and couldn't figure out what to do with it. Until the other day, when I had an epiphany, and decided to make it into a dress for the older girl. Hah, and a cute dress it became. ;) See

I should have made the straps longer, but it'll do the way it is. Maybe I'll make them longer at some point, if the kid actually wears the dress..

The other dress I made is a simple raglan, with a couple hearts on the front. Turned out kinda cute. :)
I was going to use the fish fabric for a summer dress for the tiny one, but thought that it fit perfectly together with the green fabric that the girl chose herself, so I used it for this instead. Last, but not least, I made an owl skirt, a very simple one, with a bit of ruffle and elastic band at the waist.
And as proof that I've been knitting too, here's a pic of my February Lady Sweater. I finally picked it up, after a very long break. Just in time for the worst heat wave we've had in years. Because what's better that sitting with a big, warm sweater in your lap when it's 30 degrees outside (Celcius, that is.) All I can say is thank the gods for air conditioning! I've been knitting on this for what seems like forever and it just doesn't seem to get any longer, I still have about eight centimeters to go, before starting the garter stitch. This is going to be quite big, so I really hope that it shrinks in the wash, which it should do, otherwise I'll have a sweater that's way too big for me.
See, told ya I've been productive. ;)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's bloody hot around here

I'm going to melt into a puddle soon. But despite that fact, I've finished the tiny one's hoodie and sewn myself a dress! How about that for being effective? ;) The hoodie gave me much trouble, I don't know if the problem is that I just don't understand the written word, if the pattern is badly written or if it's just badly translated, but I really had no idea what I was supposed to be doing where in the pattern. So that's why my version probably looks a bit different that it's supposed to look. :D Oh well, it's still cute. The part I had most problems with was the hood, I just didn't understand how to knit it, not even a browse thru FOs on Ravelry made me any wiser, so I know that my hood looks very different than the original, but I'm going to call that a design feature. :)
Pattern: Cabled Cardigan and Hoodie from Sirdar 347, Ooh La la
Yarn: Sirdar Calico in Pink Silk
Needles: umm, I'm not sure, 5mm I think..

Oh bugger, now what'd I do.. I wrote a long thing about the dress I made myself, but then I managed to delete it. D'uh! Anyways, the fabric is by Amy Butler, from Hawthorne Threads. We got a basic dress pattern from school, that I modified lots in order to get this dress. I think it looks ok, altho the color is so not me.

Note to self: go on diet, and learn better poses.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

..and once in a blue moon..

..she sews something! I've had the fabric cut up for this skirt for a few weeks now, just haven't gotten round to sewing it up, but now I did. And it took me all of about an hour.. It's a very simple skirt, with a little ruffle at the bottom, looks cute on the tiny one. :)
I've been wanting to use that paisley fabric for something, and now I finally figured out what to use it for. I wish I had more of it, so that I could make a skirt for myself with it too. But, alas, I don't. Oh well, luckily there are loads more fabrics in this world. :)

Next in line is a skirt and a dress for the middle child, she placed an order with me because she got a bit jealous that her baby sis got a new skirt, and she didn't. :)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Oh look, she crochets!

Whoda thunk, huh? I've actually gotten something done, you never would have guessed, would you? I'm still far, far away from having finished my blanket, but at least I've crocheted two skeins worth of hexagons. (well, ok, technically I've crocheted one skein, and about a third of another skein, since the other skein was just leftovers..) Maybe I should count colors instead.. I've crocheted two colors of the ten colors I have to crochet. (well, ok, technically I only have eight colors so far, because I haven't dyed the last two skeins yet.) Here's the pile I've gotten done so far, still lots more to go.