Sewing Boxy Bags

As planned, yesterday I sewed up some little gifts, following this online tutorial. I made the first one exactly as instructed, and it looks like this:

It is kind of small and somewhat wonky. But, it was just the practice project (I picked colors I liked, because this one is for me). The instructions given left a little room for guessing, so I really just stumbled through that first bag.

After that, however, I had a better understanding of the thing, and so went into assembly-line-mode, and kicked out 3 more – a little bigger and a little better. (these are the gifts)

In case you are interested, the modifications that I made are thus: instead of a 12″x16″ piece of fabric, I used 16″x16″; instead of interfacing, I used a heavy canvas material for the lining (it was all I had, and it worked beautifully) –

and, lastly, I used this wonderful ruler to make the triangles all the same (this is how I solved the “wonky” bit) –

But, wait, there’s more. (And this is the best part.) When I turn on the sewing machine, my kids come running. They want to know what I am making and can I make one for them, too? So, I figured it was time for a sewing lesson. Once I had worked through the bugs of this pattern and successfully made a few, I turned to The Boy, The Dancing Queen, and The Princess for their turn. We picked out some fabric and I helped each of them make their own. The big kids got to use the rotary cutter (scary moment for Mama, but they did just fine), and they all got to work the pedal on the machine and lift the presser foot and cut threads.

The Boy even used the machine by himself for the first time!

It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon – sewing with my kiddos. Sigh. Does it get any better?

Christmas Knitting

You know, I find that keeping a secret is a very difficult thing to do.

Take Christmas knitting, for an example. This must be done throughout the year if I hope to have it done in time. It takes much time and money and thought and planning and love. It consumes so much of myself. Then, I get on this lovely blog of mine, and I can say nothing about it.  Weird, isn’t it? This is a knitting blog, yet about half of my knitting is taboo! No pictures, no links, no comments whatsoever. It is cool stuff, too! I am just bursting to tell you about the beautiful yarn, the intricate details and how far along I am getting on each thing…

It is hard to keep a secret. But, I will do it. Just know that in the background, behind the parade of knits for myself and the kids, there is a very impressive parade of secret knitting happening.

On the upside, the yarn for Christmas gifts comes out of the “Christmas Gifts” budget, meaning I get yarn that doesn’t count! Squeal! 🙂

Oh, I can’t wait till December 26th! That is going to be an awesome post! 🙂

Finished

When one casts on project after project with sweet abandon (as I have a tendency to do), one finds themselves in long periods of not getting anything done. But a deadline is a deadline and I hate to be late. So last night, I decided it was time to get this one done. I may have stayed up later than I should have. I may have watched too many episodes of Smallville. I may have to take a nap today.

But it is finished.

The Baby Shower Knit Together Blanket in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted

I have three things to say about this:

1. This was harder than I anticipated. There were no two blocks of the same shape and size, but I had planned for that by getting a springy yarn that I could stretch as needed. But, having never put together a blanket before, it was a new experience and a real challenge making it look right.

2. It is small. It measures 21″x 34″. I was going to put a big, fat border around it to make it bigger, or I even thought of knitting around each peice to make them all uniform. But, the Mama wanted it small. And the yarn really is stretchy. It will probably end up being perfect to wrap a tiny baby in.

3. Only one guest in twelve  did not participate. There is a square from the Grandma, two great aunts, two aunts, the Mama, and lots of friends. It is such a treasure, I am honored to deliver it to her. I hope she likes it as much as I do!