She Sews, Too!

My sewing machine has been seeing more of me since I found the Prudent Baby website. I was especially inspired by the snappy toddler dress pattern and I went a little crazy sewing up a bunch of variations on the idea.


Cute, huh? Here’s a modeled shot.


I’ve got several sizes made, and they are each one different. I think I might try to sell them on Etsy to pay for the snap press that I bought to make them… (a tool which I totally love, by the way)

A Cute Miscalculation

Remember my little sewing extravaganza in which I churned out a bunch of boxy bags?

Well, I want to make some matching notions pouches for them.

Here is my first try.

Apparently, I shouldn’t have gone so small.

Here it is compared to the size the pattern makes.

I did much better when I sized them up. But, I have lots more zippers. So I guess I can try again.

And, the kids love it. Everyone is begging for their own.

Too bad – I am busy knitting socks…. (maybe next week)

Obsessed? Me?

I see more boxy bags in my future.

I had to pick up some more zippers when I went into town a couple of days ago, and I have been busy, busy, busy ever since. Today, however, I have no plans, no appointments, no schedule. It’ll be me, my sewing machine and lots and lots of boxy bags.

Oh, and there is some knitting happening, too.

This is the February Fitted Pullover from stashknitrepeat.com in Schaefer Yarns Miss Priss. The colorway is called Mary Walker Phillips and is totally to die for.

This yarn is my new favorite yarn of all time. It is soft and squishy and luxurious. Knitting with it is like a special treat for my hands (especially after weeks of knitting that cotton/linen baby blanket). I love, love, love this yarn. (We will have to wait to see how it holds up.)

And the pattern is really great, too. It is easy to memorize – most of what you see there was accomplished yesterday while visiting with my new knitting buddy – and it showcases the yarn and the color amazingly.

Now, I know that I should be knitting baby things. There are so many babies on the way, which means fixed deadlines (aka: due-dates) and lots of little knitting. I will get to it. (I finished another of those tops a few days ago… ) But, for now, I just want to work with this heavenly worsted weight. Sigh. It is almost winning out over the boxy bags… but not quite.

And, now to get to some sewing…

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?

A Collection of Unrelated Thoughts

1. I have a difficult choice to make. Last night I finished the center square of the baby blanket. It is gorgeous. I love it.

This is an Estonian lace pattern in DK weight yarn on size 6 needles. (Ravelry project page link) It is supposed to have a lace border. I cast on for the lace border last night…. and then realized I was using the wrong needles. So, I pulled it out and then that little evil voice inside my head started whispering. “Who needs a lace border?” it said. And, it is right. This is a perfect size even without the border. But, I want to do it completely and I think I will be happier if I knit that border…. maybe later. I do have until June, you know.

2. I have created a Linus… somehow. New Baby hasn’t even gotten here, yet, but the Munchkin is already showing some signs of insecurity. Maybe it is because she made the switch from crib to big girl bed. Maybe it is because I have been so sick and tired and crabby (read: not a very good mom). Maybe it is just her age. Whatever the reason, she has taken to carrying her wool fleece (which she has slept on since birth) and sucking her thumb all day.

Oh, and also chanting, “Weeweee! Weeweee!” in sheer delight. (That is “wooly” for those of you who don’t speak Munchkin) I had to cut a piece off the wooly so that she could have a portable wooly during the day – we call it the “Wooly-Bit”. I am not worried about it. I just didn’t expect this until after the New Baby came along.

3. I finished the lace shawl for the Bookworm’s birthday ahead of schedule.

It is a shawlette, and will fit her little shoulders perfectly. I made a terrible mistake at my first go, and didn’t realize it till I got the the border! So, I had to frog it all the way back and re-knit. For that reason, it took me twice as long as it should have. This is an excellent pattern for a last minute gift – I think I could make it again in a solid day. (Ravelry Project Page Link) I will do a post on it after her birthday when I can have her model it. For now, it is going from the blocking board to a little hiding spot. I am so excited to give this to her – she is going to flip. 🙂

4. I have three gifts to make today (on top of school, laundry and cleaning…. sigh). I am thinking about making some of these pouches. I have tons of cute fabric that gets left out of all the fun that my yarn experiences every day. Time for the fabric to get some attention. I may even make one for me. Yippee!

5. I passed my six month mark last week and didn’t say a word. Oops. I am happy about it, really, I am. I just feel lousy because of a sneak attack from a sinus infection. But, pregnancy-wise I am doing excellent. Baby is growing steadily and moving a lot. All my vitals are excellent. I would give you a belly shot, but I am still in my jammies and I am not ready to get dressed, yet. (Must finish the first cup of coffee…) Only 16 weeks left… (wow, that almost sounds too soon!)

6. I cast on another project. But that isn’t really news, is it? I have not made much progress, so I will keep you in suspense until there is something to show for it. (ooh, I am so eeevil!)

Now I am off to get something done. Maybe I will even get dressed and make my bed…