Saturday, November 3, 2007
I made monkey costumes for my boys this year. My Mom made the same costume for my nephew who is a year younger than my youngest. They were the Three Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Notice the bumped heads. My boys loved their costumes. For my daughter I made a midieval princess costume. She looked great but the dress turned out a little big. Patterns can be so frustrating. I followed the pattern measurements for the monkey costumes and they just fit. For the dress I did the same thing and it was quite big. Go figure! I should have measured the pattern pieces but I just did not want to take the time. I love the back of my daughters dress. The eyelets and lacing were such a cool touch. My wonderful husband put all of the eyelets in and he did a great job!
Finally, I am going to work on something for myself. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Here is my 3 year old who is very impressed with his work:
Lastly, here are my children enjoying a yummy, healthy afternoon snack and a story:
I guess I have the bread baking bug again. Next week I am going to try hard white wheat instead of red.
Crafting update: I have been working on my husband's sweater. I am almost done with the back. I have also been working on costumes for my children. Hopefully I will be able to post pictures tomorrow.
Until next time...
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Now, for my progress:
Yarn: Cascade Yarns
Type: The Heathers
100% Peruvian Highland Merino Wool
I am using size 10 needles. I am making a larger size to compensate for gauge being a bit off. I will have my husband try this on this evening to see if it fits enough to continue on. So wish me luck!
Until next time...
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
I haven't been sewing lately but I have been knitting. I love to knit while watching TV. I have just been wanting to sit a veg lately in front of the TV (It has been premier week) and so knitting has won out over sewing. I have so many sewing projects in my head. Someday they will be completed. I have been working on a sweater for my husband. I started this more than a year ago and did not get very far. I will post on his sweater later.
So long for now!!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
So... I COULD GO A MONTH ON THIS ONE!!!
(She wrote the missing letters and words on the post-its.)
Friday, September 21, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I finally finished my son's sweater. It took so much longer than I thought it would when I last posted. It is amazing how long it takes to do a couple more rows on the sleeves and sew up all the seams. My seams are horrible it think but it is done and together. My son is only 5 so he won't notice that the craftsmanship is not up to Mom's usual standards. I just wanted it DONE! Now it finally is except for the buttons which I might have him help me pick them out. He would really enjoy that. He wasn't just lovin' getting his picture taken this morning but I finally got a good one of him.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Until next time...
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Knitting update: I have been practicing continental knitting. I am very slow and awkward. I want to give up but I know in my head that I should keep working and practicing. Eventually I will get faster and not so awkward. All I want is to work on my socks the way I am used to. So, I think that I am going to make my socks and then practice intermittently. Enough blogging. On to the socks!
I AM IN AGONY!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Last weekend I spend the day selling my Discovery Toys at a booth. I brought along my socks to knit when I wasn't busy. A woman walked by and saw me knitting. Our conversation went like this:
Me: Hello, how are you?
Her: Good thank you. Are you doing American or European.
Her: Oh, the hard way!
Me: I know it is the hard way. I have been wanting to learn how to do it the other way but just haven't been able to.
Her: Do you want me to show you?
Me: I would love that!
So she came over and showed me a few stitches. Now I am determined to learn this method. I think it will be so much faster than my throwing method. I think my knitting is pretty slow and I would love to try anything that will make me faster. I love this video that I found. I think that I just might be able to learn with this to help.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Well, it's done. The top is too floppy for my daughter but the foot fits. She really likes it. I ended up liking the striping on the foot but the top is to splotchy. Even though I do not really like the finished product I am proud of myself for finishing it. This is my first finished sock. The others I have tried have all been ripped. This one will be too but I will remake it and fix what I do not like. It was really fast to make. My daughter wants to just keep this sock but I just cannot be happy with one sock being right and the other being a disaster. Soon, I will show you two finished socks (if I do not get sidetracked first lol).
Sunday, August 5, 2007
I bought some Cascade Fixation when I was in Soldotna last weekend. I bought a sock pattern and was very excited to start this project. The ball of yarn was beautiful. The colors were perfect for my daughter-salmon, lime and taupe. I was so excited. I casted on with anticipation. At the point of this picture I was really liking the look.
Then everything came crashing down. The striping started to look horrendous with big, odd splotches of taupe surrounded by funny stripes of color. I did not check my gauge (I know, I am cowering right now.) for this not-so-easy-to-work-with-yarn and so of course the rib is too loose and flabby. I am going to keep going for practice. I have some more of this yarn in another color way for socks for me. I want to learn from this yarn so that my socks will be right. Currently, I have turned the heel and am on my way to the toe. I will post a picture of the sock when I am finished. Everything is a learning experience right?
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Her brothers jumped in the pictures because they wanted to be in Mommy's blog. The 3 year old was disappointed that I did not have some pictures of him fishing. What can I do? He didn't fish. Oh well, this will make it up to him. He is easy to please.
Friday, August 3, 2007
Okay, back on track. Last weekend we went some property my Grandparents own down on the Kenai Penninsula (about 2 hours south of Anchorage). This property while not attractive in itself it is right on the Kenai River and looks across at some beautiful scenery. And oh yes, it is a GREAT salmon fishing spot. Every year the 'reds' (red salmon-some of the best tasting salmon I am told) come in en masse and my whole family (quite the family reunion) flocks to this piece of land (it is actually a giant sandbox surrounded by RV's and travel trailers.
This run, which coincides every year with the Nordstrom Sale, brings great excitement. I spent the weekend watching people pull in tons of fish. My children were very excited to get in on the action. They loved fishing. They did not actually hook anything because they were not using fly rods but they got to bring in some that their uncles hooked.
My kids thought that the best part was beating the fish on the head till their 'eyes got wide' once they were brought in to shore. Yes, all weekend my children ran around with the fish whacker whacking and killing innocent fish.
They LOVED it! I LOVED it too. Not the fish whacking but the fact that my children were totally entertained and I could do whatever I wanted. I should have been knitting a sweater for my 5 year old but I read instead.
This was his first salmon. Next year he is planning on catching it all on his own. They both now have 2 cans of fresh smoked salmon to enjoy. They are pretty pleased with themselves. My daughter cannot wait to make dip with hers.
Red season is over for this year. Fish has been smoked and canned. We can now enjoy the fruits of our labors. Well, they all can. I do not like fish! I know, I know, how can I live in AK and not like fish? Just a flaw I guess!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
My skirt turned out great. Now I am wondering what to do next. I have loads of stuff to make for my daughter but I would like to make something for me. Most of my fabric stash has been purchased with my daughter in mind. I just might have to go shopping. Oh, bummer!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I finished the Prairie Girl shirt that I told you about a couple of days ago. I am so happy with it. It fit nicely and I really like how it looks. I am so excited that I finally made something for me and it looks good. Yeah!
I would love to tell you more but my ride to the airport is here! Have a great weekend!
I finally found it!
This book is great for beginners and intermediate sewers alike. The author shows you h0w to draft patterns for simple skirt. I can sew but I have always been hesitant to stray far from patterns. I absolutly love making my own pattern to fit me perfectly. It was soooo easy too.
Here is what skirt I am making. It is a simple pattern but was just what I had in mind for this fabric. I had been looking for a pattern but couldn't find exactly what I wanted. Hooray for this book!!!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Here is what I am working on. I will have pictures before I leave on Wednesday!
The pattern is by Favorite Things. It is a nice and simple pattern. The fabric by Amy Butler. I saw this pattern made up in a fabric store in WA when I was there in March for a Sewing Expo. I loved it and had to have it. They had it in a different fabric. I loved this print. It is a little bolder than I am used to wearing but I need to branch out! I am excited to finish this and wear it.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
A little about Me:
I am married with 3 children. They often cause me to NOT knit sew much!
I love to sew. Mainly I sew for my daughter because I am chicken to try and make stuff that fits me. My few attempts to sew for myself has ended pretty well but I need to do it more to get over my fear. Every once in a while I will sew an accessory for myself.
I love to knit. My children have also been the recipients for all of my knitted creations. I like to knit for my boys. They love it when I make things for them. I do not particularly love to sew for them but I love to make them great sweaters.
I also really enjoy scrapping, quilting, and jewelry making but sewing and knitting are my main focus for crafting.
I am hoping to share my creations on this blog. I will probably start with some of my past stuff. And of course I will have to share my family with you because they are my pride and joy!
To start here is a picture of my family. Starting at the left: My husband Keith, Elianna age 6, Seth age 5, Me, and Silas age 3.
Every year I buy flag shirts from Old Navy to take a family photo. This year I picked up the shirts in early June. Usually we all match but this year I couldn't find all matching shirts so my daughter helped me pick coordinating ones. So, the shirts sat in the bag on our dresser until the morning of the 4th. My husband put his on and I about died laughing. The tag said adult but the shirt was clearly designed for a woman. It had little cap sleeves. Oh my, he looked hilarious!!! I wish I had taken a picture. I tried mine on but did not like how it fit. So we were scrambling for coordinating shirts. Luckily, our 2005 shirts worked and we have a nice family photo.
Now knitting: I am a pretty slow knitter. Generally I start out making something for one child and it ends up being for a younger one. Oh well, someone will wear it is my motto! In this picture...
my youngest son is wearing one of the first sweaters I made. I actually made it for his sister. When it was finished (with the arms and length a bit shortl since it was started when she was a year and a half younger) she informed me that she did not like it! It was just blue (no flowers, pink or anything girly). So, very frustratedly of course, I threw it in the closet. I tried it once on Seth when I thought it might fit him. It hung on him horribly! Strike TWO. Back into the closet it went. A day or two before Easter this year I realized my poor boys had been neglected. Elianna had a new dress (made by my mom) but they had nothing. So we rushed out to find something. I was relieved to find some nice button-up shirts at Gymboree and a great jacket on sale at Sears. Easter morning as we were getting ready (madly because we were running late as usual) I asked my husband to bring up the blue sweater. When he did I was shocked, and pleasantly surprised that it matched the shirt. I was so excited!! Someone might finally wear this stupid (as I affectionately call it) sweater. FINALLY SUCCESS!!