R2D2 fingerless mitten

   
 
I used a duplicate stitch to do this. It took me all day. Excepting lunch, dinner, dishes, and a frenzied attempt to find the power cord of my friend’s sewing machine in a loaded closet. (It was behind a stack of tubs by the very back wall.) I’m so glad I found it. Whew!

I only got one done. This is sure going to take a long time. 

Time to frog?

  
I started this shawl a couple weeks ago. I was okay until I got to the second light blue part. It is 156 stitches, a 3 stitch repeat…. Which I evidently cannot get. Somehow I developed a hole that didn’t look right maybe it was a dropped stitch so I went back stitch by stitch for three rows and started over. Ugh. Then I simply cannot keep the stitches straight and I end up with 157. And then I have to go back and fix the stitches – even though I have been saying k2 together, yarn over, knit 1 over and over. It doesn’t seem to help. Maybe I should only knit this at night after the children have gone to bed. But then I’m tired and I’m not sure I have the power to do it. I really wonder what this will look like when it’s done. If it will look alright or just dumb because of all my mistakes that I couldn’t figure out. I thought this was going to be easy. 

Cabled Santa Hat

   
 
The last time I talked to my dad in person, he said he wanted to come to the big Christmas gathering as Santa Claus. He has a long white beard now and would definitely be the part – excepting the huge belly. So I thought for his present I would make him a Santa hat.  

It was an original pattern, gathering two cable patterns from my knit stitch book and composing one of my own. I made a white Pom Pom to put on the top. I hope he likes it. I’m going to make him some Christmas colored knitted driving fingerless gloves too, if I have time. 

Finished: Toddler Apron

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Isn’t this how every craft session starts? When I started sewing, the was trying to catch my hand as it fed the fabric through the machine.

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I put the right sides of the ruffle and the bottom of the apron together. I also put the draw strings next to them as well. I ironed the seam after I was done, and sewed on the pocket.

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Trying to get a picture was difficult.

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This was as good as it was going to get. It’s a bit big, but she’ll use it for a long time.

 

 

Progress: Toddler apron

 

Mostly ironing was what I did today. I folded the waist and neck strings right sides together and ironed them. I seamed two  sides together, and cut the square edge off diagonally.

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IMG_0705 Then I turned them right side out.

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IMG_0708I worked on the pocket, ironing the sides back and hemming the top of the pocket.

IMG_0707I also hemmed the bottom ruffle – after ironing a double fold. I was able to sew a baste stitch to gather it.

Then I heard a two year old whimpering down the stairs. So I picked her up and she’s now sleeping on my lap.

 

Sewing: Toddler Apron

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My kids love to be in the kitchen and being my sous chefs. I only have one apron that I bought for my eldest daughter, while my youngest was still an infant. Let’s just say there are fights over the one apron, which is bright pink. I bought it from Hobby Lobby.

During the last part of “nap time” today I cut out these pieces. I traced the main part of the apron onto a newspaper for a template. Then I guesstimated a straight piece for a ruffle, two draw strings to tie together, and a piece to hold it onto the neck (I have no idea if that has a special name or not).

Next I plan to iron all the pieces and hems. I suppose we’ll see how far I’ll get during the next nap time…. which will probably be Monday.