Arrow Blanket

I finished knitting the blanket last night. I like it so much I want to keep it.

I wanted to do something with fair isle, but I realized half way through that I should’ve just used a double stitch over the white stockinette to get the arrows instead of doing fair isle. Although that wouldn’t have been so much fun and I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be done at all because to knit that much without a pattern is pretty boring.

I saw the arrow pattern on pinterest, and then I bought it on Etsy. It’s really a crosstitch pattern though. I just added some white space on the sides.

All that’s left for me to do is block it because the bottom edge likes to roll up. And then I’ll have to buy some white fabric to attach to the back so that the floats don’t get caught on anything.

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Patches

  

I’ve had two pairs of jeans laying around waiting for me to mend them. I finally got around to it today.

      

In addition to ironing them on, I sewed the outside of the patch with contrasting thread, pink and bright blue, according to the choices of my daughters.

  

Who knew that a 4 year old girl would tear up her jeans so fast? I would expect this of boys, but geez, I have a little active one. 🙂 I used green thread on these.

Before you watch TV

    And then this happens. I took the picture after they put the bookshelf back against the wall. 

I think I’ve been using the television as some sort of stress preventer. I easily get stressed after stuff like the above picture happens… Which is basically everyday. I have trouble getting the kids to pick up. I pretty much always help them pick up, but the kids are ages 4,3,2,1. And none of them pick up when I tell them to. One of them always seems to escape picking up in general. I honestly don’t know how to get them all engaged at the same time. 

My husband has been trying to get me to use the TV less. I have tried other things like earning stickers for chores, etc. before they can watch tv. So hopefully I can keep up with this list. Everything on the list has to be done before they can watch tv. Here’s hoping…

Monster Pants

  

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Back

 

I’m working on these Monster Pants for a handsome little man in Colorado. I think it will fit him for a while.

I need to finish the second leg, graft the crotch together, and sew in the eyes and teeth into the tush area. I started out with a small circular needle, then I switched to double pointed needles when I started the leg. I’m using a silver grey, neon green and navy.

I’m using this pattern on ravelry. Here’s the link to my project on ravelry.

Alligators! Oh my!



We bought Legos for our daughters this past week. And then we got old Legos that my husband used to play with as a kid. I love it. They will play quietly for a couple hours… Which never happens. I do have to play with them sometimes… But I make alligators. 

Reading Corner

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My mom bought the letters for me to nail up on the wall. I’m in hopes that they will stay on the wall and not wander all over the house by means of tiny feet.

I got the bookcase for free, family estate stuff (I’m not sure if that’s how you say stuff like that.)

I sorted the books by board books, library books, big books, and Orthodox books. There’s a basket of coloring books and crayons.

The John Deere tractor is one of my husbands toys when he was growing up. It’s a nice bookend, right? It’s pretty heavy.

Maybe I’ll add more blankets and pillows later. What do you think?

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.