I recently opened the Stickies program on my computer, which I used to use to jot down just about everything. I hadn't used it since 2006. My favorite one?
To Do 2006
1. Buy a house
2. Knit up stash
3. Get pregnant
Well then. I did get pregnant with Pete in 2006. We bought a house in 2007. Knitting up the stash? Yeah... It's not a stash, it's a yarn collection.
So, To Do 2010
1. Clean up house, finally finishing unpacking
2. Destash yarn which stands no chance of being knit
3. Avoid getting pregnant
Let's see how I do. :)
I am officially tired of summer, so I am starting Christmas knitting. With gifts and winter clothes I have 80 projects I would like to finish before Christmas. That's 171 days. About a third of those are sewing projects and another third are baby knitting, so it's not quite as crazy as it seems. There have been considerable sock requests from my three guys as well. I feel like I'm back to my normal knitting machine self, so here I go!
Since they expanded world-wide knit in public day to include two weekends, it was very easy to make it out to knit in public. Well, easy since I brought my tiniest future knitter with me.
I started that sock the night before she was born and finished it on Sunday. Yeah, I'm that on top of my game. Here's to finishing the pair before she turns one! The yarn is still one of my all-time sock favorites, Vesper from Knitterly Things. Hand-dyed stripes = swoon.
I finished a pair of socks today, two and a half months after I started them. That has to be some kind of record for me, since it should not take that long to make socks. I started wondering about what else I'd knit for myself in the past year. The answer was "nothing." The last thing I'd made for myself was completed in February 2009, at least that's what I have recorded in Ravelry. Baby girls have a way of using up all your crafting time on adorable things for them.
The socks are wonderful, made with pretty green yarn (Ranco, maybe, was the name of it?) from the Secret Santa exchange at my knitting group. Pattern is Wasabi Peas from Interweave Knits. These were very fun to knit. I finished them on our drive to make small people nap. (We were desperate.) Later this evening the boys were watching Pokemon with my husband and Kate was taking another nap, so I decided to take advantage of some natural light coming on to the landing upstairs and get a photo of my finished socks. I had forgotten that there is an art to getting a good sock self portrait. Blog photos are my nemesis.
Method 1: The Timer, Result: Fail.
Isn't it obvious to everyone in the whole wide world that since I'm not actively helping one of the kids that all my attention must immediately go to the cats? They think so. Why would I want a picture of socks when I could have a picture of a cat?
Method 2: Aim For Feet, Result: Sort of Fail.
Wow, isn't my carpet lovely? I miss the beat up wood floors in our grad school rental. They made such a charming background for knitting.
Method 3: Feet Up, Result: Sort of Success
Miss Super Sensitive Hearing must have heard the camera beep and decided to be my helper. At least it gave me an okay shot of the socks while I was on the floor with her. She is not sure about this whole being awake thing, though. And she still has tiny specks of peas on her face since she fell asleep directly after dinner.
Hey, I made that shirt! Two birds with one stone! It's a shortened Sweet Little Dress made from some retro print I bought for a skirt in college and never found time to sew. At least I've always been ambitious about how much time I have to make things. With that, I will pledge to make a few more things for myself and also to find the time to photograph my projects in daylight. Maybe in September when the boys go back to school.
Since I made Kate's apple dress I have made four dresses, seven kerchiefs, three pairs of bloomers and a top. I have blogged none of this. In trying to come up with some blog motivation, I have decided to set up a challenge for myself. Until Kate is two, I am going to make a large majority of her wardrobe just because I can. I will still buy onesies, t-shirts, cotton socks, leggings, tights, pajamas and shoes since I do not sew with knits or leather or have a snap press. I have been looking around online for inspiration and Small and their blog Smaller have taken on a whole new dimension for me now that I have a girl. I also subscribed to Ottobre. I have a few more summer outfits to make, but then I'm going to start planning her fall/winter collection. I can hardly wait! If Project Kate goes well, I may challenge myself to do the same for my own clothes.
Summer 2010 Collection -- Dress Two
After I sewed the Little Fish in a Big Pond kit, I wanted to make another peasant dress and ended up buying the Sweet Little Dress pattern from Leila and Ben. It is a well put together pattern with clear instructions, completely worth buying to save the time of drafting five sizes of a raglan dress. This fabric was a present from my mom. I'd had it for a while and I think it is an unexpected but still very sweet print for a little girl.
When Flea Market Fancy first came out, I ordered the entire fat quarter collection. Much of it has been sitting on the shelf, waiting for a project worthy of this fabric. After years of this, I figured maybe it's time to use it. What better way to use my favorite prints than on something that will get a ton of use -- a baby towel.
I sewed this in a sloppy hurry, but it is still very cute and dries a baby just as well as one with perfectly applied bias tape. I followed the general measurements from a hooded towel project in the most recent Marie Claire Idees, but it's not exactly difficult to figure out a hooded towel on your own. A small piece of fabric, one bath towel, two packages of bias tape and you're good to go. There are more towels for Kate in the works. I can't believe I didn't make custom towels for the boys!
A few weeks ago the SouleMama sponsor was Little Fish in a Big Pond. I loved her dresses so much and promptly bought a kit. With the boys at school, Kate took a long nap in the quiet house while I sewed. Finishing a project so quickly felt wonderful. I have another kit from her shop waiting for the next nap and just placed an order for a few more. Baby girls are so much fun to dress!