Christmas is COming

Christmas is coming. And before Christmas comes Christmas Cards. And another year of making hats for my sister’s kids. Last year’s hats didn’t make the cut for the cards. Despite their awesome .gif. We all agreed that the most popular hats have been animals, particularly these penguins (and one panda).

So I used a basic beanie pattern. And added some embellishment.

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Michael’s had some acrylic on sale. 90 yards for 99 cents. And some weird scrubby yarn from Red Heart.

Plus some Wool Jewel podcast to keep me company.

IMG_20170825_121153288Crochet, crochet, crochet.

Et Voila!

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Never say Never

IMG_20170802_122033603 I’m a longtime fan of slow fashion and repairing clothes. Particularly repairing clothes. But I always swore that I wasn’t going to fix underwear. Underwear could get tossed, I wasn’t going to repair holes. No, thank you. Not gonna. Rather wear none-derwear.

And then this latest pack of undies is super comfy and I like the way they fit…but they keep getting holes. I’m not sure if it’s silverfish or naughty dog. But these little holes keep showing up. I’m not going with “it happens in the laundry,” which is my husband’s favorite refrain.

But I’ve started doing some repairs. One pair got flowers. This one has little pairs of straight stitches. Kinda cute. And I still have well fitting undies for now.

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Crafting with Kids

Don’t do it.

And if they are your kids? Really don’t do it.

I have SO MUCH respect for people who can do art with kids. Who can encourage them beyond the fear of “I’m doing it wrong” and get them to just create art. My eldest sobs, wails, and generally just stalls herself unless she knows what she is doing. And it drives me crazy. Because then she does it “her way” and basically crumbles paper and calls it whatever she wants or otherwise makes a mess.

So I put on my buddah pants, and calmly embarked on a felt craft project inspired by these super cute pencil toppers.

 

A few hints if you simply must craft with your children:

  1. Don’t sit down and expect to do your own project. Not only are you simply going to get frustrated as they stick their jam hands into your stuff, they haven’t seen the years you spent learning to smoothly cut and they may become upset that they can’t instantly reproduce what you did.
  2. If you simply must craft with them, try doing the type of project where you do all the prep and they assemble. Then you are all starting from the same playing field.
  3. Find your inner peace first and try to remember that a lot of this is totally brand new and actually really hard for them! Cutting, knowing which side glue goes, learning that you’ll have more fabric/paper if you cut from the edge instead of the middle.

Colette Moneta

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I started by ordering the downloadable Colette Moneta pattern before heading off to buy fabric. Since I’m a pretty straight forward XL and I’m doing version 1, minus the collar, I printed all 40 sheets. Next time I’ll print sheet 1 to check printer settings, but I’d leave off 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 27, 31, 34, 35, 39, 40. I realize that’s only 11 sheets of paper, but that’s still 11 sheets of paper!

One idea I have for this is hacking it a bit and using a different top and bottom fabric. Nothing as out of the box as this Wrenata hack, though. (BTW, even the founder of Cashmerette loves the Moneta, which is what really swayed me to this pattern.)

I made a similar dress for my daughter. I love the super heroines! & I’ve got super helpers.

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Sergers are messy, but man, I love using it for knits way better than I do the sewing machine.IMG_20170625_103120908

One of my favorite carry-overs from knitting is that I can “read” which is the right and which is the wrong side of my knit fabrics.

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This turned out…ok. THe extra 6″ would have been great on a top. In fact, I’m thinking I need a tank or two like this. But it’s just…ok.

So I went back and hacked the skirt. Chopped the top, re-did the pockets (still crap).

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And added a belt! It’s basically a tank dress. And, ideally, the skirt would maybe be a little wider since it doesn’t have a lot of give, but I like it and I’ll wear it. And I totally like the belt addition and will be using it on my next one. And making the pockets way bigger.

BTW, it turns out I thought that ironing/pressing was one of my less favorite sewing activities. Trying things on over and over? Way worse.