Friday, March 4, 2011


On my mind this weekend:

:: Writing a Family Purpose Statement

:: Muffin Tin Printing

:: First Grade possibilities

:: Rhythm of the Home's Spring issue

:: Looking for inspiration for accent colors when we paint the living room gray. I think I'm going to be rocking an electric blue, but maybe yellows? Ender votes yellow (his favorite color), Brian votes blue, and Ezra votes for nothing- all gray, all the time. I just can't do that! Maybe a crisp apple green? hmmmm...

Thursday, March 3, 2011


When you don't have another "e" to finish making your name, I suppose you use the next best thing!

I don't know why I'm always surprised by how busy the middle of the week is, but it kicked me hard this time around. In protest I'm refusing to think about work and instead focusing on trying to figure out the best (but still reasonably priced) way to finish the petticoat, and trying to decide whether I like this fabric with this pattern (most likely view A). Thoughts?


Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Are you ready?

Me-Made-March starts today!

I'm almost finished with the first petticoat:

And tonight I'll be able to finish the waistband on another skirt I think.

I had plans for last night to be spent on quickly finishing necessary hemming on two skirts and then getting through much of the gusset on sock #2, but instead I ended up with an endless parade of little boys needing another drink, another trip to the bathroom, extra cuddles... so I was able to finish just 1 little pattern repeat on the sock and that's it. I teach late tonight, but I don't think it will take long to get the waistband sewn on the one skirt- it's pinned and everything- and finish the hem. Again- already pinned, ready to go...

Monday, February 28, 2011

Get Set...

This was a very busy crafting weekend for me! I don't get to have a weekend this full of sewing a knitting very often, but I was able to finish or come within a few seams of finishing several things.

First up: the February sock- complete!

This sock is the Lace and Cable sock from Wendy Johnson's book Socks from the Toe Up. I finished this one in just over a week, and I've already cast on the second to act as March's sock.

The next photo is the most accurate to color. I was hoping to be able to photograph some things outside this weekend for good light, but nature had a totally different idea- ice, snow and fog. Oh yeah, and a thunder storm when it was only 36F out- it rained for the better part of 24 hours.

I used this project to learn to cable without a cable needle. I cabled without it as much as I could, but some nights I wasn't up to dealing with it and used a toothpick. The pattern wasn't difficult, but there was a little bit of extra thought to it because of how it is charted- there is a left cable and right cable chart each 4 rows a piece and then the main lace chart that has a 16 row repeat. So on row 6 of the lace chart you have to remember to be on row 2 of the cable charts- again, not difficult, but I did have to pay attention, so this was only knit after the littles were in bed.

As for Me-Made-March, it starts tomorrow! Are you going to participate? Tonight I'm going to try to finish up the two skirts that basically just need hemmed to be finished, and then I'm going to try to look through my options and plan ahead a bit. I know one hole in my me-made wardrobe is tops and I don't know if I have something to match each of my me-made skirts without just wearing black all the time. I'm looking at patterns right now for tops to see if I can figure out a good match for items I already have.
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