It Was A Sew, Sew Weekend.

Actually it was a great weekend! I got some tomatoes, squash, and zucchini in the ground. We had some ripe strawberries in the garden. There will soon be ripe blackberries, and our meyer lemon tree that we thought was dead isnt! The roses are doing fabulous. My mom gets little arrangements like this weekly.

IMG_3959I also got a few sewing projects ticked off my list.

First off I made a circle skirt for my girl. I thought this skirt was going to be hard, but it was the quickest and easiest thing out of all the things I made this weekend. The tutorial I used was great.

twirlyskirtMy daughter wore it to the supermarket and we were twirling in the aisles. I hope we didn’t annoy too many other shoppers. You can’t really see it but the fabric is sparkly. She loves it.

Then I made a simple skirt (which took way longer than the circle skirt.) I had to line it but the tutorial didn’t have instructions for that so I winged it.

IMG_4007Both of these skirts had parts that needed to be serged (or overlocked whichever terminology you prefer). My serger was dusty and was not threaded. It was about 11 pm and I was not sure if  I wanted to go through all of that. I got the serger threaded on the first try. On the first skirt the tension was off but it did make the project a lot easier. On my circle skirt I got the tension right and I loved using the serger again. Im glad I decided to go for it. For some reason the zig zag stitch on my regular machine and I do not get along so the serger takes the place of that for me.

I also find myself needing a little wristlet for when I walk my dog. I take treats, my phone, and keys. I also sometimes take a knife. I don’t live in a dangerous neighborhood but I do feel I live in a dangerous world, and my husband likes to buy knives for us. Soooo sticking all this stuff in my bra got a bit inconvenient. I followed a great youtube tutorial by the Crafty Gemini (love her!) and made some.

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It pained me to cut into this fabric. I love it so. I just like staring at the little ballerinas and mermaids. They are so cute. I had to press on because I buy fabric to sew with it! I’m glad I did. The quilting was fun. I used fabric glue as per the tutorial to bond the batting and the fabric before quilting and that made it super easy.

All of these things were made this weekend. I’m so proud of myself. It used to take me a day to just cut fabric for a project. I never thought I would get four items done in two days.  Have a great week y’all.

 

 

 

New Stitch Counters

I saw these on Ravelry and I wanted some immediately. I saw on the website that the shipping time is 5-7 business days so I didn’t order. I’m not horribly impatient, but I don’t like shipping delays. Transit delays I can deal with. So I put off ordering them. I finally gave in and color me surprised. They arrived in about three days.

 

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They come in a large array of colors. They count all the way up to 9999 I think. You can wear them on your fingers or just have them sitting next to you. What I really like is they turn off on their own and when you push the large button it counts up from where you left off. It beats trying to wrestle my iphone away from the kids to use the counter I have on there.

I have two sweaters on the needles. One shawl and one cowl. I’m going through sock withdrawals but I have to be strong and finish something first.

Easter went pretty well. The kiddos had fun and the dog behaved herself pretty well. I was worried how she would act with a lot of people shes never met in the house. She was quite friendly. A little too friendly she knocked a few little ones over.

 

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The kids managed to keep their clothes clean despite egg hunts outside and other such activities. We are heading into Fiesta season here so no more driving at night for fear of drunk drivers etc, but the kids get a three day weekend this week for a parade. Yay. Have a good week!

 

Got Some Stuff

A small package arrived from The Loopy Ewe. I wonder how that happned? (Practice for when my husband asks about it!)

I got some new to me yarn. Biscotte & Cie Felix Self Striping. I think the color is Arc en Ciel? I could double check that but I will chance it.

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There was also a little fabric.

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I think my self striping yarn spree is over. Jennifer found some beautiful self striping yarn by the name of caterpillar green, but with the price and the cost of shipping its more than I want to pay for a single skein.  Wonk Wonk.

Tea Towels

I had some 100% cotton canvas type stuff lying around and I thought to myself what can be done with this. We always have a shortage of towels to dry hands with and to use in and around the kitchen so I made towels.

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I just measured some of my pre existing towels added in seam allowances and sewed them. I read online that they will get softer and nicer the more you wash them and use them.