Archive | May, 2011

Sadie Shirt, attempt #1

31 May

Look at this adorable Sadie Shirt, made from a Goodwill men’s shirt. I didn’t have any fabric that coordinated, so I cut things sideways and on the bias to add visual interest. For the pattern, I used a new 18-24M t-shirt from Old Navy (yay, Memorial Day sale!), since Abby’s 12-18M were getting a little tight.

See? Bias placket! Horizontal ruffles!

Ignore the wrinkles. I didn't bother ironing it, since she can't actually wear it.

I spent all yesterday working on it during naptimes and finally finished right before the end of Abby’s afternoon nap. She woke up and I rushed in, barely getting her out of her crib and sleep sack before trying it on. And … it wouldn’t even fit over her head. Well, I could get it over her head and one arm, but it didn’t have enough give to stretch over her second arm. Partly, I didn’t compensate enough for the woven fabric, but also it turns out that the t-shirt, which I didn’t both to try on before drafting the pattern, doesn’t fit her that well.


Oh, well. You live, you learn, you practice making button closures. I’ve got lots more shirts to cut down.

Memorial Day Weekend

31 May

We had big plans for this weekend: my sister and brother were going to be in town, both with their respective SOs. We were going to go tubing, watch movies, listen to records, play games, eat pie, gorge on watermelon … it was going to be great. Sadly, my sister ran into a little airplane trouble and couldn’t make it. So, we made do with my brother and his lovely girlfriend.

Some of us still ate watermelon.

Today was full of ups and downs. I had a successful/ unsuccessful sewing project that I’ll share tomorrow, and then Chris and I took an abortive walk in the swamp. After driving for 30 minutes to get there, we walked 300 yards, took a picture, and turned back, driven away by the mosquitos and humidity.

Green on green.

Later, we popped over to our neighbor’s for a BBQ. Abby stole some food.

I cropped the other baby, since, you know, other people's babies don't belong on the internet without express permission.

And then played some croquet.

Sweaty but happy.


Exciting news: we’re going to New York this weekend! A college friend advertised her apartment on Facebook yesterday, and we checked airplane tickets on a whim. $154! So we’re headed there Friday through Monday. I haven’t been back since 2005, and this time I’ll be one of those tourists I used to pass impatiently on the sidewalk.



Last week’s bentos

29 May

I’m not a food blogger, nor a food photographer, nor even really much of a cook. I can put together a decent meal and I’m pretty committed to minimally processed, real ingredient–but it’s just food, nothing fancy or particularly inventive.

With that in mind, I make Chris’s lunch most mornings. In the past these have mostly been pretty boring, on the order of PB&J. But the poor guy work hard, and he deserves better. I recently became obsessed with bento boxes, thanks to a couple of really cool blogs. A quick trip to World Market for a 525 ml tupperware and some silicone baking cups, and we have bentos!

Rice, broccoli, chicken, peanut sauce



Hummus, pita, olives, carrots

Asparagus, spinach, watermelon, turkey meatballs, mashed potatoes

These are all mostly leftovers with a few things cooked the morning of. It takes a little more time than slapping a sandwich together, but, really, not too much more–and it’s <b>much</b> more fun. Plus, Chris really appreciates it!



This moment

27 May

Inspired by soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


FO: Debbie Bliss Sun Dress

25 May

So, this is not actually my FO: it’s my mom’s, from this pattern (Rav link). And here she is, taking Abby for a walk in it:

Funny story. One day when I was sick, my mom taught me to crochet. I was about eight years old and obsessed with the nineteenth century, so I really took to it. Eventually she taught me to knit, too. For years and years, I clung to a narrative, that I believed she’d told me, in which her mom had taught her how to knit, and then she’d taught me to knit–you know, a real female tradition that I’d become a part of.

I told my mom that story once and she cracked up laughing. You see, she’d learned to knit from a book.

My fingers are crossed that Abby will want to learn, so when she tells people that same story it’ll be true.

Aidez disaster

23 May

As I was blocking the fronts of my Aidez cardigan yesterday, very excited to start sewing it up, I saw something dreadful. Do you see it?

For some reason, I decided to knit the ribbing of one front as 2×2 instead of 1×1. My options are:

1. Ignore it, sew it up, and figure only knitters will notice.

2. Reknit the entire front.

3. Perform advanced knitting surgery: snip off the cuff, pick up the stitches, and knit the ribbing downward.

1 is, obviously, out of the question. I’ve put too much work into this thing to resign myself to “homemade” now.

2 is not a terrible option. The knitting goes quickly, and I’ve got plenty of yarn.

But I think I’m going to go with 3. I don’t think it will affect the look of the whole bottom band appreciably–and if it goes horribly wrong, the worst that will happen is that I’ll have to reknit the front, right?


A fun, helpful note: The waste yarn that’s running through the pieces marks off 10- and 5-row increments. Much easier than trying to keep track any other way, and it helped me figure out that I had not, as I suspected in a moment of horror, actually knit the fronts three inches longer than the back. I read about the technique a long time ago over at Mason-Dixon knitting, but this is the first time I’ve actually used it. Great trick!

This moment

20 May

Inspired by soulemama: {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Mini Boden knock off

19 May

I saw a tutorial Mini Boden knock off tutorial over at Craftiness is Not Optional  and thought it would be perfect for this fabric. Or that the fabric would be perfect for it, whichever.

I am so thrilled with how this came out!

My parents bought Abby a really nice wooden walker with tasteful colors. Not us. We bought the hideous plastic monster.

It not only rolls but it also makes music, has a ball toss function, and works as a shape sorter. Abby is nuts about it. She was afraid of it at first but then started to get the hang of it. She likes to play with the spring-loaded toys on the side, glancing up at me every once in a while like, “Really, Mama? I really get to play with this?”

You are easily pleased, my child.

My absolute favorite part of this dress is the pockets. Tiny useless pockets! Well, I did put a leaf in one to try to get Abby to put her hand in there for the photos. She humored me for a few shots.

What has it gots in its pockets?

Fabric: Dots and Dashes, Windham Fabrics in Association with the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (repro). Bought from Purl Soho.

Mods and Notes: I shirred the sleeves because she has wee little arms. I think I might leave them unshirred next time, or unpick one and compare. The only thing I would do differently is cut the neck a little higher, because the shoulders are a bit wide. Oh, and if I were feeling really fancy, I would make a 1/4″ elastic casing around the neck so it didn’t curl down to show the hem. But I hate making elastic casings.

Shirt into baby skirt

17 May

ETA: I was well over 1,000 page views this morning, hooray! Feel free to de-lurk in celebration.


Since I’m almost out of FOs, I needed something quick to make during naptime. I’ve been meaning to get rid of this old t-shirt for a while–it’s gotten a little stretched out and unflattering since the last few washes. (Arguably, the horizontal striping was never that flattering to begin with, but that’s a topic for a different day.)

The scissors are labeled so they don't accidently get used to cut anything else.

I ran across this tutorial a while ago and worked from memory and common sense. (I say “common sense” like it actually is common, but until recently I referred to tutorials for hemming napkins.)

Basically, you cut a tube from the bottom, grab some fabric from the back to make a smaller tube for the waistband, gather the bottom tube, and stitch everything together.

Put on baby and exclaim over how quickly that came together!

Look at these adorable little feet. She’s highly motivated to walk because she refuses to crawl. She’ll scooch around on her belly when she wants to get somewhere, but she just won’t get up on her hands and knees. I know she can do it because I’ve seen her do it in the bathtub; somehow, she hasn’t made the conceptual leap to realizing that she can do it on the floor, too.

Yes, we have a cat.

Oh, and the childproofing’s going really well.

Almost FO: Blocking Aidez

16 May

Aidez blew up Ravelry a while ago. It has two design elements I usually can’t stand–raglan sleeves and aran-weight yarn–but I saw so many cute versions that I thought I’d give it a try. (Also, I’ve never knit seamed raglan sleeves; maybe they’ll be an improvement over seamless ones.) My knitting time is restricted to about an hour a day now, while Chris and I watch something in the precious time between Abby’s bedtime and my bedtime, so this has gone slooooowly. I have no idea if it’s going to fit or be wearable, but I loved knitting it and I think it looks awesome!

Blocking mats from KnitPicks.

Despite the many cables, the pattern memorized easily. I only made a few mistakes. Can you spot this one?

One of my Ears of Corn leans the wrong way.

I focused on opening up the ribbing when I blocked. My 1×1 ribbing tends to be a little wonky (whose doesn’t?), so I compensated by going down about 4 needle sizes. I think it looks so much better.

The ribbing isn't actually crooked; it's just my camera angle.

My pin-and-space shortage means that I won’t be able to block this all at once, so don’t look for the finished piece until next week or so. (The sewing up! Ack!) Now, on to something quick and seamless to recover.