Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Final Outcome

Since the votes are pretty much split 50/50 for Woodland vs. Pips, I left the decision to Moochie.

He picked Pips.

It's not my best work, but I think she'll look cute in it.

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This was a decent pattern.  I would NOT recommend it to a newbie sewer, however.  There were a few things she omitted to mention, one of the pattern pieces was mislabeled (said to cut on a fold when you didn't need to), and pieces to be cut out that you had no idea about until mid-tutorial.  That was kind of annoying.  And apparently the closure is supposed to be assymetrical--which I found irritating and made for the front bodice pieces to be off a bit.

But, it's a free pattern, so really, how can I complain? 

Putting out tutorials on how to sew and make stuff isn't easy work. 

I did modify the pattern by not doing the rick rack, the contrasting hem (because I didn't have enough of a contrasting fabric) and I didn't gather the sleeves to make them fitted.  

I'll try to get some pictures of Little Miss Baby Sister wearing this this week.  She's got some gray and some red leggings that would look cute underneath this. 


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Three Day Weekends...

...were made for sewing!

I don't know why, but for me three day weekends mean sewing time!

The office is closed tomorrow for Good Friday (such a weird concept to me to work in the private sector and get this day off--but hey!) so I've got an itch to sew.

I want to make Baby Sister this dress (except minus the bottom contrasting hem and sans-rickrack. I don't really like rickrack.)

But I can't decide what fabric I want to use.

Should I use some Sherbet Pips doggies?

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Or some Riley Blake Woodland Tails?

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Look! No pink!!

Whattya think?

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Second FO of the Year

And it's PINK!  Again.

I'm not really a pink fan, but I am a sucker for this dark pink/electric-y magenta color.

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Cute, no?

The details:

Pattern:  Spring Garden Tee

Yarn:  Elsebeth Lavold Cool Wool (50% wool/50% cotton)

Needles:  US7

This was a great pattern.  Top down--my favorite.  I really enjoyed the way it came together.  The neck is knit back and forth for quite a while before being joined in the round.  The little ruffly lace sleeves are a nice touch to break up the monotony that can sometimes be an issue with stockinette sweaters.

The only problem?  I knit a size "2" thinking it would fit her since, well, she's 1 years old--and normally size 12 clothing (at least commercial) never fits a baby (at least my chunky monkey children) that is of that age.  It's usually too small.  Stupid me.  Commercial and handmade are obviously different!

So this sweater will probably not fit her until NEXT spring.

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Now the question becomes, will I be able to remember to take pictures of her in it next year?

And speaking of pictures--during Baby Sister's birthday "party" my point and shoot camera's flash decided to go belly up.  So now I'm in the market for a moderately priced point-and-shoot camera.

Cell phone cameras are nice for stuff on the go, but I'd like something a bit more real.  So hit me with your favorite point-and-shoot suggestions! 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

My Knitted Past

You, my regular readers, know that my Grandma passed away a little over a month ago.

My Grandma was of that generation of people that didn't throw anything away.

Anything.

As my Mom and my aunts and uncles have been/have gone through her house cleaning out things, I've found a few things long forgotten from my childhood finding their way back to me.

A bit of a back story on what I'm about to show you.

I grew up in Alaska.

Now, it wasn't exactly rural like you might see on movies about things happening in Alaska (that are actually filmed in British Columbia), but it wasn't exactly as happenin' as stuff down here in the Lower 48.

I'm old enough to remember when McDonalds came to town (and later Taco Bell). Those were big deals.

So were stores like K-Mart (now no longer up there) and Walmart coming to town.

I think the way this happened was that my Grandma was amused at how excited we were to get a Kmart in Alaska. And perhaps I created my own fake store called "K-Budmart" (a play on my first name/initial and my maiden name of Budnik).

As a result, I created a catalog (that also came back to me via my mother after Grandma passed away) for K-Budmart that featured crazy products like exploding ashtrays ("Guaranteed to help you kick that nasty smoking habit!") and things like canned monkey meat and dehydrated elephant sticks that I mailed to my Grandma.

A few of these products I actually made. Like the dehydrated elephant sticks (which was just a tree twig I packaged up, ha ha!).

Last week one of the things I had LONG forgotten about that was a part of my mail K-Budmart campaign that went back and forth with my Grandma were these:

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Dismal Christmas Stockings.

The tag reads: "A free trial pair for responding to our junk mail! Best if used after Christmas to hold post-season blues!"

I'm not sure how old I was when I made these--I think it was circa 1994. Maybe? So I was 16?

Anyway, aside from the weirdo-teenager-I-was memories these stir up--I guess I can consider myself a knitter for longer than I originally really considered myself.

These are each made of two garter stitch (poorly done garter stitch!) squares sewn into tubes and together.

I'm very lucky my Grandma held on to these silly things all these years. How many other knitters get their first-timer knitterly gifted projects back? Ha ha!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Let Her Eat Cake

After an oven-grease-spill debacle yesterday, I was able to bake Baby Sister's birthday cake.

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Which in NO way looks exactly like Moochie's 1st birthday cake...ha ha!

And it was enjoyed in typical messy-baby first birthday party fashion!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Beware The Ides of March!

Nah, not really!

Although I still take great pride that this little monkey was born today via Cesarean on Cesar's death-day!

I tried a flickr mosaic with these pictures--but I find with cell pictures, the mosaic cuts off heads. Lame.

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The first picture is me on Dr. Mad Scientist's birthday--four days before she was born, the day she was born, and then on the 15th of every month thereafter until today.

Sob! My baby girl!

I gotta say though--I don't know if it's because she's a girl or she's our third trip to this party, but she is such a chill baby. She makes her brothers look high maintenance!

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Six More Weeks of Winter, Or a Month and a Half Until Spring

On February 2nd, Baby Sister saw her shadow.

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I wish I could made that up. Best.photo.ever. It was truly Groundhog Day when I snapped that.

Despite my sweet little land beaver's prediction, and as much as I hate what comes after spring, I've been busy making a couple of things for Baby Sister.

Behold--the first FO of 2013!

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It's a VERY pink Little Sister Dress.

This time I did it out of some Lion Brand Microspun I picked up from the LB Outlet store in Carlstadt, NJ. That place is totally worth visiting if you ever find yourself in the very industrial part of northern New Jersey.

This time I skipped the button closure and went with a ribbon tie closure.

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We'll see how that holds up. Hmmm.

Next up is adventures in sewing.

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This is an Amelia Dress from some knit fabric I bought when I bought that reindeer sweater knit.

I don't have much experience in sewing with knit fabric, but I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. I'm not sure what's up with the sleeves though. They didn't give much extra for a lot of ruffle.

But that's fine. While I can still dress her, we'll go light on the ruffles.

Once the weather warms up a bit, I'll have to post pics (if I can get her to sit still! She just learned to walk this week and is all over the place!)of Baby Sister modeling her new dresses.

Can you believe she's almost 1 already? Sob!

And speaking of #1...

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Guess whose basketball team completed the season undefeated?

I don't know jack squat about the rules of basketball, but I love watching Chunky and these guys play. They had some snags along the way and crap they still need to work on, but they did a great job!

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