We've been relaxing in Colorado, but I'm also getting projects finished. The thing of which I'm most proud though is helping oldest daughter pick out a sewing machine and teaching her to make t-shirt dresses.
I finished a Santa hat for Addy.
The infinity ripple scarf
Last but definitely not least, the Christmas tree quilt is absolutely, positively finished.
Addy had a full day of celebrating her 6th birthday. She got to open one present when she woke up and loved the Barbie slugbug her daddy got her.
Happy, happy birthday, Addison. And may you have many, many more!
I'm experimenting with a new blogging app while we're visiting Colorado. Trying to blog directly into Blogger was a royal PITA on our last trip, so I'm giving Blogsy a spin at oldest daughter's recommendation. Cross your fingers that this works for me . . . .
Sunday was a travel day. Fortunately, we didn't have the b*mb scares that seemed to follow us on the last trip. Addy met us at the airport and insisted on trying on her new dress immediately.
Addy also loved the nightgown I made her - and best of all, it actually fit her.
This was my first effort at following a pattern. I'm pleased with how it turned out, but it was a long 8-hour slog getting here.
Thursday's task was to iron the wrinkles out of 8 yards of backing fabric so I could cut and (mis)sew* it together, then give it to the friend who is going to long-arm quilt this for me.
I didn't realize until I was almost done that I had a little helper, who was putting the wrinkles back in as fast I was taking them out.
Lily Kitty was very happy with the warm, toasty fabric I kept piling up for her. Me? Not so happy.
* I measured each panel three times, just to make sure I had it right, the proceeded to cut two of them on the wrong line. And there's no more since I bought all the fabric on the bolt. Can you say "pieced back"?
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Three kinds of glue later, she was satisfied. All that was left was to sign her art - and try, unsuccessfully, to get all the adhesive off both our hands.
Again, I'm biased, but I think it's a darn nice turkey. And that she's a very silly 4 year old.
I sent oldest daughter a picture of some yarn - yummy Madelinetosh Pashmina, wool, cashmere and silk, in gorgeous shades of teal - asking if she'd like a scarf. She said 'no'. . . .
She'd rather have a shawl. I quickly emailed some links - before she could change her mind - and started work that night on her new wrap, using my favorite pattern.
Can you tell I'm just a little bit happy about converted Rach to the shawl side? (Hey, current fashion may have had something to do with it, but I'm still taking credit. It's a
I also finished a set of fingerless mitts - finished, I might add, on the day the temps hit 90+ in November. Timing is everything, right?
These are made with Pagewood Farm's 'Tundra', 165-yards of camel and silk lusciousness that I spotted at Loop and Leaf and had to have.
I made up this pattern as I went along, including the between-finger connections that should keep these from sliding off my hands.
I was trying to use up all 165 yards, without running out before I finished. I needn't have worried about the running out part - I still had 20 of the 50 grams when these were done.
I'm thinking maybe another pair of mitts . . . without the wrist ribbing . . . long and lacy . . . maybe Tunisian . . . Stay tuned. . . .
Stuff that didn't make the blog this week . . .
Finished up more pillowcases. These are semi-matching ones for Leia and Leanne to use at nap-time.
I'm loving how easy these are to make; so bright and cheerful, and the little girls love them.
Date Day Thursday found us at the J. Paul Getty Museum,
wandering the gardens and exhibits
with Bill and Carolyn, who were visiting from Idaho.
Check out what is being used to 'sculpt' these trees (click photo to enlarge) -
Best use of rebar ever.