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Gone Temporarily Mad

If you looked into my Flickr feed recently you might have noticed some photos of yarn. Yep. Yarn.
Burnt orange for a tiny Mr. Fox

Timber Patons Canadiana for a tiny Mr. Fox

Oatmeal Patons Canadiana for a tiny Mr. Fox

That’s because I’ve gone insane and I pile it all up and roll around on it. And I take pictures of it so I can look at it ALWAYS.

Ok. Just joking. But I have gone a little crazy.

Lately when we’ve been watching a movie or a tv show I’ve wanted to work with something in my hands. I don’t want to sit there empty handed.

It all started with this pattern for this little crocheted doll. Well, actually a little before.

Aurora for Isabelle

I was failing at a hat for Alan, failing over and over again; the size was off. I wanted to work on a pattern I could not fail on. And dolls don’t need to fit properly on people’s heads. So, a doll it was to be. And it was an easy choice. 

I got this pattern for Isabelle’s birthday last year but I never got around to making it. So, it was the perfect thing to pick up…finally. But when I was done making it I kept going and going, scouring Ravelry for new patterns then saving them to my ravelry library and downloading a book I would not normally read, The Friday Night Knitting Club, because apparently I’ve gone quite mad for all things fiber related. Crazy I tell ya!!!

Quite a long time ago there was a podcaster who was asking for crafters/makers to come on and talk about why they create. I wanted to call her and say (in a scary crazy voice), the reason I make is because the voices in my head tell me to. Then I would have laughed it off and said, no I don’t really hear voices in my head. It’s just that when I feel like making something, the compulsion is that strong. I imagine if one had voices in their head, telling them to do stuff, the pull would be similar. It just felt strange not to have something in my hands.

So, yay, voices in my head made me make a dolly! *wink, wink*

Aurora

Oh and about the yarn. There is a reason for them. I took pictures to put up on my Ravelry page because I know I will lose the wrapping and wonder what the heck kind of yarn it is. That’s why I cannot tell you about the yarn I bought to make the dolly. No pictures. Lost wrappers. Ooops.

Project Notes
Pattern: Aurora by Ohana Craft
Yarn: Unknown wrapperless yarn I think might have been Red Heart Soft or/and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
Needle Size: 5.0mm (H). The pattern recommended a hook size 4/0, 2.6mm. I didn’t quite understand what this meant. I thought a size 4 was 3.5mm. But I don’t have a 4. And I don’t have a 2.6mm listing on my chart. I do have 3 other hooks smaller than a 5.0mm but I used the 5.0mm. I can’t remember the reasoning, though I’m sure I had one. Maybe I just grabbed a hook I liked. And I really really hope I got the hook size right. I put it in Ravelry a few days after I finished it so I must have put the right hook. But it was a few days after I was done so…now I’m rambling.

Isabelle Saves the Day

I’m having a hard time with the last Hawaii post. I have all the pictures together but there are a couple of unedited videos I haven’t touched. Every single time I sit down to post it, I remember those videos, so posting does not happen.

So…I’ll talk about something else. Yesterday was my friend, Olinda’s, birthday. Last Tuesday, she came upon a picture of a crocheted unicorn and asked me to make it for her. The problem: we were going to visit her on Saturday and I don’t crochet that fast.

I crocheted and crocheted and my hand hurts, I hooked so much. But I couldn’t finish it on time. And all the time I was working on it, Isabelle was asking to make something for Olinda too. I let her help me stuff parts of the unicorn and choose the colors so she would feel included but that wasn’t enough. She REALLY wanted to make something.

I got her started but she was struggling on her own so I told her that I would help her when I was done with the unicorn. When we woke up Saturday I still had a body to crochet, the limbs to add, and all the finishing touches. It wasn’t going to be done before we left.

So, I helped Isabelle finish her gift. Days before I had told her to draw out what she wanted to sew.
Softie concept

Isabelle chose her own fabric and I showed her how to sew it up. It was a bit challenging since she was eye patching and her vision was reduced. On Saturday morning she had an arm and part of the body sewed. So, with a little help from me, we finished her softie.

Isabelle's softie

I think it looks great! I was thinking of embroidering the mouth on but we didn’t have time. Isabelle just drew it on.
Isabelle's softie next to the concept

Then she made a card, decorated a bag, and packaged the softie all up along with her original concept drawing.
Isabelle's softie, packaged up and ready for gifting

Isabelle totally saved the day. Without her present we would have visited Olinda empty handed. Well, not really empty handed. Pieced unicorn handed. I brought the unicorn bits and yarn along hoping to finish it while we were visiting.

And finish it I DID. The only hiccup was: I forgot to bring stuffing. The little unicorn was stuffed with cotton balls from Olinda. COTTON BALLS.

Hermione unicorn

Hermione unicorn

Hermione unicorn

Isabelle loves this unicorn. She wants me to make her one. I do not love this pattern. I found the attaching of the limbs an interesting technique but very fiddly. Maybe Isabelle will go for Ana Paula‘s unicorn. Now she writes a good pattern.

Project Notes
Pattern: Hermione the Unicorn by Dawn Toussaint
Yarn: Unknown wrapperless yarn
Stuffing: cottonballs!!

Vogue 1094

Yesterday was the color grass/forest green for Shutter Sisters color month. I knew exactly what I wanted to get a picture of, something I’ve been meaning to take a picture of for weeks. And FINALLY, here it is. The dress I made, Vogue 1094.

Forest green for Thursday

Next time, I should really take the picture when I originally wear it. That would make soooooo much more sense. Then there won’t be any procrastinating since I feel awkward whenever I take pictures of myself in clothes. Ok, that came out weird. I don’t usually pose nude. Wait. That’s not right either. I DON’T POSE NUDE AT ALL. What I mean to say is, when I’m taking pictures of myself, wearing something I’ve made, I feel all gawky and unnatural. And, yes, I do know that I take pictures of myself in our family photos but for some reason that’s different.

Neckline close-up

But anyhoo, let’s move beyond my strange hangups and talk about the dress, shall we? I cut out size 20, that’s based on my bust measurements. But recently I read about pattern ease and the finished measurements of a garment. Well, with Vogue 1094, the finished measurements for the size 20 would have been too big for me. So, I went with an 18 instead and it worked out just right.

Just right except I didn’t finish it properly. I almost finished it the way I wanted but I ran out of time. First, I forgot that I wanted to put pockets in it. I realized after I serged up the seam allowances. Ooops.

Then I didn’t add the grosgrain belt piece inside. I decided not to line the dress and you could see the belt so I left the belt out.

And, also, I didn’t do the hem quite right. I serged the hem and then folded it once and just basted it up like that, not properly sewing it down. I was so tired towards the end, that I didn’t even realize, I did the hem wrong. I was supposed to use horsehair in the hem. I realized I missed the horsehair step when I saw Nathan running around with it.

At this point I don’t even know if adding the horsehair is an option because I cut the dress length. And cut it by A LOT.

Side zipper

I’m not that tall. I’m about 5’4″. Like the last time I sewed myself a dress, I bought the correct width of fabric yet when it was time to cut it out, the fabric wasn’t wide enough for the amount I bought. So, I left out about 3″ on the hem. Then when I tried the dress on, it still felt too long to me. It was down to about my shins and I thought it wasn’t as flattering, so, I took off more to bring it up to my knees, another good 4 inches. Am I really that short that I took away like 8″ from the original hem?!

At the wedding, I was wondering if the hem was turning up and everyone could see the odd serging. But am I going to fix it? I think if I try to put the horsehair in now, the dress is going to be too short. So… so… yeah… there it sits. Basted hem. Don’t think I’ll ever finish it properly.

Speaking of the wedding, the kids looked so cute! You already saw them all fancied up.

Thought the live music was AWESOME

Cousins

But you didn’t see Alan. He looked so handsome in his suit.

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Too bad I didn’t get more pictures of Nathan in his little vest and clip on tie. He didn’t wear it for very long.

Photobooth pic

He probably was sick of it since he wore it the entire ride up to the wedding and then through the wedding.

In the kids favor bag

We weren’t planning on getting him dressed until we arrived at the church but when he saw Isabelle all dressed up he wanted to dress up too.

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Mr. Sleepy with daddy

Hey I forgot I’m missing a photo from color month. This was lime green.

Lime green on Wednesday

And now…and now….

I’m so glad I mostly finished the dress. I borrowed a dress from my friend, Bridgette, just in case I didn’t finish in time. It’s funny, I liked the dress I borrowed, but Alan said it looked like a robe. He has this thing with wrap dresses looking like robes to him.

He much preferred the dress I made even though I did wear it with a petticoat. I thought the dress looked a lot better with the petticoat. He doesn’t get why I like that style. But I do. I like the 50s silhouette. It’s curvy and feminine. That’s such a weird thing for me. Do you know I used to wear jeans and t-shirts and basically borrowed clothes from Alan at one point? Now my mom uniform is skirts and dresses.

Can you tell I’m totally stalling?

Well I am.

I told you I had weird hangup about taking pictures of myself in clothes. And this is why I’m babbling. Final picture. Me in my dress.

Vogue 1094

Have a good weekend everyone.

Project Notes
Pattern: Vogue 1094
Fabric: Slippery shiny I can’t remember what

We Should Really Stop Throwing the Baby

I made a poncho cape for Nathan.

My little Batman

It took me two years to make. TWO YEARS?! Yep…sort of. I started this cape for Isabelle a little after this post. But something went wrong. It was too short because it turns out I didn’t buy enough fabric. I meant to go and buy some more to start over but I never did.

Then a few weeks ago Nathan wanted to put on his little cape, the cape that only goes with one particular shirt, the Batman shirt that was IN the dirty pile. So, I decided it was high time I made him his own cape. I went digging around in my stash and the only black fabric was this old unfinished cape. And it worked just right. It wasn’t too short for Nathan.

I still didn’t have enough fabric for the collar though. So, I dug out and cut up an old tank top. It’s not really my best sewing but it works. I never got around to putting on the Batman logo but Nathan loves it. Given a choice between his old velcro onto the shirt cape vs this poncho cape, he’ll choose the poncho.

Go Batman! Go!

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Look at him fly.
Fly little guy
Oh wait. Batman doesn’t fly like Superman! I really wish I had remembered that before we started throwing Nathan around to get pictures.

It’s hard. He’s heavy. Trying to aim him for the mattress every time was tough. We might have missed a couple of times. But it’s ok. He has a hard head.

Just kidding. It was like when we “threw” Isabelle. It was photoshopped. You can rollover the pictures to see the originals. But seriously, I wish I had remembered that Batman doesn’t fly like Superman before I started photoshopping. Photoshopping takes time.

I only planned to do one flying picture, the second one. But, like usual, I wasn’t really planning ahead. I decided to take pictures on a whim. I didn’t use a tripod which would have helped. And of course Nathan would have a shirt with a logo on it that made it harder to photoshop. I worked up to a certain point then gave up and did the other picture. But when I was done I thought I’d go ahead and share both of them since I spent so much darn time on it.

Ok. Enough blathering. Have a super weekend! Super! Get it?! I’m a goober. :)

A Toy Designed by Isabelle

Isabelle: Mommy, look at my drawing. Can you make her into a dolly for me?
Can you make this dolly for me mommy?

Me: Sure. Which one? The round one?

Isabelle: Yes, the round one.

Me: What kind of dolly do you want me to make? Do you want me to make it directly from your drawing like the us dolls? She’ll be a little flat.

Isabelle: No.

Me: How about I sew it up like your Isabelle doll?

Isabelle: Uuuuuummmm….no.

Me: Ok let me think. *think, think, think* Ok, how about I crochet it like your little red airplane?

Isabelle: YES! OK! YES!!

Me: Ok what color do you want her body?

Isabelle: Blue.

Hook. Hook. Hook….

Me: Ok Isabelle. How about her legs and arms? How about this color?

Isabelle: No, how about this color.

Me: And her feet?

Isabelle: This color. And I want this color for her eyes and her ribbon.

And more hooking and knitting and sewing and embroidering.

Me: Here you go Isabelle! Does it look like your drawing?

Dolly designed by Isabelle

Isabelle: YES she does! Oh thank you mommy!! Thank you! I love her!
Her dolly. My dolly

Me: You’re welcome honey.

Isabelle: I’m going to name her Horsey.

She runs off and plays with Horsey.
She named her toy Horsey. What?

Nathan: I want a dolly too mama!