February 27, 2011


I'm not afraid to admit that I'm an impulsive and instant gratification type of person.  I think that's why sewing children's clothing suits me so well.  I can whip some fabric out of my stash and with a few short seams and a quick press - the outfit is done.  Adult sized clothing seems to take too long.

Here is my lastest adventure: Knitting.  Squishy soft yarn and some straight sticks.

I gave knitting a go a long time ago and decided it wasn't for me.  It takes waaay too long to see the results.  But recently - I tried it again.  I don't love it - but I love feeling the soft fabric and I love knowing that something hand-knit will be loved in a special way and passed down from kid to kid (and maybe grandkid - is that thinking too far ahead?)

I love this tomatoey color.  Charlie called it rust.  Vicky called it orange.  The colors really don't do it justice.  There is a small pinkish hue on some areas that I just love.

I've just finished the sweater (photos soon) My second knitting project.  Complete with cables, short rows, ribbing and grafting.  If that sounds hard - it was!

I wouldn't call myself a knitter.  Yet.

February 21, 2011

Hear me ROAR...

 While perusing the crafty blogs after the birth of Harriet I saw THIS lion pillow on Anna Maria Horner's blog and I absolutely HAD to have it.  I needed it.  So what is a crafty mama to do - but shamefully copy.  Imitation is the greatest form of flattery - right? 

It makes me feel better that a I've seen a few other mamas making crocheted lion pillows too!

Here is my version - 

I hadn't crocheted in ages (okay - since college) but found that my fingers remembered what to do.  So I ran out and got some yarn and crocheted away.  I think I like my version a bit better - he looks like a very friendly lion. 

I chain stitched the facial features and sewed them on with a tapestry needle.  It was fun working with some yarn for a change.  I still miss my sewing - but I found that crocheting is an easy project to pick up and put down quickly - a necessity with two little ones around. 

He's gotten some good kisses from Lucy!

I can't resist posting a few one-month photos of our little Harriet!  She's been a wonderful baby!

 This is her signature frown.

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