True Knit

Knitting, Sewing, Crocheting. Mostly.

Gorgeous Saturday May 15, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Nature Overwhelms Me,Sewing — lalunaunita @ 4:35 pm

First of all, it’s a beautiful day here in Austin.  It rained all yesterday and last night, but today is clear and sunny.  The flowers in my front yard are blooming:

 

The calla lilies were a Mother’s Day gift and thank goodness I managed to get them in the ground before they wilted and died.  I want a garden, but don’t have much of a green thumb so far.  I also potted the moss rose just a few weeks ago and have so far managed to keep it alive. 

 

The lilies were put in by the previous owners and I don’t know that we would have really seen them for what they are except that we’ve had so much rain this year.  They have been amazing!

I got the chance to make new friends and purchase a ton of fabric for next to nothing today… I’m not sure what projects I’ll use everything for, but it’s all so useful!  Some gentlemen in town posted the fabric sale on craigslist, so my friend Mel and I went over (with Olivia and Ashton, our daughters, of course) and ransacked the fabric stock.  I ended up with some great patterns, buttons, and ribbon as well.  Benson, who was selling the fabric, even gave some of the buttons to me, since they were for Oli!  I’m determined to make a few things for her this summer, so now I’m feeling much more equipped.  I just need a couple of nice patterns to round everything out, and once my sewing machine is back from repairs, I’ll be able to get started.

I also received free fabric from Mel last night.  She brought it over for our first stitch n’ bitch, which went so well that we’re going to make it a weekly gig.  My sister in law Marcia joined us too.  She’s been working on an order of dream catchers for a lady she met at a craft fair.

       

Biscuit likes Mel’s taste in fabrics…

I’m feeling like the patterns have come back around again… I especially like the halter top in the first and the short dresses in the second.

And now to end this post … gratuitous naked baby!

 

So many, many things to update May 12, 2010

Filed under: Knitting and Crocheting,Sewing — lalunaunita @ 8:35 pm

Now that life seems to be settling into a hectic but manageable pace, I’m going to attempt to update once a week if I can.  I have several FOs, the most important being little Olivia, who is now 4 months old!  She’s beautiful!  And I knit her together in my very own womb. 

She’s starting to grow a lot of personality.  She’s a very laid back baby (she gets that from her dad).  She likes to laugh all the time (she gets that from me).  As I told my cousin the other day, if I’d had any idea kids were this fun, I would have had one years ago.

Here she is in a onesy I embroidered for her (inside joke with her dad):

I embroidered a little towel for her last week with her name on it.  I learned the joy of project planning with this project and I think I’m going to continue with the same process for future projects.  I discovered that planning with a sketch book is nearly as much fun as the actual project!  I also felt much more confident working from something I had written out, rather than making decisions right on the spot.  The finished product does not exactly match the towel envisioned in the planning stage.  However, I felt confident about making changes as well, since I had had time to reflect on my original concept.

You can see that instead of the “heart” flowers I originally chose, I embroidered a different style of flower that I found on a scrap of fabric from another project.  I also nixed the second line of ribbon and went across the top with a line of herringbone embroidery in green instead.  I let Lyndon pick the color for the herringbone line.  Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the result and I’m already envisioning a little 3 year old Oli using it to dry her hands in a few years. *happy sigh*