November 9, 2011
October 27, 2011
August 2, 2011
July 27, 2011
When I have a tiny bit of free time I run to the sewing machine. I usually cannot finish anything in one sitting just because there are little people who make sure I am right by them most of the time. But Katelyn needed a sunhat and all the ones I have from the girls are too big. So what else could I do? I sewed one. It was an easy and fast project but it still ended up being a little big. I love the fabric with little matryoshka dolls (you'll see more of them as I am obsessed) and yellow polka dots on the inside. It's fully reversible but we'll only wear it with dolls on top.
May 18, 2011
I totally forgot to show you this little number. I posted about it on Ravelry and forgot all about it. Are you familiar with Ravelry? It is an excellent web site for people who like to knit or crochet. You have to register there and then you get lost in all the projects. Every time before I make something I stop at Ravelry and look for inspiration. There are so many wonderful patterns there both free and the ones you have to pay for. So go check it out.
Enough of Ravelry and let's get to the pictures. Here's my little thing I made for Katelyn. I knitted it before she was born but it took me forever to finish it up. I was contemplating on how to make the neckline look better and also how to put the snaps in between the legs. Neither was in the pattern so I had to come up with it myself and that's why it took me a month. :)
While I was finishing it up my girl was growing like a weed. Then when it finally was done I put it on her and it fit her perfectly. And it's supposed to be for a 3 month old baby.
I have so many projects lined up waiting for me to make them. I am afraid it's not gonna happen for a while though. It is taking me so long to do something these days. Katelyn doesn't like to sleep during the day (or night) and it's the hardest. I hope she changes her ways and I have a little more time on my hands for things I like to do. Am I asking too much? :)
May 15, 2011
May 2, 2011
April 11, 2011
Long ago I started this cardigan for Alyssa. It took me too long to finish it. Perhaps it was because I was pregnant and tired or maybe it was because I did not have a pattern to follow. I work so much faster when I have a pattern. I finished it just in time for hot days. Ha. At least it is not too small so Alyssa should be able to wear it this coming fall.
Alyssa seems to like it. I like it but think it could have been better, but I am a perfectionist and want everything to be just right. When I put it on Alyssa today she said that it's awesome and that she loves it. What else could I ask for? That made my day.
All in all it was a fun project to work on. I was not bored as this little cardigan has different sections with different patterns. I really liked making the lower section with spiders. That's where the name came from.
February 2, 2011
Then Dr. DoLittle will come to help you out. She’ll take your temperature, listen to your lungs and maybe make some tea with honey.
I had to make dress up clothes for the kids in Emma’s preschool. I am honored that I was asked but annoyed that teachers don’t really give me time to do it. It’s like they ask one day and in a day they ask me if it can be done by tomorrow. I guess none of them sews and so they don’t know that the process of sewing takes time. That aside I did enjoy making this little doctor outfit. It turned out just perfect for Emma and good thing all the kids are either smaller than her or the same size (I feel bad for the one big girl in her class as she’ll have to be a nurse all the time as she won’t fit into this jacket).
I got the pattern from one of my many Japanese books but lengthened it a little. It was quite easy to put together and maybe I’ll make a real jacket out of it someday for Emm’s.
We also have a nurse who will be happy to give you a painkiller aka candy and will try to make you feel better. She’s a good nurse.
Notice the thing on Emma’s upper lip. The night before poor thing was wacked by her little sister. The weapon – my cell phone. There was a lot of blood and there will probably be a little scar left. I guess everyone learned the lesson to not stand in the way of our little Alyssa.
January 23, 2011
I was asked to make two aprons for Emma’s preschool class. Every day the teacher picks two kids to be “kitchen helpers”, when they help with cleaning after everyone is done eating. So they need to wear aprons while on duty. These aprons had to be all white but I tried to make them more fun. I think embroidery is very cute and I love different colored bias tape on the pockets.
Again, made without any real pattern. Had some measurements in one of my Japanese books and had to change it a little bit to make aprons a little bigger. Put some snaps on the top part so the length of it can be changed according to a child’s height.
The embroidery just makes me happy. Got the idea from another of my Japanese books. :) I am a Japanese craft book addict after all.
January 19, 2011
Up close and personal? I am lucky enough to live with one little snowflake. She likes to twirl and dance. She falls sometimes but not too often. She is a very happy snowflake but not without some attitude issues. I hope she stays with us when the winter is over because I love her too much to let her go.
Emma had to be a snowflake for her school New Year’s recital and I had to make her a costume. I had no idea what to make first and then came up with this little number. Obviously I am not a costume designer as all I could think of was a puffy skirt. So I made a puffy skirt out of some organza fabric plus embroidered a snowflake on her leotard and made some puffy sleeves (sleeves and embroidered snowflake is barely seen on this picture…sorry). Then threw some sparkly accessories and ta-da! You’ve got a snowflake.
Sorry for the crappy picture. That’s the only one I could snap of Emma before she took her costume off.
January 14, 2011
It’s crazy how fast time goes. I never have enough time in a day for everything I want to accomplish. I have to admit I procrastinate a lot too. Instead of the things I could have been doing I sit on the couch just browsing online. I do get inspiration like that, so it is partly useful but it’s not an excuse for me to forget my blogging. I will try to do a little better (no promises though). But let’s talk about something better. I do have a couple projects I wanted to share. When winter suddenly came to Moscow I discovered that Emma grew out of all of her winter hats. So I had to come up with something fast. I made one out of two layers of fleece (I still have to take a picture of that one). And then I saw a hat in some online store and wanted to replicate it. So I did and voila!
I had to line it so it’s fully warm and ready for frosty days. The only problem is that that was my first time dealing with a lining for a knitted hat and I made it a little bit bigger than the actual hat. But it’s inside of the hat and nobody can see it… well, everybody can see it but let’s just pretend it’s all perfect :) The other problem is that this hat is not that practical as I wanted it to be. It looks weird if you tie it and if you don’t then it moves around a lot because of Emma’s big hair. It would be perfect for American winters but not for Russia.