Thursday, May 17, 2018

Socks for Miles! Makers Haven Knee Highs

Every time I see Camden wearing her new socks, I say how cute they are, as it's SO true!

She really wanted knee highs because it would make her more Hermione-like.  Of course.

I was excited to use a skein of Maker's Haven yarn I had won in a giveaway on her podcast's youtube channel!  The colorway is called Sunkissed, though I see no other stashes of this colorway on Ravelry.

I used my usual sock pattern, the Children's Easy Lightweight Socks, and I simply lengthened them and knit ribbing on the back.  I do always make the heel flap longer, to accommodate for my tighter row gauge on size 00 needles.  I had never knit knee highs before, so, I pretended to myself they'd stay up above the calf with no further changes, but it seems as though that is NOT the case, sadly.  They do tend to slouch down her leg, but she doesn't seem to mind.  Also, I knit them on 56 stitches, which is my last time, I believe.  I just started another pair of socks for her with a 60-stitch cast-on.  they won't be AS snug, but they'll still be snug.  It was just getting to the point where the fit ON is lovely, but getting them up over the instep is too much work, and I hate putting that much pressure on the yarn.

Nothing super jazzy to say about the socks.  As you can see, the colorway is super gorgeous, and thanks again to Amber of Maker's Haven!  The weather clearly hasn't been all that chilly for a long sock, but Camden is somehow powering through wearing them almost every day ;)

A little zoo time
At this point, we already have another narrow bed where he is standing
Train ride at the zoo!

Had to escape Great Wolf lodge in order to find affordable food!

This show was so good!!
Neighborhood kitty is now my buddy
A wizard

First time seeing a naturopath in years!
Sewing room work, lol

Excited to put together Harbor Freight work benches for my cutting table ;)

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Sewing Beast

Yes, you heard it here first!  Camden is a bit of a sewing beast!  With two handmade skirts under her belt - and an 8th birthday! - she was able to sign up for a spring break sewing camp at Modern Domestic, which you KNOW is one of my favorite places on earth!

She'd like to write this blog post herself, actually, but I would be pained in the brain to sit through that, so, I may see if she wants to add some at the end.

She did love her class, taken with Karin Dejan (her IG page).  The instructor prepped the pieces, in terms of cutting and pinning, but the students sewed and made the fabric choices.  Camden clearly has good taste, by the way ;)  Classes lasted three hours each day, Monday through Thursday.

After they finished their projects for the day, students were able to work on a separate project, and the first day, Camden actually made a wee gift for her teacher, as it was Karin's birthday the next day.  She was pretty excited about it, and as I was trying to rush her out at the end of class, she kept telling me she needed to finish something.  She handed it to her teacher, along with a card, on Tuesday - pretty cute, I say!
I was spying on her cutting threads out of the wheel, LOL!
Her face when she realized I was standing there!  

As for her daily projects, she made a drawstring bag, a tote bag, an apron and a pillow.  They all turned out super great, and she even sewed a ZIPPER into that pillow, folks!  Pretty cool!  I was probably just as excited as SHE was each day, aha!  She chose Cotton and Steel fabrics and fabric from Elizabeth Hartman's (her blogTerrarium line for Robert Kaufman.  Camden smiled so much on class days and really enjoyed herself and was so proud of what she made.  I call it a crazy success and secretly wish she could take THIS quilting class over the summer, but we'll see if it works into the schedule.

It was a great week, and now Camden would like to add a thought about another project she made, which I kept mostly as she typed it, not correcting all her typos:

"i wanted to tell you about this other project that I made at my class is a quilt with fringe on two sides. it is for my doll. i made it for my doll but i don't have a name for her yet.  Any ideas?"

Getting some use out of that apron!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Class Picnic Ensemble... A Cozy Favorite

I may be the biggest fan, EVER, of the Class Picnic shorts and top by Oliver and S.

Is that still true if I don't go to great lengths to modify the pattern and add crazy details???  I do tend the keep it simple and just let the fabric stand out, but it is one of my favorite things to make Camden.  In fact, you can see ALL past versions in this 2016 blog post.  How has it been that long since I've sewn this pattern???

I became carried away with sizing on this pattern.  Camden is a solid size 8, essentially, but I decided to go with a size 10 and then lengthen the top.  It is clearly almost a tunic on her, and I may go back in and tighten the elastic on her shoulders.  I also almost want to go back and make a size 8, LOL.  I like that she'll get a good two full years out of the pattern, but the top is hilariously large at this point.  As for the shorts, they will totally fit, waist-wise, through two summers, I'd like to think, but these shorts do run.... well, short, so, who knows where we'll be in a couple of years. 
Pretending she was sad about something

Speaking of the shorts, this is one of those patterns where you think, "Awww, man, do I HAVE to???"  The sewing of them seems daunting, for some reason, though it completely isn't.  They tend to go together quickly, and it is nice that you don't need a lot of yardage for the main fabric, so, you can peep through remnants in your stash and likely find something.  I had planned to use a solid purple for the trim on the shorts, but I wasn't feeling the shade of purple I had, in comparison to the purple on the flower print of the top (which is just Joann Fabrics, by the way!), so, I made it matchy-matchy, no biggie.  A lot of the time, she throws on a camisole with the shorts, anyway.

This pattern is seriously a quick sew, and I am just enjoying the last couple of years when I can sew things like this for Camden, because soon, she'll be too grown-up to want to wear these types of patterns.  At least, that's what I worry about, aha!

Nothing crazy has been happening on the home front, and I don't have many photos of work on the new house, because I have been running Camden around, and Matt has to work, so, we aren't able to get as much done.  His parents have been super helpful - both at the house and with watching Tiberius while I ferry Camden to her sewing camp this week.  She is LOVING it, and I'll have photos of that in the next blog post!
Homeschool life can be pretty intense

Getting our planting on

Attending our last story time in Bend

I have NO idea what I'm doing, and I hope our plants don't die