If It's Fiber...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The first of the bridesmaids' shawls is complete. I have only to block it. I've already started the second one. With a month to go I think I will be okay.
I found some great retro space kids fabric. I made two pillowcases out of them. One for Bruce and one for my neice, who wants to be like Bruce. Pillowcases are something that I just love. If there is a fabric that I can't stand to be without, I know that if I get a yard, I can always make it into a pillowcase. That way, the fabric is still whole and if I ever want to make anything else out of it, I can easily do it.
LAst here is a backpack carrier I made for Flora. The basic pattern is from Piecework Magazine's Jan/Feb 2005 issue. Actually, the shawl above is form there too. But in the pattern it is a garter stitch shawl, and I thought it would do better as stockingette stitch. I bought the hardware for the clips at REI, an outdoor store. I'll have to get someone to get a pic of it in use for me.

Pointy Kitty is almost done, and I have a dress for Flora for the wedding in the works. I've also been learning some Italian Smocking. I'll have to tell more another time. Now it's late and I'm pooped!

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Even though it's been long times between postings, I've been doing quite a bit of crafting. I must get more pictures of what I've been doing, if only for myself. I have some plans in my head for many other projects, but here is some of what I've been working on lately.
First, the robot. I've been planning a robot for a bit now. I began my prototype and when I was this far in the process:

I decided that it would be fine and I made one to give as a birthday present for a four year-old. Notice the prototype above is not even sewn together. I have learned a lesson from this. Next time, I WILL just go ahead and sew it together. The end result is below. It's not bad, it's just not what I was wanting. His body is too wide, his arms are too skinny. All of this could have been avoided if I had just sewn the first one together. Then I would have known.
I just becaome too excited about the control panel and wanted to get started on it.

So it's back to the robot drawing board. I have some ideas of changes, and this time I will sew up the structure first. Detail embroideries, though fun, must be put on hold. I can't decide if I will still give it to the boy or not.
The first bridesmaids shawl will be finished tonight. It took three weeks with many nights of no knitting so I should have more than enough time to complete the second one by October 13th.
Below is Bruce's very first real writing ever. He wrote Emily on her present. Can you see it?
We're both very proud.

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