Wow am I exhausted! I've been doing so little lately and today I went wild and printed and cut out a couple of patterns. Then I cut out an entire outfit: a short-sleeve kimono, the Basic Newborn Pants from made by RAE that I posted the link to in my previous post, shoes to match the kimono, and a receiving blanket that does't match the rest of the set. I started drafting a pattern for a swaddling blanket similar to a Miracle Blanket (does anyone have one? I would love some basic measurements to I know if I'm making it anywhere near the right size!) and spent some time going through my Ottobre books to see what patterns I want to use. I need to get my Kwik Trace from Mom's house before I get those patterns traced and cut out, though. Anyway, the only other thing I have done today is homeschooling. Those two tasks completely wore me out, and I haven't even started sewing yet!
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I finally got started yesterday. Yay! I made a recycled wool diaper cover. Finished the wool skirts for my neices and fixed my son's pigama's that have been getting a bigger and bigger hole in the crotch. I also started cutting squares for a wool quilt that would like to make. I looked up patterns for fitted diaper, which I am not totally sure I will make. I don't mind prefolds and DH prefers them. I would like to make some pull ups for ECing ease and I looked up a pattern for a Mei tai. I made myself one for DS and then lost it less than a week later in Ikea. I loved it because it had super thick straps but they where not long enough, so this time I can remedy that. I don't know what fabric to use though.
I got to keep it up though.
How did the recycled wool cover turn out, bumbold? I tried to make some when my 5-yea-old was a baby and I had the worst time sewing the wool on my machine.
I went to JoAnn's today to buy Gutermann thread, which is on sale this week. While I was there I found two Boppy-style nursing pillows clearanced for $10 each. I'm going to make some covers for them with fabric I already have. So for basically $20 I'll have two nursing pillows, one for downstairs and one for upstairs until nursing while lying down is established. Then one for me and one for Marc. As well as holding baby, he likes to use his to support his arms while playing video games! We kept the Boppy we had from when Nate was an infant for years for that use, until it finally got puked on by a sick child and the smell wouldn't wash out.
I picked up more cute fabric that I had at my Mom's today. I have Dotty Owls, baby blue bamboo/organic cotton velour, natural bamboo/organic cotton velour (for the newborn/small dipes I need to start making), bamboo/organic light green jersey, weiner dogs on cotton interlock, and something else I'm not remembering. I can't wait to get more projects done!
I didn't have a problem with the wool in the machine but it really depends on the sweater. One I felted was so thick there was no way to sew it. I used the turtle neck as the really thick waist band sewed the sides and bottom. Then I cut the cuffs off another sweater and sewed them in the leg holes. It was a bit bigger than I meant it to be but have a nice bright blue sweater that I want to make a smaller one with. You should try out the sweater thing. It is really easy to just wing it and make some really nice stuff no pattern, no finishing the edges. I have been making some cashmere one piece pajama's they are sooo soft and cute.
I love the fabrics you have, they are super cute.
Where are you getting your fabrics from jessica?
And way to go for the progress!
I managed to buy some new serger cones at Joann's yesterday, and I'm going back tomorrow to use up two $5 off $5 purchase tomorrow. Thinking about getting some knits.
I have my inspirations going, but I don't want to start until I know what we're having. I'm SO sick of girly stuff that I really want to avoid it if possible. :) I do have a bunch of tshirts to convert to nb gowns for SIL, sister and bff. But I had late onset night sickness (9 weeks..that was just evil) so it'll have to wait a few weeks.
Wow, I'm so impressed by all the crafting! I don't sew very well, but I plan on knitting some soakers, socks and sweaters/shirts for the babe. I also really want to try making soakers out of old wool sweaters! I probably won't start until later in the pregnancy, cuz I'm a slacker like that!
I learned to knit on knittinghelp.com lots of videos for someone like me who is a visual learner!
Jill, my SIL owns an online fabric store. I get a family discount, or I would never be able to afford so much organic fabric!
I'm jealous of the knitters. I have to have my mom do anything that requires knitting, I just don't have the attention span to count stitches.
I got a bunch more stuff cut out today. Marc and I didn't buy Christmas gifts for each other, but decided we would do something special for Valentine's Day. I asked if I could buy a serger for my gift and he said "Of course!" So I'm getting a serger! Woohoo! I'm not going to start most of the sewing until it arrives.
We see my SIL tomorrow for my MIL's birthday party. She's bringing me a snap press to borrow and 4 yards of really pretty black and white bamboo flannel. I can't decide what I want to make with it. Probably a receiving blanket, but that won't use up much of the 4yds. Any ideas?
Any progress on projects? I'll probably spend tomorrow cutting out diapers since my serger should be here early next week. I'm so excited! I also ordered the FOE for covers, but I still need to order snaps. I'm not going to worry about hidden snaps, so I guess it doesn't matter if I wait a while to order these.
That black and white bamboo flannel I order from my SIL is gorgeous and so silky soft!!! I think besides a receiving blanket I'm going to use part of it for the decorative panel of my mei tai. Maybe a changing pad for the diaper bag, too, since my diaper bag is red and the black and white would look really nice with it. If baby is a girl I think I'll make some pants and a fitted diaper or two out of it, too.
I've been slowly knitting some really adorable items over the past few weeks: a vest in brown superwash wool, a kimono shirt (in organic cotton, which is soft but hard on my hands to knit), and a pixie hat in orange superwash wool. I'm going to start knitting some longies for my midwife's 9 month old daughter, and after that I'll be making a few more soakers. I have about 8 right now but I need to unravel a few and re-knit them in different sizes.
As for sewing, I don't have an ironing board - which I really want - yet, so I've just been wistfully staring at my featherweight and piles of fabric. But I know that once I get the ironing board it will be time to start the quilts, kimono shirts, baby pants and probably a handful of fitted diapers as well.
I have ZERO need for more yarn, but I'm going to a yarn show next weekend with my sister in law and my step-mom in law. So excited!! We've decided we're actually not going to find out the sex beforehand (which would have been possible this week, as I'm already 16 weeks along), so I'll be looking primarily for yarn for ME!! I want to knit a Daybreak shawl for nursing, and I want to find some really pretty color-changing or varigated yarn while I'm there.