something has happened

I’ve fallen in love with my sewing machine!

It happens every once in a while. I go in spurts of crazy sewing, not being able to get enough of it. There was a lull in knitting, the weather warmed, and I’ve been on a mad dash to sew Maggie some dresses. Funny thing, I haven’t even cut any fabric for dresses yet!

Here you’ll find the crowning achievement of this burst of sewing. Beware: The cuteness is overwhelming.

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Meet Olive (on the right) & Archie. I made them for Maggie and Jerry using the rad pattern from Wee Wonderfuls and fabric that has been in my stash for a long time. Are they cute, or what?!?! They are already wearing out at the armpits because Jerry has been swinging them both like mad. I guess that’s okay because it means that he loves them. Not sure exactly how I’ll go about repairing. Might need to de-stuff and reinforce from the inside.

Also, did you know that Maggie got a kitchen for her birthday? She did.

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So I made her an apron.

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The picture does not do justice to the cuteness. I also made some potholders, an oven mitt and some placemats (pictures on flickr). We’ve been collecting some boxes and other containers from the real kitchen to put in the play kitchen. Like pasta boxes, the yogurt container, the box from the tea bags. She doesn’t really get the whole concept yet (at one year old, she’s more interested in opening and closing the cupboards), but Jerry is all over it. He is at the perfect age for a play kitchen. We never got him one because he spends so much time in the actual kitchen. Anywho.

There is also knitting. I finally started my first ever sweater for myself. At long last, I am in the middle of this project. I’ve been thinking about the design and style and swatch and guage and everything since the beginning of December. In short, it will be a seamless yoke cardigan (steeked) with colorwork at the hems and yoke.  I’m using the guidelines from Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ Knitting in the Old Way, which unlike EZ’s Knitting Without Tears, I actually own.

Here is the yarn:

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Of course that is not ALL the yarn. Just a sampling. It’s Top of the Lamb from Brown Sheep.  The main color is the yummy heathery brown on the far left.  I have cast on for the body and am chugging along slowly.  After all the thinking I did during the planning stages I really hope it comes out how I’m expecting it to.  Also, if I finish soon, I’ll have a nice wooly sweater just in time for summer in NC.  Niiiiiice.

11 thoughts on “something has happened

  1. Ohhhh I’m so familiar with summer in NC. We lived in Raleigh for four years. Well, there’s always next November when things start to get chilly again. Sure did enjoy March/April in NC, though! And I love your sewing. I am so (or sew) envious. I seem (seam? lol) to get very frustrated every time I sew and I keep seeing all these project I’d love to make, but there’s that frustration factor. Little dresses would be so darling. Are you making summer dresses? sigh.

  2. I am totally going to copy you and make nella a doll. Also: were those wallabies hard to make? Keeping in mind that I am a good crocheter but not a super fabulous knitter.

  3. OMG, the cuteness *is* overwhelming! I love how Maggie’s little baby belly pokes out over her adorable apron. And that face!

    I’m currently in mad love with my sewing machine too. It is so addictive to be able to bang out projects so quickly!

  4. I came across your blog in a search for Tomten pics (which is one of the best looking ones I’ve found)–Your kids are adorable! Especially in their handmade by mom clothes!

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