Sunday, September 14, 2014

Some Clothes for GranddaughterStitches

I recently sewed some new leggings for GranddaughterStitches.  She loves leggings, and almost needs to have them custom-made.  She is tall and slender so those long enough are too big around, and those that fit in the waist are capri pants!  

Here she is modeling her zebra leggings!  I saw this fabric and just knew it would be perfect for her.

Here is a closer shot of her zebra pants.  Perfect for every social situation, you know.

Another thing I thought I would try is making slashes in the back of a t-shirt for her.  I'm still finding out how wide to make them and where on the back they are best placed.  Fortunately, she has a little lavender tank top which looks great underneath it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crocheting Afghans

Here is another stack of baby afghans I've recently finished.  I've been busy with the yarn lately!

This first one is a really pretty variegated yarn.  It's rather bright, but still in "baby colors."  I always find it interesting to see how the variegated colors "puddle."  (I didn't make up that word!)  The term refers to when variegated colors of yarn tend to line up with each other.  In the photo below you can  see a streak of mostly blue going right up the middle of the afghan.  Multi-color yarns are fun to use.

For something different, I followed a pattern (found on the inside of a yarn label) and made a round afghan.  This was fun to do.

You can see a close-up of the crocheting and one of the "rays" of the circle below.

Quite a while ago I had crocheted a small yellow afghan out of the softest ever yarn I have seen.  Just so soft to touch and to caress.  The only problem was that it was too small, but that was all of the yarn I had left.  (I had previously used most of the yarn to make another, full-size baby afghan.)  I knew this mini-afghan was waiting patiently for some yarn to make a border.  

I finally found it in the yarn I used for the first afghan, above.  Now it is a much better size.

Now this final afghan is not a baby afghan.  I made it because of a special request by GranddaughterStitches.  She saw me crocheting all these afghans, and asked if I would make "a halfghan" for her to have.  She liked this pink/brown/cream yarn I had, so I made this one just for her.

Simple double crochet all the way through.

Except for two "border" rows near the two ends, where I did a triple crochet fence post.

GranddaughterStitches loves the afghan.  She even said that she slept really well one night because she had it to cuddle with.  What Nana doesn't love to hear that!?!?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Life Is Too Short To Drink Bad Wine

If you happen to look at my side-bar, you will notice a section called "Life is too short. . ."  I periodically add things to this list, as I think of them.  One of the items on the list is "-to drink bad wine."

A good friend of mine who I see at Giants baseball games, and who also reads my blog, recently gave me a present.  It was this cute little plaque which expresses my feelings about bad wines!

It was such a fun surprise!  It's always nice when someone thinks of you, don't you agree?
Thank you, Janice!

And here it is, hanging on the wall in my studio.  You may think that is a strange place to hang it, but I have always thought that wine and quilting go together.  And my Beginning Quilting teachers reinforced that for me, so it must be true! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

New Fabric Grocery Bags

Last week I made two new fabric bags to add to the stash in the car.  I love the bright, cheerful colors.  

This is some fabric that dear, lovely DaughterStitches gave to me.  This "recycle" print is the perfect print for me.  DaughterStitches knows me very well!

I used the very simple pattern from Green Bag Lady's website/blog.  Her pattern goes together real easily.  (Side note:  Use this pattern assembly-line method and make a large number of bags at one time.  Cut all the bag body pieces, cut all the strap pieces, sew all the straps, sew all the bags, then assemble.  You get the picture.)  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Fabric!

I recently came across two finds at Britex Fabrics in the sale section.  I always like to look there, because I can find treasures sometimes!  One time I found a piece of Liberty of London fabric.  Score!

 This time I found the two fabrics in the top picture.  Both are really nice, smooth cottons.  

The striped one--what fun colors are they?!--is an Italian cotton, and feels almost like a shirting weight.  It is 60" wide and there is a little over a yard of it.  I think I will have some fun using these nice stripes in a quilt top.  I'm imagining the stripes with nice coordinating colors.

This very large polka dot is a more sheer fabric.  It is 54" wide and about a yard long.

Doesn't it drape nicely?  I'm thinking maybe a scarf.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Slow Down There!

I recently noticed this sign at a large construction site in San Francisco.  


Am I the only one who finds this a little strange?  I mean, really, Nine And A Half Miles Per Hour?


Why not simply 10 mph?  Or maybe even 5 mph with all that heavy machinery.

If someone can explain this to me, I'd love to know the reason for such a strange speed limit.

I do enjoy finding unusual signs, as I have shown you before in a many-years-ago post.  Not sure if that indicates I'm a detailed-oriented person, or maybe just weird.  But that's me!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Newborn Children's Hats

My friend Roz introduced me to The Baby Bonnet Project, a program which provides newborn hats to infants in foreign countries.  Often, newborn babies in these countries die simply from exposure to low temperatures.  These caps will help to mitigate the problem.

Roz shared with me some crochet patterns for baby caps.  She is a knitter herself.  These, as you might guess, are quick and easy to whip up.  They don't take much yarn, either.

There are two different patterns shown here, although I altered one pattern to make it a little bit less complicated.  And while I was visiting MomStitches last month, she got interested and made a few, too!

I actually think they are quite cute.  And did I say that they are fun to make?