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Finding new rhythms

The last month or so has been interesting. After being sick for so long, the end of school coming around and all that goes with that, photography business picking up again, I’m having a tough time finding a new rhythm in my life right now that includes this blog and a few other things I enjoy. No, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining in the least. My life is wonderful, but getting the balance right can be challenging.

And now that I’m doing both knitting and crochet and not so focused on one or the other, I find that I like the rhythm of going back and forth between the two to change things up. This post will show that….

First, the teacher gift. The blue scarf I started just didn’t turn out well. It was a good idea with a poor execution. My chains just didn’t match between the beginning and the end. Toward the end, it was tight, even and pretty. The first few rows were uneven and ugly. And blocking didn’t help. But it was a learning experience!!

So I did a little switcheroo. I started another scarf about the middle of that and intended it for Sammie’s teacher. But after working, I realized I had something else that Sammie LOVED for her teacher so I gave Ellie’s teacher the second scarf. Frankly, I fell in love with it and the yarn…. It’s Classic Elite Yarns – their Alpaca Sox. Such amazing colors!!

colors

I fell in love with the colors in this! I bet it would be gorgeous as socks!

mess ups

I have to admit *shhhh* I messed up on this scarf twice before I noticed I'd decreased two squares! So I just went with it and kept it up. I liked the end result of an asymmetrical scarf! You?

 

The gift for Sammie’s teacher is this little bag. I have several – one I use for knitting and crochet on the go, another for toiletries, another small one for the girls when traveling. I just LOVE it!! Sammie picked this as her teacher gift. These are easy to make and don’t take that long if you can sew a straight line. I hope to make some more as “just in case” gifts this summer.

butterflies

I love the surprise of butterflies inside it! Mine is blue with bright orange stripes inside. I love it!

 

toiletries

This one is a great size for a few random toiletries and it hangs on the door! My mom taught me how to make it and I love it!

 

Socks. Washed and finished pink ones, halfway done second blue one. And I consolidated it to one picture just so you can skip past it faster. LOL!

socks

I think I need a new pattern for the next one! Must switch things up....

 

And finally, I finished my friend’s hat a week or two ago! I’m hoping to get it in the mail on Monday and I truly hope she loves it! I also realized, after measuring my head, that her head is petite compared to mine! LOL! But I know it’ll still be fab on her.

She requested a black hat with black flowers and I added on the buttons to change it up a bit. Each button has a different colored back button – and it’s easy to make more. One is black , as she requested, but I love the pop of hot pink! And she can take them off and switch them up as much as she’d like. Still love this pattern!

hat

Isn't that pink center on that black flower FAB? (The pink is better in person. Black is hard to shoot!)

flowers

And the flowers can be done together or separately. Even put two on there in different spots! Fun....

little one

Just the little black flower....

 

Since I won’t have the girls in things much this summer, I suspect I’ll be a little slow at the blog. I’m going to try to get past my mental block on posting iPhone crochet/knitting/crafting photos so I can be a little more prolific. But being a photographer, they have to be decent photos so we’ll see how it goes!

But I know this summer will be about finding new rhythms. And I know it’ll be good no matter what.

 

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Of vintage sheets and amazing roses

My friend, we’ll call her J since I don’t know if she wants to be mentioned here, asked me to make her some duvet covers. You see, she is obsessed with vintage sheets and wanted to turn some into new covers for her and her boys. Seeing my sewing machine, she must have assumed I knew what I was doing. Hah! But I took on the job anyway…..

Needless to say, the learning curve was a little steeper than anticipated. First, I cut off the very top of the sheet assuming that she didn’t want them to LOOK like sheets. Wrong!

whoops

Whacked those tops right off. Uh, oh. She almost cried when she noticed it!

So I went to work trying to figure out how to fix my grave mistake. Surprisingly, the answer came to me quite quickly. The doing the work took a bit longer than expected….

fixed

You can see how I attached them then sewed the top part back. I'm not quite as precise as I'd like to be!

After finishing, I realized that she was right! I liked the duvet cover MUCH more than I did when I’d chopped it off…. Besides, it added the few inches I needed to make sure that it was the right length.

Next was the zipper. I’d put a few in, but not this way. So I sort of kludged it together and was pretty happy with the result.

zipper

Not too bad for a second try, eh?

Overall, I was pretty pleased with the final result…. My personal favorite – the yellow and orange one! I considered telling her that I’d ruined it just so I could keep it… 😉

final

Which one is your favorite?

Oh, the roses…. So, on Valentines Day I got some amazing roses from my husband (I’ll post those later). But I also received some from my friend as a thank you for this and a few other things I’d done… She put me in tears. They are just spectacular!

roses

Every day they fill my house with more gorgeous smells. I am still overwhelmed by her gesture!

Learn from my mistakes:

  • Measure, measure, measure!
  • Make sure you know what is wanted if it’s for someone else!
  • Measure
  • Enjoy! I had fun doing this!
  • Minor imperfections shouldn’t be obsessed over – they add to the home made feel of the final product if you’re not a professional! 🙂

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All photos taken with my 5D Mk II and my 50mm and 100mm lenses. Predictable, aren’t I?

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