Monday, June 20, 2011

In the hood

So I sewed a bit the week before last.  This time I made use of my moms much fancier sewing machine.  It has stitches specifically for knits, and while I have sewn knits on my sturdy and awesome Pfaff, I'm limited to a wide zig zag and I wanted something that would hold up better to the tugging of a toddler.  So I was able to whip this up in 3-4 hours (with some interruptions to watch birth stories on TLC, which make my shake my head in frustration! [I don't have cable at our house]) while my mom entertained little Squiggles.

I wanted to make something for my lil almost 2 year old nephew who is visiting from far away Australia with my brother and sister in law.  And since it is wintery there, I thought a hoodie for layering would be a good idea!   I had previously seen and so I bought Jessica of Running with ScissorsHipster Hoodie pattern!

It's a great pattern, easy to sew up, although it did take me a while to cut out as I couldn't get my head around how to make the stripes go the right way!   And I think it looks adorable!  I used a mens shirt I bought new for the stripe part. (It is VERY hard to get nice pattern knit fabric around here) and plain green that I had a bunch of for the rest (including the back).  The pattern is designed to be made from two t-shirts so I think I will be repurposing some of Mr. Bears old t-shirts for one of this for Squiggles in the future!

Mr. Bear like it so much he wants me to make him one.  Ha!  I don't think I'm skilled enough to resize the pattern that much!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Progress and a few steps back

So we succeeded in selling some stuff in the last few weeks.  Joined in our neighbourhoods annual garage sale and had some success.  Said goodbye to an old teak coffee table that my parent bought some 40 years ago.  But also said goodbye to a good chunk of books and records, two things that make up a lot of our clutter.   Also made some good money selling records outside of the sale to local shop in particular.

And on a heritage note, while I did not plan to buy anything from anyone else, I did snag to transom latches to replace a couple of broken ones on our casement windows.  Nice! (but please excuse the crappy photo, I'm still working on my picture taking stills)

But there is still way too much stuff here.  Trying to decide wether we should have another sale, or donate.  I think we'll wait a bit and see.  it's all stacked away in the basement for now.

Or most of it is.  Some of it is still strewn around the house, which is not looking clean and free of clutter at all.  So a few steps forward and a few steps back!

We did make a dent in our office.  two bookshelves are now empty (with many of the books stored away, can't quite get to parting with them all yet)  It just now needs a bit of a reorg.

But I realized I took no pictures of any of this!!  Well I suppose I could take a shot of the partially empty bookcases, but there is still other clutter around, so I think we'll wait till it's more tidy.

I've also almost finished two other crafty projects :)  I will blog about them shortly!

But for now, I must get cleaning, I'm back at work in just over 3 weeks, and I'm determined to have most everything pared down before then!...
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