I am a sucker for light blue chunky yarn. This one is Red Heart Grande yarn from Joanns. I think I've knit 10 scarves like this one. Oh well, what's one more. This one got me through the first week of school. Now I need more yarn. Back to school is tough this year. I wasn't ready. I keep feeling like this is some sort of test run and they'll be back home and I won't have to worry about, well, I don't even know. Whatever it is that has my chest all tight. I wish so badly that they went back after Labor Day like we did in the olden days. Seems less abrupt.
I just noticed, even tiny knit bear got a chunky blue scarf at some point
Info on the stitch I used from The Complete Guide to Needlework
Trinity stitch: A smaller, less complicated knot than either a popcorn or bobble. It is formed by making a double increase in one stitch followed by a double decrease in the next. Trinity (also called blackberry) is a popular choice for one panel in an Aran motif. Note that at the end of Row 2 there are 2 stitches fewer than you started with. At the end of Row 4, the pattern normalizes to the starting number.
Multiple of 4 sts plus 3
Rows 1 and 3: purl
Row 2: *P3tog, KPK into next st*, P3tog
Row 4: *KPK into first st, P3tog*, KPK into last st
Take that, bin of unfinished dolls! Not only did I take a stuffed body and unstuffed arms that have been sitting for over a year in the fabric closet and make you into a doll but I also FINALLY used the vintage velveteen embroidered tiny baby overalls that I've been holding onto for at least 10 years and made it into a cute doll dress. I even used the ruffled shoulder straps! Yes, I am very pleased with myself. Chip chip chipping away. I used some pretty brick red yarn for the hair that I don't even remember buying. I finally cut into the fat quarter of cutie mice on teal - Japanese? I don't even remember how long I've had that.
She needs a friend now I think. A name, and then a friend.
My raskog is following me around the house. I filled it with all my current projects and I have to say, it's pretty handy. I pull it to the window for more light to work on hand sewing, in front of tv for my knitting, to my scrapbooking table to work on my PL pages. Pretty handy indeed. For some reason it is reminding me of my own little r2d2, always at my heel, cute but pestering. Yesterday, just about when I feel like I want to start talking to it like it's a robotfriend, the kids walked in from school so it's all good. For now.
While I sit here and sew on doll arms why don't you watch this about how we're all going to be replaced by robots.
Today Phoebe made some new green shoes, floral skirt and ballerina headband for her doll. She cut out the felt shoes and hand sewed them together. She pushed the gas on the sewing machine while we sewed the skirt and threaded the elastic through the waistband with a safety pin. And she measured out the ribbon for the headband. She's working on a drawing for a friend for Zoe now. I've fallen so out of habit with crafting with the kids. Oscar never makes anything anymore. And although Phoebe is always drawing and coloring she doesn't stick with other crafty endeavors for long. I need to make this a priority! I need to make a maker.
Summer is going too fast this year. Just typing that makes me panic. I don't want to think about it. Here's a lovely day we had last week. We spent a week in Michigan and had such a great time, mostly on the beach but on one of the cooler days we went blueberry picking. It was awesome. So calm and easy. No bouncy house or petting zoo or carnival rides, just us and 4 buckets.
I'm working on a new, very satisfying, project. Finally uploading the camcorder video from 2004-2007 onto the computer. It's a fun time. The camcorder only plugs into the old defunct laptop that won't find the network and has zero disk space because somehow the computer we used for 10 years ran on 25MB of hard drive or some such nonsense. I am doing my best to not cry that I didn't have my trusty iPhone to capture every moment of Oscar & Phoebe's babyhood. It's ok. I have something at least. And one bazillion photos. It'll be ok. I think I might make fancy baby books next. I didn't really do that for either of them. That's something I really wish I'd done in real time. Maybe between my blog and my emails, and we had an old family blog somewhere. Maybe I can cull all the info into a completely awesome baby book. Since it seems I sort of forgot to do that. I need to go research. Seen any amazing baby book projects out there?
Ok I'm stepping outside. I've been working on the spread for hours and I cannot get it right. My PL has caught up to when I started using the Collect and Day One apps. I must have 100+ photos I want to include for this one week. And we did nothing... went to the pool, watched World Cup, went to butterfly house, ate donuts. But I must have documented every step we took. Is it just Summer? Only so many photos of walking to school, soccer practice and doing homework that one can take. But summer! I have a photo of every flower in the garden, every cocktail made, every time they get on their bikes I get out my camera. Because I have cute biking paper that I bought back in March!
I don't know why I'm fighting it. I'll surely end up with a 6 page spread for the one week. I'm not much for editing.
First stab at watercolor lettering. I think I need better supplies. Maybe not use ikea paints. And to read the directions again. Very intrigued by the calligraphy course. Wonder if I can figure this out on my own.
Finally got around today to upgrading my iPhone's OS and was able to download some cool apps for my photos and journaling - Day One, A Beautiful Mess and Collect. Here are some photos from collect, I love it! And day one is awesome. I don't have it all figured out yet but I wrote 7 journal entries already today. This will be so helpful when I go to work on my PL pages.