May 30, 2010

Fun Kid Pillows

A year or so after I started knitting, I decided I wanted to try sewing too. So I got myself to a fabric store, bought some T-Rex fabric for my dino-loving boy, and hand-stitched two 20x20-ish pillows. I felt clever sewing a tiny taggie in the lower-corner of each pillow and ironing on a "Made With Love By Mom" decal. (hehe) Then I stuffed the pillows with fiberfill and ended up with the two yellow pillows in this picture!

Many months later, after buying a sewing machine and feeling fairly confident with it, I made two train-themed pillowcases to fit two 14x14 pillow forms that I bought at JoAnn's (I even sewed on zippers. Ha!). Then, on a subsequent trip to the store, I let my son pick out some fabric for yet another pillow case, and he chose Mickey Mouse. I decided buying pillow forms was getting a little pricey so I made my own pillow with leftover fabric and fiberfill and then put a newly-made case over it. Voila! It's a little lumpier than the store-bought pillow-forms, but so what?!?

May 22, 2010

The Scarf

Doesn't everyone start with a scarf? This was the first item I ever knitted! It took me all summer knitting this red seed stitch scarf for my son. But I am so proud of it! Why did I choose a seed-stitch project for my first one? I have no idea. I guess I just thought it looked cool. And it does! My husband calls my son "The Red Baron" when he wears it. See this action shot here.

May 18, 2010

Pixie Hat

I made this cute pixie hat from a ball of leftover Debbie Bliss cashmerino, based on this pattern. I think it turned out pretty well despite some problems:
1. I ran out of yarn.
2. I didn't understand the finishing directions.
3. I wrote an email to the knit designer and didn't hear back so I had to figure out something to make the hat work.
It's a little big on my daughter right now, but I figure it's better being too big than too small. Oddly enough, the size for this hat was 6 months and that's the age of my daughter in the picture. Oh well! I attribute the errors to numbers 1-3 above! I still think it's cute!*
*Cute when it stays on. She loves to pull it off, or slide it back off her head which then make the chinstrap a bit of a problem...

May 15, 2010

Debbie Bliss Hat

I made this hat for my daughter while she was still in utero. Once I found out she was a girl, I found some pink yarn in my stash and got to work. The pattern is an easy one from one of Debbie Bliss's baby knits books. It was quick and easy to do!

May 12, 2010

Many Hats

One of the first things I started to knit (once I learned how to knit and purl) was hats. My son got several of them and since my daughter arrived, I have made three for her. My son definitely has his favorites -- like the pumpkin hat which was intended for the Fall season only. (ha!) And it's also the one I've received most comments on from strangers. Being the brightest hat in the bunch, I can also always spot my son in a crowd!

May 5, 2010

Let's Get Started

For the past 2+ years, I've been what I never thought I'd be...crafty. I never considered myself crafty before I had kids, but as soon as my son hit 6 months, and I started to get more sleep, BAM! I had this crazy desire to make things.

I taught myself how to knit. Then I bought a sewing machine and taught myself how to sew. And I've been addicted to these two hobbies ever since. I wouldn't say I'm great at knitting and sewing, but I'd say I'm good enough. I'm only making things for my kids and seeing them sporting a homemade knit hat or squeezing a homemade pillow makes me really, really happy!

I love to read other craft blogs and I thought it might be fun to create my own. I'm having fun and not making everything perfect all the time (my inner perfectionist is turned off with these hobbies. I would seriously drive myself crazy otherwise!).

My kids are my inspiration! we go!