The crafting mojo is coming back. I crocheted and sewed! Woot!
I was able to sew up some baby bibs from the Chickpea Studio Bib pattern before my mother kindly asked that I return her sewing machine this week. Somehow, when she asked for it, I felt a deep sense of mourning. It was literally painful to give back….there might have been silent tears, but I won't confirm this.
I don't have pics of the bibs yet, because I need to buy sew-onVelcro. I have sticky Velcro but figured that was a disaster waiting to happen. I'd considered buttonholes but mom's manual confused the living daylights out of me. If I'm going to break a sewing machine while learning buttonholes, I'd rather it wasn't my mother's.
The painful parting with the sewing machine led me to make a few realizations.
1. Although I still suck at sewing (I suck bad!), I really enjoy it.
2. If I want to get better, relying on my 1960's machine with the temperament of an old grumpy man, is a bad idea.
3. I need to buy my own (new) machine with some of my tax refund. I'm going to start researching and hopefully make a decision on which one sometime soon.
4. Guilt over realization #3 started to set in and then realization #4 occurred. I worked hard all year and deserve a sewing machine to make my crafty fingers happy. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
Ok, I've actually got FO's to show. Pi's second Americal Girl doll (I mentioned that Grandpa got her two of them for Christmas, right? And that he spoils her rotten, even though I've asked him not too?) was jealous that the other one had a poncho and she didn't. This is what Pi told me anyway. So I made a second poncho, also the Lacy Shells Poncho from Luv2Crochet. I went with an easier hat this time though. Just rounds of dc with shells on the last round.
I also saw this Spring Fling Garden Party dress pattern on Crochetville and thought it was cute. Pi wanted it to be a little shorter (great, less yarnand time!) so I made it knee length. I think its pretty cute! It was a smart design because its open in the back, all the way to the waist, so its easy to dress the doll. It closes with buttons instead of being sewn all the way up. Pi wants a second one, but she's yet to pick the colors.
Just to keep myself accountable, I lost 1.6 pounds this week. I'm really happy with that, considering all the cheating I did last weekend. It's a total of 18 pounds now. Not too shabby for 6 weeks!
I'm itching to get back to my lace scarf. Hopefully this weekend!
P.S. - I was flabbergasted at how many of you don't drink coffee. Especially those of you with kids!