Danny and I went thrift store shopping Saturday, and I picked up lots of goodies. I have been scouring the internet for a simple chemise-style shirt pattern and a 50’s style dress pattern, but have had no luck. Guess what I found at a thrift store for $.35 each? A true vintage never-been used 50’s dress pattern and a chemise pattern. YAY! I almost did a little happy dance right there among the older ladies in the craft section! I’m going to change the shirt up a bit (no drawstring), but I’ll follow my dress pattern exactly… at least the first time. I also bought the coolest sheets to re-purpose into dresses and shirts for Bella and myself. My first project for me will be a dress using this sheet:Bella’s first dress is almost finished, and is made with the yellow flower fabric. I’m also going to make her a petticoat slip with lots of ruffles and puffiness. Every little girl needs a fluffy underskirt! For that matter, Mommy might need one, too. 🙂
In knitting news, I have six projects going on. A knit elephant for an Easter present, a knit-in-the-round (my first!) duck-to-bunny for an Easter present, a neck pillow, a bunny blanket, shoes for Declan (converse!), and a sweater is being deconstructed for yarn. It’s hard decide what to do next…
It is very hard to find a pattern for a knit hair net. Crocheted hair net… easy stuff. But knit? I found ONE pattern, but it was from 1940 and I didn’t care for it. So I made my own.
My idea of a hair net is this: something pretty and decorative that can cover my hair when I’m having a crazy hair day. Which happens all too often. (Like today!) I love the old-fashioned hair nets with the big bows on top and have always wanted one. I know, I know… I’m so out of style. But I am in my style, and that’s right where I want to be.
For now, I’ll post a few pictures of how cute the net is, and I’ll post my pattern later. Sunday afternoon is supposed to be my relax time. 🙂
I have two friends who are pregnant, and decided to use my new mad skills to make booties for their babies. My first try turned out great! I was really happy with my stitches and how well I was able to read the pattern. Then I did a second take. The bootie was big enough to fit Bella.
I was very sad, but I had been warned. There were many comments on the pattern (found here) that said the booties were big. Forewarned is forearmed, right? In case you are wondering, I used the same size needle AND yarn that the pattern specified.
So I sadly unravelled my beautiful project and started another pattern. The comments on this one said they turned out super small. Once again, I ignored the comments. (“How do these people not understand how to knit?” I thought to myself, again. “I know what I’m doing and can do this!” Pride goes before the fall. How many times do I need to learn that lesson before I… well, learn it?!) And I enthusiastically knit my bootie… in about 20 minutes. Why so fast? The bootie was so small, it wouldn’t even fit Bella’s doll. This time, it was my error. I didn’t use the specified yarn.
Two booties knitted, one too big, and one too small. I was afraid to try again. But I did. Aren’t they CUTE? Two booties in a little under two hours, and I am a slow knitter. I still need to add a ribbon bow on each, but I’m pleased. You can find the pattern here. It’s easy and fast and the booties are oh so adorable!
Have I learned my lesson? I hope so. From now on, I will read the comments and be willing to take advice!
I posted twice before (here and here) about the adorable knit goat coats and how I really should learn to knit. So I am. I bought needles and gray yarn yesterday. I am making a scarf. And I’m totally doing it! It’s not perfect, I have some bugs I need to tweak (like the fact that my scarf has grown wider by 10stitches. Hmmm.), but I’m doing it. My “teacher” is the Crafty Yarn Council website.