Monday, July 11, 2011

Sling # 1 Finished!

slingrings
The rings for the new baby sling arrived on Friday. For some reason I was thinking that one ordered them singly (which would not really make sense) so when I ordered two of each color I was actually ordering two pairs of each. This is not a problem as I planned to make us two slings each anyway.

fabric
This is the fabric I bought. I had already ordered purple rings so went for something with some purple in it. It's a heavy cotton/linen, that actually seems like it might be a bit much now that it's made (another reason I'm making several.) As it happened, we were doing laundry on Friday so I had this in the dryer when the post arrived with the rings.

finished sling
I had to hand sew the last of it as the layers were so thick. I may altar the pattern a bit for future ones to make that easier. Once it was finished, I threaded it, tried it on and had to make sure it would work for carrying. Who says cats aren't my first babies!

When I was finished with the sewing machine, Spouse decided to take it for a spin and learn it's action.
DoctorMO sewing
Since he'll be making the cloth nappies, it was a good chance for him to get used to the machine. It was just some scrap fabric, but he got to see what it was capable of and then went on a hunt for nappy patterns. One suggested buying flannel shirts at the Goodwill as it makes the nicest outer layers. Since we have a Goodwill just down the street, this sounds great to us. Next step: sourcing diaper pins!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Sew What

I've not been sewing at all. All my grand schemes of homemade maternity and baby clothes are as dust. But I did find something easy to make that might get me inspired! A Baby Sling!

Spouse and I are pretty much on the same page in terms of how we're going to care for this upcoming child and baby wearing is part of that. However, there are several different types of slings and other carriers out there, none of them cheap, and how do we know which kind we'll like? I had been gravitating toward ring-adjusted slinks like the Maya and lo and behold they have a pattern to make your own on their site! I've gone ahead and ordered two sets of rings and now need to hit the fabric shop!

In other pregnancy-related news, I keep waiting for that nesting instinct to kick in where all I want to do is clean. I've done some random cleaning, like scrubbing the cupboard doors in the middle of the night, but that's mainly because I can't sleep because of RSL and start to get bored. I think I'll scrub the floor the next night I'm up (probably tonight). If I make a nice list of things that actually need cleaning, I might have a spotless home. Not that I'll really appreciate it since I'm a bit of a zombie from sleep deprivation (I know, get used to it. But honestly, babies actually do sleep more than 2-4 out of 24 hours, which is what my nights have been like)

Spouse has been pestering me to start baking bread again. We've been running out a lot and I just haven't been motivated. He convinced me that if I prep the dough and set it out to rise before I leave for work, he can take care of the baking before he leaves. Sounds like a plan to me! I might even slip in some nice risen sweet rolls in the mix so he can have a treat to take out of the oven as well.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

News from the homefront

seedlings
Greetings! As you can see, I'm not the only thing growing here. I planted some basil seeds in our seed sprouter and they seem to be coming up nicely. With luck we'll actually be able to have some homegrown herbs this year, in spite of our city status. I am going to try to set them outside later so that they can get, hopefully, more light than our living room provides.

crumble
And speaking of things what grow, my darling Spouse came home with a huge bag of produce yesterday. There's a group that sells low-cost organic produce at the housing authority where he's working. He didn't want to take any last time they came even though they offered, but this time he gave in. The haul included a very large amount of rhubarb which he took because no one else wanted it. His first thought was a nice crumble. He ended up making three, one of which he gave away. It might not look pretty, but it sure is tasty.

muffins
This morning I took a few more spears of rhubarb, because even after three crumbles we still have lots left, and made rhubarb and mixed berry (frozen berries) muffins.

Chopping the rhubarb this morning made me all nostalgic. Fresh rhubarb tastes and smells of springtime to me. I remember having a big bush of rhubarb near the house when I was very young. I don't know if that memory is actually correct, but it feels right and makes me smile.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Sorry I haven't posted

I haven't been posting here as I've been working on a little side project that just became public. And no, I haven't been sewing as I should but I have at least gotten this pattern cut out
maternity dress
and ready to alter.

I'll need to enlarge the bust quite a bit, but then bring the shoulders back in. Fortunately I bought some Swedish tracing paper which you can actually sew and use as a muslin. Now I just need the motivation to get going! My constant fatigue has subsided now so I should be able to do a little bit before it gets too warm.

Most likely I will be getting my fabric at the new Stitch lounge Gather Here. I KNOW I'll be going there when it comes time to make button holes! My machine doesn't have a button holer and I'm not really good at doing them by hand. I will, of course, be delving into their yarn stores too for soft yarns for a new small body. If I start now I might even finish a receiving blanket! But knowing my procrastination, that sounds like a pipe dream already.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Hello 2011!

Happy New Year!

I'm not one to make new year resolutions (you know, because I break them) but may just set myself a new year goal this year. Not weight loss (which is my constant struggle) or exercise (already have Spouse nagging me (because I asked him to) for that) or packing a lunch every day (although I did bring in three days worth of meals today) but sewing.

This year I would like to make one item of clothing per month. The item need not be elaborate, even an accessory could do, but I would like to make use of the expensive sewing machine repairs and this seems rather practical. I may even go all out and finish some of the knit UFOs lurking in the closet as well!

So that's the plan for me. Anyone else have any goals for the new year?