Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sew-jo

I've been looking at patterns and trying to get my sewing mojo (sew-jo) back. I need some new tops and pants.  But I wanted to start small.  And what could be much smaller than a baby bonnet?

I saw this blog post -- and how could I resist (ignoring the fact that I really don't know any babies.....but that's a mere detail)?  The pattern is here

For my prototype I used stash cotton and made the 3-6 month size.  I pressed all the seams in opposite directions (outer shell one way, lining the other) and top stitched all around.  There's a lot of bulk where the folds go....so those are a bit bigger than 1/4 inch.

For the next iteration, I'll cut the center hat on the crosswise grain to give it a little stretch to better ease the side pieces in.  I also found that using a piece of paper made topstitching the ties a lot easier....and it just pulled right off.


But all in all.....it's really cute.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Re-establishing a Rhythm

After finishing tax season, it takes a couple weeks to re-establish my routine and actually get things done.  But I might finally be there.

We'd moved the bird feeders to a tree on our patio for better bird-watching....but they were trashing the tree and patio.  So we moved them to a slightly different, but still visible spot.  And started to vac the patio.  Yes, it looks ridiculous to vacuum the patio, but we needed to clean up all the discarded seeds and empty hulls tossed around.  Just a bit of daily maintenance, including washing out the bird bath, makes all the difference.

I can't get a good picture, but a rose-breasted grosbeak has arrived on scene.  Very handsome.  And while it was exciting to see a big hawk -- the fact that he caught a dove was rather unpleasant -- especially cleaning up all the feathers left behind.




The spring flowers are popping out everywhere.






And I found a sweater pattern that just spoke to me.  It's Auster from the latest edition of the Twist Collective. I'm converting it to a vest because I don't like heavy sleeves.  It's not often that I see something and want to make it immediately.


Yes, I'm knitting it on straight needles.  I don't understand the disdain that's shown to people who use straight versus circular needles.  It's as if we're some sort of lesser knitters.  People -- get over yourselves.  There are real problems in this world -- and that's not one of them.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Signs that It's Really Spring

We've definitely turned the corner to spring.  Some key indicators......

  • The calendar says 15 April has come and gone -- another tax season is in the books.
  • All the snow has melted from our patio and roof.
  • We can open the windows.



  • The crocuses are up and blooming.



  • The birds are at the feeders and nesting in the bushes.  We especially love the woodpeckers hanging off the suet.