Thinking through the things I made this winter I feel like I did almost as much knitting as I did sewing so I’ll probably include some pictures of knitted pieces.
I’ve had a lot of fun over the past couple of months learning all the new features on my new computerized sewing machine. I did NOT want a computerized machine and even told the saleslady that. However, when she showed me how the machine does button holes I was sold! Button holes have never been a strong point for me (in spite of my love affair with buttons), and they are sooo easy on this machine. Bring on the buttons!
Without further ado here is how I did…
re-usable cloth paper towels– still on my list – someday I’ll get this one done – and now it’s STILL on my list
- pajama bottoms for all of my boys and also pajama sets for my three youngest – I’ve already started this. This one I did accomplish. It included three full sets of pjs (tops and bottoms) for my three youngest boys with an extra set of bottoms for each boy, and two pajama pants for my oldest son and one for my second son. Working with fleece is easy and fun. These pjs all went together fast. I don’t even use a pattern for my big boys. I just lay their old pjs on the fabric and make adjustments according to how they say the old pair fits or doesn’t fit.
curtains for my bedroomand one for my little boys’ room – I’m about 90% finished the curtain for my little guys. It’s up, but I need to take it down and do some adjustments so they fit better.
- I really want to make an
overnight bag for myself. You know how it is when you have something to make for yourself – you usually put it off in favour of sewing for someone else. a pin cushion/sewing mat– I had a pattern all set for this. Then I saw something I like better. It has an attached bag for throwing all of your cut threads and fabric scraps in. I just need to figure out how I would keep it weighted. That statement will make sense when I make this and show you all.
- I know I’ll be sewing gifts too this fall. Oh, yes! I made tons of gifts. Some not pictures are messenger bags for several little guys and a dressy skirt for my youngest daughter.
nightgown for my middle daughter
Hand sewing a sock rug
a messenger bag
- I’m starting to more formally teach my two youngest daughters how to sew. One thing we’re going to work on is a quilt top using leftover fleece from all of my projects over the years to make the quilt squares with. Fleece is a very forgiving fabric so it’s a good material to use for beginners. We did this and I wrote a couple of posts about this which you can read here and here.
And for the knitting…
Altogether I knit eight pairs of socks this winter. These are the biggest and smallest pair.
I also knit three scarves. Two on circular needles for my two oldest boys and a gorgeous cable knit (I love cable patterns) for my husband.
I enjoy doing these update posts. In the day to day living I sometimes feel like I’m not getting much accomplished especially when my to-do list never seems to get any smaller. Laying it all out here shows I really did get quite a bit done.
What did you do this past winter? I enjoy reading about other people’s projects.