my life as a crocheter & knitter & working mom

Friday, April 30, 2010

walking on sunshine

We have beautiful weather weekend on tap! I'm so happy to sit outside tonight in the upper 70s watching B play t-ball. And I won't be shivering at soccer tomorrow morning, for a nice change!

I've got other good things, too. Some extra money at work (performance bonus, give me a woot!) is a nice boost. The best news, though, is that the hubby is not going to have to work this weekend nor 60-70 hours next week. His company is part unionized and the union contract is up tonight. Hubby is not part of the union and would have to work tomorrow and 60-70 hours a week for the duration of the strike. Even though the union had a vote last week and authorized a strike, the current contract has been extended to May 14th so the union can review the company's latest offer. It might just be a two week reprieve, but it swee-eet! Hubby has been mondo stressed about this and he's been driving me up the wall. I didn't realize how uptight I was feeling about it until he told me about the contract extension this morning.

To celebrate the reprieve, the gorgeous weather, and my performance at work, Hubby and I are going to Atlantic City tomorrow after soccer and coming back on Sunday. B and Molly get to spend the night with Grammy and Grandpa. They'll probably have as much fun as we will! We'll hit some tables, have some adult meals, spend time on the beach/boardwalk and maybe catch the Doobie Brothers. I can't wait!

I also had a great time at Purl yesterday with my friend. They've got a great new space, even though it's further away from our office than the last spot, it's lovely. I bought a couple of things.

The large skeins are cotton and will be made into a gift. The red is 825 yds of laceweight and for me, me, me! I wish they'd had two balls of the red. The shawl I really, really want to make needs about 1600 yds. Perhaps I can find more elsewhere....

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

some old projects being worn

I made Billy a jacket over a year ago. He's been wearing it the last two days. He saw it hanging in his room and asked if he could wear it.

I think this makes the fourth or fifth time he's worn it since I sewed it.

It fits pretty well for now. It would be nice if he could wear it in the Fall as well.

Maybe I'll make him a different one, if he wants me to.

I thought I'd post this pic of my Dad in his birthday sweater. I wound up having to add 3 inches to the length, but he loves it.
My friend and I didn't make it to Purl on Tuesday. We're going today instead. I may buy something. I haven't bought any yarn since December...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

photoless = boring

I drafted my new skirt pattern last night and cut out a wearable muslin. I have this navy cotton lawn with a tiny, tiny flower print that will be great for hot summer days. I decided to wait on the Word Search skirt until I have a pattern I'm completely happy with. I decided to go with an elastic waist, but cut it much smaller than I've done in the past. I'll have to shimmy it over my hips!

I really need to take some pictures of things to post. I have two finished skirts (lilac Easter skirt and red corduroy). Plus, I made my father-in-law a pair of Jets shorts for his birthday, just like the ones I made Dave for Christmas.

I have a couple of pairs of socks I've finished that I haven't posted.

I am making very good progress on the project I started last week for spawn of my sister.

Photoless blogs are boring. Especially when the blogger's got nothing funny to say.

My friend and I are visitng Purl's new space today at lunch. If I buy anything, I'll blog it. Just to keep us from falling asleep.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

don't faint, it's another post

I finished my red corduroy skirt started in January. I need to wash it (I didn't pre-wash the fabric) and since the elastic turned pink as I was running it through the waistband, I think bleeding's going to be a problem. I'll try to get some pics to post later this week since I'm not posting about the thing I showed yesterday that I had to rip out and re-start due to inability to follow the pattern.
I'm obsessing about my next sewing project today, so I'll talk about that.

I've got about 5 yards of this fabric (Michael Miller's Word Search in cream and black) and I desperately want to make a nice flowy skirt out of it.

I think I'm going to make a six-gore skirt following this tutorial (not sure if I'll do a zip or an elastic waistband).

I know I should do a version in a fabric I don't love as much as I love this one (so much I'm planning accessories like a sun hat). That way I can be sure that the fit is right and that the style flatters, but I'm impatient and I've got the bug bad.

Monday, April 19, 2010

well, so much for coming right back

I started a little something this weekend. Some yarn I stashed a long time ago has been cast on for something that won't be blogged.

I just had to make new stitch markers. Hubby asked what happened to all the other ones I had. Well, I'm not quite sure where they went, but I like to make new ones for special projects. And this is one of the most special projects ever.