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A friend came over yesterday morning and while we chatted she busied herself cutting out a couple new patterns (how could I have missed out on the Memorial Day sale at Joann’s?). After I delivered Joshua to school, I heard the sewing machine calling to me. I have so many projects in the queue, it is hard to know where to start. I decided on this:


Not bad for a day’s work, eh? If you read Angry Chicken, this may look familiar. It was very satisfying to have a new outfit to give Lizzie this morning. It was especially satisfying since we hadn’t done laundry recently and she had nothing to wear to school. I am happy to report she appreciates my efforts.

I am nearing completion on the Sockapalooza socks. I just have a couple inches to knit on the foot before I start the toe decrease on the second sock.


Our weekend was spent in Madison visiting Brad’s folks. Driving there wasn’t bad. Driving home made us reconsider our summer travel plans. Screaming babe aside, the trip was enjoyable. The highlights for me were a trip to Lakeside Fibers and a rummage through Brad’s Grandma’s boxes of fabric.

Before leaving home, I was instructed to find time to ditch the family and go to Lakeside Fibers. I wasn’t able to ditch the whole fam, but I took Brad and the portable child and enjoyed the brief visit. It was as fabulous as Sarah described. I am itching to get back to spend hours on end knitting while enjoying a latte and the view of Monona Bay. I am thinking a road trip with friends is in order.

I have been hearing complaints about Grandma’s bins of old fabric for years now. The bins are currently housed in my in-laws’ garage and I think they are ready to ditch the whole lot, bins and all. I took the opportunity to look through and pillage. I came home with some fun vintage prints, corduroy, muslin, etc.


This isn’t even half of what I brought home. Many of the fabrics were labeled with measurements. Some had additional notations such as, “enough for child’s shorts”.

Apparently, Grandma is a starter, not a finisher. There were several almost completed garments in the boxes.

A dress that just needs a zipper:


A little girl’s dress that needs a zipper, collar and hem.


Makes me think that I really need to finish each project before I move on to the next.  The problem is the queue just keeps getting longer and longer.

Now I just need a bin to put all of this stuff in…


Finished the first sock for my Sockapalooza pal. Even with the measurements, I am a little nervous that they won’t fit her right. I guess that is the risk you take when you sign on for a swap like this. While lurking around her blog, I started to worry that these socks will not be up to her standards. Sock pal seems to have some perfectionist tendencies and I don’t want to fail her. Thanks to Sarah‘s influence, I am slowly becoming more confident at ripping back and have done my fair share on this project so far. I am looking forward to blocking next (more of Sarah’s influence).

I scored a ball winder at a church rummage sale last week. I actually had to talk them into selling it to me because the sale was officially Saturday and I was there on Thursday. I managed to convince them and got it for $5! I’ve been itching to order a swift, but can only dream for now. When a recent order from Superbuzzy arrived the other day, Brad asked if he needed to confiscate my credit cards. I laughed. He didn’t. Doh! He will just have to stand around with hanks of yarn around his arms while I wind them into happy little yarn cakes. Wonder if that will help convince him? Probably not.


Literally. I fell while walking to pick up Joshua at school. Fortunately, I was wearing Sarah on my back and she was unhurt. I usually wear her on the front and shutter to think what could have happened if that were the case today.  Instead, I bore the brunt:  one of my knees is severely scraped up, the other one just hurts and my only pair of jeans now have a gaping hole in the knee (not to mention blood stains).

Ripped out my second attempt at my Sockapalooza pal’s sock. Gauge is a bitch!


This yarn:


So, so soft! Abby and I got to escape go to the Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival on Sunday. I bought myself the yarn as a little Mother’s Day present while we were there. There was a lot more I could have come home with, but I practiced great restraint. I am contemplating what I should knit. For now, I will just visit this newcomer to my stash and pet it every once in a while.

This picnic blanket (inspired by Amanda‘s):


Brad wondered if I was really ready to put this on the ground and let our children eat while sitting on it. Yes, I think I am. Honestly, it is a little wonky and that would bug me if it were anything other than a picnic blanket. I have been hording the fat quarters for a while now and thought this was a fun way to use them. The backing fabric is an Ikea curtain that I found at Goodwill for $3.

Thrifted fabric :


Another $3 at Goodwill. There is at least 6 yards of this stuff and I think it is screaming to be made into sun dresses for the girls. I think I will follow Erin‘s lead and try out the elastic thread.

Progress on the sock:


Third time’s a charm, right?

The other day I mentioned that I don’t consider myself a “master thrifter”. This was less a reference to any perceived lack of skill on my part and more so the fact that I go so infrequently. That may need to change.

I managed to squeeze in a couple of trips this week while Joshua was in school and came home with several finds. There are the mundane finds, like a pair of shorts for me or boots for Joshua. It is great finding something you need and getting a good deal for it, but nothing out of the ordinary. There are the fun whimsies, like a vintage sewing pattern or a cute pottery bowl. Then there the finds that make you feel like you’ve gotten away with something naughty by paying so little for something so great. I came home with multiples in each category. I won’t bore you with the mundane finds and skip straight to the fun stuff…


Vintage Smock Pattern – $.29

I think I will skip the mini dress, but I may be making the smock forthwith. I’ll have to practice holding my head at a tilt, just so.


Fire-King peach lusterware 8×8 square pan – $2.99



Noritake Palos Verde vegetable bowl

I think I paid $1.50 for this. I didn’t know anything about the pattern, but I liked it and we don’t have a lot of serving dishes so I got it. Turns out the pattern was produced in the 70’s and similar items go for $15-22. Good deal, eh?

In addition to trips to the thrift store, I have also managed to finish my socks (finally!)


and start socks for my Sockapalooza4 sock partner.


Okay, that’s just the yarn. Trust me, I started the sock. Actually, I started twice. First time, it looked like I cast on too few. This time feels like too many, but I may knit a while and see what they are like. Good thing the mail date isn’t until August. Hopefully they won’t take me as long as the ones I just finished. Those took for bloomin’ ever!

Yesterday was a day of ripping. Ripping out a sewing project gone wrong. Ripping back on a sock in progress. Grrr.

I bought Simplicity 4123 a while ago and was looking forward to making one for the summer. When I brought it home my daughter asked, “Who are you going to make this for?”. When I replied that it would be for me she said, “Oh, so when you get skinny, you’ll make it?”. Thanks, honey.

The pattern was promptly stashed away. I finally decided to make it and thought it would go quickly. I was wrong. I planned to try the version with the flutter sleeves but that wasn’t a good idea. For one, I am really not skilled at sewing curves, so hemming the sleeves wasn’t pretty. Also, it really doesn’t work well with cotton. I ended up ripping out a few seams, but fudged my way around ripping out the whole thing. Not my greatest work, but I am hoping that I will have an easier time of it when I try this pattern again.


In the midst of my frustration with the top, I decided that maybe I should put that aside and knit a little to relax. I was in the middle of the heel flap, so it is pretty mindless and relaxing. Until I realized that I was knitting on the wrong number of stitches. Had to rip out a nearly completed heel flap. Did I mention, GRRRR?!?!


Maybe this is a sign that I should start my socks for Sockapalooza 4 soon, so the August mail date doesn’t kick me in the butt.

I did manage a super quick craft today. A small thrifted bowl, scrap linen, wool roving, a dab of hot glue and voila, a pincushion!


Having had the unfortunate experience of sitting on an overturned pincushion, I am rather fond of the idea of a solid bottom surface.