It's getting to be about time for a crafty post around here, don't you think? It's been a long, dry month as far as creativity is concerned for me. Lest you think I've been making things all January long, you need to know that what I'm about to show you is partly Christmas craft. Mindy and her Christmas apron have been very hard to photograph. She prefers to be behind the camera, I think. I finally cornered her tonight at a family get-together (in celebration of her & my mom's birthdays). Unfortunately, it was already dark, we were inside, and my camera's aperture only opens up to 2.8. Sorry that these are not sharp and beautiful photos. Also, I had to resort to using the flash.
Apologies aside, here's the cute little apron. It's from the "A is for Aprons" book that I bought earlier this year. I wasn't completely in love with the pattern once I started making it. I'm something of a sewing novice and the instructions weren't as clear as I'd like them to have been. But I managed to muddle through and pull it together.
I saw this cute fabric in an online fabric store. It's a Japanese cotton print by Lecien. I love it. I saw those little squirrels and the red partridge and it just screamed "Mindy!" to me.
I love how it looks with the red and white polka dots so much, but when you trim it up with this sweet little green velvet ribbon? Oh, my. I can't take it.
So, Mindy's birthday is around the corner, too. But since it's so close to my mom's birthday, we usually celebrate them together. I knew she'd been wanting one of these slouchy berets - the Le Slouch by Wendy Bernard. I had the wrong weight of yarn, so I had to fudge the pattern a little bit. Heh. Is anybody out there surprised that I tinkered with the pattern? I didn't think so.
Anyway, I was doubtful as I knit it up. It seemed like it was too small. It didn't seem like it was going to slouch right. I re-started it no less than three times. but as soon as I started the decreases at the top of the hat, I was in love. I may even make one for myself!
Because I'm pretty sure Mindy's keeping this one.
DAILY BLISS: taking in a matinee