Saturday, February 7, 2009

Crafty Gifties

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

12 comments:

claibornes corner said...

Oh yeah - love the hat and the apron...hope you "girls" had a good time....

Jessica said...

What a cute apron! Making another any time soon? I'd definitely buy one :)

mindy said...

yep, that beanie is mine.....i absolutely adore it (and i love my apron, too, of course)! thanks again for such a wonderful and thoughtful gift. :)

Mary said...

That's beautiful work Christy. Way to go. I love the apron fabric. Wonderful find.

Christy said...

Jessica - if you re-visit these comments....I've actually been thinking about moving in the direction of selling. But I need some more practice. Wanna buy some fabric and help me design one for you??

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Liz said...

Ok. Seriously. Those are some FABULOUS gifts. :)

Amy said...

I love them both. The apron is to die for- love the fabric.

Jessica said...

Ohhh, I'd love to! I'll start the search for some cute fabric. I don't know how much help I'd be other than that though. . . considering I just learned how to sew a button on:)

Christy said...

Oh yay! So, I'm thinking early March we could get together on it. I'll pull out a couple of patterns and see what we've got. You can look online for some cute fabric, too - sewmamasew.com and pinkchalkstudio.com both carry lots of cute fabrics that are hard to find. Of course, you could always search etsy.com for Lecien fabrics, like the one I used for Mindy's apron. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Jessica said...

Sounds good! How many yards of each fabric do you think I would need to buy?

Christy said...

Probably around two yards total - but it depends on the pattern. So don't buy anything until we know what we're going to make!