Nani Iro Ice Cream Blouse

Noelle's Newest Blouse

This is not the first time I’ve made the Ice Cream Dress from Oliver + S.  As you might recall, I did a black with orange polka-dots blouse for her last year when she had little hair and a very clear need for (more) Halloween clothing.  After making it, I certainly put it on her several times and it’s look cute each time, but…  Well, how much need is there for a short sleeved Halloween colored woven cotton shirt?  Practically none.  Plus, we all know it but try to ignore it, quilting cotton can be less than ideal for clothing.  You’re meant to quilt with it, not make a shirt.

Noelle's Newest Blouse

When I fell in love last year with a bit of Nani Iro double gauze fabric, I held off on purchasing it.  I held off far longer than I expected to.  Then the pictures on several children’s clothing blogs started to get to me.  How cute they all looked, I thought, in their little double gauze outfits and how their mothers praised the fabric.  I weakened and bought a metre.  It came to me and I was certain that I’d make myself a shell out of it.

So certain.

Very certain.

Only, the image of Belly in a loose, swingy shirt made from it on top of her cute tight jeans stuck in my mind.  Then, as I wound my way through Joann one day, I spotted tiny bunny buttons.

Noelle's Newest Blouse

I went home with the buttons in a bag and a plan in my mind.  I was going to cut out fabric.  It took me over a month to cut it out, however.  The fabric was so precious.  I hated cutting into it.  Every bit of the leftovers of it is still sitting in my stash and I plan to use it for quilting since there isn’t enough for even a tiny bit of a shirt or skirt or pants.  But, cut, I did.  I even had a hard time sewing this since I was terrified I’d ruin it when I made it.  I’d ruin my plan and this fabric and my daughter would hate it and I’d be angry at myself.

Noelle's Newest Blouse

Well, miracles do happen, because the picture above this paragraph is basically the one I had in my head.  A swingy loose shirt that billows out over tight leggings.  It’s adorable on her.  It can be layered in the winter and worn by itself in the summer.  Better, unlike my knitted goods, she doesn’t act like the act of wearing this shirt will lead to her murder.

I cannot stress how beautifully this shirt hangs and the softness of the cotton is a dream.  I now know why all those sewing blog moms write beautiful odes to Nani Iro.  It looks and feels like the finest shirt.  It is both fluffy and drape-y.  It’s all the things.

Noelle's Newest Blouse

It even got the seal of approval from my two year old daughter who hates everything.  (Seriously, she’s a grump.  She gets it from me, so I understand.)  She is happy to pose in it and just to wear it as an every day item. I hope it becomes a preschool staple next year and that she wears it all winter and summer long.  She didn’t even get too angry about this photo shoot which is really rare.  The only time she yelled at all was when we put the pigtails in.  She has a hate/love relationship with her hair.

Noelle's Newest Blouse

I did eliminate the V at the neckline.  I never really cared for that feature in the first place and it was just added trouble to make.

Don’t mind her blue lips.  I bribed her with M&Ms for even bigger smiles and dancing.

Noelle's Newest Blouse

She totally can’t see the bunny button, but I know it is there.  That makes me happy.  Now, excuse me, I need to go buy a ton of Nani Iro fabric to make her more shirts.  I also need to go get more Oliver + S patterns!

Finished: The Fledgling Featherweight

Fledgling FeatherweightI guess that one of the really great things about being gone from a blog for a while is that you always come back to it filled with things you’ve been working on.  Since I tend to focus on much longer term projects (the cross-stitch that never ends, the blanket of doom, et cetera) that doesn’t really apply to me, BUT…

I don’t know what happened in August, but I went CRAZY GO NUTS.  I knit a sweater in a month. That’s right.  I did.  I started it at one of my knitting group’s meetups and finished it two meetings later!

It’s a Fledgling Featherweight from Knitbot.  It’s knit from a discontinued Schafer Yarns called Audrey that is a single ply lace weight made from equal parts silk and merino.  Or, as my daughter would tell you, made from a mix of thorns and poison ivy.

Every time I go near her with it she reacts with equal parts fear and disgust.  I literally had to wrestle her into it the first time she wore it and she managed to snag and stretch out many stitches.  I promised her she would only need to wear it for a photoshoot and she did not care.

Fledgling Featherweight

I love how her face in that picture is, “God, is my hair okay for this photo?”

Luckily, my husband was there to make her laugh a bit, so she cheered up for about four photos before losing it once again.

Fledgling Featherweight

Fledgling Featherweight

Fledgling Featherweight

I’ll admit that the orange Halloweenish shirt does not show this sweater off to it’s pastel baby unicorn color perfection, but as she had agreed to wear the sweater for five seconds, I dare not take it off of her to try a different, better matched shirt.  I had precious moments to take my photos so I did.  She fully supported the booty dance move to show off the back of the sweater.

I actually made some changes to the pattern, or used some of the supported changes.  First, I knit both the body and the arms to be two inches longer than the suggested length, on top of knitting a 4T for my 2 year old.  Why?  I want this to last.  I suspected she would not want to wear this sweater this year, but I’m hoping that when she’s 4, she’ll be a little more agreeable about hand knits.  Also, I don’t really care for the look of shrunken sweaters on toddlers or small children.  I also chose to do the buttonband/collar in a ribbing instead of the stockinette since I wanted it to lay flat instead of curl.

This was the first time I had ever picked up stitches for a buttonband/collar and I felt it went pretty well, surprisingly!  I think I’m finally “good” at this knitting thing.  It’s only taken roughly twenty years, folks!

Fledgling Featherweight

Fledgling Featherweight

Not the worst stitch pickup, right?! This is my one month to knit young child lace weight sweater! Please note, if I ever decide to do a sweater in a variegated yarn again, you have my full permission to talk me out of it. I think this would have been so much more beautiful in a tonal.

Belly thinks this would be so much more beautiful in the trash. No more knitting for this picky little child for a bit, I’m going to knit for my more accepting older son instead.

Wipocalypse — November 2014 Update

If you want to know how far in the past my brain is, I just had to revise the title of this from “August 2014 Update” to “November 2014 Update”.

So, hey there, to the people who haven’t visited me since August.  You’re probably wondering what I’ve been working on.  I’m working on my ten year old project.  How much have I gotten done since August?!  Not as much as I hoped, but more than I expected I would.  Here’s where we were in August.

Here’s where I am now.

I’m almost done the arch!  But I need to take a break soon to finish a little swap ornament I have planned.  It’s going to be super cute, guys.  I can’t wait to show you next month.

Question of the month: What are your favorite and least favorite materials to use in your stitching?

I don’t even know what that means?  I normally use an evenweave that is not Aida?  I really dislike Aida.  I kind of dislike the linen this piece is stitched on.  I drool over Lugana.  Do we mean different materials though?  I’m kind of an inexpert stitcher.  Sorry for my confusion!



When I was much younger and much more optimistic about people, I used to participate in the occasional blog swap for knitting. I love the idea of meeting people with common interests via the internet and giving and getting stuff. I love to gift things to people and I also, conveniently, love to get stuff.

However, the last blog swap I was in went bad. The person who I gave roughly $40 of yarn to never even acknowledged me on her blog, which she had created during the blog swap signup. She stopped posting totally.

The person who was sending to me sent me very very budget items. She clearly kept way below the recommended amount to spend.

I was disappointed from both sides and it led to me giving up on the idea of swaps, until I fell in love with Instagram. People on Instagram are always doing cute little swaps and I really wanted to join one, so I did! I joined Donna’s Christmas swap which entails us sending a small handmade good, a few scraps of creative stuff, and some other Christmas-y items.

I hope everything goes well. So far, my swap recipient is not posting much on IG, which is worrisome. I have had fun gathering a few small items so far, though.  I also have two small handmade items I’m going to make!  I plan on making a cross-stitched ornament and, perhaps, a sewn cute little holder for putting on a coffee cup!

Anyone else want to do a regular swap with me?

Things That Make Me Balk

I got into a serious conversation with Helen several months ago about what I needed to do to make my blog a more serious one that received more traffic. She gave me great advice and then I ceased to blog. That sounds about right. I just don’t know my angle for blogging. I don’t understand if I’m a family blogger or a craft blogger or a mommy blogger with a craft heavy load. I don’t know what type of blogger I am at all.

I’m happy I took this break. I crafted a bit. I read a lot. I played video games like WOAH.

I don’t know if I’ll be back to blogging regularly soon. I miss it, so I hope so. I’ve done a few knits that have not made this blog yet because of lack of photos. I am freaking out because all of my photos are bad now. My camera is dying. My iPhone is dying. All my technology is dying.

I’m going to try to write once a day in November even if the posts are simple and photoless like this one. This is already an hour late for the first day, but I’m still awake. So, it counts.

I’ll be back to tell you about Instagram swaps, my plans for my crafts, and my children.

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A List Of Swappers in #craftychristmasswap

This is simply for my own reference. It is a linkable list of the people who are part of the IG swap for the Crafty Christmas Swap. The hashtag for that is the #craftychristmasswap.



I really, really, really meant to post more this summer.  And the beginning of September which is sort of like summer, but also sort of like autumn.  I mean, I really did.  However, two young children at home all summer was harder than I thought.  The start of school was harder than I thought.  It’s no excuse, I know.

I visit these blog pages of people with five kids, all under the age of eight, and they’ve sewn six shirts, two skirts, and knit an afghan in one week, and I just get sad.  What’s there secret?  It can’t be sleep, because they appear not to!  They all seem to love to wake up early to have some time to themselves.  Do they ignore both the internet and their children?  Not seemingly possible since they litter Instagram with pictures of their children doing crafts they lovingly devise.

Anyway, here I am. AGAIN.  I’ve got a lot to blog, peeps.  Since you last saw me I knit a sweater for Belly.  It’s laceweight and I knit it in a size 4, and it’s soft like clouds or dream.  It’s made of silk and merino and it’s softly pastel rainbowish.  According to my daughter’s two year old ability with language, it’s also “AHHHHHHHHHH!!  WAAAAAAA!  NONONONONO!”

I’ll post pictures someday.  Maybe.  It took me only four weeks to knit and it was a dream and I can’t get a decent shot of it.

Speaking of photos, my camera is dying.  It’s near death.  The clicker barely clicks anymore.  It’s seen forty thousand clicks, time for a new one!  Only, we also need money for: upcoming Christmas gifts, the eight billion activities our children are involved in, a bedroom set, a living room set, repainting our house, reflooring our upstairs, fixing our banged in dining room wall, getting new non-hideous light fixtures, new iPhones for both my husband and me, and saving up for vacations.  Sadly, the camera is important, you know?  I use it a ton.  I mean, forty thousand clicks!  I’m hoping my mom hits the Powerball and shares her winnings with me, but it’s not looking likely, you know?

Not only have I been knitting on that sweater, I’m finally back on the Snowman Blanket of Doom train, and I started a new pair of socks by Cookie A.

I’ll be posting my autumn crafting plans soon.  I’m just going to go over and start that post now, in fact, so I don’t forget.  I missed writing here.  I miss the feeling of not being stressed.  Do you miss summer?  I kind of miss summer.

Wipocalype, August Update

I totally forgot about Wipocalypse posting. Blah. I hate when I do that. To be fair to myself, after my last posting about it, I took a crafting break. Sort of. I read a lot (about ten new books last month) and just kind of sulked a bit. It was a bad month, is what I’m saying. Mid-summer is often like that for me. I just can’t stand it, and I mentally avoid it by doing things like reading and daydreaming. It’s a bit better in recent years since I have my darlings around to hold and play with, but the heat and humidity and bugs and life just gets me down.


Anyway, last we talked, I had actually completed the stitching on a project and announced I’d be moving back to Mirabilia’s Rose of Sharon.  The last time I showed it to you was in June of 2013.

So, here it is now!

I’ve finished the right side column and extended the flowers a tiny bit, and I’ve started working down the column on the left side.  Not much change, but it’s hard to get excited about it after watching all the new projects available from the Pumpkins.

This month’s prompt is:

Tell us about your oldest and newest WIPs.

You’re looking at it, bub.  I’ve been working on it since 2004.  This sucker will soon be old enough to drive.  It should be in middle school.  Of course, at this point, it’s also my newest WIP.  You all know how I hate having WIPs laying about.

I need to go check out the other posts now!  I love Wipocalypse!


Second Summer Socks

Last November, I got a skein of Lollipop Yarn in destash. I was ecstatic. I pretty much resigned myself to knitting it in 2020 or something and shoved it into my little plastic bin of fabric and yarn. (No lie, I have one bin. That’s my bin. It’s stuffed full, but it’s about six inches deep at most. I have a sad stash.)


But after powering through my last pair of socks for SITS2014, I knew I had a chance of finishing another pair. I immediately cast on using my precious Lollipop Yarn. (I didn’t have the heart to use my most precious sock yarn of all, my Eaden.) I decided to go for a very slightly longer sock, and not my usual anklet.


I feel like my poses are horrible when I model socks for photos. I wish I had sock blockers. At least I didn’t have to photograph my own feet. My little man took these photos and did a good job. I described what I needed him to do and he listened. “Make sure my feet nearly fill the frame. Try different angles. You should be on level with me feet.” He’d get confused but then try again. Luckily, his willingness to wear out the clicker worked for me this time.


Project: Pinkie Promise Socks (Ravel it!)
Pattern:  Afterthought Heels
Yarn:  Lollipop Yarn 75/25 4 Ply
Needles:  Size 1

I didn’t really super care for afterthought heels but I just couldn’t bring myself to break up the stripe pattern. Next non-striping yarn, it’s back to short rows!

Hey, I missed you, what’ve you been crafting?

Kid’s Clothes Week, Days 2, 3, and part of 4

Nathan's Pajamas

Lord, I’ve been working on N’s pajamas for roughly half my life. Okay, that’s exaggerating, but, really, the previous two Kid’s Clothes Week were all about these pajamas. I’d start work on them, get a bit into it, and then just get exhausted at the very idea of working on them. As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to be smart between seasons and just do the buttons then. That gave me the impetus to complete these pajamas, I think!

Nathan's Pajamas

On day 2, I sewed the cuffs to the legs. I also sewed the two legs together and got the waistband to the pants. I then dug through my elastic collection for the 3/4″ elastic I knew I had. I had 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1 1/2″ elastic, but no 3/4″. I cursed and gave up for the night.

On day 3, I went to a knitting meetup with a new friend and we chatted and I forgot to get the elastic. This led to me coming home to try to figure out what I should work on for an hour. What did I do for Kid’s Clothes Week? Um, I spent an hour looking at my patterns to try to figure out what I should do for the rest of the week. What a waste of a day.

Nathan's Pajamas

Today, while out this afternoon, I grabbed some 3/4″ elastic, and I quickly finished the pants and made N change into them so I could see how they fit. They looked great, but N wanted to make all funny faces while I took pictures. After I told him to STOP IT, he started to make bored and angry faces while I took pictures, and kept trying to pluck the pajamas off his back.

Nathan's Pajamas

Things I loved about this pattern were the contrast cuffs and neckband. Things I hated? Trying to get the arms into the armholes and the curving of the neckband. Oh, that neckband. So nice looking and so hated.

Nathan's Pajamas

See the above? I decided to put in a little bias tape bit to show him where the back was so he could put on the pajamas himself. The nice part about this is that the bias tape is part of my great-grandmother’s collection of sewing tidbits I inherited. She had some pinking shears, zippers, and bias tape, and I have them now and use them occasionally.

Kids Clothes Week

Tonight, I plan to cut out some more patterns and I’ve already washed and dried some fabric I plan to use!