A Weekend of Crafting

I decided last Friday that I didn’t want to do any computer-based work. I was pretty far ahead of where I needed to be, so I took the afternoon off to do some crafting.

I worked a bit on a project for About.com, and I also managed to pull out the sewing machine and some supplies and made this:


If you’re a woman and you’ve had kids recently, you probably recognize this. But instead of buying the name-brand version, I made my own out of fabric I already had in the house and about $3 worth of stuffing. (The pattern is in Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby.)

It really was an easy project, perfect for someone like me who’s not too confident with her sewing skills. It will probably be a little while before I graduate to clothing, but it’s a start.

I spent most of the rest of the weekend working on this:


which looks kind of like a curly mess but is actually the back of the Crossover Sweater from Debbie Bliss’ Essential Baby. Instead of using the Debbie Bliss yarn, though, I went with some Koigu I already had in the house. This is probably the only really pink thing I’ll knit for my little one on purpose, but I do like it.

The knitting went faster than I anticipated for a relatively fine yarn; I basically knit the whole back in a day. That’s the good thing about babies, though, projects for them (particularly garments) tend to be small and relatively quick to work. And it makes me feel a lot better to have something started. Maybe I’ll get a few things off my “to craft” list after all.

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