Working for the Weekend

This week starts a new chapter for us, virtual learning. Our oldest started first grade this past Monday, and it is going well. She is has been super independant and LOVING how grown she is with her very own Chromebook (on loan from the school). Every day she wakes up and asks if its time for school yet- a good sign I think. Being able to see inside her early education classroom give me an opportunity to see how much work educators do. They truly are treasures, who deserve to be paid more. A LOT more.
Our youngest starts Pre-K tomorrow. He is so excited about starting “big kid school”, we didn’t find out until a week ago if he was going to be able to go. Priority goes to kids with potential barriers to learning, and then open up if there are any spots left. I think this is an equitable way of doing things.

Working on math games.

Now that all my local school donations have been delivered, I decided I NEEDED new sewing projects. Namely more masks. Honestly, after last week, I didn’t think I would want to sew for a LONG time. But low and behold, I found myself wanting to sew up some quick projects. Between yesterday and today, I put together 25 rectangular (adult) masks and ten “ear protectors” with bulky yarn and comically large buttons. These are going to be mailed to a friend who teaches pre-school out of state. While they are all sewn, I need to wash them, iron, and bag them before heading out to the post office. Honestly, the rectangular ones take less than 10 minutes from start to finish. I listened to “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman. Its a young adult novel, it was entertaining, pretty short, and appropriate if my kids were in the room if my headphones were out.

Not bad for a couple days work.

I may just keep burning through fabric and elastic until my supply is exhausted, I’m genuinely enjoying sewing in the morning with my coffee. I may not be a good seamstress, but I’m feeling pretty confident these days. My kids PJ pants are 4 inches too short, which means its almost time to switch gears and sew some kids pants. About as easy as the masks, to be honest.

Early morning sewing date.

Lastly, a wild hair start, the emPower People (crochet) cowl. I love purple, cowls, stashbusting, and social justice. I’m using an old personal hand dye from deep stash. I don’t remember the base, its approximately sport weight. Wool/Nylon likely. It feels better worked than it does in its ball. Its really working up pretty. Per the instructions, it should take 3-5 hours to complete, something to complete in the morning while I contemplate my next sewing project? For purple being my favorite color, you would think my stash would contain significantly more purple yarn. I should remedy this.

All the PURPLE!!

Productivity with American Gods

While sewing, I have been listening to audiobooks on Hoopla. I used to think I couldn’t do audiobooks, I was wrong. Good thing too, I like to read while I craft. Reading a book with text is not something I can do while I sew! I’ve tried, and failed spectacularly at both tasks. Last week I listened to Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, its 19 hours of narration, give or take. Had I no responsibility, I would have wanted to shirk life and devour the content in a day or two. It is conceivable that had it been a physical text, I would have completed it much faster. I have been on a non-fiction kick with a lot of information and gravity, so a fiction book to escape was totally in order!

(affiliated link)

American Gods was my soundtrack as I finished up what seemed like a million face masks (I had 64 total, 25 that were already done). It made the task fly by- literally some days I lost track of time! I’m not going to review the book, just let you know I loved it. I also listened to it while supervising the kids outside, with headphones on. The text is not appropriate language friendly for early elementary school crowd, IMO (but you do what you want).

Here’s a couple other non-mask things I finished this week.

Its so FASHION!

I finished my project dubbed the HPW Stripe Sweater this morning while my kid was doing virtual school. Just a basic top-down raglan with no formal pattern. Steps were: Cast-on, rib, increase, divide off sleeves, body, rib, cast-off, pick-up sleeves from their holders, work sleeve for a bit, rib, bind-off, repeat for second sleeve. I measured gauge to get an approximate number of stitches required for a torso measurement of greater than 23″. When I first envisioned the project, I underestimated the amount of yarn required, and didn’t think I would need the light green. My kid has a longer torso than I thought! In retrospect, I had enough yarn to make the body 2″ longer- NOT going to go back now.
I used up partial ball stash for this. Its 4 colors of Cascade Sarasota: a cotton/acrylic blend. I cast-on the project back in May, but didn’t actually start working on it in earnest until last week.
Final measurement: 29″ in diameter. Body: 10″ in length. Sleeves: 11″ at the fullest. Sleeve Length: 5.5″. Needle size: US6/4mm.

Over the weekend, I stitched up a runner for the Media Cabinet we put in the living room last month. My spouse does not often request that I craft something for him. So when he does, I am ON BOARD. He had previously mentioned wanting a runner to cut back on glare, but never mentioned knit, crochet, or sewn. I’ve been bouncing some ideas around in my head, but hadn’t started anything. After I completed ALL those masks, I mentioned one morning that I missed getting up and sewing, something I had done most mornings for over a week. That’s when he mentioned that I could make a runner for the living room if I really wanted to sew something.

While constructing masks, I discovered that I had a sizable amount of my favorite fabric purchase of all time left. Honestly, I think its too pretty to be a mask. The fabric is from 2003-2005 era. I bought it to line some knit purses… but only needed a little. Over the years I used little bits here and there. By and large, I was afraid to use it all because I’m not the best seamstress. I didn’t believe my skills would do the fabric justic. I purchased it from Joann Fabrics, so its not like its some ultra-rare hand-dyed work of art. Irrational craft material hoarding alert!! I bit the proverbial bullet and used the remaining fabric to construct the single prettiest thing I’ve ever sewn.

Saturday I took measurements, gathered my materials. For the back: some weird brown pastoral scene fabric I purchased from Walmart. Reasons unknown- likely from 2000-2006. I didn’t have any batting left from my last runner, I improvised with some BRIGHT ORANGE fleece leftover from Halloween 2016 or 2017. I had used it to make a shift dress for my Mommy Pig (from Peppa Pig) costume. For the top, the Batik I’ve been admiring on its pedestal. The fabrics were all 43″ lengths. I cut the Batik in half, measured, then cut equal width pieces from the back and the batting. Sewed the ends together to make a continuous length. I stitched the batting to the back, I don’t have any quilters spray adhesive on hand. Freehanding (with copious clips and pins) a hot pad presented me with lots of shifting fabric sandwich situations- lesson learned! I used LOTS of clips to secure my fabric sandwich. I stitched the top and bottom long sides to further prevent shifting. Spoiler: It worked!!! Then I quilted on the diagonal to the center, eyeballing the width and slope of the lines. I flipped it over and worked the opposite side. I made my own Bias Tape on Sunday, a task that I’m not fond of. I used a continuous strip tutorial. I get it now, but the first attempt was too narrow, 1/4″ wasn’t going to work. My second attempt was 1/2″ double fold.

Lessons learned: measure twice, cut once (re: bias tape), try winding the already quilted side around a paper towel roll to keep it under control (I folded it on itself and it was still unwieldy). Live dangerously and use the pretty fabrics. I’m so excited that I get to see my favorite fabric ever every single day. All I had to do was wait until the right project came along.

Excuse me while I go admire my console runner some more.

Year Of Projects: Week 2

More excitement than you can shake a stick at!

It’s been a bit busy around here. Both kids are going back to school, virtually, this week. There is a lot of prep, but luckily, few shopping trips. Early elementary requires few supplies we didn’t already have. I haven’t written a blog post since last week, which was not part of my initial plan!

Helping hands!

This week was a lot of sewing! 64 masks, in 5 sizes, are washed, pressed, and individually bagged for two schools. One to my kids’ school, the other to the HS at the end of my street. My daughter was a huge help in threading the ear elastics on the shaped masks. It was fun to have her help with a community service project. This crosses off 2 items on my YOP list.

Altruism aside, making this many masks made a substantial dent in my fabric stash! Some of my uglier fabrics were PERFECT for the inner 3rd layer. I have enough “fun” fabrics to make a couple dozen masks to send to a friend who works at a preschool. But for now, I need a couple days/weeks to NOT make a mask.

From earlier this week, a cotton blend sweater for my daughter.

I worked on two recent WIPS, the HPW Stripe Sweater and my Sunspot blanket. I’m on the ribbing of the first sweater sleeve. I had my daughter try it on this morning, it fits with plenty of ease! Based on her past growth trajectories, she should be able to wear this for 2-3 years. I only have enough yarn for half sleeves. Upon completion, this will remove 4 balls for my Stashdown goal.

I don’t have any new photos of Sunspot, but I have another row ready to be whipstitched together! Progress! I like the squares, but I don’t think it’ll become a pattern. At least not in this iteration. I have some ideas to tweak it, which may lead to a pattern.

Old progress of Sunspots.

See you all next week for a YOP update! Or sooner if you can’t wait to hear about my other projects.

Year of Projects Week 1

I made this silly little graphic myself. Thanks, Canva!

A Year of Projects: Blog-A-Long

I stumbled upon a Ravelry group, A Year of Projects, via another blog: Backstage Knits. Most members’ year runs from the first Sunday in July until the last Sunday in June; they are on week 8. As you can see, I’m a bit late, but that won’t stop me from joining in! The group is a loose collective of bloggers who make a plan for the year, then discuss their progress via blog for the next 52 weeks, modifying goals as needed. There are no strict “rules”. You can plan to work through your WIPs, your stash, a pattern book, all of these, none of these. Cool, yeah?

I don’t know about you, but I like an amorphous challenge. The choose-your-own-adventure type of challenge that has no rules, few guidelines, and is more or less completely arbitrary but you personally need to tease out what you want to accomplish. I also know that “SMART” goals are the most effective, so I try to incorporate that kind of planning into my challenges.

SMART Goal Planning

What is a SMART goal? They are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely. Personally, I struggle with the specific part. “I want to make all the things” is not quite specific enough. I have multiple running lists of fiber related things I want to accomplish at any given time- in my head. I jotted them all down in my planner. Bonus for this planner, I can move my list from month to month because the pages are not permanently affixed.

My SMART Goal will be: Complete 20 items off my Total List by the end of June 2021. Since these items are tangible, completion is easy to measure. I have the skills to complete all of these projects, and the materials on hand to complete most of these projects. The goal is realistic in scope, some of these tasks are relatively quick; I just need to DO them. Bam: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.

Lofty Goals

Sewing

I have more fabric than I know what to do with. Considering I don’t sew all that often. Making masks for my family, and now for donation, has been GREAT for destashing! I’m trying to find a positive spin for this pandemic. I want to be able to house my ENTIRE fabric stash in one bin. (This is a long term goal that may or may not be attainable)

I also have fabrics I purchased for specific intent: my Nightmare Before Christmas knit fabric for PJ pants, and some cotton to make my daughter longer PJ pants. I’ve never sewn a knit fabric before, but I purchased a new piece for my machine so it doesn’t eat the fabric and I have the ballpoint needles. Just need to over come the FEAR.

Spinning

My spinning wheel has been out of commission for about 2 years. The treadle connector broke, I have another one. I just haven’t taken the 10 minutes to swap out the piece. Laziness. I have a partial spin in the works too. I want to finish that this year. I also have 2 bobbins of plied yarn “resting”, also for over 2 years. I need to hank it and soak it and give it a good whack to set (2 hours of “work”, tops).

Stash

Self explanatory. For 2020 I’ve 55/100 balls worked. I don’t count the ball as used/worked until the project is complete.
I have a goal of 100 balls to destash/work for 2021.

WIPs

I’m pretty lukewarm on my old WIPs. My 2020 goal is to complete 8 OLD projects, I’ve completed 5 thus far. Most of these projects are on my Ravelry projects page.

Design Projects and Yarn Designation

This is the most exciting part for me! I have a bunch of stash I caked up last month, and have been making plans for it. I have some ideas, but no real planning…. except Chaos Cables. That will be my next design project- once I get my outstanding patterns written/published!

It appears I have quite a few sweaters on the horizon. Not all of the sweaters will be design publications- discontinued yarn is not really a brilliant choice. I want to make sure the yarn is attainable, even if the colorway is discontinued. Its highly likely I will make my own design up for the yarn I have on hand- its how I roll.

Progress:

This week I got the “big kid” sized mask pieces cut out. I ended up with 13. This week I want to sew the fronts and backs, but not necessarily sew them together. 2 lining layers, and the top. I’m going to experiment with sewing both layers of the lining together, as opposed to sewing them separately and then managing 3 different layers. It will definitely take less time to sew by sewing them together- at the very least.

Ready to be sewn!

I’ve also been making a little progress on the Sunspots Blanket, HPW Stripes sweater, and a few rows on my handspun ribbed cowl.

300 stitches of ribbing.

Free Pattern: 2-Row Granny Triangle Bunting

Have you been trying to figure out what to do with all your short (3-5 yard) leftover fingering weight yarn bits? Look no further! This 2-Row Crochet Granny Triangle only needs a few yards PER triangle! You can make your bunting any length and use as many (or as few) colors as you want.

Some fingering weight odds and ends I have available.

Inspiration: My daughter’s school is going virtual for the 1st semester of the 20/21 school year. Her desk space, a small area in our dining room, wasn’t looking very inviting. After the addition of a whiteboard, I needed something to cover the old nail holes that were previously covered. One of the items was a polka-dot burlap covered frame that had been an impulse purchase. Hey, clearance pricing can be VERY compelling. It had been sitting in my craft supply purgatory waiting for… something.

I know its not “insta-perfect” and my dining room has the worst light for photographs. Those things don’t matter, because my 6 year old is THRILLED about her “new” school space. Total cost: $10. Rounding up to the nearest dollar the price of the white board. Everything else was repurposed.

2-Row Granny Triangle Bunting

Materials:

Yarn:
Per Triangle: 3-4 meters of fingering weight yarn
Length to attach the triangles to. To determine length needed: The desired total length of the bunting plus 2″ per triangle to attach. You could also use ribbon.

Hook: G/4mm

Other Notions: Yarn Needle for weaving in ends and scissors. Optional: Mounting Frame and staple gun

Finished size of each triangle before blocking: 1.75″ (4 cm) wide by 1.75″ (4cm) high

Abbreviations:
Ch: Chain
DC: Double Crochet

Pattern Instructions:

2-Row Granny Triangle

Begin by setting up your magic circle/ring/loop.


Row 1: Ch 3 into the loop. 2 DC into the loop, chain 3, *3 DC into the loop, Ch 3* twice. Slip stitch into the top of the initial Ch 3 to complete the round. Pull the loop taut to close. Do not turn.

Row 2 Prep Note: Rotate the piece slightly to the left, you will be making your first cluster of stitches into the space created by the final Ch 3 space from row 1.

Row 2: Ch 3 into the Ch 3 space in the row below, work 2 DC into the same space, Ch 2, Into the NEXT Ch 3 space *3 DC, Ch 1, 3 DC, Ch 2*, repeat into the next Ch 3 space. Work 3DC into the space you worked your CH3, 2 DC into, CH3, slip stitch into the top of the beginning of row Ch 3.

Fasten-Off. Weave in ends. Block, Starch, Iron, as desired.

Prepare all triangles in preparation for bunting assemblage.

You can watch me work the magic ring/circle/loop, work rows one and two.

Assembling the Bunting

You will need:
-Your prepared triangles
-Crochet Hook for attaching triangles to yarn/ribbon
-Length of yarn or ribbon to attach your triangles to. The length of your yarn or ribbon should be the desired finished length, plus 2″ PER triangle. Ex: if you want your finished bunting to be 24″ long with 10 triangles, you will need a length of yarn approximately 44″ long. This length may seem long, but remember, you can always trim DOWN the length, but adding length is not a seamless.

Leave a tail before you attach your first triangle. I suggest 5″ (13 cm).

Working from left to right, For the first corner, insert the hook from back to front, pull through a loop, yarn over, pull the yarn over and the tail all the way through the loop. On the second corner, insert the hook from front to back, pull through a loop, yarn over, pull yarn over and the tail all the way through the loop.
Repeat until all triangles are attached, maintaining a consistent distance between each triangle. Trim any excess length.

A video of me assembling the bunting
Working on the layout.

Assembling the bunting to a frame:

For my project, I made 3 small buntings, finished length about 14″ each. I left ample tails on either side, which I trimmed after mounting.
Position buntings where you want them, and make marks on the backside of the project where you need to affix with staples. You may also use tape as a place marker, be sure to remove any visible tape after stapling.
I secured the yarn with staples to the wooden frame on the back, the side, and UNDER the first and last triangle of each row.

I suggest staples over glue because there is no dry time and staples over tape for better staying power.

Gather your tools before you get started.
An aside, this is the first time I’ve ever used this staple gun! I’ve had it for a decade, at least.

I hope you enjoyed making your 2-row Granny Bunting! What will you do with yours?

Scrap Development

I have this hoarder tendency when it comes it scrap yarn. Not reasonable amounts, little bits that are 3-4 yards (meters). I have weird guilt about chucking it into the trash. I frequently use these little bit to hold sleeve stitches when dividing the sleeves and body in top down projects. Useful, yes. But still chucked into the trash when I’m done.

Bits of colorful pretties!

Inspiration struck me the other day regarding my bits of sock yarn! With about 10 feet (3m), I can make these 2-row granny triangles!

Itsy bitsy Granny triangles!!!

Over the next day or two, I’ll be finishing my project and will share it with you. Its fully of whimsy and is a great way to re-purpose/up-cycle some thing you may have laying around the craft stash.

I’m also considering designing a “fade-style” fingerless mitts or full-on mittens for some of my larger lengths. Still haven’t decided if I want to knit or crochet them yet.

Granny Square Day 2020

I love granny squares. Honestly, I find them easier to work than a back and forth crochet project. My crafty and artsy girlfriends have always been my most important influences! Keeping true to their muse status, its exactly how I was inspired to try granny squares for the first time way back in the aughts.

One of my earliest finished/photographed Granny Square Blankets (circa 2008)

Beside the modular nature of the granny square, I love how quick they work up. I also love that most often, stitch placement is pretty intuitive. This may play into how fast they work up. I don’t usually branch out from the basic granny. Although there are always exceptions. About 8 years ago, I made a few “Squaring the Big Circle” wedding blankets for friends. I also have a hibernating granny hexagon blanket, Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt that I started back in 2019.

Promise, they are actual squares!

Recently, I’ve been getting the wild hair (hare??) to live dangerously and create my own square. I have 4 skeins of each navy and mustard, and 2 of the white. I usually join as I go (laziness), but I plan on sewing these in strips of 5 and then sewing the strips together to complete before adding an undefined as of yet border. I think I’m going to call this blanket the “Sunspot Blanket”.

Free Pattern: Currents Scarf

Grab your favorite worsted and knit this striking but simple unisex scarf! The easy 2-row repeat can worked in a duo of high contrast colors (as shown) or lower contrast  colors for equally beautiful results.

Dimensions: approximately 7” x 64”

Yarn:

MC: Stonehedge Fiber MillShepard’s Wool Worsted (100% Merino, 250 yards) in Harvest Wheat

CC: Araucania Yarns Huasco Worsted (100% Merino, 218 yards) in Wisteria Bloom

Yardage:  at least 210 yards of both MC and CCworsted/aran yarn

Needles: US Size 8/5mm

Notions: yarn needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge:  not critical

Abbreviations:

MC: Main Color

CC: Contrast Color     

            K: Knit

            YO: Yarn Over

            Sl1: Slip 1 stitch as if to purl with yarn in back

Sl2: Slip 2 stitches, at the same time, as if to purl with yarn in back

PSSO: Pass slip stitch over (the knit stitch just worked)

P2SSO: Pass 2 slip stitches over (the knit stitch just worked)

K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together

Ktbl: Knit through back loop

Pattern Repeat:

Row 1: K7, *Ktbl, K1, Ktbl, K11* repeat from * until 10 stitches remain then: Ktbl, K1, Ktbl, K7

Row 2: K1, Sl1, k1, PSSO, *K5, YO, K1, YO, K5, Sl2, K1, P2SSO* repeat from * until 14 stitches remain then: K5, YO, K1, YO, K5, K2tog, K1

Pattern Instructions:

With MC: Cast-On 45 stitches (I used the Long-tail cast-on)

Foundation Row: Knit

Switch to CC and work rows 1 and 2.

Switch back to MC and work rows 1 and 2.

Continue in this manner, changing colors after each Pattern repeat (2 rows), until desired length or until almost out of yarn.

Last repeat: work row 2, do not alternate color.

Bind-off as follows:

Work the basic bind-off on the first 7 stitches (1 stitch on the right needle), Ktbl, bind-off, K1, K2tog bind-off, Ktbl, K2tog bind-off (1 stitch on the right needle), work basic bind-off over the next 11 stitches (1 stitch on the right needle), Ktbl, bind-off, K1, K2tog (bind off), Ktbl, K2tog bind-off (1 stitch on the right needle), work basic bind-off over the next 11 stitches, Ktbl, bind-off, K1, K2tog bind-off, Ktbl, K2tog bind-off (1 stitch on the right needle), work basic bind-off over the remaining 7 stitches.

Fasten off.

Abbreviated version of the above text: use basic bind off for ascend and descend of peaks. At peaks use K2tog bind-off.

Finishing:

Weave in ends. Block if you’re into that sorta thing. Wear or gift your beautiful creation.

Videos:

Watch me guide you through Row 1 of the Currents Scarf
Watch me guide you through Row 2 of the Currents Scarf
Watch me guide you through the Bind-off of the Currents Scarf

New Radio

Just Kidding, just new media (for me).

I’m wrapping up my Currents Scarf. I literally have the bind-off left to do: tomorrow.

My patient piece.

Moving forward, I want to have companion videos for techniques used in my patterns. I have a tripod that holds my phone (which takes surprisingly good quality videos) and a white background for good contrast. I spend a few hours this morning setting up, and recording, re-recording, and re-re-recording videos. These were my first attempts at making video. I don’t dislike them! It was weird to watch my own work for clarity, content, and framing as I was knitting the less contrasting color for the shot I just finished! I ran out of day light (good lighting) and compliant children, so tomorrow I can finish up the last part and get my ends woven in!

Part of my goals moving forward is to re-work and re-imagine some of my favorite previously unpublished designs. The Currents Scarf is the first of these projects! It hails from 2011/2012. I had knit 2 of these scarves in Malabrigo Worsted (single ply). One for me (that I still wear), and one for my spouse (that is practically new). I had written the pattern down for a friend and she typed it up for me. I’ve used the old pattern in a plied yarn, with equally beautiful results!

Hers and His “matching” scarves.

I guess with my foray into new content creation that means new learning goals. My immediate goal includes some basic video editing to cut out the couple seconds of silence as I stop the video. I LOVE learning new things!

Shoddy Seamstress Adventures

I frequently jest about my ineptitude with a sewing machine. Today brings it to a new level of foolishness. Once again reminding me why I generally stick with knit and crochet.

Is it an old sofa? Some dated curtains? NO! Its my oldest fabric/craft stash!

Ever since middle-school I’ve had machinations of becoming an amazing sewist and designing my own clothes. AND LOOKING SO CUTE AND STYLISH AND ENVIED BY ALL THE POPULAR GIRLS. Spoiler: this never happened. In the summer before 8th grade, 1994, my mom and I purchased 3 different fabrics, a light beige solid (that clashes with my super fair skin), a beige backed floral, and a stripe with all the colors of the solid and the floral. We started sewing a babydoll style dress, they were ALL THE RAGE, in the solid and the floral. In retrospect, WHAT WAS I THINKING with these colors…. I still have the pattern in my pattern box, BTW. My mom helped me with all the easy stuff, until it came time to fold over the hems and SEW IN AN INVISIBLE zipper. Then she said I needed to finish on my own. Seriously. I barely knew how to use the machine. And I don’t even know if she owned a zipper foot. Well. The project is still in the same state of unfinished as it was in the summer of ’94. I can sew in an invisible zipper now. But literally have no inclination to finish this ugly dress. Its truly the worst.

Which brings us to today. That stripe? Oh yeah. I STILL had a 3 yard cut languishing in my stash of fabric. I was going to turn it into lining fabric of fabric face masks that I’m sewing to donate to local schools. It looks like an old sofa. Or some hideously dated curtains. The spouse and I were discussing the awfulness of it one afternoon when it dawned on me. IT NEEDED TO BECOME ANOTHER PAIR OF PAJAMA PANTS FOR ME.

This afternoon, I got out a lounge pants pattern and set to work cutting and ironing and sewing. I also decided to make them fancy, by sewing french (enclosed) seams. Do you know where this is going yet? I cut out the pattern for the large, and set to work. My french seams look pretty good. No raw edges on the inside. I was excited. Before I went ahead and did the waist casing, I tried them on over my jeans.

My beautiful encased seams.

OHHHHH!!!! They stalled at my BUTT. You see, I neglected to factor in additional selvage for my frenched seams! Whoops! After dinner, I tried them on again, without my jeans. With some wriggling, I was able to get the pants on. SOOO snug in the hips, but plenty of room around the waist. I think if I had tried to sit down it would have ended disastrously.

Easy Peasy. Never messed them up before today.

Not all is lost. I have a PLAN! Since the waist elastic casing isn’t in yet, I’m going to just add additional fabric to the back. And maybe the side? Nothing to lose. I have a lot of extra fabric at my disposal. Fortune favors the bold, and whatnot. Since they are lounge pants for me, they will never be out in public. Interesting come away: had I sewn them in a knit with a little stretch, they would have been PERFECT. Perhaps I need to sew with knits?

With unfortunate matter of the pants not fitting, there is a MAJOR WIN. My stripes line up almost perfect! And I have finally used my earliest stashed crafting material. Seriously, this has been through 7 moves, 3 cities, and 2 states, spanning 3 decades. Being rid of this stash feels GOOD.

Do you see that seam?!?!?!? Not a couch.

I also ironed 14 small child sized mask that I will finish up next week. Its going to be so easy to finish them now! Honestly, why am I so resistant to ironing?

Top: Ironed. Bottom: Not Ironed.
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