What is next, my lovelies?

The big X-mas is around the corner. Its newly November and already the grocery stores and shopping malls are playing "Jingle Bells". Terrible ploy to start your pockets shaking. Well, Crafters, it doesn't have to be this way!!! They do serve a purpose by reminding us that we only have 44 days til Gift-apalooza. They remind us that Cousin Jimmy's sweater won't finish itself and Grandma Betty's afgan will be Grandma Betty's scarf if you don't get your needles moving!!

Come on troop, left, right, left, right, knit, purl, knit, purl...

By the way, I totally stole the sad little boy's image from the internet. I have no idea where, so don't give me credit (or take any for yourself, greedy booger).


Backpack Baby, oh yeah

I am so proud of this project. I made my little girl the characters, Backpack, the Map and a star, from Dora the Explorer. Dora (she says Dee-uh) is my 19 month old daughter's favorite show. I hope that she will love this cute little trio. I love to see her little face light up when she is excited. Christmas should be fun (if I can wait that long to give it to her).
I machine sewed most of the project with only a small amount of hand stitching. I used a standard stitch with no frills so this is, by far, an easy thing to create. Freehand drawing means no pattern, so one step is eliminated. The faces are painted on by hand with washable/dryer safe Tulip paints. (The kind of paint we made t-shirts with in middle school.) This entire project took about two evenings. It takes a while for the paint to dry and, well, I have a 19 month old who requires ...demands attention. Honestly, the cutting and sewing took only a couple of hours.
The bag is lined with pink flowered flannel. It makes the bag soft and ready for a bit of a beating. This was helpful when I ironed the bag (which should be done BEFORE painting on the face) to smooth out the folds. The star and the Map are both stuffed with basic fiberfill and hand stitched closed.
The best part about it is that the whole project is washable. The instructions call for a painted garment to be turned inside out for washing. I simply drop it in a pillow case (trusty old laundry saving friend) and tie it closed for a normal wash. Drying is up to you. Machine drying of a handicraft item is for the brave of heart. I find myself being the "lay it flat" type for something I put alot of time into. Give me a few years, though. With a few kids around, I'll be saying, "Who cares how it gets dried, they're lucky its clean!!"


Ready, ready, sweaty...

I am not afraid of commitment. I have gathered the courage to try my first sweater. I'll be attempting the Skully Sweater from Stitch n Bitch.

I have lost weight due to medication and dietary changes from this illness. I am in need of a few new wardrobe pieces, but I don't want to go shop. I'm not through losing weight yet. I plan to make the sweater for myself and make it a little too small for my current size. This way, it should fit by the time I finish it. Weightloss will inspire me to knit and the sweater's imminent completion will inspire me to drop some more weight.
Now, off to the yarn store....

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