Handgemachte Mode hat etwas ganz spezielles. Sie ist oft mit viel Liebe zum Detail gemacht und vor allem sie ist was ganz besonderes, schönes und perfektes. Perfekt ist das wirklich, aber wirklich, wirklich!
So ein schöner Tag aber nein. Wie ihr seht, ich möchte viel lieber draußen sein, anstatt mich um mein Modeblog zu kümmern. Doch ich muss es tun. Das Ding lebt ja von dem, was ich schreibe und, das ist auch nicht von der Hand zu weisen ich habe viel zu sagen.
In der Modebranche bin ich relativ neu. Nur dank eines Projektes, bei dem es um viele Schuhe ging, bin ich überhaupt auf das Thema gekommen. Auch für mich relativ unbekannte Marken habe ich so kennengelernt.
Nein, die Sonne scheint doch noch zu verlockend, also; Leute, ich melde mich noch!
Since this is a knitting/crochet journal and I haven’t had much real progress to report lately, the blog’s been mainly silent.
I’ve stopped my frantic pace working on church sale stuff.� I’m mostly crocheting 12″ squares together for our church crochet group.� I’m even crocheting a few squares to create a pillowghan since the afghan on my couch is at least 20 years old and could use replacing.� I haven’t committed myself yet to making the pillowghan since it seems like such a large project considering I have so much else going on.� Making squares is easy, fast and relaxing.� We’ll see what happens.
Non-crafty comments follow…
I’ve been dividing much of my time between caring for my mom, fulfilling volunteer commitments at my daughers’ school and church-related activies.� These three things keep me hopping most days.� My mom’s still in hospital awaiting a long-term care bed.� I’ve been told this could take weeks.� She’s bored out of her mind and has been crocheting squares.� In fact, she’s made about 8 or 9 squares in the past week and I think I’ll sew them together for her and make a pillowghan just for her.� She’s crocheting so fast, I can’t keep up with her yarn supply needs.� I’ve resorted to buying those huge balls of Red Heart Comfort at Walmart just to keep her happy.
In the past week I’ve:
- visited my mom daily and ran her errands (bill paying, phone calls, etc.)
- went on an all-day field trip with my daughter’s class
- decorated a bulletin board for the church
- taught 30 children how to folk dance over lunch
- practiced music and sang with the choir at the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at the church
- drove the children to their various commitments
- gone to a farm with the kids while they hunted for (and painted) Easter eggs
and the week’s not over yet.� Through it all I’ve still found time to crochet.� On a happy note, we bought a second car!� It’s supposed to make things easier, yet, I think I’m doing more now that I have access to my own wheels.� I’m trying to rest in between all the “stuff”.� The girls are great when I say I’m going to “lie down”.� It’s the only time they don’t fight and I can manage to get almost an hour’s rest at times when I really need it.
All is quiet right now as the kids and hubby are asleep.� I love the peace and quiet.� It’s probably the calm before the storm as tomorrow’s Easter Sunday and I’ll be busy once again.� My mom’s been given a “day pass” from the hospital so that she can come over for Sunday dinner.� I think she’ll like that.
I’ve been crocheting like a fiend for my church sale and I thought it was high time that I displayed some of the goodies I’ve been working on. I’ll have to post more than once to get all the photos in…let’s see how far I get before time calls me away from the computer.
First up, is a little number I like to call the “white poncho”. Original name, huh!
Pattern: Paloma’s Poncho
Hook Size: I
Yarn Type: Red Heart Comfort (that huge 16oz ball you get at Walmart)
Comments: Since the original pattern as written was designed for a small girl, I took my baby measurements from this page and adjusted the sizing myself based on my tension. I liked the way the stitches looked but I prefer this pattern as my model in determining the proper sized poncho panels.
I ended up with 3sts/inch so I chained 28 stitches to start for the first panel, then worked the pattern for 7″. I chained 72 stitches to start for the second panel, then worked the pattern for 7″. I could further describe my mathematical computations here but decided against it to save everyone from boredom. I can elaborate in a future post if requested.
Since the poncho was just “plain white”, I thought I’d add some variegated blue/white/yellow yarn around the border with a simple, 3dc in same stitch, sk1, 1sc, sk1, repeat shell pattern around the bottom. Although Paloma’s Poncho called for a drawstring around the neck area, I’m very wary about lengthy cords on a baby garment. Instead, I created a short, chained drawstring with flowers at each end and sewed it to the front of the poncho instead of threading it around the neckline.
I’m planning to make some matching booties, probably using this pattern. I think I’ll make them variegated with a little white drawstring around the ankles.
Okay, that’s the first one….
Yes, I’ve completely gone off my rocker. I’m now crocheting little animals and enjoying it!
I think that my brain is so full of stuff right now that all I can handle are these cute little animals.
Warning, Non-crocheting content
There is relief in sight. The kids go back to school tomorrow and there will be rejoicing in this household. I love my girls but it’s been a week without a car and so much to do.
Why is it that when you see a chance for a much welcomed break, stuff happens and you turn out to be busier than you ever imagined?
Things were off to a great start at the beginning of the week. We all went to Buffalo for an overnight trip. It was great, a jacuzzi in the hotel, in-room movies, a tasty dinner at a restaurant in the hotel. A place called Houlihans (I think that’s how it’s spelled?). My husband says it’s a restaurant chain in the U.S. I thought at first it was a Hawaiian restaurant because he kept pronouncing it (hoola hands) - yes, he’s got what I call an American accent. We even had breakfast at the International House of Pancakes (which is a real treat for a Canadian - they had 4 kinds of syrup on the table). When I told my friends I was going to IHOP, they had no clue what I was talking about. Of course I bandied around the lingo like a real pro! My hubby’s easy to please. I know because I think he’d died and gone to heaven when they put the WHOLE CARAFE of coffee on the table beside him. Who needs a WHOLE CARAFE? Canadian thinking, I guess. We even paid a visit to a local Target to get some clothes for the kids. The prices were outrageously cheap. $15 for a child’s dress. We’d have to pay $35-40 for the SAME DRESS here in Toronto. Anyway, enough about that.
When I got home, my mom paid us a visit. Unfortunately, she collapsed at my home and was taken away by ambulance. Nothing life-threatening, apparently she hasn’t been taking her medicine. Although I speak with her every day on the phone, she’s been lying to me about her meds. The rest of the week followed with me arguing with the hospital, trips back and forth and juggling bored kids. This was the one week in 52 when my husband worked out of town and I was without a car. Multiple trips on public transit, lots of walking with complaining children. Wow, I really know now that I’m not back to my old self physically.
It’s time for dinner now and I’m pooped. Hey kids, what are we eating tonight? Wait a minute, I’m the cook, it’s almost 6 p.m. and I haven’t started dinner yet. Here’s hoping that next week pans out better than the last one did. Here’s also hoping that your week was better than mine was.