Zoe hasn't been interested at all in the idea of me knitting something for her this fall/winter, but she and I finally decided together that legwarmers would be fun. These were the first pair and I'm working on a second (thin, single row rainbow colors in between 5 rows of black) and I plan on making as many as I feel like in different colors so she can mix and match them. This rainbow pair is a little loose so I'm making the second pair a little tighter. For these, I cast on 38 stitches then did 5 rows of ribbing (k2, p2) and stockinette stitch (5 rows per color) until the last color when I did another 5 rows of ribbing before binding off. I knit them flat and then sewed the seam when I was all done. I actually think these are a better beginner project than the typical first project scarf. They are shorter so they go faster. I'm trying 32 stitches for the second pair and I think they'll fit a little better...
For some time now, I've been wanting to improve my sewing skills but am having a hard time organizing my thoughts around it. I suspect I may not be giving myself enough credit for the skills I do have, but I have yet to feel like I can really hold my own and make a nice looking piece. Whenever I do happen to come across a pattern I like, I inevitably mess it up somehow and decide to scrap the pattern and make it work however I can even if it comes out looking kind of crappy. I guess I might be a sewing rebel in that way, which is fine but I do wish I could call myself a reliable seamstress if nothing else but for the fact that it might help me if I decide to go back into wardrobe at some point. Anyway, I do enjoy playing around with refashioning once in a while, and these are my latest attempts:
Two old favorite shirts that I've never wanted to just give away, but don't really wear anymore because I don't like the way they fit me....
|These pants are kind of lame, but I'm using them anyway. I made them out of a plain old thermal of mine...got the idea and instructions from the book The Creative Family but there wasn't really enough material in the shirt to make them properly so they are embarrassingly messy. I have trouble finding pants that work on Owen though so since they are the right length and are comfy for him, I'll use them.|
|Had to be sneaky about getting a picture of the skirt in action. My incessant picture taking is finally wearing on my kids and more and more they run away or scowl when I get the camera out.|
|The kids worked on nature collages this morning...they sweetly worked quietly side by side for a half hour or so.|
|Owen proudly showing off his finished product...|
|...and Zoe hers!|