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Worth Knitting For

“It’s always obvious which people are most worth knitting for…”

That is what my other dear knitting friend said when I thanked her (briefly via email) for the sweater she sent CJ.  She also said a few other things that brought me to tears!  I’m starting to think the real goal here is to make me cry…

Here’s gift #2…

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imageA Baby Surprise Jacket (by Elizabeth Zimmermann) with a brilliant unvention, to use EZ’s phrase, rib-cuffed long sleeves!  Brilliant!!!

imagePerfect!!!  Now here’s the best part… I dare you to read on and not need a tissue…

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Told you you’d need a tissue.  I know this is meant to be worn and loved but I just want to frame it.  I want those messages of love to be daily reminders for my boy.  Sarah also hoped for a son for me.   I’ve chosen my friends very wisely!  Our sons even share the same name, spelled differently (Julian & Jolyon) yet equal in beauty.

Thank you Sarah for the jacket, your love and ever-present support.

Knitter to Knitter

When someone gives you a gift there is clearly love and thought and well wishes behind it!  When a knitter gives you a gift there is also the element of time!  Yes the other gifts took time to purchase, wrap, etc but a hand knitted gift takes hours and hours!  Those hours could have been spent doing tons of other things but the knitter spent those hours on you… On making a gift for you!

This post is one of two, to show off gifts made for my son.  My friend Carolyn’s gift is up first…

imageWhen she handed this to me, I just held it and looked at it for the longest time.  I couldn’t say a word.  I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was!  And the work involved…the time involved, the time spent, left me speechless.  My dear friend knit this on #2 needles with sock yarn.  For you non-knitters, that’s a lot of stitches,  effort and there it is again, time!

imageWhen this was made my baby’s gender was unknown.  She was secretly praying for a boy and chose red, still gender neutral but would look gorgeous either way!   I would come to know later that many people wanted a boy for me, we’ll talk more about that later.  Let’s admire some more.

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My favorite part is the “attached” socked feet!  Does it get any cuter? Um, no!  I wish I had an “action” shot for you but it is way to big and really doesn’t show the beauty.  In the meantime lets see those feet again.

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A perfect little baby sock! I can’t stand it, really I can’t!  This should be just the right size when the weather really gets cold.  Actually at the rate my boy is growing he’ll be in  it even sooner.

To my friend Carolyn, I’ve said thank you in person, via written note and now online!  Can you tell how happy you’ve made me!  You are one of my dearest friends and I love you.

From one knitter to another… Knit on!!! And I get it, on all levels!!

 

 

October 3, 2014

Wow, there sure are a lot of cob webs in here…

But no worries, I’m here now and there is sooo much to share.  First off, I am now the extremely proud mummy of a brand new baby boy.

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Christopher Julian Robert was born on Friday October 3rd at 12:19pm.  It may sound a bit dramatic but I can finally say my vision of my family is complete.  How’s that for being creative!!!  I’m so creative I make babies..hee, hee…

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And my other joy is quite happy and excited about her new baby brother.

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The introduction was so beautiful to watch…

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We’re settling in quite nicely…

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Best buddies for life…My two babies!!!!

I wish I could explain to you how wonderful, exciting, hard and emotional the last 4+ months have been but that would take another 4 months.

Let’s just go forward from here.

Shall we…

When I was pregnant with my daughter Kira, my one and only hobby (reason for living) was knitting.  I had grand plans to my new baby lots of warm goodies to keep warm and snug.  But as fate would have it I developed carpal tunnel syndrome which caused non-stop pain in the last two fingers of both hands.  I tried to knit through the pain but eventually I lost the battle and was only able to complete a few items.

Now everyone says each pregnancy is different so when I learned of my new pending arrival I grabbed the needles and got to work.  All the while praying it wouldn’t happen again.  No such luck.  It has happened again and  it’s even worse this time around.  I was stuck the first time having had only one trick in bag but not this time.  In the five years since Kira was born I’ve learned a thing or two.  And all I can say is thank heaven for my machine and hand sewing skills.

All that said, here’s my little babe’s first toy.  I’d like you to meet Basil the Softie Bear (pattern by Nana Company)

I wish you could feel how soft and sweet this little guy is.

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I followed the instructions to the letter, using linen, wool felt, hand sewed the details, etc.  I really love how it turned out!!!

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I stuck with a polka dot fabric theme, even found dot grosgrain ribbon in my stash.

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And here’s the back…

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I slipped stitched the back closed…I highly recommend acquiring that skill.

Can you stand all those adorable dots? I can barely.

There is supposed to be a little patch on the back that reads, “This bear belongs to (then you fill in the baby’s name)”.  I’m going to have to wait to add that a bit later.

Thank God I can sew because even though I can still knit albeit very slowly. I think I would go insane and take everyone with me if I couldn’t make something, anything at all.

And if you’re wondering what I have been knitting here’s a little peek.

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I think this little bear will go quite nicely with the hand knits.  Don’t you think!

 

Peanuts

I don’t know if you noticed but in the last post there is a great picture of Kira standing in front of a bouncy castle.  There is no way to describe the squeals of joy, surprise and excitement on my girl’s face when she saw that castle all blown up.  It was the icing on her birthday cake for sure.

So of course I had to find a special way to thank the very generous lady who lent us the castle.  And here it is, her “thank you note “!  She is a huge fan of the Peanuts so guess what?  I made her a Peanuts mug rug!

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The look on her face when she opened the package was almost as good as the look on Kira’s face when she saw the castle.

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I had some Charlie Brown fabric in my stash that had all the main characters on a black background .  So I cut them out, appliqued them, and voila!

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And there is my favorite, on a star!

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The back is the best part, I think,  not to mention the mug rug shape.  “You block head…”, how could I not make it a square?

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I love it!!  And so did my friend!!

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Happiness is!!!  Thank you again Elise, you’re the best!

 

Happy Summer

I really can’t get my head around how fast time flies.  There has been so much going on here at Casa de Earthtones Girl where do I begin to catch you all up.  I’ll let pictures do the talking for me.

My sewing machine is still sitting here waiting for a new home. That’s all I have to say about that…

Moving on…

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Kira turned 5 years old and of course we had a big party to celebrate.  A Frozen party!!!

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Look at my big girl!!

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One of the things she asked for this birthday was horse back riding lessons.  So guess what, we’ve started horse back riding lessons.  And she loves it!!

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We announced the pending expansion of our family…(I’ll update you more on that in another post)

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My Aunt Dianne paid us a very long overdue visit and met Kira for the first time.  It was very special for all of us.

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And someone graduated from nursery school!  Not as big a deal as high school or college but still very moving for us.  It seems so corny but I really can’t believe how fast she’s going up.  Next September, we’re off to Kindergarten!!! Sorry the picture is so faded and blurry…technology failed me that time (great timing right).

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Here the graduate with my parents…I love this picture!!!!

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And what better way to welcome summer than with a backyard birthday party.  Here’s my girl with her best friend. Cake, Ice cream, a bouncy castle and best friends…Can’t get any better?

I hope you’re all enjoying the first day of summer!!

Have a happy and safe one everyone!!

 

One Too Many

To put it simply I have to many sewing machines and it’s time for a sale.  I have several antiques which I’d rather cut off a foot than sell.  I also have my first machine, an old Singer my aunt bought for me from Woolworth.  Who remembers that store?  And now I have my two loves, the Bernina 440 QE and 750 QE.  But before I took the Bernina plunge I invested in a Brother Innovis 40 (used less than a year).  It’s a great sewing machine but I wanted one that had a little more to offer.

That said I’m selling the Brother!  And here it is!

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A few months ago I was helping a friend choose a new machine and almost all of the features we discussed are a part of this beauty.

1.  Speed control

2.  Needle down

3.  Drop in bobbin

4.  40 decorative stitches

and lots more.

I was going to do a full write up but there are only so many hours in a day.  You can read all about it here on the Brother website.

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It comes with 7 accessory feet, standard.  But there included are a walking foot, darning/quilting foot and 1/4″ patchwork foot.

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There are also about 20 extra bobbins.  Rather than emptying them I would just buy new ones!

The manual has a few folds from excessive referencing.  But still in great condition!

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The storage area is very convenient and easily removable.

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I’m also including a hard carry case.

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It’s came in very hand for me for storage as well as keeping it clean and all parts and pieces in one place.

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So there she is!!

Now I contacted the dealer, Hartsdale Fabrics, where I purchased the machine to double-check on pricing, etc.  I paid $449 (plus tax) for the machine.  Than approximately $200 for all the other accessories (including the carry case).  The MSRP is $649.

I’m selling this machine for $400, not including shipping.   If you or anyone you know is interested please feel free to contact me, via  email (dennig@hotmail.com) or you can send me a message via my Facebook page.

 

 

 

I can’t even tell you how touched I was by all the wonderful comments both here and on Facebook over my baby news.  Thank you all SO much!!!  I honestly have the best family, friends and readers ever!!!

So now that the cat is out of the bag I can start posting again!  I do have one big project going on right now for a dear friend but in between working on that and living life my babe’s wardrobe is starting to grow.

Baby D is due the first week of October and will need lots and lots of warm goodies!  For the longest time I’ve wanted to sew booties.  I’ve knit them before but there is something beyond adorable about a pair of sewn ones.  The booties below are my first attempt.  Not to bad but not great either.

I decided to combine two patterns.  This one and this YouTube tutorial.  As you can see the heels are different.  The heel on the one on the right (sewn first) is way to small.  The elastic kept slipping on me as I tried to sew it.  And the toe is also a bit smaller because the batting kept shifting too.  I pinned and pinned but it was still tricky.  I followed the written pattern on that one.  For the other one I used the written pattern AND the technique instructions from the YouTube video…and as you can see much better.

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Another view….

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The written pattern is designed to have all enclosed seams.  While I love that idea I found it darn near impossible to sew without using my own fingers as pin cushions…endless pins.  If these booties were going to walked in then by all means I would make it happen but they are for warmth and I don’t really think the baby with notice or mind.  So I used my beloved pinking shears and voila….

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I always tried to make the inside of my work as neat and attractive as the outside.  I have knitting camp to thank for that!!!

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I took this picture with the booties on my hand to give you some perspective but I don’t think you can really see how small they are…they are so precious!

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Again, not a bad first try but you know me…perfection please (or as close as I can get)!!  Let’s see what happens with my next try!

Happy Mother’s Day everyone!!! I hope you are all having a wonderful day with those you love.  My day has honestly been pretty close to perfect!!  I awoke to breakfast in bed made by my darlings, hubby and baby girl.  Then as if God himself sent me a personal gift, Kira put herself down for a 2 1/2 hour nap.  During that precious time I finally got to finish a quilt!  And tonight, hubby is making my favorite for dinner, stuffed calamari!!!  HEAVEN!!  There is also one more thing that made today so special…

If any of you have been following my Facebook page you’ve seen the rainbow quilt I’ve been working on.  It has been a joy since the first stitch and I love everything about it!!

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It is bright, colorful and so full of life.  Very different from all the other quilts I’ve made.

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Just look at…I can’t stop!!

Here’s the back, which my dear friend Teri picked out for me.  I wanted something yellow to represent the sun and this jumped out at her.  It’s perfect!!

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Close up…

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A sun burst batik, could it be better…I’m thinking no!!!

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The binding fabric was also chosen for me and is the exact color of many a sunset in our back yard.

In order to really show off the fabrics I decided on simple line quilting (in the ditch).

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This quilt perfectly expresses all the joy, happiness and excitement I’m feeling these days.  And I can’t wait to give it to the owner but I’m going to have to wait about 4 1/2 more months…

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Yes, that’s me and yes that’s Kira kissing my belly which is currently filled with her baby brother/sister.

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The rainbow quilt wrapped around my almost 2 children!!  Happy Mother’s Day to me!!!

I’ve waited and waited to share this news and I couldn’t be happier to share it with you today.

Maybe now that the cat is out of the bag I can get back to posting.  All I’ve been working on is baby stuff.

Again Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

…since my last post! A sin, I know but there’s been lots brewing.

Here’s a little peek…

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More to come… Promise…