To Gandersbaby With Love, From Sev

I volunteered to make my friend Genevieve a baby blanket for the little girl she’s expecting (nicknamed gandersbaby), and she happened upon the perfect pattern! I’ve been searching for a pattern like this for ages, so it was fate! It’s a fun crochet, but Severus complicates things.

Severus is 10 months old and sometimes pretends to be an adult cat, but he’s not. Especially when he catches a glimpse of of the bag he knows I’ve been storing yarn in.

I’m often in the middle of a stitch when Severus leaps across my body and absconds with the skein I need.

But I can’t take it away–he loves it! (Plus, he attacks me when I do)

So territorial!

Once he’s done attacking the yarn, he likes to cuddle with the squares (which will eventually be crocheted together to make the blanket). Multiple times I’ve stayed up later than I intended because I didn’t have the heart to wake him up to put away the work for the night.

Gandersbaby is going to have a lot of cat hair in her blanket… unless Sev decides he doesn’t want to part with it at all. Life’s tough, baby.

Galentines Weekend

This weekend my lovely friend Victoria, who I call Tilly, came to visit! We were best friends in high school, first united by our love for Harry Potter and then Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, The Strokes, and foreign films. Tilly and I are so similar. I’m pretty confident that we’re soulmates.

Although we hadn’t spent more than a couple hours at a time together in over seven years, it was completely natural being in the same house together for three days. I’m so sad she’s back home. It’s hard living far from friends, especially friends who wear the same size and have such great wardrobes.

We got brunch at one of my favorite places in Fort Worth on Saturday – AF+B. They always have wonderful cocktails and the most delicious pastries and scotch eggs.

You can’t visit Fort Worth without a trip to the Kimbell Art Museum. We just missed an exhibition that ended last week, but their permanent collection is incredible on its own.

We planned on spending Sunday in Dallas, but we had a full day on Saturday and felt pretty fulfilled with everything we did in Fort Worth: the best eating, shopping, museums, gardens. So we spent most of the day at home, though we went out for lunch at a local Vietnamese restaurant Joseph and I love.

Severus and Leonardo both love Tilly. Sev was by her side almost the entire time she was here, and they both slept with her at night! Sev doesn’t even sleep with me most of the time!

We went into Dallas only once – to eat at Asian Mint. We initially wanted to go for their green tea ice cream cake, but we were so full after our meals (which were delicioussssss) that we didn’t even get a slice. Though by the time we were near home we were hungry again and made an ice cream stop.

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Cute Gingham Skirt For New Sewers (Simplicity 2286)

Guys, I did it. Finally. I made an actual article of clothing! I kind of made a skirt once before, but it ended up being completely unwearable. I was so intimidated by that pattern it took me six months to finish it, and then it ended up a disaster.

Needless to say, that didn’t help with my fear of sewing.

I can begin a knitting, crocheting, or embroidery project without a moment’s hesitation, but sewing? Sewing just terrifies me. I love clothes and am really particular about design, quality, and fit. Becoming a proficient sewing seems like the perfect way to build the wardrobe I want, but sewing projects can fail in such catastrophic ways.

I picked up this pattern (Simplicity 2286) right after I got my sewing machine when Hobby Lobby was having one of their sales where all patterns are $1. But I never got around to sewing it because I didn’t really like the way the skirt looked (and my fear didn’t help).

I’m still not totally in love, but I do have to admit I’m proud! The skirt took just a few hours to whip up, and I’ll likely be altering the pattern (it’s a bit too full for my taste as is) and making many variations.

Here are some photos from the process. It really was very easy, and I encourage everyone with similar sewing intimidation to go for it!

My materials! The pattern, a yard and a half of fabric, elastic, and rick rack. Not pictured: thread, sewing machine, measuring tape, pins, fabric pen, and scissors.

First, cut your pattern according to your size. Pin the paper onto the fabric and cut around it.

All cut! I kept the paper attached to the pieces until I was ready to use them to avoid confusion.

Sew, sew, sew, and trim the edges so they don’t fray.

Guiding the elastic through the waistband was the most time-consuming part.

Next time I maight make the waistband a bit wider.

I’ll also probably omit the rickrack on the pockets. I love rickrack, but I think it’s too girlish with this skirt.

The end result!

Like I said, I’m going to alter the pattern a bit and make another. I’m thinking a heavy cotton in navy.

Polka & Bloom Wedding Embroidery

I embroidered this for my sister-in-law and now-brother-in-law’s wedding last month. I hadn’t worked on an embroidery in a while–it was so nice to pick up the needle again!

This beautiful pattern is a design by Polka & Bloom. I’ve admired her intricate work for a while and am so glad I finally had reason to buy one of her patterns. This was a lot of fun to embroider, and I’m really happy with the way it turned out.

I paid particular attention to the text because Lerin works in printing, so I wanted it to be perfect! But I had never done so many satin stitches and don’t really ever want to again!

Granny Square Blanket

I started crocheting a few years ago with one goal in mind: to make a granny square blanket. Success! I started this baby in January and finally finished eight months later.

I realize you can’t gauge its size by the photos, but the blanket is in total over 165 squares. It’s big and heavy, but the little holes keep it from overheating.

I used Attic 24’s Summer Garden Granny Square pattern–I really like the circular centers.

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