Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Two more bonnets...

...and that's it for a while. I'm working on some bears and a censer (always!) but the next "new" projects will be play vestments. I've been collecting and washing appropriate fabric and, frankly, procrastinating, but they'll be coming soon, promise. :)

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Joshua and Zenaida

  We were blessed to be at the crowning of Joshua and Zenaida this afternoon at our church. It was beautiful and my photographs can't do it justice! May God bless their marriage and grant them many blessed years!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bonnets and Another Bear

  I've added a few more items to the shop in the last couple days. First, I finally made some reversible fabric bonnets, the pattern copied from a vintage bonnet that has been in our family for a few generations. I believe it came from Germany. The best part of the bonnet is the sides button to the back so you can unbutton it and lay it flat for ironing! No tucks, pleats, gathers or frills to make your life crazy.

  This first one is made from vintage linen damask (an antique tablecloth) and pink cotton gingham. Heavy-duty interfacing is incorporated so it almost stands on its own. The ribbon is in one piece as in traditional baptismal bonnets. 

  Here's the second bonnet, this one in pink floral fabric and pink and white seersucker. The interfacing is much more lightweight so it doesn't stand on its own. It's very girly, but just as practical as the first.

  I knitted this bear out of sock yarn (washable wool in a fine gauge) mostly as an experiment. I followed the same pattern I've sued for the other bears but I knew it would result in a smaller bear because of the finer yarn and smaller needles. It did; he's shorter by several inches. But he's incredibly cute. When he was done I decided to make him a bow tie. Then I decided he needed a sweater vest. Naturally, he needed some wire frame glasses too. I called him Professor Bear.

I still have a few bears to make and two more bonnets cut out and waiting to be sewn. Busy, busy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bears, bears!

I've had a good bit of interest in the knitted bears lately. I finished one yesterday (or rather, his sweater) and one today. Yesterday was dark and stormy so I had to take the photos indoors which didn't result in very vibrant colors.

Master Bear is in pure, washable merino wool, as is his sweater. :) 
He'll need it to keep him warm and cozy in his new home in England.

Miss Bear is knitted in acrylic but her sweater is a soft cotton-acrylic blend. 
Somehow she just seemed to need the short sleeves and two buttons instead of one. 
(She got lucky because the weather was nicer today for photography.)

One more bear to go (for the current orders)!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Catching up!

 It's been simply weeks since I posted here - sorry! I hasten to assure you all that we are well and it has only been because of back-to-back trips and general overwhelming business that I haven't posted.

We had a lovely trip as a family to Pennsylvania. We got to watch the seasons in reverse as it was already summer here when we left. In West Virginia it was beautifully spring:

In Pennsylvania it was still winter (at least to our southern eyes) since there was almost nothing green and it even snowed the day after we arrived!  We took a nifty little outing to the half-ruined lock of an old canal. It felt like walking around castle walls when I was at the base.

This was the scene next to the parking lot of the hotel we stayed at in Virginia. Just gorgeous.

Grandma had robin's eggs in a nest in a planter by her garage when we left. When we came back, the eggs had hatched and we got to see the baby birds!

The morning after our return I and two of the girls turned back around to Alabama to attend the wedding of family friends. It was beautiful.

I don't have photographs of everything I made on the trip (one was an impromptu knitted bonnet for Miss Moppet to keep out the cold!) but here are a few things. The tiny layette pictured below is in the shop.

I was hoping this experiment with making beaded crocheted earrings would work. I think it did, and they went to my mother for Mother's Day. Happy Mother's Day! I might make some more in varying shades and styles for the shop.

So we're back! I have another bear to make, one to put together and three little bear sweaters to knit, (and one of the ever-popular censers to make) and I'll be back on track! I hope to get some new things in the shop soon.