Monday, January 26, 2015

A few pictures from this weekend

I think we look good together!  He's my buddy.

When I wasn't chasing the baby, I worked a little bit more with the squares draft.

And here is some colors added in.  I think if I do choose to use color, I will have to be careful with my selection and use colors from the same color family.  This is still just a sample.

These squares are super fun!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Square Samples

I have been working a lot with squares lately!  I don't know why, but I love squares right now.  They are so predictable, but you can do a lot with them.

Here is one in 3/1 twill.  I was worried about the stability of the fabric and wondered if it would curl with washing, but it didn't!  I will work more with this pattern later!

These squares are done in summer and winter, only because I have an 8-shaft loom.  If I had a 24-shaft loom, I would do them in 3/1 twill so that I could use whatever colors I want to use!  Right now with them woven in summer and winter, I am somewhat limited on my color choices because the colors will mush if I put too many in.  I will still experiment, but I have to be careful with the combinations I come up with.

Our little guy David is growing like a weed!  He is 9 months old already!  And he is as cute as ever!  He stands up on EVERYTHING now... and when he takes a spill, he rarely cries!  That is AWESOME!  He's a tuff little dude!

We had a beautiful rainstorm blow in this week and look at how it was sunny and cloudy at the same time!  It was a beautiful day!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fancy Pants

My current project is weaving fabric for new pants for David!

I was going to make them in his next size up, but the fabric is very thick so I might go for the next size after that so it will be wintertime next year (18-24 mo size).  These will be awesome!  I have had a goal to make him hound's tooth pants for months now.  I'm glad to finally sit and do it!

Speaking of hound's tooth, I can now share with you the Christmas gift I made for my sister.  I wove her a blanket in hound's tooth, but I had to weave in with doubleweave because my loom is too small to do it the regular way.

It turned out perfect!  You could hardly see the fold when it was all washed up.  And she loved it!  She loves ANYTHING hound's tooth!

And of course, David is growing SO fast!  He's almost 9 months old now!  We are just ecstatic about everything he does!  He is pulling himself up onto furniture now, crawling on his knees, and talking a little tiny bit now, too!  Brian installed this little pull-up bar under the window so he can look outside whenever he wants to...

And we are loving our biking trips!  I still have to work up to a daily biking trip, but we go at least several times a week right now.  David sleeps the whole way!  
 We keep him nice and warm and cozy!

David also has grown a lot of teeth!

Check out this super cute smile:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

First Christmas!

Christmas for David this year started out in Spokane, WA to see David's grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends!  This was a trip to enjoy Brian's side of the family!

We returned home in time to spend the actual Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house with my parents.  It was wonderful to be home for Christmas!  David received many cool gifts from his grandma and grandpa! 

The best gift we received as a family was a bike trailer!  Now we can go biking again!  I'm so happy!

I had a hard time figuring out what to do for David's first Christmas ornament, so I decided to incorporate this bike trailer into things, because it definitely marks our first Christmas in my memory!  This is what I came up with:

Tomorrow I can finally finish it by sewing it together with some fabric.  I love it!

And the last picture... an outdoor swing indoors?  Why not?!  He LOVES his swing!  Tonight I put him in it right before bed and in about 10 minutes he became very relaxed and sleepy.  He didn't even fuss when I put him to bed!  (Well, he doesn't usually fuss much most of the time when I put him to bed anyway!  We lucked out!)

What a great first Christmas for the little guy!  It was so much fun to see so much family, but best of all, I really enjoyed having a new baby boy to share it with this year!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Stocking... check!

David's stocking is complete, and if he were awake, I would set him next to it for a picture!  I'll save it for tomorrow because you never wake a sleeping baby!  :)

The inner liner is handwoven pinwheels made of perle cotton.  It's nice and soft for little hands to go digging into this stocking!

What a fun project!

By the way, this little fellow is an over-achiever, too.  He grew 4 teeth in a matter of a few days!


(Sorry about the up-close snot nose pic... apparently some kids are lukcy enough to get really runny noses when they grow new teeth!)

Whew!  It's been a rough few days, and I'm glad we're almost through the worst of it!  :)

He's been chewing on everything!!

"nom nom nom"

Friday, December 12, 2014

David's Stocking

In our family, stockings are serious business.

When my sister's kids were born back in 2001 and 2002, I made it my job to make their Christmas stockings!  Here they are years and years later, hung by the fire with care...

I knew as soon as I got pregnant, I would need to make my baby a stocking.  I fretted about it for MONTHS because I took it so seriously!  I thought I needed to come up with a completely original idea, but my hubby kindly reminded me that I could repeat a Rudolph or Frosty and nobody would know!  So, I went with Rudolph!  Here is the pattern I drew up:

I was so happy when I came up with this idea!  I decided to do wool applique, and in order for it to stay together even better, I used some of the iron on stuff that would stick the two layers together.  I used it for everything but the snow.  Hopefully the snow will stay on ok! 

Here is the outside finished:

The outside is made of 100% wool, but it's not my handwoven wool.  It's pieces of old sweaters, jackets, and other wool things we got from thrift stores and felted in the washer and dryer.  We have made plenty of things from these scraps!  The inside liner is going to be made of handwoven perle cotton pinwheels.  It is in the works right now!  I am weaving it from two shades of green in thick and thin yarn.  I will probably use iron-on interfacing to make sure it holds together nicely!

And if this wasn't enough to make it awesome for my very first born child, I decided to put lights into it!  I used conductive thread and small leds.  I also used a programmable circuit board so I can make the lights blink however I want them to blink!  It turns on by the press of a button in the collar.  You can see it here in this video:

David is going to love it!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Finished projects

I finally took the time to finish 3 different projects!  I had to do it over several days during David's naptimes!

The pastel towels are done, and hemmed.  I just turned the edges over on these ones because I don't have any white thread that works well in my serger.  

I ended up using 3 different designs.

The blue echo project is also done.  I ended up making 3 baby burp clothes for a friend having a boy in the spring.  


I also made 2 gigantic towels out of the zigzags... they are so big, I could probably use one as a blanket for David on our chilly morning walks!  :)

And I turned my first echo weave sample into a handtowel for the bathroom!  It's nice and thick because of the tight epi!

David enjoyed his first Thanksgiving!  He ate a little bit of everything... and the pumpkin pie was his absolute favorite!  He also liked the cranberry sauce, which I found surprising because of how tart it happens to be!

David also decided to finally sit-up on Thanksgiving day!  He's wearing a jacket because we were about to go out for a walk.

Today we spent a lot of time practicing this new skill of sitting up!  Here he is enjoying some piano time this morning!

And by this afternoon, he wanted to stand! Of course, having the kitty in arms reach is great motivation to move!  Good thing the cat is extremely tolerant... he has yet to swipe at David when he grabs a fist full of feline fur!

I love watching him grow and explore his world!