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!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

We have a scooter!

On November 1st, David took his first army scoot.  I finally captured it on camera on the 6th of Nov, and he really took off after that!  This is from Nov 16th:

David is ALL over the place right now!  He loves going after the poor kitty... but as you can guess, I don't get a whole lot done during the day when he's awake... and that's ok!  I would rather hang out with him and watch him do all his cool stunts!

I started another echo weave project, but it turns out it wasn't as good as the first.  I used 5 colors and rotated them into every combination of 5 I could get... which is 18 combinations.  And then I wove strips of each color combination.  But it was disappointing compared to the first one.  I ended up just treadling 1-8 and then 7-1 back over and over again instead of following the echo weave pattern.  I kind of like what I got, but I will definitely not repeat this one again.

Original design:

This is how I ended up weaving off the rest of that echo project:

I decided I was tired of echo weave altogether and wanted something easy and different, so I pulled out my pastel colors.  I'm not a pastel person, but I thought they worked well in this project.  I set it up as a gamp and I just pulled it off my loom last night.  I plan on turning it into dishtowels for spring gifts.

I am trying several different tie-ups:

Here's the gamp I'm doing:

And one last amazing video of David speaking!  Yes, he also is doing that!

Friday, October 31, 2014

80 samples

After studying the samples, I have noticed a pattern.  If the original combination has the weft color in it, I tend to like it better.  If you introduce a new color in the weft, it's almost too much, unless the new color is very similar to at least one of the other colors there.  Another thing I noted is if all the colors tend to go together anyway, then it always looks awesome! 

Take these 3 squares of blue, for example.  All 3 of these contain dark blue in the weft, but there is also a dark blue in the warp, too.

In the next example, the two diamonds on the right have both medium blue in the weft AND a med blue in the warp somewhere.  But the two diamonds on the left do not have a med blue in the warp.  Med blue was pulled out on those two and substituted for yellow.  It tends to look slightly muddier because of all the colors involved and also some of them are opposites.

All 4 of these diamonds contain both green in the warp and weft.  I love this spot!

 I also like the teal section overall.

Yellow and orange in general are not my most favorite sections overall, but some of the diamonds are kind of pretty anyway.  Look at the center where there are a lot of yellow and orange wefts:

 Close-up of some of the yellow an orange section... it doesn't work as well when the weft is different from all the warp colors:

This yellow and orange section works well because there is both yellow and orange in these weft combinations.  I love the two diamonds on the left, but the two on the right are also nice.

This dark section looks really good!  I think the dark weft works real well, but some light wefts were good, too!

And in this example, the light green weft is similar enough to other weft colors, so it tends to work well even though there is technically no light green in the warp combinations.  I like the 2nd from the right a lot.

And now we are DONE!!!!