Saturday, January 4, 2014

Happy New Year!

It's been mighty nice around here while the boys have been on Christmas break, but I've been on call this week and haven't had time to post. Here was what Lucas gave me for Christmas. Apparently he went to the campus store and bought all these things for me. The candles and bath salts are for a relaxing bath, obviously, but how many 11-year-old boys would think to buy their mothers hem tape? He's a funny kid. Drew very kindly gave me a gift card to Designer Shoe Warehouse to buy some shoes for my Alabama Chanin dress. I have been blessed with sweet and thoughtful children.

And here's what I've been up to in the middle of beading the dress. This is the sweater I started back in February 2013, and I'm finally in the home stretch. This is from Seamless Knits by Andrea Knight-Bowman:

And voila, I only have a few inches left of the yoke, making the buttonhole, finishing the edges, and sewing on a button.

And in the middle of THAT, I also decided that Dean needed a fleece jacket like the rest of the family, so I started THAT a couple of days ago and am finishing it up tomorrow. WHEW!

In between all the sewing projects, I've watched a ton of movies (The Great Gatsby was gorgeous to look at, but I fell asleep in the middle; The East was really good and made me want to recycle more; and The Purge just stunk.), had some wonderful family dinners, and have just really enjoyed these 2 weeks. Hope the rest of the year goes as well as these few days have...


Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Hem tape, so sweet :) very thoughtful gifts.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!!!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Happy New Year, ladies!

Bianca said...

That sweater is great! I am so awful with yarn, I admire anyone who can manage it.

I have been working on a poncho with accent beading and am hating my needles. What kind of needles are you using for your dress? I have been using collapsible and big eye needles, but I want something less wobbly or shorter. How do you like what you use?

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thanks, Bianca! I'm using Dritz Milliner needles, and I have no idea what size - the package says 3-9, and I'm using the second largest one. I don't know if that would be a 5 or a 7 - not sure if they get larger as the number goes up, or the opposite. The 7 mm bugle beads go over it just fine, but the small seed beads don't. I just got lucky on the first try - good luck with your poncho!

Junior said...

Sweater looks good!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Thank ya!

Anonymous said...

It is so freakin' cold this morning! Hope it's warmer down south.

BeckyW said...

Happy New Year!!!

What thoughtful gifts!! Little boys can have the biggest hearts!

Love the sweater. I can barely knit a scarf. I am super impressed!

Can't wait to see more of the dress.

Kids are back in school so my little bit of sewing today will be hemming curtains. Santa brought Jessica a room redo for Christmas and I am finishing up with hemming some already made curtains to fit her window seat area.

Robbie, I'm freezing here too.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Robbie, I heard it was 10 degrees in Birmingham today - watch out for ice!

Becky, what an awesome present for Christmas - you'll have to show us a before and after!