Sunday, August 14, 2016

Summer Wrap-up

This is Pasta Carbonara that Drew cooked for us, although he forgot to put the Romano cheese in the sauce (apparently takes after his mother in the kitchen), so it looks like hashbrowns instead of pasta with cheese. He's going to be in an apartment this year at college, so he wanted to try his hand at cooking his own food. Yay for self-sufficiency!

We had Lucas's birthday, and I'd say he liked his giant donut pouf!

He also loved the camera dolly system that Drew hand-made for him, complete with PVC tracks. His camera tripod fits on the board, then the camera operator can push it along for moving shots, just FYI.

And THIS was terribly interesting. My donut picture actually made it onto Community Eye Candy at Ravelry - WHAT?! I found out when I started getting all these emails with comments from Ravelers, and wondered what was going on - I feel so loved by the crochet community!

So with Lucas's birthday behind me, I had to catch up on my brother's handmade birthday present. We decided to do handmade gifts for each other, and swap them at the beach when my sister came down to move HER son into college. My brother requested a woodturner's jacket, and sent me a couple of pics of ready-made ones as a guide. The main requirements are a tight elasticized neck, zippered front, and pockets with Velcro closures to keep wood shavings out, and good luck finding a pattern for that! Apparently Butterick had one a long time ago, but it's gone now, so I tried the men's Kwik Sew fleece jacket for the zipper and neck finish, combined with Simplicity 5581 from my stash. I started off on the wrong foot by cutting the back upside down - nice work.

However, I DID do a bang-up job of hiding a pocket, and left a little opening in the Velcro for a pencil.

Yes, I'm wearing shorts under that, and I might have to make myself a shirtdress out of this pattern, which sewed up REALLY quick.

In the meantime, Lucas had drum camp and band camp...he's the front drum punk.

And finally we started our last vacation of the summer at the beach, which made Jake very happy.

He's doing his Leonardo DiCaprio impression during our boat ride with the family.

This was a cool sunrise...

and with Chrome settings like we used in Lower Antelope Canyon.

Got some kayaking done with my sister...

and swapped birthday gifts with everybody. The big problem with the jacket is that I didn't interface the zipper guard, so Scott zipped it up into the zipper so far that I had to cut the dang thing out to get him unzipped. And the neck was so large I had to put 3 darts in it to make it hug his neck - arghhh!

Now one thing I neglected to get pics of were the pin-keep my sister cross-stitched for me, and the bracelet she had made out of our Dad's signature - that deserves a post of its own, and I'll give you a link to the lady's Etsy site who does those. And Scott turned a pretty green gin bottle into a lamp for me, which will be its own post, since I need advice on choosing a lampshade. It's very cool swapping homemade gifts with nary a gift card in sight!

So my BIL is also a woodworker, and I decided to try another jacket using my own draft of a collar instead of the Kwik Sew, to see if it would fit better. This one turned out much better, but Scott claims not to want an updated version for Christmas - we'll see if that zipper rubs his chin so much that he changes his mind. And by the way, this jacket was made in a record 4 hours!

It fit Joe perfectly.

And this is one of his own pens. Now both of them promised me pics of the jackets in action in their workshops, so I may have to start an Etsy business! The ready-made jackets go for $55-60 on the internet.

Once that was done, I started making Drew some dishrags for his apartment, and decided to crochet them instead of knitting them. Apparently I'm not good at HDC, so I abandoned that for some SC and DC - pitiful! I did get 2 finished by the time we moved him in, and forgot to get pics of the other one, which looks much better (different pattern).

And with 2 days left in the week before moving up to college, I made my sister the skirt she requested last month. She wanted a longer, more gathered skirt like we used to wear in the early 90's, and she couldn't find one in stores, so I found an old Butterick pattern I had in the stash, though I didn't really want to make 8 buttonholes.

One reviewer suggested faux buttons and changing to a zipper, so that's what I did. While we were at the beach, we made a run to Pensacola Joann's for fabric, but forgot about getting the buttons - doh! Oh well, this is what I ended up with. I don't think you can see the fake button placket...

but it's helping hold down the zipper, which I free-handed in there - could've used more time to make it look a little better, I'm sure!

And the rest of the front is sewn closed except for the bottom below the last button. So she tried that on once before I put the waistband on, and I was actually sewing the waist closures on in the car headed to Auburn, so I hope it fits!

And that is why Jake is sad, because Drew went back to school, and maybe why I was so wildly productive in the sewing room all week, trying to keep away the looming depression.

But it wasn't ALL depressing - this was a proud moment when he officially joined the ROTC.

And we stayed busy assembling furniture for his apartment.

This is pre-desk...

and post-desk!

We made sure to leave him with a couple of momentoes of our summer - I'm curious to see if they're still sitting there next time we go to visit - heehee.

And so now it's back to school for Lucas, and work for us - boo. Maybe I should try finishing the second sock now....


Anonymous said...

There you are! Looks like you have been uber busy and productive! I like the ribbed collar you developed for the woodworker's jacket. And I like the skirt. I know you are very proud of Drew. And Lucas looks a lot like Drew in the band pix.
We have been recuperating and working on the little house next door. My grands came down for 3 days and we had so much fun....I was exhausted.


Junior said...

You've been busy as a bee! After all that you need some relaxation.....crochet at a s-l-o-w pace!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Robbie, I bet you had a good time with your grandchildren! I have to come by sometime and see this house - you've been working hard on it.

Tracey, let me know if you want me to help pick out buttons - I wish we'd remembered to do that at Joann. Lucas wouldn't let me catch a break and asked for all his uniform shirt sleeves to be shortened (he's not quite right, you know), so I did that tonight, and had an idea to look for a women's shirt that zips up - that's so much easier than doing buttonholes...I'm working on the sock and got the heel turned last night - wheee!