Monday, December 08, 2008

Gingerbread and Crochet

Last week DD Grace made an unprecedented trip with me to JoAnns. Now, I can never get this girl anywhere near a fabric store, but for some reason, she went with me that day. Of course, when she saw the kit for the gingerbread house, she wanted to try it! We bought the kit and brought it home.

That evening, her friend came over and they worked and put the whole thing together. (Grace is the one on the right.) We've had it on our table all week. In fact, when Grace came over the day before yesterday, we noticed that there was a big LICK MARK off the frosting on the roof.

Apparently, Dobby (more frequently called "Dobbo" has penchant for sugar... He also loves our new kitten, Romeo. He loves him so much, he's kind of like Lenny in Of Mice and Men.

"I'm innocent!"

I've been working on some black wool pants, but I'm afraid they may be a big snug. The fabric has enough give/ stretch, but I am lining them. Today I managed to accidentally cut the lining in the middle of the leg with my serger, so I figured today was NOT a good sewing day. Also, I had to cut 60 pieces of fabric for a sewing project I am going to do with my students. Last year we made stuffed birds, and it looks like I'm going to do it again this year. The kids got so much out of it.

I've been kind of sick this week, so haven't felt like doing much. I've been trying to do some crochet. I really like the bolero pattern in the Happy Hooker crochet book and I got the whole back finished. Then I realized I wasn't supposed to finish the whole back, but only the first 10 rows, go back and work on the front, and then join the 2 before finishing the back. I had to rip out a couple of evenings worth of work. This is the first thing I've ever tried to crochet from a pattern other than a hat. I like how it's coming out, but I'm worried that it may be a little tight in the armhole. I'm making this out of Lion Brand Wool Ease, which is a wool blend yarn. It's pretty easy to work with, but what do I know? I haven't really done this before! My mother was a fabulous knitter when she was alive. I just don't have the patience for it. For some reason, I like crochet better.


2BSewing: said...

Love the pattern on your bolero and the color. I'm a crochet person too, but have taken on the task of learning to knit this year. I just love working with yarns...Susan

Little Hunting Creek said...

What a cute puppy! OF COURSE he is innocent! The crochet pattern looks like it will be pretty.

NancyDaQ said...

I really like the crochet pattern. I'm pretty sure I have that book too.

Myra said...

I have that book, may have to try some from it.

Summerset said...

You've been very busy! We had a dog once that liked frosting, too. She was a miniature collie and boy, what a mess she could make with frosting.

You've reminded me of a great craft for when the children are home on vacation - gingerbread houses! Thank you (and your daughter, too)!

cidell said...

Your daughter is so pretty and that dog is adorable!

Linda T said...

I always like crochet more than knit because crochet was faster (my impatience showing). However, I have now gotten interested in knitting and am working on about 3 projects at the same time! Go figure!