I'm so glad we took advantage of some gorgeous weather we had two weeks ago, because last weekend and this upcoming weekend are looking rainy and cold. Here's what we did...
We went to see Shoshone Falls again - the website says this was medium flow. There was definitely more flow that when we went last August, but I think I was expecting a little more. It was beautiful and I loved the very prominent rainbow.
The boys helped me replant the hanging baskets and plant a few flowers in our beds. And, they all survived the freeze we had early this week. Phew!
We bought a tiny BBQ (we had one of these early in our marriage and loved it, but left it in one of our moves haven't had one for at least five years - welcome back tiny BBQ grill!), and had some fun playing soccer while we waited for everything to get cooked.
I love cardigans. I love that I can easily put one on when I'm cold and take it off easily when I'm warm. I love adding a little color to an outfit with a cardigan. I love that you can wear a cool shirt underneath them and still see it or you can wear a tee and add a little more finesse to your outfit with the cardigan. I love them in all colors, with or without buttons, and with short, long, or elbow length sleeves. That's why I decided to turn this sweater into a cardigan. I picked it up last fall at the thrift for $2 and wore it a couple of times this winter, but I felt so, well, yellow, in it. Then I had this idea that I should turn it into a cardigan so I would use it more.
Here's how I did it...you will need to start with a sweater that has a tight weave - something small and preferably somewhat thin.
1. Lay the sweater flat. Mark the center line by taking a tape measure and making a mark every 2-3 inches. Cut the sweater along this line - make sure you cut only the front and don't catch the back of the sweater when you do this.
2. If you would like to change the sleeve length, measure and cut one sleeve and then lay it on top of the other sleeve, matching the shoulder seam, so you make sure to cut both sleeves the same length.
3. Next you will bind the cut edges. For the front center edges of the sweater, cut two strips of fabric 2.5- 4" wide (you get to choose how wide you want this strip - a wider strip will give a wider binding on your edge) x the length of your sweater plus 4". ie. If the length of your sweater from neck to bottom is 20", you will cut your strip of fabric 24". For the sleeve, cut two strip of fabric 2-3" wide x the diameter of your sleeve plus 2". Fold these strips in half and iron. Then fold each edge into the middle fold line and iron again, creating the binding.
4. Take the binding for the center edge and pin the right side to the right side (outer side) of the sweater. Leave 2" free on each end. Sew down the fold line closest to the center cut. Then, turn the sweater so the inside is facing you and the binding is folded underneath the edge. At the ends, turn the extra 2" down (you can trim this if you want less excess right here), and then fold over and pin the entire binding so that it covers the cut edge. Then stitch next to the edge of the binding closest to the sweater fabric on the front side of the sweater, making sure to catch the bottom edge of the binding as you stitch.
5. For the sleeves, you will repeat the process described for the center finishing in step four, except the edges will be finished a little differently. Start by opening the binding on one edge and folding an end of the binding over about 1". Then pin that folded binding end to the sweater, making sure that right sides are together. Continue to pin the binding to the sleeve edge until you come around to the folded end. Then place the end of the binding over the folded end. Pin in place and sew down the fold line closest to the edge of the sleeve. Next, fold the binding over the sleeve edge and pin in place. Stitch next to to the edge of the binding closest to the sweater fabric on the outside of the sleeve, making sure to catch the bottom edge of the binding as you stitch.
Trim your threads and you're done!
I'm pretty happy with how this turned out - I do like that I can break up all that yellow with a white tee now. You can also see that it goes very nicely with the outfit I wore today. I have another sweater that I bought with this idea in mind and I think I'll make a more narrow binding down the center on that one. The wider binding seems to lay a little funny at the top - probably because it doesn't make the right curve with the neck of the cardigan. It is a minor complaint, but I would like to see if I can make a simple fix with a narrower binding. Feel free to ask questions (especially if there's something that doesn't quite make sense)!
Recently, I have run into a lot of great striped knit fabric at the thrift. It's been sitting in my sewing room and I keep trying to figure out what I'm going to do with it. I haven't really done much with knit since I was in junior high, when I would make basic tees for myself.
It's a little bit scary and a little bit exciting - does fabric ever make you feel that way, or am I just crazy? Anyone know of any great knit tutorials or patterns?
That's right - we've got a four year old around here! I can hardly believe it. We love this little guy and all of the fun that he brings to our family. He's so curious and full of energy right now - in that stage where he asks "why" and "what does that mean?" all day long. He loves to dance and sing (if he thinks no one is listening) and talk about what he will do when he is big.
His requests for his special day were a strawberry cake and bowling. The bowling took a super long time. He insisted on rolling the ball on his own and his little four year old arms didn't really have the power to get the ball going very fast. Both boys would let the ball go and then stand in a pose for a few seconds, admiring their work. Pretty funny. By about frame 6, Ned was just about done with the bowling, so he let us help a little at that point, but still bowled his last frame.
I'm so glad that Ned is such a happy guy and he brings that happiness to our family. Happy Birthday!
I've been trying to maintain some sort of after school schedule with the boys that includes things like time for reading, time for homework (if there is any - usually not), and time for an activity. I haven't been doing a good job of maintaining that schedule since we started our extra day a week at speech therapy, but I'm still trying and the boys really enjoy knowing that there is something fun coming up in their day. To make the planning easier, I designated different days for different types of activities (paper, cooking, painting, etc.) and Monday is play dough day.
Can you believe that I had never made play dough with my kids before? I grew up in a house with a carpeted kitchen and we were rarely allowed to play with play dough, so I'd like to blame it on my lack of experience. Pretty pathetic excuse, eh?
We finally did it a little while back and the boys loved it and I had a fun time with it too, so I think it's definitely on the list to do again when this batch goes bad. I let them choose their color - Ned's was supposed to be red, but I was afraid to find out how much food coloring we would need to get red instead of pink and he was happy with it. And Peter's was supposed to be blue, but again, after I few drops, I lost my nerve.
We used this recipe, minus the Kool-Aid packet, and also put some essential oil in it. I recently bought some essential oil in mandarin and lemon from this Etsy shop for some cleaning solutions and thought it would be great in the play dough too. I really love opening up those containers now and just letting the odor waft out. Next time we make it I'm putting in a few more drops!
It's a miracle! Two weeks in a row, I had something new to wear to church that was handmade by me. This past Saturday I whipped out a bias-cut skirt with an elastic waist. I wish I had cut it just a little bit longer to make it more comfortable when sitting, but other than that I'm fairly happy with it. I really love the color - I used a thrifted piece of fabric that I got for $2 and has been sitting around for a while. And the rest of the outfit is largely thrifted or gifted - the sweater was $2 (a Ralph Lauren Silk sweater that says to dry clean, but I've just been washing it in cold) and the $2 black patent wedges. The necklace was my birthday gift and the tee under the sweater was on clearance. So, total money spent by me was $11, plus the tights that I can't remember how much I spent on them or even where they are from.
I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying that this might be the beginning of a lot more sewing for me because usually I get easily frustrated when sewing for myself. I'm a bit of a perfectionist and so if it doesn't turn out perfectly I just throw it aside and don't wear it or don't even finish it. The last two projects were definitely not perfect, but I have been happy enough with them to actually wear them, so I will count that as a success.
P.S. Please excuse the chopped head. I don't usually do that. We had some technical difficulties and this was by far the best shot, but my expression was really odd.
I try to be selective about what I share about Peter here. Partially this is to protect Peter, and partially it is because I know that there are others who may feel very differently about how we are handling the situation and I don't feel the need to justify myself to people who don't personally know our situation and our sweet guy. Today, I'm sharing a little more because I'm asking you to consider taking a bit of your time to do something that might help him.
So far, Peter has only been diagnosed with expressive/receptive language delay. We are very hesitant to put any other labels on him because he does so well behaviorally and cognitively. We feel that as long as his symptoms are being treated, that a diagnosis, at least for Peter, wouldn't gain him anything but a label that would be with him for the rest of his life. If we felt a diagnosis would help him receive more services or better care, we wouldn't hesitate to get one for him. But for him, his other symptoms are so minor and very likely a direct result of the language delay, that for now, we have decided not do it.
That being said, there is something that has come up time and again from his therapists and from symptoms we have noticed in Peter since birth. We do think he has Sensory Processing Disorder. However, currently, this is not an official diagnosis in the DSM-IV. It is being considered as an addition to the DSM-V that will be published in 2013. Including this disorder in the DSM-V will provide better recognition, identification, and treatment of the disorder. The American Psychiatric Association is currently taking comments about the proposed changes. If you feel so inclined, and especially if you know someone personally affected by this disorder, please go here to leave a comment (you will need to register first - the link is at the bottom of the page) encouraging the inclusion of Sensory Processing Disorder as an official diagnosis. There are some other interesting proposals to change the DSM-V - you can see them all here.