Hi ho! Well, I have been busy and didn't have time to post the past couple of days. Sorry!
Now, I'm catching up.....
Oh, one thing I forgot to tell you about that Wood Miser....It was so funny. Papa Pea and I had the following conversation as we were watching wood being cut:
Papa Pea: So, you want a longarm? THIS [a Wood Miser] is what I would love to have.
Mama Pea: Oh. How much is a Wood Miser? (thinking it costs a LOT more than a longarm)
Papa Pea: Oh, about $18,000.
Mama Pea: Oh.
Well, I'm not spending $18,000 on a longarm, but I know they can cost that much! So, I was kind of put in my place. It certainly put a longarm into perspective! Right? Well, he's not getting a Wood Miser, I'll tell you that! LOL.
Anyhoo...while the boys were cutting wood, I went to visit SisLH. I have two colleagues who are pregnant, and I'm trying to put together a baby gift for each of them. I saw on Etsy the cutest little pattern for baby shoes. But alas, the pattern was for crochet....and I'm a knitter. Well, SisLH has been trying to teach me to crochet, and so has my mom. I have been practicing some stitches, and I've made a couple of pot holders, but I really haven't learned to follow a pattern for anything "complex" yet. So, I drove to SisLH's house with Sweet Pea while the boys cut wood. Whe I arrived, pattern in hand, I sweetly smiled and begged for a crochet lesson. I told SisLH that I needed her to sit with me and crochet alongside me to teach me how to do this. She kindly obliged. She got one of Sweet Pea's cousins to come over and play, so we could work together peacefully. Worked like a charm!
We went through her yarn stash and found some appropriate yarn.
That was as far as we got at SisLH's house. So, the next day, I sewed the shoe together, and I made the second shoe.
I will be seeing SisLH next week. I'll see what she has finished up since I last saw her. Maybe I can get a photo of her finished shoes.
The pattern is called Baby Espadrille Sandals and is from Two Girls Patterns on Etsy. Here is a link to the pattern. I made the shoes in the 0-6 month size. The pattern includes a 6-12 month size as well. The pattern states that you can sell shoes you make from the patterns, though Two Girls Pattenrs asks that you give them credit for the design (perfectly reasonable). I'm not going to do a pattern review, because I'm not sure I know enough about crochet to critically analyze the quality of the pattern. But let's say this, I'm a beginning crochet-er, and I could do it just fine. So, I guess that says something! SisLH had to do some interpreting for me, and she said some aspects of the pattern were a little different than what she was accustomed to, but we figured it out. And I must say, Two Girls Patterns has several other cute patterns.
Soon, I hope to be ready to show you all the things that are going into the gift baskets for my colleagues. I'm having fun with it. I decided not to do quilts, because I just can't keep up with getting big projects like that done. Although the first baby isn't due until June, the baby shower was last weekend, when we were out of town. So, I'm already late on this gift! (Par for the course for me. Hope my gift is worth her wait!)
Until next time,