A Little Valentine Cardigan

Happy Valentine’s Day Little Lovies!  I hope your day is full of CHOCOLATE LOL.

I finished the little sweater that I made for my littlest Valentine this week. It’s been a fun, fairly quick project and hopefully it will fit her ;-D.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

The pattern is from the book Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss and it’s the “jacket with moss stitch bands” in the 12-24 month size. The pattern calls for size US2 and US3 knitting needles, but, because I’m a fairly tight knitter, I had to go up one size to US3 and US4. I went to my local LYS to choose a yarn, and they recommended Bossa Nova Sport by Molly Girl Yarn in the Sandcastles colorway. It’s a superwash merino mix, so it’s very soft and the finished knit has a really nice drape. But, to be honest, I’m not really a fan. I would have preferred something, I don’t know … maybe a little more “crisp”? If that makes any sense at all. The stitches don’t seem very well defined, and to my eye, just not as pretty as, for example, the little baby dress I knit for FinallyAGirl a few months ago. Plus, the yarn had a few little green marks in it that I couldn’t get out. I would have taken the yarn back, but I didn’t discover them until I was half-way through knitting the back of the sweater. It looks like someone took a little green ink pen and pressed it into the back. Oh well … no picture, but if you see it in person, don’t look LOL.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

I love the simple look of this little cardigan, and hopefully FinallyAGirl will be able to wear it with some of her adorable little dresses and tops. I tried a new-to-me technique for sewing up the seams.  I usually just hold the pieces right sides together and hand stitch them, like you would fabric, but I’ve never liked the way the seams look.  This new method is a bit tedious and time-consuming, but it gives a seamless look and I love it. I’ll definitely be using this method again.

Also, I thought I’d made a mistake in knitting the buttonholes, as they’re to the side of the seed stitch button band instead of the middle, but I double checked the picture in the book, and that’s the way they’re supposed to be. My OCD self is a little bugged by it — I like that they’re off center, but then I don’t. Not sure if I might change that if I were to knit this little cardigan again.

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

This project is a little Valentine present for our little cherub. I played around with a few different ideas for wrapping it up before I sent it off to her, but in the end, there wasn’t enough room in the mailer with the other little goodies that I sent, so I just sort of squished it into the envelope. Wrapping Fail. ;-(

Thimbleanna: Baby Sweater

Oh well.  Everything can’t be perfect LOL.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!
XOXO,
Anna

 

Randomly in February

  • Happy Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day!!! Really. It’s a thing. And definitely a thing on a COLD winter day in February. Sprinkles are mandatory in the middle of winter ;-P.

    Thimbleanna: Ice Cream

  • It’s FREEZING out there. But that didn’t stop us from having our patio doors replaced yesterday. I had no idea anyone would want to replace windows/doors in the middle of winter. When we planned this in the fall, the installers were backed up into January. I thought we might have to wait until spring, but they said no, they work all winter. It was 15 degrees Fahrenheit yesterday while they were working. Poor Guys! Here’s an in-progress shot (don’t I have a lovely crop of frozen plants?)

    Thimbleanna: New Doors

    And here are the windows all finished. Those old doors were so hard to open, lock and unlock.  And the seals were broken on several of them, so they would fog up between the layers of glass. I’m so excited for spring so we can really use these new doors!

    Thimbleanna: New Doors

  • My winter sprinkle kick started a week ago when I made some cupcakes. Then I threw some thimbles in there and made a new blog header — because the Christmas header really needed to go. It seems pretty obvious that after 11 years of blogging, I’m running out of header ideas LOL.

    Thimbleanna: Sprinkles

  • There has been knitting and sewing going on around here, just nothing finished to show yet. I’ve been steadily working on quilt blocks for the The Happy Flower Quilt and I’ve been working on a little sweater that I’m now blocking. The instructions said to sew the shoulders together, but I really didn’t like the way mine looked. So, I undid the shoulder bind-offs and kitchener stitched them together. I’m a little worried that it’s going to look funny without a shoulder seam — I guess we’ll see when I get it all sewn together.

    Thimbleanna: Blocking Knits

  • And finally, lots of pretty, pretty fabric has been arriving in my little Thimbleanna Etsy shop!

    Thimbleanna: Floral Fabrics

Happy February! I’m off to clean a little — this place is a disaster!
XOXO,
Anna

Memory Quilts

Sometime right before Thanksgiving, MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I were looking at a few things of BigDaddy’s and we decided (maybe in a fit of madness?) that we should make quilts from his shirts for his 5 grandchildren.  We decided on a simple 4″ patch quilt pattern and spent a few weeks sorting and cutting.  We worked away at our little project and by Thanksgiving, we had the quilt fronts all pieced.  As the mother of 2/5ths of the grandchildren, I lucked out and only had to make 2 of the quilts.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

I tried to compensateMyDadLovesMeBestSister for her extra work by piecing all the backs.  BigDaddy was known for some of his funny sweatshirts, so we decided to include a few of each on the quilt backs.  (My favorite was a shirt with a dog skeleton that said “In Dog Years … I’m Dead.”  Or, “If a man is talking in the forest, and there is no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?”  Classic BigDaddy!)  We chose a blue flannel for the main part of the backs, and I used my embroidery machine software to digitize BigDaddy’s signature with a message that he’d left on a card to one of the kids.  We also included a pocket on the back of each quilt, and into each pocket we tucked a few treasures for each child (now young adults) from their beloved Grandpa.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

I chose to big-stitch the two quilts that I had to finish, but MyDadLovesMeBestSister knew that she’d never get three quilts hand quilted, so she decided to tie hers.  I love them both ways!  I also bound my two quilts with a print from MeMum’s stash — to add a MeMum touch to the quilts, and I love how they turned out.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

Quilts made out of shirts aren’t that fun to make and they’re certainly not at all pretty.  I mentioned these quilts to Jan shortly before Christmas and she compared this sort of quilting to sewing on buttons or hemming pants.  Indeed.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

But.  Sometimes the payoff is really BIG.  MyDadLovesMeBestSister and I predicted that there might be some tears on Christmas morning and we nailed it. I had big plans to take lots of pictures of all the kids holding up their quilts, etc. but the flu wreaked havoc with the rest of the week.  It didn’t matter though — I took a few photos when the quilts were opened.  The one below is my favorite — you can see at least two criers in this shot and there were more to follow LOL.  It was a really fun and special Christmas morning.

Thimbleanna: Memory Quilt

Now Christmas projects are all over and we’re at a new year.  A clean slate.  Are we working on UFO’s or new projects???  Decisions, Decisions!

XOXO,
Anna

P.S. The adorable Puppy Love fabric by Anita Jeram (the illustrator responsible for those darling little P.S. I Love You Rabbits!) has arrived in my etsy shop. It’s accompanied by an adorable minky-style plush puppy spot fabric. Oh, the possibilities!!!

Thimbleanna: Puppy Love Fabric

Happy New Year!

Boy, oh boy.  One minute it’s Thanksgiving and the next it’s New Year’s.  I don’t know how that happens, but these past 6 weeks flashed by here in ThimbleannaLand.  Here’s our traditional New Year’s greeting from the animals.  Simba, visiting cat of TheSecondChild, gets to deliver the greeting this year — mostly because the other cats can’t stand him (they’re all jealous – he’s the coolest kitty ever) and they’ve been hiding under the bed.  Simba is looking a little grumpy himself, as he just spend a week in the kitty hotel.

Thimbleanna: Happy New Year

Since Thanksgiving weekend, I’ve had my head down working on two quilts for Christmas gifts (which I’ll show after I get some pictures).  The quilts took almost every waking, non-working moment of my time.  I got them done with just enough time to pack for our trip to Utah on Dec. 20th.  Our whole family (there were 12 of us) rented a condo so that we could spend Christmas with TheFirstChild, SweetiePie and FinallyAGirl and so that the kids could all spend some time skiing.  Sounds perfect, right?

This was the real deal.

Thimbleanna: Christmas

CrazyBIL got the flu on the 22nd, and progressively, over the next few days, about half of us also got sick (mostly the older adults LOL).  And on Christmas Day, we had to take MeMum to the hospital, ’cause the flu and asthma don’t mix.  We had hospital fun for 2 days and had to delay our return home by a day.  We’ve been home for two days now and pretty much slept the whole time ;-D.  And hopefully by 2019, we’ll be done coughing and will have our voices back.

Anyway, on to our other New Year tradition — looking back on the makes and travels for the year.

Thimbleanna: 2017

My year mostly consisted of working on the blocks for The Happy Flower Quilt (I can’t. wait. to get back to them!) and making goodies for FinallyAGirl. I’m really looking forward to 2018 — as always, I’m full of hope that I’ll have more time than ever for all my projects, haha.  I’ll be spending this week deciding which projects need the most attention in the next few months.  I’m going to aim for 3 big finishes by the end of March — wish me luck LOL.

Happy Happy New Year — I hope 2018 brings you lots of Love, Happiness and Time for all the things you love to do!
XOXO,
Anna

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Pie Day! Or the day after Pie Day (when I make the pies), but the day we get to EAT Pies!!!

Thimbleanna: Pecan Pie

We’re in that funny time of the year when there’s not much to blog about because the days are filled with running errands and working on secret projects that can’t be shown. Except for pies. I can show you my pies LOL.

Thimbleanna: Apple Pie

Luckily, I don’t have to host Thanksgiving Dinner this year — MyDadLovesMeBestSister is doing all the work. Except for the pies and dinner rolls. We’re having our usual fare — Pecan, Apple and Pumpkin pies.

Thimbleanna: Pumpkin Pie

Yum Yum — I do love a good Thanksgiving Dinner. The best part is getting together with family and playing games. We have a fun new one this year — Cover Your Assets, and of course, the crowd favorite, and very rude, Crimes Against Humanity. (Those are not affilitated links, btw.)

I hope all of you in the US have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

XOXO,
Anna
(P.S. The beach scene blog header has finally been replaced ;-D)