30-minute pants...

I did my workout tonight (yoga, which I like, but it's 2 hours long! plus a shower, leaving me not much time to play!), and then C said he was coming home from work early (sad that midnight-ish is early, huh?), so I knew better than to start cranking on the western shirt for him...

instead, I did a little more hooky stuff:

and then I churned out 4 pairs of summer pants for D.

Dana, from MADE, has her now famous 90-minute shirt... therefore, these pants must be called the 30-minute pants... seriously, cutting and sewing, all in under half an hour (of course, at this point, I've made about 40 pairs, over 2 years, so I've gotten faster, but even my first time, probably about an hour... Nowadays I don't even use a pattern, I've memorized the proper shape, so I just have to measure down from the top to the crotch to well past the hemline, and cut my "j" to make the right shape... LOVE IT

this time around I did natural linen, black linen, white-dyed-teal linen, and loosely woven green cotton...

They all need hems, but I have to see how long my boy is first, and, as it's midnight, my 3yo is asleep and un-fit-able.

I make them reversible, no outer side seam, just a crotch seam, with cargo pockets on the hip, (not the knee, too low for little hands), simple elastic on the waist, so my 3yo can put them on and take them off all by himself. He's a RTW 6-8 now, 'cause he's so big, but he can't possibly do all the buttons and zippers expected of a 6-8yo, so I have to make ALL his pants...

luckily for me, they're super fast!

Finally asleep, time to craft!

First I got the Bean to fall asleep...

Then D...

now it's time to get busy! I have this crazy plan to work out (I'm doing P90X), and then whip up an entire western shirt, TONIGHT, before C leaves on his work trip...

We'll see how it goes...

but first, look how pretty!

I used the yarn bits I dyed on Saturday with the left over easter egg dye, and I'm LOOOOOOVING them! I used up all my natural color, cause that's what I dyed, so I can't finish the squares till I get more of that, but LOOOOK!

aren't all the blues and greens and turquoises and teals GORGEOUS!!!

I love wool and food coloring. so so so wonderful!

More Easter prep...

while the Bean took a (short) nap today, we colored eggs...

C and D colored easter eggs...

(I made C wear an apron, and I only have girly aprons...)

this was D's first time, so mostly we did plain eggs, but he was thrilled by them.

look how pretty! (they're drying on D's geo-board)

there was plenty of dye left, so I made some small skeins of natural colored yarn, and just dyed all these in the microwave... (all shades of blue and green for my crocheted blanket)

I also made some yellow and pink felt so I can make some bunny peep pins tonight... so I'd better get to work!

my pretty dyed yarns...

member these pretty little skeins?
well, they were not wound and put away quickly enough!
I thought it was bad enough that the Bean took them to be necklaces, but then...

I discovered D, using them to "catch" aliens!

and then I looked back, and the Bean had MORE!

she's so pleased with herself!

I have rescued and wound them all up now, so no more toy skeins for babies... but I had to share...

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better pictures...

Here's my stack of finished 1/2 square triangles...

I made 18 pairs of solids/prints, 4 of each block, for 2 different (but the same) baby quilts...
(I started with 4.5" squares, but am not bothering to measure beyond that...
here're the blues-greens-yellows...

the pinks-purples-reds-oranges-yellows...
I made my husband help me choose the block order... we both loved the layout of diagonal light to dark, as judged in terms of saturation of the solids...
so here they are, ready to go....
and here's another shot of the yarns I dyed last night, because they make me so happy.

Rainy day #6...

First the baby took her morning nap, so I was able to start a granny square with one of the green yarns I dyed last night...
isn't it purdy?!?!?!?

Then I managed to get the boy-o to nap (unfortunately after his sister had already woken up), so I backpacked her, and cut out the envelopes to make this. My envelopes will be of light blue linen (left over from a pair of boy-o pants), and the linings will be different for the kiddos. (I'm making one for each.)

The cards will be linen/cotton, again, depending on the child...

right now they're just boring linen squares, so no pictures yet...

BUT, I did make my first attempt at enlarging the pants pattern for the boy-o, and cut the new pattern out of the hideously ugly sheet...

see:

another future refashion is this awesome fabric, again from my gram (LOVE HER!!!!)

the dress was HIDEOUS, but this fabric bit is sorta cool, and will make an AMAZING pair of psychedelic baby pants! (stripes will be horizontal)

I've been staring at these old baby boy onesies for a while... they're stained, so no use for hand-me-downs to friends, but too small to cut up into underpants, and pretty boring, so... not sure what to do with them right now...

must ponder longer.

fun with food coloring.

this makes me sooooo happy.
I LOVE PLAYING WITH COLOR!
painting, sewing, dyeing, all sooooo fun!
I mentioned before that I've started an afghan... I am using Pattons Pure Wool, (because it's easy and cheap), but I want more colors...
I've played with kool aid before, and that's super fun, but I also have lots of old bottles of random supermarket food coloring (from before I found the Wiltons ones, which are awesomely superior in every way)...
I need/want more greens and teals, so I took some natural and some heather yarns, made small loose skeins (guestimating the amount I would need to do one square per), and mixed up some dye...

I did the vinegar/water bath for the time it took to watch project runway on tivo, then popped them in the dye baths and microwaved the heck outa them!

don't you like my pretty greens!

I'm soooo excited to play with more bits! these have to dry, then I'm going to make a block to see how accurate I was in my estimation.... I'd like to have lots and lots of similar but different shades of greens, teals, and blues (NOT variegated, that's not the look I want for this afghan!), so I'm carefully NOT recording the shades/recipes. I don't want to make them look the same.