Meet Jake and Izzy. Aren't they sweet? This is from a month ago. I can't believe they've been here a whole month, and I can't believe it's only been a month. Izzy's a little love bug, and when we first saw her, she was cuddled up with her brother in a cage at MEOW. Someone else wanted Jake (then known as "Axel"), and we fell in love with Izzy (then "Jemma"), but wanted siblings. Then the other adopter decided not to adopt that day, and we got them both! Jake is a little more stand-offish, but they're both very cuddly. Jake has taken to getting on the bed with me in the morning and cuddling up against my back. Aww!
So cute! He looks like this a lot: like he's just been surprised by something.
Izzy's face is half orange tabby--the half you can't see in this picture. She's going to be a beautiful cat. And she purrs literally when you look at her. She has a little crook in the end of her tail, but it doesn't seem to hurt her. It's just endearing.
So those are our new family members.
A couple weeks ago, I decided to update my finished and in progress projects at Ravelry. Here's what happens under the table while you're trying to take a picture of the knitting.
I wrote this out yesterday, then left the computer window open and someone in my household closed the window without saving. I hate that. Now I have to figure out what I was trying to say. Do you ever feel like no matter what it is, it's worse the second time, even though you can't remember what you wrote first, and it's quite likely that it was not any better, or even EXACTLY THE SAME WORDS? Since you don't remember? Here goes. . .
We went to the dentist today. Since the dentist is right around the corner from the closest Hancock Fabrics, I decided to go in and wander around and see what they had. I'm half-heartedly looking for some fabric to make a lining for an apron from some stash fabric. I went through my stash bins last weekend, and it gave me the strength to walk out of JoAnn's with NOTHING on Thursday when I went in just to look around. Nothing looked as inspiring as fabric I already own. I need to replace some buttons on a cardigan, but since they weren't on sale, and I'm not wearing cardigans right now, I can wait on those.
ANYway, I walked into Hancocks, Punkin rolling her eyes and sighing. I told her she could go next door to the Petco, alone (this is a big step for me, not her) instead of having to go to the fabric store with me. Off she went, and I sauntered through the store, looking for nothing in particular. I noticed that the McCalls patterns were on sale, and even though I had looked through the catalog online, I thought I would look through the book. Well, I found two patterns, 3566 and 5400 that together are exactly what Punkin wants for a swimsuit. I messaged Punkin to come and look at the patterns. She likes the boy cut bottoms in 3566, and the halter top in 5400. I don't know how I missed these when I was looking online, but at $0.99, I got them both. The Jalie pattern still hasn't arrived, but I'll probably use it, too, when it gets here. We went looking at swimsuit fabric then, and even though there was an orange print, Punkin chose a solid turquoisey blue. I bought a full yard, and I'm thinking I'll get a couple each of different bottoms and tops out of it. I have lining fabric and elastic, so I'm going to make one up today.
It was interesting looking at patterns with Punkin--and there was another mom on the other side of the pattern book table doing the same thing with her somewhat younger daughter. Punkin liked 5591, and I asked her what she liked about it: the yellow and black print? the pleats? the waistline? What she liked was the yellow band at the bottom. I asked if she had noticed the pleats and she said she had <motherly doubts>. Then we looked at 5856, and I pointed out that I though she would like this one better because of the waist treatment. I showed her the line drawing on the page (which was missing in 5591) and pointed out the lack of waistband (although truthfully, the model on 5591 has the skirt almost at her actual waist, where no 13 YO would consider wearing a "waist" band [when I had Punkin measure her waist at the fabric store so I could buy the right pattern size, she first put the tape measure around her hips, where her jeans were]). Even though she talked about liking the pleats on the skirt, when we thumbed past another pattern, she pointed at the yellow twin set and said she would wear that with the skirt from the other pattern--highlighting that she was still more drawn by the color and print than the actual pattern.
I have often had this problem when trying to sew for other people, but especially for children. Learning to look past the beautiful fabrics on the pattern envelope is a learned skill, and if you don't have the natural ability, then it probably takes some work. Every time I tried to sew for my nieces when they were growing up, they would pick a pattern and try to find the fabric in the picture. Come to think of it, when I was working in the graphics department for an engineering firm, we had to have the new test logos printed up in the actual colors for the engineers to look at and approve--an exercise that cost the company several hundred dollars in, since the printer had to change the ink in the machines and create new original documents for each run (long before color printers were on every desk). The decision makers couldn't make the leap from seeing the colors on the computer screen to what they would look like on paper. In the end, they chose the least imaginative and most comfortable logo--it looked just like the old one with the new name attached.
I'm not sure where this is going, but hopefully, I'll have a swimsuit for you to look at by the end of the day. I wouldn't want you to have to imagine it.
I got an email this morning telling me that the Jalie patterns are on their way. Did I mention that I threw in a stretch jeans pattern? No? Well, it kind of leapt in the cart, so I kept it. I had read good things about it, and I am always on the lookout for a good jeans pattern. I am twice the woman that the Selfish Seamstress is, and half the sewist, but I'm willing to give the 27 sizes a try and see if I can find one that fits.
I'll keep you posted about the arrival of the patterns. It still says 10-12 days, not including weekends, but as Teri pointed out in the comments, I'm pretty sure that's an overestimate, intended to make me jump for joy when they get here in a nearly-excruciating 5 days.
Meanwhile, Punkin is reduced to wearing last year'sSCOOPNECK 1-piece <dramatic, arm-flinging sigh>.
Okay, she's not that bad, but I can hear her thinking it.
Punkin recently decided that she needed a new swimsuit for this summer. Last year's suit simply would NOT do. It has a scoop neck, and. . . MOM! I can't wear THAT!
She wanted a tankini. I thought about tankinis and her body shape and suggested that she should try on some swimsuits, figure out what style she liked ( I knew she wouldn't like a tankini once it was on her body) and then I would make her a suit from the orange fabric that I have on hand. Orange is the new pink, doncha know.
So we went to the local Penneys to buy summer clothes (score! No summer here yet, but all summer clothes are on clearance--that's what nationwide chains get for setting up sales and merchandise to all stores equally. They send us sleeveless Easter dresses [sleeveless? In March? Are you kidding me???], and start the summer clearance before we've had a single day over 75), and tried on some swimsuits along the way. The swimwear was mostly picked over, but there were a couple things to try on. Punkin wanted to buy something RIGHT NOW, but I convinced her that I could make something that would make her happier. She reiterated the "no scoop neck" policy, and I assured her that I did, in fact, want her to share that information BEFORE I sewed an entire suit--not after.
So I went looking for swimwear patterns. Not surprisingly (but still--surprisingly) there was nothing that I could buy locally--very few swimwear patterns in the Big 3, and nothing remotely suitable (SUITable--I crack myself up). I checked out Kwik Sew, and no boy cut bikini bottoms there. So I checked out the selection at Jalie, and came up with Jalie 2446. It's just what she wants. And it's available locally, only it turns out that it's not. I called Seattle Fabrics, and someone checked for me, and they don't have this one pattern. So needed to order it. I finally got around to it today, having decided that I have exhausted my local sources. After I hit the order button, I read the part where it says that it will take 10-12 days for it to arrive. I know it's coming from Canada, but still. . .10 days?!?
I informed Punkin of the time lapse, and she said, in perfect teen-ese, "Mom. I think you can do it. I mean, it's just two triangles and a strap thing that goes around, and the bottoms are just shorts. You've made shorts before. You don't need a pattern."