(re)capturing the fun & wonder

Category: Needles & thread (page 1 of 6)

Experimenting with embroidery

Maggie's embroidery

I love how independent Maggie now. The other day she was bored and instead of asking me what to do for the zillionth time, she found herself a Klutz book called Simple Embroidery, browsed a bit, and then helped herself to everything she needed to get going. The only bit I provided was a crisp white hotel napkin to work on.

This awesome bird has been joined by a ladybug and several happy flowers.

Maggie exploring on her own = a happy mommy.

Maggie's embroidery

Tor’s teepee

Tor's teepee

For Christmas, I made Tor this teepee. For all it’s simplicity it did take a while to get together; time which went faster thanks to a bit of help from my Mom.

Mom, helpingI used five 7 foot wooden dowels, a large drop-cloth, a small bungee cord, and several yards of twill tape.

To make it I secured my dowels in the position I wanted with the cord, then draped the cloth over the whole thing, tucking in the top seam as best I could. The fun part was sitting inside my makeshift teepee and marking the bottom with pen all around where I’d need to cut it.

My mom helped enormously by basting the whole hem of the beast so all I had to do was run my sewing machine though a bit of twill to finish it off.

I’m hoping to convince Tomas to paint something fun and exciting on it as well at some point, but I’m very happy with the result so far. It’s already become a spot to hide with a book and a flashlight or a pile of Bakugan.

Needlepoint … ha!


One of the things I love most about my mother-in-law is that she celebrates even my most failed attempts at creativity. When we visited her in Denmark this summer I found this little pillow happily displayed on a windowsill for all to see (and smirk?). Read more

Tomas’ birthday hat


Lookee what I did! Today is Tomas’ birthday. I tried to put together a little party but he went and got sick on us (again!). Good thing I had this little number ready to help keep his aching noggin warm. Probably not the flat-panel TV he was dreaming of, but it was in my budget and helped me feel better about flunking my pledge to buy/make handmade over the holidays

It took me two evenings to make using circular knitting needles. I didn’t use a pattern, and just winged it by measuring my own head and calculating how many stitches I would need (80 in this case). After the green rows I dropped one stitch every eight, knit a whole row, then dropped a stitch every seven, then knit a row … I kept this pattern up until I hit five & the wool was stretched out so tight I couldn’t possibly continue. I haven’t chrocheted since I was around Maggie’s age (she’s 9) so I did a test run off the hat to figure it out. Once I had the hang of it, I crocheted the hat off the knitting needles and worked my way in spirals until it was closed up tight.

I was inordinatly pleased with myself. I even forced the kids to come try it on and admire my work.

In the end this was an easy and crazy-satisfying project. I hope the kids weren’t lying when they said they liked it, ’cause I’m planning to make more for the whole family so we can all be matchy-matchy :-)

Mamie’s new blanket


A couple days ago I started to knit a scarf for Tomas. Maggie had other plans for it as soon as she saw it start to emerge from my knitting needles. Her treasured Mamie now has a new blanket. Tomas will have to wait a bit for his scarf … not too long, though, because I really enjoyed the quiet time I had whipping this one up. Nothing beats a simple craft for catching up with your daydreams :-)