Sunday, April 15, 2012

My first wardrobe refashion

This is a LONG time UFO (UnFinished Object) that I finally finished. I don't know why I waited so long.

I've been wanted to do some "wardrobe refashion" for a some time, after having read a number of blogs devoted to the practice of reworking old clothes to make them new and funky. And cardigan sweaters are one of the easiest things to refashion.

So I had this great idea to sew some buttons on a cardigan sweater, and decided to go with all white/clear ones on this yellow wool cardigan, which is actually part of a twin set. I used ecru/off-white embroidery floss to sew them on and arranged them in a swath across each front shoulder.

Not only does this gussy up an otherwise boring sweater, but it uses up a craft supply that I'm sure most button-collectors have a ton of--the plain white/clear ones. It's a perfect example of how a bunch of something looks cooler than just one of them.

I did use some cool ones: all different sizes, shapes, some with decorative etching. I got to wear this a few times before it got warm, usually with a white T-shirt and jeans. It will, however, require hand washing, so I need to be careful not to wear it around messy kids!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spiritual Knitter in Arizona

Very belated photos from our Spring Break trip to visit my parents in Arizona in March:

Heidi and Dad at Brewers' Spring Training opener. Yes, I am knitting a sock.

Every good spring/summer vacation should start with a mani-pedi (compliments of my mom). I went for green, and when the lady asked me if I wanted a flower,  I asked for a shamrock and got this instead, which I thought was pretty cool! (Slight language barrier, as she was Vietnamese.)

Grandma and Sophie in the pool. We spent every afternoon in the swimming pool. The kids loved it.

Sam in the pool. He loved swimming on  his own (with life jacket, of course).

The two Eds reading by the pool. The similarities are uncanny--note hats and shoes!

Ed and I hiked Camelback, but an easier climb than last time two years ago. This took only an hour, which was tough enough for out-of-shape me.

Ed at the top (of the middle of the humps) of Camelback.

Gifts from Auntie Sue and Uncle John: T-shirt and bee costume. The kids held hands a lot while we were down there.

Hike on our last day there.  Wish I had a photo of our visit with the Misiewiczs. Looks like we didn't take any. Still, a very nice and pretty relaxing trip, considering we had two toddlers with us. Thanks, Mom and Dad!