This week was mitten sewing week. Because when it comes to children you can never have too much patience, or too many mittens in January. I started by sewing Eli a pair of mittens from an upcycled wool sweater with some pretty trim. Then I sewed Sadie a pair from a different sweater (which I thought was cool) but they didn't pass muster. First, they looked too different from Eli's, then the strings inside bothered her (note to self: felted fairisle = no good for the tactile sensitive child.) After much tears, and exasperation on my part... I let Sadie pick out her own trim and wool--which I should have just done in the first place. This is what she picked.
I used a pattern from an Oliver + S sewing book I have. It's really quick and easy, and perfect for felted wool. As a surprise I decided to applique a fairy on a pink t-shirt to go with them. For my girl who loves pink, and fairies.
This applique is just a cut out of some amazing Alexander Henry fabric I found here.
Isn't it sweet? I actually bought a bunch of it to sew a duvet cover for Sadie's new big-girl bed.
There's something good for the soul about bright colors in January. And all this pink has me garden dreaming of things like this:
ah.... summer. It'll come around again, but till it does
there's lots of sitting by warm fires, and knitting to be done.
and of course, pouring through seed catalogs with a hot cup of coffee in hand.