Aargh. I had to put Ruby in the shop; it hurt me more than it hurt her. She kept giving me a “main motor overload” message and she blacked out a few times, once in the midst of embroidering. That was a pain, because I had to manually go back to where she left off, when she came back to life again.
The good news is, I finished 8 Imke tops (from my fave pattern book Sewing Clothes Kids Love by Nancy Langdon and Sabine Pollehn) before I relinquished Ruby to the sewing machine doc. Bunny says it will be up to 14 working days…trying to be brave! Maybe I can do a bunch of serging with Sheila the Serger in the meantime.
It is the Hello Kitty hoodie that I’m most excited about. I had about 1/3 yard of this minky Hello Kitty remnant, but it had a hem already across one side of it. Never wanting to waste good Hello Kitty fabric, I dreamed up the idea of combining it with another remnant of white minky, and voila! It is very soft and plushy! Most of these tops were made from remnants of a yard or so, more or less. Depending on the width and size of the remnant, I was able to make longer sleeves or add a hood. All the fabric remnants are knit, so I used a STRETCH needle (very important) and reinforced the shoulder seams with twill tape. They are all girls’ size 10.
In the meantime, DH suggested that I fill the void left by Ruby with one of the mini sewing machines—but it just doesn’t look the same.
And I want to call attention to the fact that sweet Sweaty Knitter had nominated me for Reader Appreciation Blog Award quite a few posts back, and I am just now thanking her for this. I enjoy reading her blog just about more than any other blog out there. She brings out so much to love and ponder about the history of fiber arts! Thank you again Karen!