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It's one of my favorite months: Me-Made-May! I haven't made a pledge because I'm absolutely sure I'll not be able to keep it.  Either way, I love it! I spend way too much time on Instagram this month.

I wore one of my oldest makes as it was made for the first Me-Made-May I participated in and I was feeling sentimental. Also, I had to be at church early, so I wanted to wear a super comfy secret pajama sweater and it matched nicely.

So I'm off to a Me-Made-May start and I'm looking forward to the rest of the month no matter how many me-makes I wear!

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Sewing Interrupted - Seeing toddler through the sewing machine

I feel like this picture sums up not only my sewing right now, but most of my life. Toddler's are so small yet they take so much time and energy, amiright? I love it, though! I wouldnt' change a thing. Ok, well, I might like a little more time to sew, but nothing other than that. :)

I have been busy in the sewing room, although I feel like I have little to show for it. Right now it's all Christmas presents, so everything's very hush hush.

I do have quite a bit to share to catch up with things and then I'll do Christmas makings revealed after the gifts are given. (I'm pretty sure none of the recipients would read this, but better safe than sorry!).

First up, I completed another set of socks for myself, the second pair I've made to date. The pattern is the Seaweed Pattern from the Craftsy class, Knit Toe Up Socks. I did a wedge toe and short row heel. I was planning on doing the gusset heel, but I forgot to stop in time, so I did the short row.

Seaweed Toe Up Socks - Finished Product
Finished pair!

I did very badly at these overall, but fortunately, It was nothing a little stitching couldn't deal with. Now they look as good as if someone who knows what their doing knitted them. Ha! Anyway, I do like how they turned out finally, but I didn't like a lot about the process.

Seaweed Toe Up Socks - Heel and Toe
Heel and Toe

First, I am terrible at short row heels. I tore the heel out on the first sock twice and then gave up and made it with holes. The second heel I didn't bother to rip out and fail again, I just left the holes the first time. There's something about the increasing part where I'm supposed to be k3tog or sssp that I'm missing. I should probably keep practicing it, but at this point, I like the gusset heel better, so I'll just use that. Lazy, I know, but c'mon, this is my hobby.

I also was a bit frustrated with the yarn. It's super fancy stuff (I had a gift card to my LYS!) bamboo and something. Unfortunately, all that fancy made it slippery and it split easily. Next time, I'll stick with less fancy until my skills catch up. Beginners should keep it simple for a reason. (Well, I'm counting myself a beginner at sock knitting, anyway.)

Seaweed Pattern Close Up
Seaweed Pattern detail

Everything seems less painful after it's all done and sitting pretty on my table. In spite of the learning curve on these, I will definitely be making more socks. I feel confident enough to inflict a pair on my mom or sister/in-law, too. :)

This weekend we got to spend with my husband's parents who about 2 hours south of us. That's not much of a drive, but between N's master classes and Baby Girl's just being a toddler, we haven't gotten down as much recently.

It was good to be able to see them and not have to worry about anything and get fed fantastic food. (Diet this week, anyone?) My primary activity was knitting. Roughin' it, right? 😉

In addition, I got to watch my two favorite people run and play together in their huge yard. I could never get enough of watching this little girl and her daddy.

Daddy and Baby Girl
I love these too with all my heart and soul!

So cute!

Baby and basketball
Baby and basketball

While we were away, there was a store back home with 80 MPH straight line winds. We were so blessed because we returned to a fairly large limb down in our yard, but not one bit of damage to the house. Yes, very, very blessed. I didn't get a chance to take a picture of the downed branch, but here's what my dad's truck looked like after loading it (and a few little trees out of the fence. Hey, free brush dump by the city shouldn't go to waste!).

Brush clean up
Brush clean up - The branch that fell (and a few little trees that needed to be cleaned out of the fence)

On the sewing front, I'm working on the muslin for my next pattern attemp for OAL 2015: the Colette Pattern's Dahlia. First effort is: no FBA (will I regret that choice?), widening at the waist. Hopefully an update with pictures soon.

In the meantime, I'm enjoying life with this little family.

Family Selfie
Family Selfie! (Almost missed the baby completely!)

Hello all! Welcome to the inaugural post of Fabric and Yarn Follies!

I'm so glad to be writing here and sharing my creations with you. I want to tell you a little bit about what to expect from me here. Primarily, I'll be sharing completed work with you and showing interesting bits of the construction process. In addition, I'm going to be building a skill list and trying to make things that help increase my knowledge and abilities in those areas.

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