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Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Ok, how does a non-knitter make one of these things?

Late last night, Nate was preparing a lesson he had to teach and I didn’t want to go to bed yet, or clean anything, so…

I decided to make a sock monkey. Now, in the world of knitting, people are knitting their sock monkeys. I’m not. Am I bad?

Anyway, as I’m sewing up the bottom of the monkey last night, I saw this.


My first reaction was, “oh no!”

My second reaction was, “wait, I can totally fix that.”

My third reaction? “How on earth does a non knitter make one of these?”

Maybe I’m beyond clutsy, But I encountered about 4 of these dropped stitches in the process of making my monkey. A quick little surgery with a couple tiny crochet hooks, and we were fine.

Additionally, since hand sewing and embroidery are NOT on my list of skills, I was pleased to realize that since I was working on a knit fabric, I could totally mattress stitch the body parts together. (I realized this AFTER the mouth was attached. Hence, I have a bearded monkey. Or at least a monkey with a 5 o’clock shadow).

While sewing last night, I toyed with the idea of giving the monkey to my little niece who I saw become very attached to a little boy’s stuffed monkey at a playdate yesterday morning. However, aside from the fact that all three of my girls were positioning and vying for it this morning before it was even finished, Clark has laid claim.



I’ve been playing with my sewing machine and serger for quite awhile now. I really need to clean my house.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

A quick trip to JoAnn’s,

a purple cotton test-run and 1.5 hours later…..


I love my serger.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Lunch bags

Here we are. All stuffed and ready to go for the first day of school.



and Abby’s, with velcro.


She was scared of the serger, and while she did almost cut her finger on the blade… twice… she did really well. I think she’s a natural. Veronica still needs to sew one. She took my sample (the flowers) but we haven’t made her second bag yet. Liv and Abby have each made two and would like to make more. Birthday presents? I think we’re going to sew some drawstring snack bags in the near future, too.


What else can I think to do with the serger??? We’re having too much fun!

I have a doctor appointment today. Another in two weeks. Then we’re on to weekly appointments. How did this happen? Summer kind of ate up my pregnancy. I’m almost out of time.