Anyone who is an obsessive crafty blog reader knows how it goes. You are reading someone's blog and they link to another blog that you don't normally read. So, you visit that blog, which links to another blog that features something that you must make immediately. This happens to me all the time with knitting. So much so that I have nearly become immuned to it (nearly, but not completely).
However, this immunity has yet to extend to sewing. Somehow, somewhere I ran across Heather Bailey's Bitty Booties pattern. Next thing you know I am at the fabric store buying felt and a bag of scrap leather (for $1.99 I got enough leather for at least 6-8 pairs). They are so cute and fairly simple to make. The only modification I made (although it is not really a modification, more an interpretation of the already very clear instructions) was to machine blanket stitch on either side of the cut line before cutting the opening. This worked beautifully on the second pair that I made. Not so much with the first pair (below).
On the first pair the blanket stitch overlaps some, so when I cut it I cut the stitches. Also the picture was taken before I added a bow in order to create a better closure. That was also fairly unsuccessful/unsightly. So, the first pair was the prototype. The second was a present for Jenny's niece born on my birthday!
Regarding the sporadic blogging around here, I don't know what to say. Even Mr. has been asking why I haven't been blogging. This is a my first real summer in a long time. Before at my job I had to work during the summers, now I am not bound to a schedule and somehow that has lead to me feeling like I have less free time or I feel bad about my free time or I feel like I should be doing something productive with my free time or really I just don't know. I have been knitting and sewing, so soon there should be more photo content for the blog. Last month's knit for myself spirit has carried over to this month, however as soon as the two projects I have going, the Corset Pullover and the Lotus Blossom Tank, are finished I am going to head into knitting for my impending niece or nephew. While I have some optimism that baby clothes knit faster, I question how quick baby clothes on fingering weight yarn will knit up.