Lots of rain, slowly drying laundry, ajisai (hydrangea), Calpis and first kakigori (shaved ice). And new rubber boots. Time for expeditions and twirling around.
A no-pattern skirt with a little saddle yoke (thanks Sooz!)and elastic, finished in no time, and a new cardigan that took forever. Started some time earlier this year and was almost done before the move. When I picked it up again only one front part had to be knit but I had a hard time remembering what I did exactly with the first front... the pattern is to be found here and sized for up to 24 months. I modified it a bit to make up for a larger size and different gauge. I haven't taken notes though and can't say anything about it now. Only that Dagny fell into a muddy puddle that day two weeks ago and the cardigan had to be washed, ending up even larger after drying.
I used yarn I had on stash, but I didn't have enough of the off-white for the band and had to distract from its different colour there by using two additional contrasting yarns (red and blue). That worked well and I even like it better this way.
The yarn is Munsell King from Yuzawaya, nothing fancy but really soft. I don't expect it to be looking well for too long though, too bad because this cardigan will be fitting for quite some years.
To see the skirt better, two pictures from yesterday:
Thank you so much for the craft room love and have a good day everyone!
I just realized our seemingly endless summer holidays are in fact more than half over, only 72 days left! Japanese kindergarten ending in March and German school starting late August brought us the impressing amount of 162 free days. Finding a balance between play and what needs to get done to supply everybody here with nutritions and clean underwear is my daily struggle. Guess you know how that is...
Anyway, we are having fun everyday and the laundry is under control, too. Only blogging about all of that and writing mails still doesn't work well.
But I have come to think that it is not a lack of time that is keeping me from it (or the constant doubt if anybody would still be interested to read about what I am doing because after more than three years of blogging I can only repeat myself). The greatest obstacle rather might have been sitting on the floor with crossed legs, bending over to reach the keyboard that's placed on the ground, too. Until yesterday. When I decided to give in and vacate my beloved but unfortunate position, moving the whole thing upwards... No more numb legs, typing so much easier and it's better for my back, too.
Yes, I have reached that age...! But this stool I am now sitting on really does wonders :) I type! A picture of my desk is here. The rest of my room tomorrow, off to bed now.
PS: You asked for a recipe for the mochi? Add water would be my answer. I am making the no fuss shiratama dango (mochi dumplings), using a little package of shiratamako (a lumpy glutinous rice flour) and water. And as topping either ready made kuro mitsu ("black honey", not really honey but syrup made from unrefined sugar), like in this photo, or a mix of brown and white sugar together with kinako (ground roasted soy beans). Not much to it. As to many things here in Japan.
Not the first time this is happening... whenever I take a break it's difficult to write again, write that first posting, reply to mails that were written ages ago and maybe long forgotten.
Old Scarlett just kept thinking of tomorrow and indulged herself in living a good life, perfecting her baking skills, sewing simple things like cushion pillows, coasters or the occasional night gown, not bothering to blog about anything...
The fact that I damaged the hard disc I use for storing my photos when attempting to unplug our fridge (but instead pulling the plug of everything that was on or beneath my desk) two days before our move did contribute to not blogging for some time. But at some point a new disc was bought and uploading photos wasn't a problem anymore... also I managed to find enough time to craft with Dagny being around all day (kindergarten ended in March and school won't begin until late August)... so there would have been something crafty to talk about, yet blogging seemed far, far away.
I guess I really enjoyed having left our old, way too cluttered apartment that never felt like ours, getting an actual home instead.
Anyway, now that I want to write again it appears not to be so easy. I think it has to do with the fact that I don't feel blogging really is essential (to me). Not as needless as Twittering maybe but life can be pretty good without both. (You may blame my age, because when e-mails were new and I was still young younger I wasn't as sceptical.)
However, I don't think I will give up blogging soon because I like being connected to you, so I will publish this posting, no matter how little interesting it might be.
Or I could keep writing and show you one of my simple sewings I did recently, so this would actually turn into a posting about making something (beside butter rolls)...
So here is a simple nightgown I made for Dagny. A short sleeved smock out of checkered and dotted double gauze, Burda pattern from 2005. A few modifications like no frills at the hem and sleeves, overall more simple looking. Nothing original and I even have made it before, but Dagny wanted a new one, just like the one she had. And again two different fabrics had to be used because those one meter pieces we have stocked in abundance just don't do it anymore.
The above photo was cropped in order to not show too much of my dear girl. As much as I, as the proud mother that I am, would love to post pictures of her, I usually make her move around to take photos with her face half hidden or from behind.
Explaining the move around, please to her, she suggested this and stayed like it for a few minutes...
Also pictured the new cushions (linen on the back, pillowcase style), by the way. Rather flat ones to sit on. The chairs were some of the very first pieces of furniture we got about nine years ago. Holding up well and quite alright for our tatami room here. What we could use now would be a little table... oh, the pleasure to make yourself a cozy home :)
OTTOBRE 3/2005, pattern #21, corduroy, cotton, covered buttons. Material all from stash, pattern from my vast collection of OTTOBRE magazines.
I made it longer but didn't sew the underskirt, from experience I know there's always a lot of fumbling to adjust the underskirt because it simply never sits properly under the dress. At least this was the case with that dress.
The sleeves were shortened a bit, and there is no ruffle at the hem. Wouldn't be even if I have had enough fabric. The thing with my fabric stash is, that most fabric I have was bought around four years ago. I did sew a lot of clothes for Dagny back then but got sidetracked by patchwork, crocheting and knitting. The fabric I had bought for clothes was not used.
And while I see no problem in making dresses from fabrics that aren't exactly like what I would choose today, it is increasingly difficult to make one whole piece from just 1 or 1.5 meter of material - which of course never was a problem back then. The girl grew...
So when I cut out the pieces for the dress, I went from biggest to smallest parts, ending up with not enough fabric for the collar. The collar! How much fabric do you need for that little part?!
The skirt already had to be assembled from way more pieces than the pattern called for, but there was no way to cut the under collar and the other little piece that's part of the collar (Kragensteg in German, can anybody help me to translate that into English, please? Maedels, weiss jemand von Euch, was Kragensteg auf Englisch heisst? Danke fuer Eure Hilfe!) from the corduroy... so I searched for a matching fabric and found this fairly bright chequered one... happy incidence, I think, it's working quite well with the tones of the corduroy. So I covered the buttons with that fabric, too and it seems we now have a pretty new dress with a splash of adorable odd.
The fact that Dagny wanted to wear it as a night gown the day I finished it tells me this dress turned out as a success :)
Great you all enjoyed the spring posting.
I'd be happy to swap places with everybody of you who is living in an area that's covered in a thick white duvet edged with frosty lace, as Nicole said so beautifully in her comment. Just for a day... We hardly get any snow here, still hoping for some flakes though.
By the way, hello to everybody who found to my blog via Mason-Dixon Knitting, have fun with the photos from the quilt show!
I hope you have as much fun with these simple book covers as I have.
They are quick and easy to make and once you finished the first you wonder if there are more naked books that could use a nice dress...