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Crafting On :: Springy

Last week was a Winter week and this week brings us Spring, with temperatures twenty-five degrees above normal!  I have very mixed feelings about it, of course, but warm weather is nearly always a balm to the soul this time of year.  I will make hay, or garden, while the sun shines.  There are raised beds to refurbish and tools to inventory and collect, and there are children who are happy to spend nearly all their time outside.

The Plank

Here's The Plank in action.  Mike made this using the specifications from The Children's Year.
We've used it a lot inside, but yesterday was its first day being used as a seesaw.
Toys like this, ones that are very much unformed,
give children a lot of room to think creatively about how to best use them.
We spent a fair amount of time perfecting our fulcrum and getting things more solid.

Rosalie's Pilot Cap

Here's Rosalie's pilot cap.
I made the smallest size, using sport weight yarn and size 5 needles.
Willow's is the next one on the needles, though it feels silly to knit a hat in this weather.
I keep telling myself that Winter will send us another blast or two.

Smock Apron

This is a smock apron I made myself from an old pattern and old fabric.
This is a recurring theme with me, as I'm sure it is obvious.
I had to shorten the waist a couple inches.
Overall, I like the fit and the coverage.
The arm holes are a little small, the pockets need lowering, and the waist ties need raising.
There's always next time for improvements, though the arm holes are a quick fix.
Such is life with this short torso of mine.

Spring Overalls

Here are Laurel's new Spring overalls.
This pair is a size three, so I am curious to see how they do on her.
I feel the small ankles will help with length issues.
The pattern was fairly simple and sweet.
I'll make more.

Spring Overalls

It's a good one to use all around skills--button holes, slip stitching, gathering (yuck), lots of curves.

Spring Flower Fairies

And last, these flower fairies have come to the nature table: crocus, snowdrop, violet, and primrose.
The patterns came from All Year Round and The Children's Year.
Willow made the sweet background for them, a kind of short botany study for her.

I'd never done anything with peg dolls before, but these worked very well in place of the cloth dolls suggested by the patterns.  I'd had these for a year and a half, anyway.  They are lots of fun to dress!  I simply used the widely available conventional felt.  If you look closely, you can see Willow's first knitting project and a little felt mouse she sewed last week.

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( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )
Mar. 8th, 2016 06:38 pm (UTC)
I love all your crafting projects!!!! The smock is awesome. I have a long torso myself and have a whole other set of challenges. : )
Mar. 11th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
Mar. 8th, 2016 07:58 pm (UTC)
Those overalls are so cuuute! And the gnomes, too. And you coordinate so well with your bedroom ;)
Mar. 11th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Mar. 9th, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Oh I shall have to try making a plank see saw for our back garden - the girls love the curvy board we have inside during the winter and it's so much fun to get out now that it's not quite so cold!
Mar. 11th, 2016 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
You should! Ours is seven feet long with some small pieces of wood underneath for the center and ends.
( 6 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

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