It has been almost a month since our niece HK turned 24. Here is the homemade part of her belated birthday gift.
Hooray for Headbands headband from Heather Bailey. A sweet, simple little summery project (but don't look too closely at my pic or you will see that all my details are sloppy). This was a great project for a beginner like me.
And a little tote bag from (*gasp*) Sew Fast, Sew Easy. As a knitter, I should be ashamed of myself. But I bought this book before I really was a knitter, and long before I realized the SFSE folks were trying to sue Debbie Stoller (of Stitch 'n Bitch fame) for copyright infringement (for using the ubiquitous and very old phrase "stitch 'n bitch," which the SFSE folks seem to think they invented). The second pic of the bag shows the pink lining and the little inside pocket. It also shows more sloppy detail work, so avert your eyes from all but the pocket, and even then try to let your eyes go out of focus a bit so you miss how I messed up the pocket details too.
All in all, I'm fairly pleased with this set. I love the fabric, though I think it looks better as a headband than as a tote. It turns out I am terrible at reading sewing patterns. It takes me several readings before I really get what's supposed to happen. Also, I tend towards sloppiness, which I already knew.
Am still learning how to take pictures of inanimate objects. I know natural light would've been better, but I was too excited about finishing these to wait till daylight.
Next up: I'm going to make a bear for Baby J from Hillary Lang's wee wondeful put-together book. And then I'll do kitties for my boys. Have you seen leilalu's kitties? They are absolutely completely precious.