Sadly, since I haven’t been knitting socks at my usual rate, I’ve been wearing out my previous socks and am running low. I even resorted to boughten socks! (And my aunt thoughtfully noticed and gave me handknit socks for Christmas.)

I’m working on a new pair, though:

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This is sock number two, happily.

I also found a pair with one sock knit and one almost at the heel shaping, which I’m hoping I’ll be able to finish more quickly once this pair is finished.

Today on This Preschooler House…

Today on This Preschooler House I learned that stain tastes just like it smells.

(First Lady was helping me touch things up with the stain pen. I gave it to her and she thought it would be heavier than it was, so it swung through the air and the tip touched inside my open mouth. No Jacobean spot left on my tongue, thankfully.)

Surprisingly productive

Today was a surprisingly productive day for finishing things.

First Lady and Matriarch are asleep in their beds, having argued for a while about whether they were ‘big girl beds’ or ‘grown up lady beds.’ Their dad and I (as well as putting heat shield film on their windows) carried in their beds and nailed in the slats. These are made out of 2×6, 2×4, and 1×4 lumber with a lot of older building. I think they’re built more strongly than the average house, since the ladies can be amazing when they work together.

After a very truncated nap, I took the ladies outside and we glued the handles on their screw picker uppers for the garage. They enjoyed trying them out with a dish of washers.

In scraps of time, I’d put together a hamper for our laundry and finished it after the ladies went to bed. Then I finished the finishing on a skirt for me (two skirts in my wardrobe without holes, fallen hems, or bleach stains!) except for a hook, since one of our guests is asleep in the room where my notions live.

Sewing with Preschoolers!

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Both girls have done some sewing (by which I mainly mean sitting in my lap as I sew, pressing the backstitch button.) I’m trying to take advantage of the two weeks of houseguests that will be displacing me from the guest room (where my sewing machine lives) and the study (where I do my online teaching) by doing some sewing with the girls. We cut out First Lady’s dress (She’s five pounds heavier and a few inches taller than Matriarch, so people no longer are sure they’re twins. Since this is a little too big for them, I’m trying First Lady’s dress first and will have Matriarch try it on.). They liked handing me the clips to use as I cut the dress out, and it ended up turning into fine motor play as they used their new tongs to pick up clips.

Pattern: Girl’s Flutter Sleeve Dress • Size: 4T • Fabric: Quilting cotton?