Exhibit A (click for big):
Ballet Blossom Cardigan from Vintage Knits for Modern Babies. Karaoke 50% wool, 50% soysilk, in Mermaid (leftovers from this vest, which sadly met its demise in the washing machine some months ago). I am pretty sure that this will be DSQ’d due to the safety pin that is keeping the back tie from drooping. I’m really happy with the flower, though; it is Nicky Epstein’s T-twist garter stitch flower from Knitting Over the Edge and more compact than the blossom in the pattern. Cute sweater, fun project, AND I learned how to make raglan sleeves.
Becky made this doll quilt All By Herself (cutting, pinning, sewing, quilting), and we submitted it for competition under Education. Any kid in K-12 (including homeschoolers) can compete, and the project doesn’t have to originate at school. We’ve talked about the fact that it is cool just to be involved, that she might not win anything or even have her item on display (it is a myth that they display every single item they receive), and she is okay with all of that. She’s proud of herself, and I… well, I got a little teary for a minute this morning.
Speaking of teary, can I get an Amen on this? I am not a scrapbooker, cannot volunteer during the school day due to work or outside of the school day due to MY CHILDREN, deeply hate decorating. But I like watching Adam play baseball, I like taking them swimming, listening to Roger Miller with them, being a Girl Scout leader, and making stuff. I am not That Mom, either. But I’m The Mom, in this house, and it mostly works out for all of us.