I hope everyone had a nice holiday and Happy New Year to you!
I managed to get three sewing projects finished for Christmas out of the seven I had planned. And two of those are these Jalie Nico raglans I made for Oliver.
I didn’t realize how wrinkled this top would look in photos, as Oliver had wadded it up as usual after trying it on. I guess I forgot the rules from Sewing Blogging 101. But this is how he will wear it, and he refused to wait for me to iron it, as he is a very busy guy when he isn’t just hanging around in my shed.
Oliver loves this sweater, as it’s so soft and warm, yet lightweight enough so he can wear it as a base layer for his winter climbs. He’s already taking it on a test run at Joshua Tree. That’s another great fabric from The Confident Stitch! They are batting 100 so far.
I cut a size V according to his measurements, but we both thought it was a little too loose. I did pre machine wash and shrink the Merino Wool, but I have a feeling one more wash will shrink it to the perfect fit.
I made him a second version of the Jalie Nico with some performance knit I had in my stash from JoAnn. This one I made a size smaller, and the fit looks better. I did get slightly wavy neckbands on both versions, so If I could make these again, I might make the neckbands shorter or use a rib knit. This is a super quick sew, and makes for a nice basic men’s tee shirt for activewear or just casual wear.
I for one, am hopeful 2018 will be a positive year. It will be following on the heels of a very rough year for me and the kids, which ended with my dad’s funeral on December 29. If you read my last post, you will know how close we were. He lived ten minutes away and was an integral part of mine and my kids’ lives. I miss him so much, already.
Last month our community was devastated by the Thomas fire. From my porch, I watched the fires across the river rage from a tiny patch to the largest fire in California history, feeling helpless and sad for those in it’s path. My own dad evacuated with his wife to a nearby ranch only two hours after returning home from the hospital with a colostomy bag, not being able to walk. Over 1000 homes were lost in the fire, including those of friends of the kids. There was so much smoke. The kids have been out of school since December 4 because of it.
I am glad to turn my back on 2017. Like Gloria Gaynor’s words I danced to with my mom and kids in the kitchen on Christmas Night, sauced on Isabelle’s jalapeno cucumber margaritas…. I will survive.
But not everything was all bad, of course. There were some good things too, Like Gigi running Cross Country at the Junior Olympics in Florida, and bringing home first place with her team; Isabelle finishing UCLA with almost straight A’s, despite having to be in the hospital with pneumonia and missing her on stage graduation last summer; Oliver finding meaningful work, taking inner city kids on wilderness backpacking excursions in the mountains; Alana finding happiness with a wonderful guy; Our insane grandmother, mom, and grandkid road trip to Montana. Fraught with laughter and tears and 117 degree weather through the desert; Meeting new friends on my tennis team; finally winning my first match at the end of the season;
And then I met a brother I never even knew I had, who flew from across the country to be at my dad’s deathbed last week. A gift to both my dad and to me, since I have been an only child since 1989, when I lost my own brother.
That’s life in a nutshell. Pain, grief, happiness, joy. And always time for sewing.