A couple of weeks ago we spent five days at my family’s cabin in Northern Minnesota. It’s a gorgeous place, but the weather was a bit on the cool, rainy, and windy side. It was lousy for swimming, we only got out in the kayaks once, but it was excellent for sewing. I brought along three projects and managed to tackle them all.
First, a sock monkey. My mom and I named her Jockoline, because I cut her legs incorrectly and she looks a bit like she has scoliosis, so I thought a skirt might be just the thing to hide her unnatural curvature (really, who’s to say what’s a natural curve on a sock monkey)? I still need to make a large buttonhole on the back of the skirt so that her tail won’t be scrunched underneath.
Second task was to make more yoyos. I’ve got a bunch of Christmas fabric, so I’m working away at those. Not yet sure what I’ll do with them when I’m finished: perhaps a garland, perhaps top a table runner or holiday pillow.
Finally , my mom and I made pot holders. I bought some Insulbright awhile back and wanted to give it a try.
In a classic move, I neglected to read the part that said to enlarge the pattern for the oven mitt that was on the back of the package and ended up making a mitt so small that I was unable to turn it right side out. My mom wisely made square pot holders, using some of this great blue Robert Kaufman fish fabric I had in my stash: the green is a Benartex Winterscapes fat quarter (that’s what I’m using for my yoyos).
My mom chose the pot holder fabrics and quilted them and I bound them. I haven’t yet gotten a report on how well Insulbright works, but we did use two layers of it (along with a layer of batting to absorb condensation). Hope nobody gets burned! Anyone else ever made potholders, and if so, what did you use to keep the heat at bay?