Wow…this blogging is helping me realize how much I take on in a week (way too much) and that I am moving forward designing (it’s just harder to see when there are so many projects in process!) On the personal front it’s been a crazy few days. My sweet pea was diagnosed with possible Kawasaki disease and then more than likely an atypical hand, foot and mouth disease. So I’ve been taking care of my little grumpy cutie with lots of sores from mouth to peeling fingertips. Thankfully it looks like we are through the worst.
So here’s what I’ve started on designing/making this week in the moments I break down and let sweet pea watch a video. I needed a small design project with crochet since I’ve been sewing so much lately. I decided to work on designing a chevron striped crochet coffee cozy. I have super sensitive hands when it comes to heat while my mouth can handle almost scalding hot water. So I’ve always needed to double cup hot drinks. In college I actually volunteered for trash duty when I worked in the sandwich shop because working with the “pizza tower” felt like my arm was being burnt each time I went near the heat. So clearly I have some sensory issues when it come to hot and cold! This pattern has been surprisingly difficult to write down so for now I’m just listing a few finished chevron coffee cozy sleeves with the plan to pattern them sometime in the future…
I had the surprising pleasure of chatting with a Mom of 3 about sensory tools/toys for children with autism and sensory issues. I can’t tell you how excited it makes me to be able to talk and bounce design ideas with others who understand sensory integration! She gave me some fantastic ideas for expanding my fidgets designs and I’m planning on trying some new ideas! The above pile is going to somehow find itself worked into some pocket sized sensory toys for older kids to have in their pockets…don’t these textures look yummy?!…stay tuned!
Lastly, an unexpected project is a booster seat cover for sweet pea. Not sure if it’s just her feeling under the weather but we’ve had 3+ extreme meltdowns over the feel of the blue piping on the original seat cover. So she helped me pick out a pink linen she likes the feel of and I’m working on making a new seat cover for her booster. It’s a stretch for me and my sewing design skills so we’ll see how it turns out. Bottom line is that it’ll be better than the screams we’ve been getting!