I am on the mend, thank goodness. And, with a friend's upcoming bridal shower and another friend's new baby, I suddenly felt a strong pull to make gifts again.
The last time I sewed gifts was Christmas 2015 for my family and before that, the last time I made lots of gifts was when I re-taught myself to knit in college. At that time, I had multiple cousins and friends who had babies. Suddenly there were bunches of babies and I had very little cash flow since it was all going into eating, a place to live, school books and school. I picked up pointy sticks, a cute strawberry baby hat pattern by Ann Norling (mind, this was at a time when Hotmail was barely in existence, so Ravelry hadn't been invented yet), and a few skeins of the highest quality washable yarn I could afford. Since this was also pre-iPhones and before I ever had a cell phone, I memorized the pattern and practiced knitting and walking everywhere as I walked around campus and took the bus and such. Seattle is a big city. You know, not having a cell phone and just barely using email really didn't bother me much. Funny how we learn to adapt.
I'm grateful for the pull to create gifts as it helped me get through this being sick. Those ideas of what I would make and what fabrics I'd use, how the recipients might feel (this stopped me in past), how it could all come together. I also knew, instinctively that I had to make 2 pair of panties. Either a bra & panty set or 2 pair. And I am just not ready to try to make a bra for anyone else, since I've had such little success (I mean a multitude of learning experiences) making them for myself thus far.
I settled on Jalie Brazilian Hipster in Jalie 2568 and Merckwaerdigh's Belly Thong pattern since I had made both before. This way, I could shorten the time creating them by eliminating the muddling, fuddling, figuring stage of how the pattern works and fits together. I knew how they were made and knew where the challenging spots might be.
I planned for one pair to be in black lace, the other in white lace with blue satin (Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue) in case she wanted to wear them on her wedding day.
Here is the Belly Thong in all her glory.
"Always remember to thank God for small mercies. I mean... uh... always remember to say, 'Merci!'" Which plays on so many levels - being grateful, daily for not only living, but also for the joy and the continuous choice to live with the one love is a blessing and something for which to give thanks.