If it were up to her, Girlfriend would sit in front of the television all day long watching cartoons. And since this is the first summer in years that she will not go to any kind of camp (the economy, yadda yadda), it is up to me to make sure that her brain doesn't completely and totally dry up watching all that television.
She does knit, she does. But she prefers sewing to knitting, so I'm not getting as much done as I'd like. Sure, I could let her fry her brain and all but I figure she has plenty of time to do that, being only eight years old. So, this summer we have a deal: We work on projects together that she likes and then she can sit in front of the tube for an hour or two while I knit upstairs in front of the tube (I prefer more adult themed shows).
Yesterday, I took out some luscious Quince & Co Sparrow linen. Yes, I'm actually calling linen "luscious." This Sparrow has such a nice feel, even right out of the skein. After soaking the swatch for a few minutes in water and blocking it out, it softened even more. I can't yet decide what to make with this--I have four skeins--but since it's so nice, I can imagine a vest or a wrap. Thing is, I'm so designed out with the past year or two of constant work, I'll have to let it stew for awhile and I'm sure something will come to mind.
And then, sandwiched between swatching and doing a little knitting, we took out her Hello Kitty Janome sewing machine (it's a real machine despite how it looks) and whipped out a pair of shorty pajamas and some pajama pants. Girlfriend helped me sew these for her, but I have to sit behind her on the chair while she sews. Otherwise, she'd manage to get the curtains behind us caught in the machine. That girl has a lead foot, let me tell you.
BTW: The pattern for the shorty pajamas is by Favorite Things.