It's been awhile, but I have been busy. Very busy with lots of crafting. Some of it has been going fast, some slow, and with some I am being endlessly fussy. Patrick is studying Japan in school and needed a Kimono to wear for a play. I didn't think they needed it for a week, but he came home last Thursday and said he needed it for school on Friday. He's an on-the-ball kinda kid, so I trusted that he knew what he was talking about. Fortunately, I had already bought the material and pattern. I was up until midnight finishing the whole outfit, and I think it came out really cute. I wondered the whole time I was doing it what parents who don't sew are going to do for this. I don't have anything at home that I could think of to make a Japanese looking outfit for him. They don't sell this stuff at Target. I guess we'll see.
The thing that kept me motivated until midnight working on this project was that I was doing it for Patrick. I am always making things for the girls, but I realized that I had not made anything meaningful for him since before he was born. When I was pregnant with him I crocheted a few blankets and knit a sweater. I have offered to make him Halloween costumes or a quilt for his bed, but he has always wanted to go with the store bought options. That is totally fine with me. He knows what he wants and if I try to push him too hard for my idea it makes him very uncomfortable. He hates conflict and has a hard time if he thinks he's disappointing me in some way. I was so, so happy that he liked the fabric I had picked out for the kimono and he seemed so excited about all of it. He is just the sweetest kid ever and I feel terrible when he feels upset. I didn't want him to bring something to school that he didn't like just because I made it for him. He was so happy when he woke up in the morning to see it and try it on for some final adjustments. Of course, he was the only one with a costume because, in fact, they didn't need it for another week.