Hobbies

Hockey Sock Straps

As a complete newbie when it comes to hockey I have been learning as I go. I research online about gear and then arrive in our Play It Again Sports store still pretty clueless and the really helpful guys in there give me tips and help me out. My neighbor gave me hockey socks so I researched them and I learned that you needed to put hockey socks over your knee guards to help keep them up because otherwise they can slip (also for team identification, oh, and warmth I’m sure). So for that you need tape, to hold up the socks, so I researched tape, and I bought tape… However I also noticed you could buy elastic straps with velcro, so a couple of years ago I made a pair. Conor has been using them and Papa finds them so useful that he has been transferring them between the two boys’ hockey bags. One of them needed some re-sewing so I took out the machine, resewed that, and put a pictorial together for myself so I would remember how to do it(and for anyone else who hates running out of hockey tape).
Bear in mind the sizing is for 7 and 5 year-old boys. The elastic gives plenty of growing room and stretches around a hockey sock and knee guard but a teenager and adult would benefit from some measuring.

15 inches 1-inch non-roll elastic (3/4-inch actually works too)


Sew 2.75 inches of 3/4 inch hook tape on one side, then FLIP it, and sew 5 inches 3/4 inch loop tape on the Other End (and Side)


Ready for hockey


You will need:
1-inch non-roll elastic
3/4-inch hook and loop tape
Cut elastic into 15-inch lengths, hook tape to 2.75-inch lengths, loop tape to 5-inch lengths.
On one end, sew hook tape. Flip the elastic, then sew loop tape on the other end.

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Bag of Crusts

I made a bag of previously-frozen crusts into a bread and butter pudding. I used too much bread and was a bit haphazard with the sugar (had to change vessels I had so much bread!) so it wasn’t sweet enough. I make a lot of Nutella sandwiches for the boys so I’ve been adding the crusts to the freezer as I go. This was probably two weeks worth (remember, we were at home in a storm.)

From zero to hero (but I will weigh my bread next time…)

Seatbelt Cushion

After Mum had breast cancer I made her a seatbelt cushion to help provide some comfort after her mastectomy. She found it so useful that she asked me to make one for her friend. I couldn’t remember quite how I made it, so I took a pictorial as I went along trying to figure it out again.

I wrapped the fleece around some prequilted fabric


9inches by 12 inches is about right


Next time I will lay the hard part of the velcro here, and keep the soft part on the outer flap


This part should be velcro. Sew along the edges of the quilted batting to make a nice fold


Ready to wrap around a seatbelt

Christmas Sewing (and Baking)

I did a fair amount of sewing to get ready for Christmas this year.
I fixed a lovely tree skirt that my aunt-in-law Susanna gave us. It needed a slit so we could fit it around our tree stand. As you will see in this post, I got a lot of before pictures of things, but not so many “after”s…

Before cutting the tree skirt (I did a simple lining of the edges with bias tape)


Before making candy cane cookies


Before making shortbread


Before making four more stockings for the fireplace


Oh look! I actually managed an after picture!

Gaming With Daddy

Playing games with baby and toddler Eamon has never been easy, but it seems like things are starting to improve… He still gets frustrated if he can’t participate, but he is more ……. tolerable …….

Pitch Car


Eamon can still make the experience a total disaster but it’s starting to become worth the hassle.

Mending Jersey-Lined Sweatpants

Conor has been wrecking the knees of both his new hand-me-down pants as well as newer pants I’ve bought. I decided to attempt to fix up two pairs of old pants that had ripped straight across the outer fabric but still had intact jersey lining.
I couldn’t turn these inside out, so I turned the rips in on each other and did a zigzag stitch along it. It is raised, but it is neat.

The other pair actually had such a frayed cuff that I was able to turn it inside out through the cuff. The rip was much worse, but was neater to mend because I could turn it inside out. I also darned two holes on the other leg, and then when I was all done I noticed a rip on the Butt!!! Needless to say, this pair is now in the emergency change of clothes stash in the car.

Rips and tears

Hockey Mom

Papa has gone to a meeting in the Canary Islands so I have realized my true calling as a hockey mom. I brought the boys to practice (including photo day) and yesterday morning bright and early I finally got to see one of Conor’s cross-ice Mites games. I counted six goals and got some on video.
Watch as Conor moves from left to right and scores his fifth goal.


Turn on the sound to see him declare “Not in my house” after scoring his sixth goal.