I was inspired to make this project from my old wish list when the space bag containing the fabric for it was ripped to pieces. With 5 different colors of 2 yards of each fabric there was a LOT of strip cutting. So much strip cutting that I ended up with more than enough fabric for two rugs and you know about three-quarters of the way through this project I grew tired of these strips! I’m not as in love with it as I once thought I would be, but that’s the chance you take when you dig up old ideas. Maybe that’s why those ideas are left behind in the first place.
Regardless, I have two new rugs that will have a new home in my kitchen. Can’t wait to step on and dirty up my creation!
Several nights ago I walked into the bathroom and wondered why I could feel the cold floor only on my heels. Then I looked down and realized that my hand-knit socks were completely worn. These are the second pair of socks I’ve ever knit and the hole is too big to bother with mending. I’ve only used these socks for lounging around the house and I don’t have pets so I don’t have any idea on how this happened so quickly. Is this a bad thing?
NO! I get to knit more socks! Sock knitting is one of those things you either really enjoy or really dislike and I happen to like it so it’s a fine thing to add to my 2014 “list” of things to tackle/attempt this year. I’m still not completely sold on the idea of a big year-long/monthly challenge, but I am still keeping tabs on few things I really want to get into.
I used to keep a master list of different projects to complete, but I found that list quickly became overwhelmingly long. I mean I drool over most of the projects in knitting magazines and craft books!
“Oh, can I please have almost every scarf ever designed?”
“Don’t make me choose!”
“Put pages 1-100 on the to-do list!”
However, I find carefully choosing specific craft goals just as overwhelming. To get out of that rut I’ve been in since the end of last year, I’m just going to let go of the listmaking for a while and just go with the flow. Let the crafting ideas take me wherever they take me!
I’m still feeling the effects of internet overload so lately I’ve moped about the craft room like a lost little puppy although I am taking the opportunity to make some progress on a few unfinished projects. But there is hope. My husband presented me something that just might enliven my knitting spirit!
I got hooked up with a handmade yarn swift. Let me tell you how much of a pain it is to try to wind yarn while having someone hold it on their arms. There is always a tangle, it always falls off the person’s arms, and it almost always winds incorrectly. As he grew tired of my frustrations (read: moaning, whining, complaining), he trudged through the snow and out to the shed to whip this up based on plans I found on the internet sometime ago. I’m certainly thankful for it!
Next stop, winding up the yarn for a lace project I’ve waited forever to start.
I’m not going to do a 2013 round up, but I will say that last year’s craft stash challenge was fairly successful. I did work mainly with materials I already own and did an okay job of not stockpiling materials for future projects. I stepped out of my comfort zone to challenge myself a bit, although there are still some things that I didn’t get to do like I wanted. However, I’m not going to beat myself up about the small things.
2013 was a pretty decent crafting and blogging year (first year I averaged about a post per week), but I’m ready to see what things I get into this year! I’ve tried to come up with a list of craft goals, but keep getting stuck on only a few things. Since I’ve spent quite a bit of time last year overwhelming myself with a long to-do list from looking at blogs, tv shows, Pinterest, and even my own library, I trying to think long and hard on what I actually want to start next. There are some really creative people out there with some really great ideas that get me excited about being creative, but I need to realize that I can’t do everything at once and I certainly can’t keep up with all of you. However, that does not mean I will no longer check out your blogs, comment, and/or post here. I certainly appreciate all of your creativity, views, likes, follows, and comments and hope that we can keep it going throughout the new year!
To finally get out of my ‘store bought pattern’ comfort zone I took a pattern-making class. After lots of fittings, lots of muslin samples, and lots of dart manipulations I had only the final week of class to sew up my project.
The jacket was originally a shirt before I made the fabric selection of denim. I had to change my design when I realized there was no way to get in it. I transferred the bust and waist darts to the neck line and stitched them down for detail. The petal sleeve was also drafted.
The skirt was inspired by my Fashion Studies Foundation class mood board and illustration of origami and a four gored skirt with a back inset detail.
There were a couple of inside finishing details that I slipped up on, but I think I did an okay job for a first time pattern-maker. Now, on to draping class!
So a quick TTT post is all I have again this week!
I never got around to posting this necklace (left) I made way back when, but I made a similar one as a gift for my MIL. Hope she likes it! November Craft Stash Challenge at it best.
Handmade Holiday Greetings are in the works! I’m trying to use up as much of the paper stash as possible. Haven’t made a dent in it yet!
Oh, and I finally joined Instagram (creativelymotivated). I resisted IG just like I did FB and blogging, but I actually kind of like it. I just have to figure out how I want to use each of them as they are all the same, but different. Throw Pinterest in the mix and I’m all “social media’d” out! I don’t know if I can handle another.
I’m having a moment of crafting ADD. I’ve got planned projects, future projects, projects in my head, projects on paper, stashed projects, unfinished projects, test projects, class projects…*scream* I feel overwhelmed and that means nothing gets done this month. Lately, Pinterest has been adding to the ADD thing. I don’t pin like a mad woman, but I do view what’s trending from time to time. Last month, I saw a photo on Pinterest (don’t all craft stories start this way?) that inspired me to sew a color a colorful printed skirt (McCalls 5???) and crop top based on See and Sew 5939. I tried to plan out what I thought it would look like.
I love prints, but don’t wear them as much and I have a few in the stash that still catch my eye. The fit on the crop top was going well until I added the sleeve so I just gave up on it. However, I’ve completed the skirt!
I even adding a lining. I missed the bus on actually wearing this outside during the few unseasonably warm days we had this month and it’s not going to happen now unless I get a pair of thick tights AND leg warmers. Oooo, leg warmers: that’s a project on my to-do list, of course.
Usually when I feel this way, I’m feeling it in all areas of my life including fitness. My “run for 20 minutes program” was successful, but now it’s time to find new challenge for the colder weather. What’s next? Arms? Legs? Cardio? I need to set some new goals ASAP.
I’m starting books, putting them on hold, and then starting something new. I had the simplest reading goal that I’m not going to make.
I’m all over the place! Excuse me while I take a deep breath and try to clear my mind for a minute.
I think there comes a time in a person’s life where they begin to question their reason for doing something, e.g. a career, following a movement, purpose of life. Sewing and I have had this relationship for a long time. I know where I want to go with it, but trying to work out the time for it all is a challenge. It’s slow work! For me, it’s a frustratingly long process for every stage in the project: the deciding, the cutting, the fitting, the washing and ironing, and the actual construction. I regularly visit other sewing blogs and it seems they are cranking out these projects like a factory. I just want to get something done and I want it done NOW. Yes, friends, I am a product of my generation!
I want it now.
I need it now.
I gotta have it.
Umm, why is this taking so long?
This isn’t done already?
Well, I had to (have to) take a step back from that, ignore the blogs, re-learn, and constantly remind myself that in my world sewing (and everything else in life) takes time. I also have responsibilities and other interests that bring me pleasure, Really, what’s my hurry anyway? It’s not a competition.
Despite the slow work of sewing, I managed to finish a couple of projects: a skirt (will be posted later) and two craft baskets to organize my out of control pattern collection. I’m working on a third that you can see in the background.
Colorful fabric from the stash is put to use in Kwik Sew #107. I’ll be making them until each of those patterns has a basket home.
Of course, I could buy boxes or baskets and it would certainly speed up the organization process, but what would be the fun in that?
I feel like I haven’t been in the blog world in such a long time! I had a week without any crafting because I was living it up on my very first cruise!
Lots of eating, sleeping, relaxing, occasional drinking, games, and fun, fun, fun! Even still I missed my sewing machine just a bit. I had big plans to sew up a little dress for an upcoming wedding, but the time just got away from me. So, nothing finished to see here!
I did start my next knitting project on the ship, but only managed to complete half of what you see above. Those late afternoon naps got in the way of my knitting. Winter is coming and I’m ready to get into the grove of making hats, scarves, and the first sweater for my husband. Little does he know, he will be subject to being measured and fit on a regular basis.
In other randomness…the world of fashion is abuzz with September issues, New York Fashion Week, and other fabulousness and here is what caught my eye in the latest Vogue:
Knitting in a Chanel ad? See, knitting is COOL and FASHIONABLE!
September Vogue also brought to my attention the Fall 2013 Christian Wijnants collection. This is a must have:
It’s hard to see in a photo of this size, but the tension is varied on this knit dress. And beginner knitters think varying tension is a mistake!
Also, there were so many great NYFW collections (DVF, Zac Posen) it just makes me want to pick up a pen and sketch out a few things and then I remember I cannot draw! Anyway, as much as I had a great time getting away, its good to get back to the hobbies I love so much.