So, I’ve figured out the secret to easing the pain of weaving in all of those yarn tails at the end. Ya ready? WEAVE IN AS YOU GO. It’s that simple! Why didn’t I figure that out sooner? Somehow I guess weaving in as I go won’t work for this small afghan square.
I finished another two Crafty BOM 2012 quilt blocks. These two were all about cutting triangles using two different methods. The first is the Magic half-square triangle where you create the triangles by sewing around the edges of two layered squares and cutting them open. In the second, more traditional method you create the triangles by drawing a line on the diagonal of each square, layering two together, sewing a seam on each side and finally cutting down the middle. I prefered the first method, which seemed to go together much faster, but it was nice to be able to sew a chain of squares together without breaking the thread using the second method. Anyhow, here are my two finished squares.
I finally got around to purchasing a copy of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Kline. I cannot wait to dive in! First, I need to finish the two other books I’ve started and then I’ll let you know what I think! Have any of you bloggers checked out this book?
I love books which I’m sure you readers know if you’ve seen my craft library. I can read just about everything (except Horror genre). That doesn’t mean I’ll like it or be able to get through it, but I’m always ready to give any book a try.
One I finished: Gone Girl. I was a little let down at the end, but still enjoyed the read.
One I want to read: The Sari. I am fascinated with the sari and some of the exquisitely beautiful fabrics used to make them. I asked my husband (then boyfriend) if I would look crazy wearing a sari and with no hesitation he told me yes. I had to laugh at that. He knows I’m quirky enough to wear one anyway despite “looking crazy”.
One I couldn’t get into: Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals 2. I was a big Rachel Ray fan and I loved her 365: No Repeats cookbook. This one just didn’t grab me. The recipes are a little blah and arranged in a menu format, which I am not crazy about either. However, from this book I did get the idea of sprinkling a little chili powder, butter, and a squeeze of lime over corn on the cob. That is delish!
I went to a local fabric store to check out the spring fabrics and then found myself in the pattern section. They had tons of vintage and out of print patterns, but I was more impressed by finding the very first pattern I ever purchased back in ’91-’92. My grandmother had an old (maybe recent at the time?) sewing machine, one of those heavy ones in its own handled case, and I was suddenly hit with the idea of teaching myself how to sew and read a pattern. I never did finish that skirt because the machine had issues eating up the thread.
I love this little book . It seems every time I pick it up it’s speaking directly to my thoughts in that moment.
Soon as it gets warmer I’ve talked myself (okay, STILL talking myself) into doing this running program. I hate running! Everything is all jiggly and hurting at once! I’m not doing any marathons nor am I aiming for a specific distance. It’s purely for cardio and endurance in the event that I do need to run. It will certainly be a challenge.
So I’ve finished cataloging all of my craft books, a task made much easier using a bar code scanner on my phone. I love that I didn’t have to spend too much time doing it. Of the knitting and crochet materials I have there were only three I couldn’t find in the ravelry database:
Stoles and Shrugs
Knit it! Felt it!
Mon Tricot Baby Knitting
What’s nice is that instead of opening a zillion magazines and books looking for something to knit I can do a search right in ravelry to see what’s available. Check out the full list here and feel free to share a link yours! What’s one of your favorites in your craft book library?
A knitting book on Lace?…check. Finished/WIP lace project…errrr uhhh, nope.
I just realized I haven’t fully jumped in to the world of knitted lace. Lace looks like slow work. Not that I really mind, but that’s probably the reason for my hesitation. That and ripping out tiny mistakes in a fine gauge yarn seems daunting. Despite knowing the limitations of my bookshelf, I managed to find yet another knitting book to drool over: Ancient Egypt in Lace and Color.
Exquisite lace designs and beautiful colors on the sample photos. I want to wear each and every one of them. One more book on the wish list!
Now, I was trying to slip under the radar and kind of work this thing unofficially and maybe not feel so bad if I, say, fell off the bandwagon a few more times to acquire a few more knitting and sewing patterns. But, now that it’s out there…I gonna put it out ALL out there and step my game up.
I’m going to do this challenge. Or at least try, really hard. Again. Unofficially, I had one slip this year so far. Okay, two. The goal is to cease all craft book purchases, including magazines, individual patterns, yarn, fabric, etc. in 2013 and work from within the stash. What this means for me is that I will only allow myself to purchase reference books, stitchionaries, tools, and materials to get me through my current/planned projects. That means no yarn, fabric, and/or patterns, to just sit and lie in wait for me to come up with some fabulous idea for them.
Well, you might as well lock me inside the house and hide away the computer!
No, really, it’s a good idea. I’m supposed to make one object per month from a book/magazine I own and track my progress. I can tell you already that I have three craft reference books on my wish list (1 knitting, 2 sewing) to get me through some of my crafty goals for 2013 so I have to figure out how to handle that when I get to it.
Since I’ve picked up knitting in 2007/2008 and crafting since way back when I’ve acquired quite a library of books.
Before I go on, I confess. There is another Expedit bookshelf involved and it houses my books and magazines for all my other crafty interests. I was all about the patterns (knitting, sewing, inspiration for jewelry). I wanted to make everything! I was wowed and inspired by the beautiful pictures and fabulous designs.
As far as knitting is concerned, I got a little itch (which I haven’t scratched quite yet) to attempt knitwear design for myself so I moved on to stitchionaries and books on design help. As the slots began to fill on those last two rows, I knew it was time to wrap up the collection and start focusing more on creating projects and enjoying the creation process instead of collecting. After those last two adds below, I’ve been pretty much done with buying craft books. I still get the urge to buy a book once in a while when I see something I like (Finishing School: A Master Class for Knitters *drool*) and I still indulge in the occasional magazine, but I must respect the space limitations!
I came across this book while perusing Amazon for new books in the Craft and Hobbies sections. It’s the product of a perfect combination of two of my favorite things: Knitting and Listmaking.
Now, I do not have any plans to buy this book yet, but it looks like it would be a good resource to open your mind to learn something new about the craft and/or find new places to take your knitting. The rough “life list” that I have in the works mostly includes patterns or projects that I would like to try, but I have a few other things I’d like to add to the list such as:
Buy cashmere or other luxury yarn
Have fun with Colorwork
Design a sweater
Learn more about the different fibers and their source
Do any of you keep a knitting or craft related life list?
I know I told myself that I wasn’t going to buy too many more knitting pattern books, but I just can’t resist the delicious sock patterns in knit. sock. love. I have Cookie A’s first book, Sock Innovation, and have made nary a pair in it, but I still love the intricate (read: complicated) looking designs in it. One of these days I’ll muster up some courage to try something.