So I wore my shrug to lunch today and got an order for a variation on it. I am going to make several of these up and have them ready for the street festival in August. I will be posting pictures soon!
It’s hard to concentrate on heavy wool garments when the temperature is 90+. If I don’t however, I will once again find myself without appropriate items to sell in the fall. So I’m pulling out the hat patterns and the gloves and the mittens and I’m going to get to work. Anyone with me?
Almost finished with my shrug but I decided to make it a bit longer.
We had a good get together as usual. The time goes so quickly!
Have a good evening!
I’m working on a shrug that a member of the Bergen Crafters had on at our meet up last week.
Anyway the pattern was created by CWatts7412 on YouTube. So I go online to look at the video and to make a long story short I think that the stitch pattern should be different. So okay, I need to be less anal and follow my instinct. Instead I wring my hands and put down the work and worry about not following the pattern to the letter.
O for goodness sake. I need to breathe and do what I think. If I don’t like the result, I can frog it or make another one. Neither outcome is life altering. So lets relax and keep going. I’ll let you know what happens tomorrow.
So today my friend Bobbie replied to my post about starting but not finishing projects. She told me that her friend says that some people are process knitters (applies to all crafts) and some are project knitters. Bobbie says that she is a project knitter. She starts a project and isn’t happy until it’s finished. On the other hand I am a process knitter. I love the learning. Once I have the technique, the challenge is gone. I have to fight my way back to things I have put down. In my head I am on to the next challenge. Actually that’s the way I live my life. What a revelation!! Thanks Bobbie!!!
I am great at beginnings and if you have read this blog for any length of time you know that I’ve mentioned this before. I am on day four of my recycled shopping bag and I was compelled to stop today because it is taking longer than I thought. Anyway I do want to finish but now I have the burning desire to start this shrug. So what the heck I’m going to do just that with a commitment to work on the bag for at least a half hour each day. I’ll finish it sometime. I have plenty of time now that I’m not working for the rest of the summer. No more excuses, just time!
I am interested in making and selling some accessories I need to find the cheapest cotton duck and twill tape to make them. Well having never sewn I had no idea what material cost. Now I am finding out that it’s not so cheap. I saw some muslin today that could do the trick but the colors were limited. I think that some online research is required before I spend any money. I’ll let you know and if you sew, help is welcomed!
So I have posted several times about my new adventures in sewing. Today I packed up my new sewing machine, material, thread and accessories and headed to my friend Cynthia’s house. She had offered to show me how to make this cute apron in a bag that she learned to make at church. Besides the fact that I came with everything except the power cord (I had to go back home and get it) and the machine jammed, it was a good afternoon.
I learned that if you have the wrong needle in the machine it may jam. We were using a heavy twill fabric that needed a stronger needle than the one the machine came with. What do I know. Anyway after changing the needle, we didn’t have the jamming again. The twill that Cynthia used is thinner than the twill that I bought and was easier to sew. So this apron will be my prototype. It required a bit of cutting and lots of pinning and ironing. The sewing part was the shortest part of the process. Anyway she did most of it but I left with the pattern in muslin and I am going to attempt the whole thing on my own!
We are drowning in a sea of plastic. The least I can do is recycle it. We take our bags to the store so we won’t have to use so much plastic. You still end up with some so I am going to make bags from bags and do my part. How about you? Recycling + craft tips out there? Let me know.
My schedule kept me from writing in the blog for months. It was a good thing because I was working but it took over my life. School is over and I find myself winding down. Now the rest of the summer is ahead and if I’m not working (I will be worrying about that) I will have time to blog and work on craft so hopefully there will be more here. I went to the Wednesday night meet up. Not many folks I guess they’re busy or maybe they didn’t want to come out in 90 degree heat. Anyway I was glad to be back and of course came across a project I just have to do.