Although it has been a stressful time over the past few weeks, crafting has helped to deal with coping. I hope others are doing well. Sewing and knitting has helped to get through the past few days. I’ve been sewing face masks to wear and for a few friends and family. I have WIP knitting projects on hold.
I’ve picked up a few other new hobbies from homemade yogurt and creating a vegetable garden. I learned double knitting and how to make my own bias tape from fabric.
During my move of my craft room, I learned a new technique-the pin wheel cast-on. Of course I had to practice it. I started out making small squares that I was going to connect and make into a scarf. I was working on the project while on a quick “sister trip” with of course my sister. She really liked the yarn and color and mentioned that it would make a great hat. The scarf was going to be for her so at least I know she will like the yarn. I’m frogging all of the squares to make her a hat. I can still use the pin wheel cast-on but I will divide it differently. Into six sections instead of four, it is a better fast knit so I should have the hat finished pretty quickly. There is another stitch pattern I would like to try next so she will be getting a scarf as well. I post some pictures of the project later this week.
The move of my craft room is pretty much completed so I will get back to sewing soon too. I got so excited to learn a new technique that I put some other projects on hold. I think we all get excited to learn a new technique that we didn’t know. I like adding to my knitting knowledge by trying new techniques. Some other items I want to try is knitting on the bias, fair isle and instarsia. I remember listening to a podcast about project knitter vs process knitters. The project knitters focused on making a specific project whereas the process knitter enjoyed the knitting mechanism of making an item. I think I flow between the two depending on the situation. If I making a gift, then I certainly a project knitter but if I trying to learn a new technique or method then I am process knitter.
I decided that I needed a larger space to handle all of my crafts. At first, it felt overwhelming as to where I would store everything. I finally came up with a solid solution but the move is not going as quickly as I would like. I decided to move my home office to my sitting area in the master suite and move all of crafting items to my old office. I keep my crafting supplies fairly neat so this isn’t the problem. It is all of the years of documents and notebooks from the office is the challenge. This is a good time to clean and trash many of these items. In the meantime, I’ve put a hold on the tote bag. But of course, I have to have a project so I’m working on knitting square. The Staci Perry from Very Pink Knits demonstrated a pinhole cast-on. The cast-on creates the square along with increase on alternating rows. It is a quick knit and already I have some ideas for other projects. This will keep busy at night while I’m slowly moving the two rooms.
Hello. The tote bag is progressing along. Here’s a quick peek at it so far. It is going to be a market bag for groceries. I’ve needed a large bag for shopping and I finally decided to make it. I just need to add the lining, the straps for the bag and cover the cardboard bottom. You can’t tell
Hello everyone-I don’t know how many times I’ve heard those words over the years. Yes, I do enjoy making items as gifts but I prefer to do so on my terms. The other day at work-one of my co-workers announced her pregnancy. Great news until someone in the group pointed out that since another person and I knitted and crocheted then we could make her a baby blanket and sweater. It was so nice to be volunteered-I hope you could feel the eye roll. I don’t mind making her a gift what I do mind is being told what to make especially when I’m not in the mood to knit a sweater. The other person already had a blanket in-progress.
I craft for relaxation and it stresses me out to be put on the spot to make something specific. I’m not a machine. How do you feel about being voluntered to make something whether it’s a sweater, gloves, hat etc? Do you like being put on the spot?
For what it is worth, I told the person that I would probably make her something but I wasn’t sure exactly about the item yet. I’m leaning toward a toy since I’ve never made one. A blanket would be nice as well-a quick basket weave baby blanket pattern I have on stand by. You can’t have too many blankets with little ones. Who knows I may give in a knit the sweater. But I don’t think so.
It’s just too hot to knit so I’ve been planning on more sewing projects. I’m currently making a tote bag from McCalls’ pattern M7611. I’m using Moda Fabrics. The body of the tote will be red with a solid blue bottom with the lining will be blue with white flowers. See the picture below.
I’ve been tracing the pattern on craft paper. I will use some the pieces as interfacing since the paper will make the bag sturdy.
I still a few more pieces to trace before I start cutting out the pieces and start sewing.
Hello- I hope everyone is doing well. Ive had a chance to compete a few projects over the past couple of weeks. I make an accent pillow covers for the guest bedroom. I have two more to go. I used a simple pocket envelope style. I plan on using a French seaming for the other two pillow covers. I learned how to French seam recently and I like the finished edge it provides to a garment. I think it’s always important to learn a new technique to add to your skills.
I completed the cowl that it based on the Duetone cowl pattern. I just need to weave in the ends. I used a provisional cast on and knitted the piece flat.
I always thought that I liked large projects but doing smaller projects has an advantage. I can work on multiple projects. They travel better. Lastly, they are not as time consuming especially when you have a lot going on. I used my crafting as way to de-stress.
I wanted to update my guest bedroom so I’m decided to make some pillowcases for the bed. I saw this bee fabric and couldn’t resist. I wanted a little whimsy to add into the room. I need to get more fabric to complete the second case. I was planning a different project when I noticed how nice the fabric would look in the room. I like to call this a happy accident. I hope that I’m not the only one who does this-changing a project after you come home. I really trying to be more deliberate in planning my projects. I can at least say my fabric stash is much smaller than my yarn stash. The pillow case is a basic French seamed pillowcase. It only took me two hours to complete. Also, I wanted to do a project with my new Singer sewing machine at least more than mending. It was a nice break from my knitting project.
There has been a lot going on with me over the past couple of weeks. A close friend of mine just found out the her cancer has come back again for the third time. Unfortunately, it has spread. I wanted to spend some time with her as she has decided not to pursue treatment this time around. I wanted to let her know that I supported her decision. I haven’t spent much time doing any types of crafts. I’ve spending some my free time with her and I don’t feel that motivated to do anything just yet. I have some ideas of some projects. I’ll get back into the groove when I ready. Normally sewing or knitting relaxes me but I’m just not feeling relaxed but I feel like I’m trying to force things. I’ve donated more yarn that I don’t want or feel that I will use. As well as I been organizing my craft area.
I did get a chance to get my new sewing machine-the Singer Stylist 7258. I did a quick test by hemming a jacket. It worked get and I know that I’ll enjoy working it. I have a couple of patterns that I want to sew. As well as I need to fix a zipper in a skirt. I thought I had a zipper in my stash but I need to get a matching zipper for the skirt.
Thank you for stopping by and spending some time here today.