Archive for May, 2008

Five Things a Knitter Can Find to Love About Sewing

1. Sewing and knitting are complementary crafts. You can
sew stuff to help you knit or knit stuff to help you sew. Not to
mention all the great accessories you can custom make to match your
knitting!

2. You use an iron a lot in
sewing, so you'll finally have an excuse to buy that ritzy Rowenta
you've been pining after. You know the one I'm talking about. Meeeeow.
Come to mama! Now you won't have any excuse not to steam block all your
knitting to within an inch of its life.

3.
Sewing is fast, or at least, fast when compared to knitting. This
should be a major advantage around, say, December when knitting just
one more (insert expletive) hat might throw you over the edge. If you
start learning now, you should be well prepared when the holidays come
knockin'.

4. Sewing opens up a whole new
world of shopping and stashing. Dare I say it? Fabric is almost as fun
to fondle and horde as yarn. I am not really hoarding all that much yet, but I have big plans.

5. One word: STEEKS!

It's not the same, of course. I don't foresee any craft dislodging knitting from its high place in my heart. But if you're a knitter standing on the precipice of sewing-dom, I say jump in! Friends and family probably already know you as "that crazy knitting person". Why not make it "that crazy knitting sewing person"?

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Two for the Price of One

Okay, so it’s not quite a finished object, but I’m too excited not to show it off even though it still needs a few final touches.

Bagside1

It’s a very simple tote bag, which I made using the instructions from Sew Everything Workshop. I used red corduroy for the outside…

Bagside2

And this pretty floral cotton for the liner. But actually, I like the liner so much that I could definitely make this a reversible bag.

More details (and some better pictures) to come. Then I will show you all the boo-boos I made. But boo-boos or no boo-boos, I am really feeling this bag! Love sewing! Love tote bags! Yay!

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Spring Fever?

Last May, I went on a short-but-enthusiastic crochet jag. It yielded one very ugly unfortunate afghan and half a sock. Just as quickly as the urge came, it went. At the time I chalked it up to pregnancy hormones, but recent evidence suggests that it was just good old fashioned spring fever working its magic. Again this year, I’ve found myself succumbing to the siren song of crafts that are not knitting.

It started with the acquisition of spinning supplies. Then, I cast on- or is hooked on?- for a crocheted ripple afghan. Then, while my husband’s parents were visiting, I mentioned to my mother-in-law that I had a "broken" sewing machine. She took all of 30 seconds to "fix" it and now, I’m finally learning to sew.

Machine

Have I ever told you about my very first knitting project? (I promise, this relates to the topic at hand, just give me a minute.) It was a dishcloth from a cheap learn to knit book that had projects listed in what I assumed to be order of difficulty. It was a diamond stitch pattern written out line by line. It’s the kind of pattern that wouldn’t be too challenging to a knitter experienced enough to be able to "read" their knitting, but to someone who had barely grasped the basics, it was crazy difficult. And it was in cheap dishcloth cotton, which is kind of hard to work with and shows every mistake. Ugh. About halfway through, I realized I was in way over my head and started over with something a little more manageable.

I’m afraid I might be repeating history with my first sewing project. My mom told me that when she was took Home Ec, the first sewing project was an apron. I thought that sounded like a reasonable place to start, but when I went pattern hunting, I saw this little dress and thought it couldn’t be that different from an apron.

Firstpatt

Of course now I am in way over my head. The dress has darts, interfacing, an elastic waistband, and pockets. Me? I don’t really even know how to sew a straight seam! Yikes! I plan to embrace my inner pioneer and keep going even though I don’t really know what’s going on. Sewing is fun, but so much more dangerous than knitting! At this point, I’m just hoping I don’t sew my fingers together. If I stop posting, I guess you’ll know what happened!

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