Friday fiber connections

My long weekend is even longer. No school today, thanks to a built in snow day that we didn’t need to use. So four days – perfect.

I have a few things scheduled like a haircut and a couple of visits with dad and a stop at a craft store. But there is also going to be lots of time for sewing and knitting and reading and running shoes.

What I really want to write about today is sewing.

I followed a link that Kat posted. It was a long post but I kept scrolling and found a gem near the bottom – How Sewing is Changing My Life: a monologue.

Yes! Sewing was my first fiber love. I learned to sew when I was six and my first project as a red corduroy jumper with pockets! I loved that jumper. I grew up with a mom and grandmothers who sewed and knit and during a time when we still had sewing machines in the Home Ec classrooms. I made a lot of my clothes through college but then ready to wear became more affordable. Pattern and fabric prices went up and there were fewer fabric stores. I did make my wedding dress and when I had babies, the sewing bug bit me again. For about 7 years I did a lot of paid sewing. I even designed some baby clothes and then a jumper pattern that I made for girls and moms (I even had labels tags for my business). But too many people wanted custom this and that and the sewing became a chore. About that same time, I discovered quilting and that became my sewing passion.

While I haven’t done as much quilting or clothing sewing in the last 10 years (when knitting re-entered my life), I never put my machine away and I still referred to my craft space as my sewing room. This last year I have had so much fun stitching up simple dresses. I have been making quilt blocks and fun bags. And I have come to realize that sewing brings me a joy that I haven’t found in any other fiber craft. Perhaps because it is quicker. Perhaps because it connects me to my mom. Whatever the reason, I am planning to spend some time in my sewing room over the next few days.

Enjoy your weekend!

Unraveled Wednesday

Saturday was one of those rare days with a completely empty box on the calendar. So I headed out early for my walk and then set off to do some sewing. The goal was to stitch up a Wiksten shift using up a piece of linen from my stash. The first hurdle came when I realized I was a bit short to have the front and the back on the fold but a seam up the back wasn’t a problem. I pinned and cut and stitched. I tried it on before adding top stitching and pockets and thought it was a bit full in the bag but didn’t worry too much. By early afternoon I was ready for a shower and errand wearing my new dress. As I stood in front of the mirror I realized that bagginess was going to bug me but I did not want to unstitch the whole thing. I also didn’t want to make a belt (which is what the pattern suggests). I played with the idea of back darts but finally decided to add a casing with some elastic. The casing in on the inside of the dress and it does pull the bulk in nicely. I’m not thrilled with the dress and plan to revisit the pattern using another piece of fabric from my stash. Stay tuned.

I’m still plugging away on the purple scarf and have started a new shawl and this sweater – using up more stash for both projects. I am almost finished with Born a Crime – a great audio book – and making plans for Mary’s Summer Book Bingo. I pushed myself to do a cover all last summer which burned me out so I will be gentler with myself this summer.

We have a 4 day weekend coming up with more empty calendar boxes! Life is good.

Off to join Kat and the Unravelers today.

Monday in the kitchen

Sunday evening dinner is problematic. By the time I get home from church and visiting dad, I don’t really want to cook. I used to put some meat in the crock pot on Sunday morning but I am trying to revamp my eating plan, loading up my plate with veggies and letting meat be a sometimes side dish. So I have been collecting recipes and ideas that can come together quickly. When I saw this recipe, I knew i wanted to try it out. I actually had everything in the pantry too. The salad came together easily (the dressing was not hard to make) and I made an extra serving to take for lunch tomorrow. I also added cucumbers, broccoli, and tomatoes. I imagine this salad will find a regular spot on my meal planning calendar.

3 things – creative endeavors

I gave my seam ripper a good workout and I am ready to restitch the straps and seams on my Making Backpack. Yes, the straps came undone once again. I am pretty sure it is because of the type of webbing I used so I have some new webbing and, thanks to Instagram, some new id as about how to make the straps stronger.

My fabric is pressed, bobbins are wound, and time has been set aside to make this dress on Saturday.

The Local Yarn Store Tour is happening this weekend. Will I visit a few stores? Such a good question. Stay tuned.