Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I've been struggling with starting the knitting part of my challenge. Seems I have a huge fear of trying to knit socks, and failing. I don't want to frog them back. Or find they are too small, too big, not the same size, or god forbid...don't stay up. How can I possibly be proud of handknit socks that pool at the ankle? Anyone can have socks that pool at the top of their shoe, requiring pulling up at the most in opportune times.
When I have fear, I am an expert at procrastination. (Case in point? I applied to my 1st 2 day craft show 6 days before the date of the show. No lie.)
I did try to incorporate TCB (taking care of business) and it's sister mantra--Just Do It!-- this weekend, and found the sock yarn, needles, and my trusty "anyone can knit socks" book.
And I did something I never do. I started knitting a gague swatch. All successful knitting starts with a gague swatch, right? I realized after re-reading the instructions halfway into the swatch, that I probably should be knitting in the round instead of flat...but who said this process was going to be perfect.
So I'm on my way to starting my 1st ever handknit sock.
Don't get too excited...I didn't actually figure out the gague from the swatch.
Monday, March 30, 2009
(Blogger not cooperating in loading photos. Photo to come.)
She's my awesome new Mazda 6.
Yea, we enjoying zooming around in the sunshine on Saturday. Just doing my part to stimulating the economy.
Now I have to figure out how to back her out of my garage...she's a bit bigger than my Saturn.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I also had a coordinating fabric with more brown. Rita has a fabulous pattern, and after a few hours, I have this:
Could that be cuter? The tiny ric-rack is from the stash of notions I liberated from my Grandma Helen's sewing stuff before my step mother gave it all to the Salvation Army. All supplies I had on hand. Woo hoo!
There was also an incident with some inferior interfacing which required the recutting and re-interfacing all interfaced pieces...GRR. That wasn't a pretty few minutes this morning. I'll spare you the details. Said interfacing is in the trash so it won't be able to ruin another project. A sign of a good sewing day is a full garbage can. Whatcha think? Were we successful?