I finally got back to my sewing machine after a small creative block. I knew it would pass but the lack of sewing was making me a little nuts. I couldn't think of one project I wanted to start - or had all the right things for. I had grown weary of my fabric stash and was longing for something new to create from. It was all so depressing. Then in a burst of ADD genius I ran across Reba's old jeans while we were cleaning out the garage. I promptly left my garage post and stashed the jeans to work on later. I never returned to the garage but did come back to the jeans. I knew what I would do. Reba would get a jeans bag purse for her birthday! Here is my result with the cute little size 2T jeans and a little butterfly fabric left over from sheets my mom turned into curtains (I tell you this thing is genetic). I think Reba is going to love it.
My other adventures this week were finishing the long awaited green and blue scarf I was actually knitting for myself. This is Lion Brand Homespun yarn and I love the look of it. I was experimenting with patterns in knitting and this is what I came up with. Not too bad for only knitting a few projects so far. I also used for the second time my attached knitting needles. Man I love those. I am going to have to get a couple more pair just for different sizes. I think my next project needs to be a hat on these. Here is my end result:
With the scarf done I was eager to tackle the next form of yarn work - crocheting or if you are Jacob - crosharing. I got myself a couple of how to books and settled in Saturday for a day of self-education. Unfortunately after a day of attempts I still was missing a step. I finished a project with my hand, arm and head aching and knew that what I was looking at was all wrong. But the books couldn't tell me where I was messing up. I never was good at following directions from a book. Anyhow, I was definitely not satisfied with my end result and gladly received on Sunday a much appreciated lesson from Grandma Dentist (who's real name is Donna but Reba has her own way of saying things - and don't even try and correct her). There is nothing like a real person showing you how to do something. My real person happens to have experience teaching surgical nurses and she was the absolute perfect person to help me out while I am so far away from my own crosharing grandma. Here is my first attempt and then the new revised work in progress. What a difference a day makes.