Monday, January 28, 2008

Back at it again



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.

5 comments:

jenny k said...

love the scarf! are the others potholders? (can't tell from the picture.) i am going to teach myself to knit - any day now. what was the book you recommended before? i am definitely going to get the attached needles. joann's here i come! (well, maybe this week sometime.)

jenny k said...

oh, and the jeans purse is adorable! reba will definitely love it!

Sarah M said...

thanks. the little red and whites were supposed to be dishwashing rags. one looks more like a potholder and the other is more raggish. reba does love a good purse. she will need a new one now that she will be 4.

jenny k said...

yes, she will be so grown up. =)

StichingSurgeon said...

thanks for stopping by my blog! your dishwash cloths are super cute and i envy the scarf...i am noooooo good an knitting or crocheting. isn't is great to have something to destress with when coming home from being at the hospital all day!? nice "meeting" you...i added your blog to my favorites.