I've been a bit moody about my knitting lately. Nothing has really inspired me to work on it; I'm not loving any of the patterns, none of the colors are speaking to me, everything is just...meh. I think its this period of transition into fall. It's not really summer any more but definitely not fall yet.
I'm ready for:
1. Cool weather (give me grey skies!)
2. Wearing handknits season (this goes hand-in-hand with cool weather)
3. Cozy up under a blanket and read a book (again cool weather)
I need Fall!
So with this restless feeling taking over and my knitting not fulfilling, I've started sewing. I work full time at a yarn shop but we're actually one business with a quilt shop! We have two different store fronts but one name and one staff. This has given me the opportunity to be surrounded by AMAZING fabrics.
My ultimate goal is to be able to sew my own clothing but I'm going to start off with some project bags and a small quilt first. I'm currently borrowing a Janome sewing machine from one of my favorite customers at the shop. She's looking to sell and I'm looking to buy, so far the machine has been great. And I've made three project bags!
The first bag was made with great aid from my friend and co-worker Claire. She makes the project bags that we sell in the shop and they are amazing quality in the perfect sizes. I made a nice large one with a few pockets for a large shawl and small blanket.
The second and third bags I made on my own. Everyone I know who sews has been handing off fabric and rulers like they are going out of style. I'm currently swimming in fabric that I don't have time to use yet :) One set of fabric was Halloween/Fall fabric! I've been eyeing Halloween bags on Etsy and I'm so excited that I got to make my own!
Ta Da! Yay! Halloween bag for me and enough leftover fabric to make my mom one too! The thrid bag I made was a simple draw string bag that was supposed to have a round bottom but I made kind of squircle, but cutting the corners off of a square. I also started a new fall inspired sock project to match my new bag!
So my Friday's off have been spent in the sewing classroom at the quilt shop working on my new skills! Yay for self teaching! I'm joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams in the Yarn Along for the week. I'm slowly making my way through the illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone but The Chamber of Secrets came out today!
gosh your bags are gorgeous!! love the fall one. I hope you come up with a knit to cast on soon :)ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Karen, I'm happily enhancing my basic sewing skills on my days off. Hopefully the knitting mojo comes back soonDelete
Your first bag came out cute; I like the mix of fabrics. The second is my favorite; that Halloween fabric is adorable. I am obsessed about learning how to make project bags. I have Youtube tutorials pinned and Craftsy classes marked. Sewing barely made an appearance this year but I'll work on my beginning sewing skills after Christmas knitting.ReplyDelete
I'm obsessed with the Halloween bag! I was so excited when the fabric was given to me:)Delete
Oh the Halloween bags are adorable! I love the ghost fabric - what a hoot!ReplyDelete
I love it too! Its been fun to carry around and use now that fall is on its wayDelete
Your bags are wonderful! I want one! ;-)ReplyDelete
I'd love to be able to sew better, but I need to be able to have a place to keep my sewing machine so I don't spend half my time getting it out and putting it away.
These are the first three projects that I've sewn, I've been enjoying it. I don't have a space either for my machine but the shop I work at has a separate classroom that I can sew inDelete