My one shot, before Paco noticed the squirrel and banged on the window to scare the poor thing away. Please note the acorn in his mouth - so cute!
At our last knitting guild meeting, we made project bags. Everyone who had a sewing machine brought one, plus we all brought "fat quarters" of fabric to make the bags. Side note: it's a good thing I'm not into sewing, because our local quilt fabric store makes it look so enticing - all the beautiful fabrics, arranged by color and theme, plus tons of sample quilts hung on the walls...I spent nearly an hour there marveling at all the pretty things when I was choosing the fabric for my bag. I ended up with two sets of fabric (couldn't decide, bought 'em both). I took on the important job of ironing the fabric, while Amy did some magic math and folded the fabric so we could cut it in just two swipes with the rotary cutter. I provided strong moral support for her as she sewed both of our bags...oh and I also pinned the fabric together. Basically what I'm saying is that Amy sewed my bag for me, and she did it with a smile on her face:
It looked like a happy little sweatshop at our knitting guild last week!
Here's my bags:
This one is already in use, too! Check out the print on the fabric - old-school VW Bugs and Campervans! I love all the pops of orange - this one came out really well, thanks to Amy.
This is the bag I finished at home. My seams are a little wider, but you wouldn't have known that if I hadn't told you...so pretend you don't know about the difference. ;)
Generally, if I'm sewing there is a "rage against the machine" vibe happening. Frustration is the name of the game with me and sewing - I think it's a combination of my lack of precision plus a sewing machine that kept jamming, even after I had it serviced a couple of times. So I was banned from sewing by my family...the mom rage that accompanied it disturbed too many humans and animals in my house. But, we didn't quite get my second bag finished that night, so Amy offered to let me take her machine home (this is her travel one, she has a fancier one that stays home) to sew it. And you know what? I managed to finish it (and only had to rip out one seam...pinning would have helped avoid it, but who has time for that?). And, and?? I decided to make another bag, so I went back to the quilt store and found the most appropriate fabric that they'd just gotten in:
Knitting sheep! Yarn! Needles! Knitty words - so cute, right?!
I decided that Amy needed (NEEDED) a bag in this fabric as well, so I bought enough for both of us. And I'm in the process of sewing them - go me! Now, it'd doubtful that I'll jump into sewing like I have with knitting, but this has been fun and I'm happy to realize that I can sew a little.
I loved all of the feedback from my knitting/dieting post on Monday - thank you! Since I'm in the middle of making some things for Christmas gifts, I've decided to employ the "knit for 10 minutes" tactic that Debby suggested...this way, I'm getting a little progress made, and then I can set it aside, guilt-free, and work on my gifts.
Speaking of which, here's a peek at a hat I made (don't worry, the recipient doesn't read my blog) - it's still damp from blocking, so the styrofoam head will have to be the model:
I had enough yarn leftover from Jeff's hat, and I didn't want to make the same thing, so I held both strands together (the solid green and the varigated one) to make it a bulky weight, which mean that I could make the Sugar Pine hat that I liked so much. This is sooooo soft - I really love how it feels!
We only have to run 8 miles tomorrow - wheee! Although, the weather might be pretty harsh - it's looking like rain, north winds of up to 20 MPH, and temps in the low 40s. Good thing we scheduled coffee day for this run, right? We'll have a Starbucks traveler waiting for our runners afterward...and then? Off to Blue Baker, where they better have some bagels waiting for us!
Have a great weekend!