Saturday, July 26, 2008
Well I must be well and truly hooked. Not one row did I knit to today. Ophelia was left wilting in the basket even though I'd planned to wear her on Monday so need to finish the back. Other projects made pathetic attempts to catch my attention. At one point the whole box of yarn exploded in my face as I scrabbled about for a tape measure. I ignored them all and headed for the machine. Once a feared and revered object over the last week or so there is a slow thawing of tensions between us. I wouldn't say we are friends yet but things are definitely looking up.
Peri was a bit miffed at this interloper for my attentions and decided to be as helpful as he knew how. I think he was probably psyching the machine out, giving the needle a very stern look as it raced in and out of the fabric.
He then gave me a long hard look as if questioning my very sanity. After all I don't usually sit at the sewing machine on a Saturday morning. He was concerned for his own welfare. How was he suppose to sit on my lap while I played silly games with thread, fabric and a noisy monster? He was quite concerned. I however sewed merrily on until I ran out of thread.
The fruits of my morning's work
A pencil roll for my youngest Daisy. I am pretty pleased with it, but I think it might have needed something to make it a bit firmer, no idea what. I am pleased with the shape and the seams are pretty straight without any puckering this time. I have orders from the two other girls to make them pencil rolls too and I bought fabric when I was out getting more pink thread. However I don't want to make them until I figure out how to give it a bit of stability. Perhaps some sort of padding?
While out getting thread I also found a metre of grey rose fabric that I just saw immediately as a bag. It was on offer at $2.50. I cut the pieces out and ironed them and I'm itching to stitch it together but the light in the study isn't very good so I am making myself wait until after church tomorrow.
My idea for the bag came from celine Dupuy's book simple Sewing with a French twist. It will be a while before I can manage most of the projects in this book, but the bag called to me instantly. I love the cover.
This book tells you how to make Bohemian flip flops, cafe blinds, bistro place mats, a pencil case a la mode ( which I think might be next after the bag) and an artist's organiser.
It's so great to be able to finish a project in a day. Sewing is so quick even with the number of times I have to unpick a seam. I think I may have it bad.