gold star

Last week, Gail wrote a blog post in which she described a direct correlation between how quickly she photographs a project and how much she likes it. With this project that I completed a few weeks ago, the opposite seems to be true: every time it’s clean, I wear it out without taking pics, so the …

double the troubleshooting

[Quick recap to set the scene. Our protagonist Susan loves to sew knits. She possesses no coverstitch machine. She thinks zigzag for hemming is okaaay, but it doesn’t look ready-to-wear.] TWIN NEEDLE: [Enters stage right, with a dramatic flourish.] Here I am! I will hem your knits beautifully, for just a few bucks and none …

making lemonade

My first thought after The Horrible Felting Incident, since I was convinced that the resulting pieces were completely useless, was to frame them and put them over my washing machine as a reminder. (A reminder not to do laundry of course, h/t Gail.) While I haven’t abandoned that concept entirely, my friend Miss Lulu had …

felted and other curses

I’m so mad at sock knitting right now. I finished the pair for Al last week and he loved them. (Though they were too big, just like mine. Must figure out the correct negative ease.) Made from worsted weight yarn, they were more like slipper-socks, and he wore them three nights in a row beginning …

happy feat accomplished

So, I go on and on about my desire to knit socks, I even share a stunted test specimen, and then I fail to write about my first actual pair until >two months after completion?? Apparently once the mountain is topped, I move on. I’m sure that means something. I’m still into knitting socks mind you, …

back to the beginning

Long ago, in a land far away, a terrific blogger wrote this. It inspired me to embark on a similar exercise, revisiting the first garment pattern I sewed and considering the overall experience. How did my lack of knowledge change the process? Oh so many ways… My first self-stitched garment was made from McCalls 5640, a …