Thursday, July 12, 2007

all that, and she sews too...

look what i made!!


12jul07


my first ever sewing project on my new/old sewing machine, which arrived a couple of weeks ago & has been languishing in the corner waiting to be played with. well, today was finally the day - i thought i'd start small, as i didn't expect to have anything that remotely resembled a finished object whe i was done (honestly, i thought it would be a pile of crumpled fabric & tangled threads).
the last time i sat down at a sewing machine was in seventh grade, which is far longer ago than i would care to admit, and the result of that experience was the infamous seventh grade gym shorts (but we don't talk about those). & because of the infamous shorts, i boycotted sewing in all forms for many, many years. but then i saw everyone else doing it, and it looked like fun...
for this first experimental box bag, i mostly followed this tutorial, but ended up making a few little modifications (ok, mistakes). & amazingly, i've actually made something i can use! ok, so it's a little lopsided (you're looking at its good side). & it's entirely possible that it will have unraveled by tomorrow. but i'm impressed with myself - so much so, that i've ordered the amy butler barcelona skirt pattern. today, a tiny box bag; tomorrow, the world!! or a skirt, at least.
and in knitting news, because i know anne has been waiting (sorry anne!) - finally, a "shawl-in-progress" picture...


this is what has been taking up most of my knitting time - all other projects have been shelved for this beauty. it's the brand-new-not-even-printed-yet knitspot pattern, the bee field shawl. i'm knitting it in fleece artist mini-maiden (50% wool, 50% silk) in colourway "bronze", and have just made it to the end of the first section, "the hive". alas, i'm about a million times slower than the other test knitter, who has already finished!! i bow to her knitting skills, & try to knit faster. while bowing. it's difficult.
the next section ("the swarm" - sounds ominous) calls for a lot of p2tog tbl, & so far is making me very glad that i invested in some extremely pointy new lace addis for this project!
what's that? you want to see another sewing picture??



look how the lining matches the outside of the handle, and the outer fabric matches the inside of the handle!! amaaaaazing.....

5 comments:

Midsummer night's knitter said...

all the best folk are sewing ;0)
India

anne said...

love your bag! love the shawl .. . hope you are doing ok

roro said...

I am in total awe of the beautiful bag AND the shawl. And you were so right - I DID want to see another sewing picture!! Love the colours . . .

soCherry said...

It's all so pretty! :)
The bag looks really complicated - great job! can't wait to see it!
Elaine x

Kathleen said...

That's really nice. Seems quite detailed and "tailored".