Oh dear. Has it really been nearly 15 days since I last blogged?! There goes my attempt at blogging weekly. :(
The thing is… lately, there just hasn’t been a lot of knitting going on. I started a pair of socks for my brother, using the Java Socks pattern from Knitty, and while the mini-cables add a lot of interest and texture (and look super nice to boot!), they are such a pain to do! It feels like some of the slowest knitting I’ve ever done. Plus, they’re socks for a guy (read: big feet therefore requiring much more knitting). And they’re brown, which.. is a little boring. If it was brown flecked with magenta or something colorful, that’d be more fun – but less masculine, I suppose. :P
They’ll get done eventually. Hopefully before I head back down to Southern California in two weeks.
I have to admit, there have been some distractions. First there was the giant red cabled scarf (more on that later). And of course, I needed a hat to match it.. right?
Then I got a new messenger bag, and it’s so roomy that I can totally fit my knitting in there along with school stuff. Yay! But I didn’t want to just stuff my knitting in there, it’d get dirty or tangled or something. What I needed was a bag for my knitting. Something pretty. Something roomy.
I checked out things at Etsy, and there were some cute project bags. But I didn’t really want to pay $30 for a bag.
The only solution, I decided, was to make one myself. Thus:
It even makes the brown sock look awesome (and renewed my enthusiasm for the project)!
Who knew that this one bag would lead me into a bout of sewing obsession…
Next I decided I needed a laptop sleeve.
‘Course, after this, I thought I could use more of a challenge. A dress, maybe. I really like dresses, but don’t have a lot of them because (1) I’m picky about the style, (2) I’m picky about the colors and/or print pattern, and (3) I’m cheap. Considering these factors, sewing one for myself seemed like a good plan.
I found a pattern for this pleated dress/tunic thing. The picture on the pattern sleeve looked really cute and casual. So I made it.
Alas, I forgot that lack of a visible waist = big, flowy sack on me. So it’s done.. but I’ll probably never wear it. :P
P.S. I don’t know if you noticed that purple flowery fabric in the background of some of my pictures, but that was destined to become another dress. A much more satisfying one. :P
P.P.S. Sorry about the lack of progress on your socks, lil bro. I promise I’ll finish them (!). It just might take awhile….