Back in January I outlined a few things I wanted to work on this year. Now that we’re almost to August, how am I doing? Well, I’ve run 3 5Ks – so I’m doing pretty good on that front. K & I are cooking more at home, so that is going well. I totally failed at the wedding knitting, but Pia ever so graciously pitched in and made me a Damson, so I wasn’t without a handknit made for the big day.
Other crafty adventures really had to wait until this summer to get any attention, but I’ve ventured into two new areas.
I made yarn! Paula was kind enough to show me the basics, and I am keen to try my hand with the spindle again. I bought some fiber over a year ago – so I should get my spin on, yes?
Yes, but there’s another endeavor in my life — and it involves the sewing machine.
Many of my flickr friends have been quilting like crazy, and I confess I’ve caught the bug. I like the two-dimensionality of it (versus garment construction, which seems beyond me right now), and the possibilities of piecing are endless! Here’s my first try — using instructions from the kit I purchased earlier this month. It’s um, not square at all. And not the right dimensions (it’s anywhere from 1/4 – 1/2 inch smaller than it should be. whoops!). But it was a lot of fun to figure out! And I can’t wait to make another block. Many more blocks. In fact, I’ve joined a quilting bee! (I think it’s technically a round robin, but whatever.) 2 blocks a month for the next year (one month I get blocks from my fellow bee-ers) should see my novice sewing skills grow – hopefully in leaps and bounds.
But never fear…there has been knitting. And if I can ever remember to take photos of it, I will share soon.