I’ve been reading a ton of sewing blogs and am utterly impressed with people’s sewing skills and end products. Most of them have only 2 – 3 years of sewing experience under their belts. What does that tell me? I gotta sew more and more to improve my skills. Between knitting and sewing, I knit a lot more just because knitting is so portable and allows me to multitask. I knit while watching TV, reading, surfing the web, catching up with my husband, you got the idea. Sewing, on the other hand, requires concentration and a block of hours invested per sewing session. Plus, I am not so excited about tracing and cutting patterns. But, I am determined to improve my sewing skills and with that I have signed up for the one garment a month sew along at Pattern Review.
In this sew along, you basically have to commit to finish one garment every month. Since there’re only 16 days left in January, my first goal is to finish the skirt from Sew U. I did the muslin and have a wool suiting fabric waiting to be pre-treated and cut up. I am also planning to alter two store-bought skirts. Skirts seem like reasonable projects to kick off the sew along.
On the knitting end, I screwed up the Webs order. I just realized that I put down my old address, which explained why I still have not received the yarn for the Farmer’s Market Cardigan. I am so dying to finish this because I am so close to the finishing line. I placed another order just in case it never shows up. The moss stitch scarf for MIL is chugging along. I love my MIL but scarf knitting bores me to death. I now get why people who learn knitting quit halfway. The knitting instructors often start you with a scarf project but it is miles and miles of boredom. If you are interested in knitting, by all means, do not pick scarf as your first project unless you really want one. Knitting dishcloth will get you learning the basic, immediately proceed to simple sweater if garment knitting is your ultimate goal.
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