So I'm able to cross 2 cupcakes off my list! And the woman who ordered them is picking them up tonight so I'll have some cash for the holiday season....or to put in my savings account. Now that I'm going to be getting a small but regular income, I'm going to try to start putting some back in savings. I spent about 80% of my savings on Good For Ewe and then just living after my last paycheck stopped and this one started and I know it's going to be a very long time before I can rebuild it. But it's so worth it! Wow- gone off on 2 tangents already... I wonder where this blog post WON'T go!
I also made Rob's christmas stocking the other day! I'm seriously excited about being able to cross 3 things off my list over 2 days. Gives me hope for the rest of it. Anyhoo, Rob is a big boater- he loves everything about them. In his spare time (which is kaput thanks to grad school) he rebuilds boat engines, which I think is super hot. So since our 2nd date at the Sailing Club I have thought that if this thing went anywhere, I would love to make him a nautical themed quilt that he could keep in the boat or the man-cave or whatever. I still haven't given up on that, but I thought I'd do something much smaller- there's no way a new quilt is getting done before Christmas. Maybe next Christmas. So as I was thinking what he could use that's handmade that was small (tissue box cozies and decorative pillows aren't really his thing) I thought...Christmas stocking. I got on etsy, ordered the 2 boat fabrics and then dug in my stash for a solid color to match.
The thing that perplexes me about sewing is the sheer quantity of the prep work. With knitting, you check your gauge, you make sure your math is right, wind the yarn in to balls, and that's about all the prep work that needs to happen. (Perhaps that's why it's so easy to start dozens of new projects in the blink of an eye). Sewing is a different beast. First you have to iron your fabric. Then cut out your pattern. Then make sure it's going the right direction on the fabric. Then pin it down and cut it out. So you've got a solid 25 minutes of prep and 9 pieces of fabric. Sew together the 3 main bits of fabric that form the stocking. 3 minutes for both sides of the stocking. Turn under the edges of the brim, sew. 30 seconds.
The pattern didn't call for it, but I added fusible fleece to the inside to bulk it up. I just felt that a stocking made of just 1 single sheet of quilting cotton wouldn't be around a terribly long time. So I added an extra step- cutting the fleece and fusing it on. 20 minutes. Then I sewed the brim and hanger to the inside of the stocking so it would flip out on the right side with the sail boat on the brim going in the right direction. 10 minutes of pinning, checking, 30 seconds of sew, 45 minutes of seam ripping and swearing. I had pinned the wrong side in- and the wrong side of the fabric was showing on the brim.
And lastly, I spun some yarn! I actually started this batt out of sheer boredom during the ice storm of LAST FEBRUARY! That's right. This spinning project is really old. So I've been working on it a little bit a few times a week for a couple months now and yesterday morning I called it done. I really love it. I've been working hard to get a more balanced handspun yarn, and this is probably one of my better specimens. It's a heavy fingering weight (which sounds so dirty) and there's 261 yards of it, so not really enough to make socks. What would you make?