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Monday motivation 

crochet, knit, crochet…


So if you didn’t know, I took a Level I crochet class at the library this past week. I only learned the chain stitch and single crochet stitch, but I practiced my ass off over the weekend. I made about 5 dishcloths just from the single crochet stitch. All I did was make a square and crocheted back and forth. The pink and the beige and green are the crocheted dishcloths. The dark green is a knitted crochet cloth.

I have noticed that crochet is much more forgiving than knitting, and (so far) so very easy to do. (no wonder my mom likes crochet so much!) Crochet is not as fussy, you only need one hook, and I can whip through a pattern really quickly with crochet. Now let’s just see if I still think it’s that easy once I try the Level II class.

So what do you think of my patterns? This was so easy to do and kind of fun. Besides napping, this was the bulk of my weekend. I am not complaining.

Oh, I also started some more of those drawstring bags too. Those are fun; quick and easy to make too! So, what are you working on?

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Monday motivation 

making some drawstring bags

I had such a fun time making these drawstring bags on Saturday that on Sunday I had to make a few more. These were so easy, took less than half an hour each to make, and I had all kinds of t-shirt yarn to make the strings, that I just couldn’t help myself! It was craziness I tell you it’s like another obsession.

Honestly, when I learn a new skill, I need to do it over and over again as soon as I learn it so that way I can remember what I did and can repeat it, successfully. I’m very much a visual and hands on learner, so getting my hands on material/paper/pencil/dirt/copper wire/yarn and doing the task over and over again ensures that I’ll remember what I just did.

That’s probably why I didn’t do so well in math in grade school, is because as soon as I got out of class, I would forget what I just learned and I didn’t have spare time right after class to go over what I did, so by the time I was home I was totally clueless, and my parents tried, but they weren’t any good at math either. It helps that I like sewing and being crafty, that makes doing this over and over again so much fun.

The other week I learned how to *properly* make a zippered pouch, so now this is going to be another obsession for next weekend. I’m just so happy, and grateful, that the library offers these classes. I’m such a library geek, but I don’t care. I’m flying my geek flag high and proud!

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Monday Motivation

edison quote
edison quote

I often think of this quote when I’m feeling like I can’t do it all, or just do it – period. Then I remember to do just one thing at a time, work at it a little day by day, and it will get done. Maybe not as fabulously as I had hoped or imagined, but it will get done. I never thought I’d be very good at knitting, but I’m doing pretty well, mastering the stitches, and trying something new almost every week, and not with the same easy stitches either, I’m getting into some yarn overs and K2TOG, etc.

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I’m learning to be more patient with myself in the stuff I do, and I am totally honest about my limitations; if I can’t do it, I can’t do it and that’s that.

I bought myself an ID lanyard with the Wonder Woman logo on it and wore it to work. One of my smart ass coworkers I joke with says “I know you’d like to think you’re Wonder Woman, but you’re not.” Pshaw…I know I am.

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Monday motivation 

I just love and appreciate the late afternoon sun I get in my sewing room. This bright, natural light is so helpful, and it hits right on my machine.  That alone makes me motivated. 

Yesterday I made a few key chain wristlets, I sewed on pockets and sewed together the side seams for some new handy every day bags, and cleaned out a drawer of my sewing supplies. 

It’s the little things, right? One thing at a time. 

All in all a good day. And it was so beautiful too. Today we have a high of 83F (yes, already)

What do you appreciate about your sewing room? Is there something there that motivates you?

Have a fun day.

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Monday motivation 

My serger works, new patterns, knitting, new bag material, nap time, learning new sewing skills….I’ve got all kinds of motivation going on!

If only Wolfie would stop lying on my material…

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Monday motivation 

I found these great pieces of material when I was out this weekend. I can find some of the best stuff at the thrift stores. Interesting, one of a kind or no longer made items that are so unique and fun,  and “Oh my gosh I can’t believe this is still around” kind of stuff. These are ready to be made into my every day handy bag. It’s such a simple pattern and I didn’t get around to making myself one, or one for my family members or in-laws, I made a bunch of them for my coworkers. (They were a big hit BTW).

Some rain here today, which is much needed, my grass and garden is happy now.

Have a happy day.

 

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Monday motivation 

This may seem more like a Quote of the day post, but I think it applies here.

Today was just one of those days when I needed a reminder:

I sometimes feel like I’ve missed out on something and now I’m too old (I’m almost 50!) for me to start now because I’m too old and time is short or it would be ridiculous for someone my age to do stuff, etc etc blah blah blah…
Then I think “that’s a bunch of crap” because (God willing) I have another 50 years on this planet to do stuff, and I will get to do everything I am supposed to do in this lifetime at the right time I am supposed to do it, and honestly, when have I ever thought that I couldn’t do something, either because of my age or gender? Never. 

So there, nyah.

Have a most excellent, productive, doing-stuff day! 

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Monday motivation 

You know my big chunky fabulous cowl I made recently? Well I had a request to make another one from my sister in law in MD. This is so fun to make and an easy pattern (and I could use the practice) that I just couldn’t say no.

Plus, it’s kinda fun to work with the huge needles (size  US50)

Almost finished. I can’t wait too long to finish, of course, winter will be over soon enough.

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Monday motivation 

I went to the library again yesterday and learned the purl stitch in knitting. I’ve really become quite good at this – if I do say so myself  – and I enjoy it. 

If only my 20 year old self could see me now…

For me, it’s so nice to be so creative again with something new, it’s nice to learn a new skill, it’s important to me to keep my brain active and not have it turn to mush, and it’s nice to be able to make something (fairly quickly) that I can use and wear and show off. 

And being the thrifty person I am, I am realizing, through knitting, how I can make so many things that I currently buy now; such as washcloths, dishcloths, hats, scarves, socks, I could go on and on and on. 


Some people may say “why bother making it when you can go to the mega store and buy it for cheap?”

I say “why would I buy cheap crap made in China when I can have the satisfaction of knowing I made it myself?” The sense of accomplishment from putting my skills to use and being sensible of my finances and contributing to the household are good enough motivators for me and I get the satisfaction of reusing instead of buying and throwing away, (you know how I like to repurpose) and plus, it’s a pretty cool thing to do. 


Tomorrow I am knitting a giant scarf with some big fatty needles and some mega bulky yarn. 

This is gonna be fun!

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Monday motivation 

Pinning and sewing swatches for my Trash2Trends project

All in all a productive weekend: making progress on my Trash2Trends piece, worked in the garden, made some soup, started on goods for our office Christmas party this week, and had a FAB – O day thrifting with a friend of mine. We walked, we talked, we gnoshed, it was great.

I’m putting more into practice my Just One Thing, action of the day. I sat down to sew a few pieces together and before I knew it, I had them all sewn together.

I’m doing the same thing for our office holiday party. I volunteered to make a German chocolate cake. I kept bragging about how my grandmother used to make the best German chocolate cake so I said I’d do it. Little do I know how time and labor intensive this thing is. Now I’m nearly terrified to try it for fear it will taste horrible and I’ll look like an idiot.

But I’m going to do it anyway. I’m going to do Just One Thing (borrow cake pans from my neighbor) today, something else tomorrow (buy ingredients I don’t have yet), and bake it Thursday evening.

I’ll consider this doing one thing a day that scares me.

Regardless, I’ll do it and it will be either a smashing success or a spectacular failure.  Either way, lessons learned and a feeling of accomplishment, for both the cake and my fashion show project.

Enjoy your day.