72. Sewing Room Move

Right across the country

It is one thing to clean a sewing room but to move it is another whole adventure. A colossal task it seemed at first, but it has proven to be quite freeing as well. I feel more focused, and have a clearer path to my road.

From Calgary, Alberta to Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia

To be sure this has been the most difficult room in my house to take down but also the most revealing. It is truly amazing to find all the hidden treasures’ while cleaning and packing. I have found long lost pictures and letters from years ago, some have made me cry while others are bitter sweet. Saying good bye to mementos I have held onto for so long have brought release from the past. Over the years I have realized these things hold memories and that is all, memories that are good to look back on once then it is time to let go.

Only halfway done, but coming along with YMCA (Village People).

What I learn I’ll never do again in my sewing room

  • I will never stalk pile fabric again, I gave away way too much fabric, that I lost all interest in.
  • I will not turn this room into a dumping ground of useless items ever again, I’ll throw it out before it hits a surface.
  • Make no emotional attachments to inanimate objects again.

What will I keep from my from my sewing room and take with me.

  • Sewing notions/tools
  • Various rulers
  • Sewing machine
  • Serger
  • About 15% of fabric that I’ll work with
  • About 10% of patterns I’ll use
  • Valued books
  • Gillian my dress form
  • Beading tools
  • Beads
  • Stamps for handmade cards
  • Knitting needles & crochet hooks
  • Yarn (my best)

I’ll be leaving all my furniture from the sewing room and starting fresh in Tatamagouche. 

What have I been up to while packing up my sewing room?

Finishing sewing and knitting projects while I’ve been cleaning out my sewing room

  • Infinity scarf with snaps made from jersey fabric.
  • Sleeveless jersey top.
  • knitted sweater.
  • Irish dancing dress wall quilt.
  • knit two slouchy toques.
  • knit a infinity scarf.
  • Take the measurements from a corduroy child’s jacket to grade it to size for an older child.
  • tailored jacket womens

The Hardest Part so far

I wasn’t looking forward today. So far the most difficult job for me has been going through all my sewing class binders. All my class work took a lot of my time and I’m finding it very difficult o let go BUT!  It has also been freeing for me to let go because I know how to do these things. Out of 10 binders I’ve only kept a few because I thought they were important to keep. I have enough books as reference and if I forget how to do something, I can look it up. Right now I have to get up and walk away, it has suddenly become too difficult because I’m throwing away all my hard work and all my sewing examples. But I don’t need to keep them, everything I need to know is already in my mind, it’s there and I’m not letting go of my hard work because it is in me. For over ten years I never looked in these binders because I knew what to do and all my hard work paid off. Well it’s done, and I’m better for it. Now I just have to clean up my mess. Lol! An afternoons job done.

Modifications to the New Sewing Room

While cleaning out my sewing room I found way too many dead spiders and bugs I don’t know the names too. I will fix this problem by: 1. only buy notions that I’m going to use on a project, 2. only buy fabric I’m going to use on a project, 3. I will have two shelves (generous) in size but can only fit 5-7 projects at a time. 4. I cannot add to this shelf unless I have finished other projects.  I think I’ll have a cleaner (minimalistic) approach to my new sewing room. Try not to laugh! I’m aiming high. I just can’t have this horrid, pack-rat approach for a sewing room again. I was suffocating in this room. I am freeing myself. P.S. the project shelves will have project bins, that will fit an entire project (notions and fabric), one project per bin.

Preparing Gillian (dress form) for travel

As you can see I changed her pins for safety pins to keep the (black lines) in place for pattern drafting. Luckily her post (leg) comes off and I can put her in a box for safe keeping. We’ll see on the other end if this succeeds. Because there was no box found and I had to wrap her up here legs were taken off and at the other end in Tatamagouche Gillian lost her legs. It took a while but they were found and she is standing again. Here she is wearing a new apron. An apron I’m still working on.

Question: If you were able to design a new sewing room, how would you go about doing it? Would there be a budget or the sky is the limit?

God Bless & Keep Dreaming (Sewing)

Thank you, Jennifer P.S. new sewing room soon to be painted.

69. Finished: Wrap this Dress up!

Wrapping the wrap Dress up from Calgary to Nova Scotia

Finding the time is making the time! After putting my new sewing room together I made the effort to finish this puppy up and I’m pleased with the result.

 From Beginning to End

I’m happy to say, finished! Sewing this dress took a long time with many interruptions along the way. I’m only guessing 4 years it took to finish this dress. I started a knitting business, homeschool for my youngest, took on a large wall quilt job, moved across Canada and the general hub-bub of life. My intention for the next dress is a shorter time of creation from start to finish.

Hemming the Dress

Hemming the dress proved to be a bit more challenging than expected. First problem the hem is straight across, so I’ll be changing that for the next dress which will not take 4 years. The second problem was something I forgot about early on and as the years progress it slipped my mind and didn’t surface until the end when I was hemming. So, the problem was up front where there are two layers and the underlayer was too wide at the bottom and as you can imagine this was not good! Fixed it to my satisfaction.

Next Wrap dress will be Black

I’m looking forward to starting this dress and finishing it up much, much sooner. Since I have the pattern altered and I will also make necessary adjustments concerning the hem I’m sure it’ll take no time at all. Also I’ll be changing sleeves to a cap ones.

God Bless & Sew On

Question: What’s your next sewing project?

Thank you, Jennifer

55. Apron My Way

I’ve decided to design a new apron, not because I’m bored with my old favorite but because it’s like sewing a new dress. The fun in playing with colour, fabric and details, like fancy stitching is too irresistible to ignore. I’d seen many different aprons over all different kinds of platforms and was consistently drawn to the cross-over utility apron.

Fabric

The fabric is 100% cotton that I’d use for quilting or a summer a-line skirt and was bought at a cost of $3.99 per m. luckily there was 2 meters left on the bolt and with a bit of fiddling I was able to create this cross-over apron. Its not a colour I would usually pick up for myself but what is one to do when the fabric calls, buy me!

Dimensions and Fit

This apron has a very generous fit and the ease is 25 cm over my 94 cm upper bust line with the cross-over included. The main part of the apron is 120 cm X 85 cm rectangle and the straps are 50 cm X 20 cm, and I would say this is a medium fit.

As you can see I’m playing around with decorative stitching, a leaf pattern and I encourage you to play with different coloured thread as well. When I was first learning to sew in my early teens, thread was not to be seen and always the same colours as the fabric! I disagree, have fun and play.

This is a very roomy apron that will fit small to large sizes depending on your own personal measurements, you may have to adjust the pattern a bit for your perfect fit. I shall continue playing with decorative stitches and I will add a pocket with the leftover fabric. This is a two-sided apron so there will be a pocket for each side.

Question: What are you sewing right now?

God Bless & Keep Sewing

Thank you Jennifer

10th. CK: Shawls (Hitchhiker)

Addicted to Shawls

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One day while walking my son to school I passed by a friends house and there she was knitting a shawl. On closer inspection of my friends shawl I instantly fell in love with its simplistic design and I had to knit one myself. It took me a further three years to find the yarn I’d knit it with and a trip out East to Nova Scotia before I could start knitting.

This is a beautiful asymmetrical shawl that shows off the verigated yarn beautifully. The mini steps add a fun element that doesn’t distract from the overall look to this shawl.

Yarn

  • Mineville, Nova Scotia Yarn
  • Mineville Wool Project
  • Super Sock 80/20
  • 2 skeins = 690 m/754.6 yds.
  • Machine wash (super wash care)
  • Hand dyed

Designer

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, found on Ravelry

Question: Have you knit this shawl yet?

God Bless and Knit On

Thank you everyone and have a great day knitting or crocheting.

17th CK: A Prayer Shawl

A few months ago I received a beautiful prayer shawl from the CWL (Catholic Women’s League) as a present for all the fabric and yarn I passed on to these very talented ladies. Since I started to pack for my up coming move I raided my stash of fabric and yarn and have put it to good use through the CWL.

I know loving and prayerful hands worked on this shawl. I even highly suspect that Father Jonathan blessed it for me. For me it is a beautiful work of craftsmanship and my first crochet shawl.

I shall put this prayer shawl to good use.

Question: Have you made someone a prayer, blessing or meditation shawl?

God Bless & Crochet On

Thank you

Jennifer

74. The 2nd Irish Dancing Wall Quilt, done!

The long Journey home

 Now, when did I start this journey? I believe it was Spring 2017 that a friend asked me to design two Irish dancing wall quilts for her little dancing girls. It is now Spring 2019 and both girls are happy with their wall quilts, and this makes me happy as well. A  project of this magnitude took me a long way from where I was. Many life events have happened along the way; some of them being quite sad while others have embarked my family right across the country for a new start.  My family has come so far since starting these wall quilts. My first boy is finishing his first year of High School and survived while my second son is finishing his second year of home schooling and I’ve survived. Now I just have to get the move under my belt and its smooth sailing, at least through the summer. Then a new school year begins.

Down memory lane

I’ve had to put my sewing blog on hold just to get some things finished and there is still a long list of things I have to do for the move. So this post shall be short and sweat!

God Bless to you all & Sew On

Thanks Jennifer

Question: What is your favorite Irish limerick? 

15th CK: Linen Stitch Bookmarks

 Another Great way to use up Scrap Yarn 

This Christmas I decided to start the task of finishing up projects that I’d started far too long ago to remember dates. There are many projects and I’m sure this will turn into a New Years Resolution, and unlike many people who avoid NYR at all costs. I don’t because whether I finish them or not I still make a dent in any resolution I embark on. This years resolution will be enjoyable and of course I received more yarn for a Christmas present. I don’t think of resolution as a unpleasant task. Instead of writing a list of tasks that have to be done this year, I write a list of things I have done. Do you see the difference. I learned this little trick from a friend of mine at a mothers group I have attended for many year now, and I’ve used it ever since. In fact these women helped me with my little Café Knitting business.

Early start on Handmade Christmas Projects

Because I’ve been a crafty person from a young age and have spent many a long night finishing up presents before Christmas morning. I decided that these little fellas would be great gifts to all the avid readers in my family, now the only problem will be keeping it a secret.

The Linen Stitch

This is a wonderful stitch to learn and incorporate into any project. About 5 years ago I started a project called the Mania scarf/wrap. Basically I cast on 600 stitches and you can go as many rows as you’d like, I suspect about 4 feet wide. I used fingering weight yarn and 3.5 mm circular needles and as you can imagine it was an epic project. Well I got bogged down with a mistake right in the middle at st. 300 and I’d gone a couple of rows before I saw my blunder. Well as you can imagine being a perfectionist can be a good thing or just plain bothersome. That being said I wasn’t going to unravel my work or go back at least 1000+ stitches so I did the most sensible thing and I shoved it to the bottom of my knitting basket for later consideration.  Now coming back to this year, I’ve made the NYR of finishing or making a dent in knitting projects. Knitting these linen bookmarks have encouraged me to dig out the mania scarf and once again start knitting. I will not be bothering with fixing my blunder and instead will just start the next row off correctly because in the long haul of life this little mistake will not affect the course of my journey and I’ll just have get over my perfectionist self and knit on. 

Here is how I knitted these Bookmarks up:  2 Row  Repeat

  • C/O 11 stitches and I used the cable cast.
  • Row 1 (RS): K1, *wyif slip stitch purl-wise, K1; repeat from (*) and making sure your last stitch is a knit. 
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, P1, *wyib slip stitch purl-wise, P1; repeat from (*) and knit last stitch.
  • Work these 2 rows for desired length, or about 7 inches.
  • Bind Off.
  • Break yarn, tie off, weave in ends, block and start reading.
  • Needles & Yarn: 3.75 mm DP needles, and fingering weight yarn.
  • Gauge: Not really important.

The linen Look

This stitch is basically a stockinette stitch with wraps on the front of your work creating the illusion of linen. The wrap is always on the right side as you can see all the little bars going across the rows.

NOTE: what is WYIF (with yarn in front) & WYIB (with yarn in back).

Working the (wyif) on RS – before you slip the stitch purl-wise you bring the yarn towards you (wyif) then slip the stitch, then you’ll put the yarn back to knit next st.

Working the (wyib) on WS – before you slip the stitch purl-wise you will put yarn to the back – away from you (wyib), slip stitch, then bring yarn to back to the front to purl next stitch. Because you start the (wyif & wyib) at different spots on RS and WS it off sets the bars on the RS of your work creating a linen look. I hope this explanation will help you whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned knitter.

Question: What stitch has been the most difficult for you to get your head wrapped around? Mine has been the linen stitch, and knitting these bookmarks have helped a lot.

Most Recent Bookmark finished

These little guys are a bit addictive, and don’t they just brighten up a book. I’m even looking at unfinished projects wondering would I have enough left over yarn to whip a bookmark.

Keep Calm and Knit On

Thank you, I always enjoy sharing my knitting with all of you, until the next project.

Happy New Year Knitting

Jennifer