Sew Much Sewing

Hi, my name is Rachel, and I am obsessed with my sewing machine.  I sewed three projects this weekend and, as I sit here typing this with an almost-complete knit sock in front of me, I am wondering whether I could squeeze in another project tonight.  Maybe finish a skirt, maybe start (and finish because who am I kidding?) another project bag.  Yet, the sock has only 21 rows left so I will maybe not sew.

I started off Saturday afternoon sewing a zipper project bag from three of the fabrics in a bundle of five quarters I bought at Joann a few weeks ago.  I used a pattern from Simplicity that I bought for one dollar.  I figured that was a pretty good way to learn how to insert a zipper in a boxed-bottom bag.  However, the bag in the pattern was not lined and I wanted to line my bag, so I did a little bit of guesswork on how to line it.  I didn’t end up lining it correctly and there are raw edges visible inside the bag, but it still looks adorable from the outside.

I did successfully figure out how to add a handle where there wasn’t one in the pattern, so I felt like that was a win, anyway. Continue reading

WIP Wednesday: SSKAL15 Sweater and Socks Galore!

I doubt this will be a weekly series as I get bored of writing (and reading) the same things week in and week out, but I did want to write up a WIP Wednesday this week.  I have more projects going on than usual because I had gotten bored of my sweater project and caught a case of startitis. My main focus right now is my Portage cardigan.  My start to the project happened to coincide with the start of the Summer Sweater KAL, so I am entering it in that.  The KAL ends September 9th and, while the rules of the KALContinue reading

Bitten by the Sewing Bug: Skirt and Project Bag

As I said I might do in my last post, Cheating on Knitting: Down the Rabbit Hole, I did in fact skip knit group on Thursday.  I started off doing some needlepoint and then I broke out the borrowed sewing machine to try to finish up my skirt.  I had been working on a simple A-line skirt using a pattern from Simplicity as my very first sewing project.  All I had left when I started work on the skirt that night was to sew down the waistband, do the hem, and sew on the hook and eye closure.  All of that ended up taking me three hours, which seems like way longer than it should have, but I chalk that up to my inexperience.  I mean, I sewed the waistband down twice because the first time didn’t catch enough on the inside, plus I basically sewed one and a half closures since I did the wrong half first the first time. 😛

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Cheating on Knitting: Down the Rabbit Hole

I need a break from Israel posts and have been wanting to write about my current crafting life, so yes. Let me start by saying that I knit.  A lot.  I knit on the bus commuting to and from work, I knit during breaks at work, when I am reading documentation, when I need to think about how to solve a coding problem, while I eat my meals, while watching TV, and of course at weekly knit night.  I’m knitting right now as I think about what to write.  I especially love to knit socks.  I just finished up a pairContinue reading

Make a Thing

I’ve always been someone who likes to create.  I would not say I’m creative because I don’t necessarily make a lot of brand new designs, but I like to create things.  This is something I often bring up in job interviews when asked why I want to be a web developer for X company or work on Y product.  I love the idea of being able to show someone something, for example a website, and say “I made this,” or, as it usually goes on the job, “I had a part in making this.” I love to fill my freeContinue reading