Friday, February 5, 2010

Highs and lows of a crafty life!

January was a crappy month for me! I totally lost my crafty mojo and didn't feel like either knitting or sewing! I come back home from work tired and wouldn't have an ounce of energy to think about anything crafty. It went to the extent of me worrying why I lost my drive to create anything..then, I stopped and told myself.. my hobbies should be a way for me to unwind myself..they should not be the cause of my worries. So, I accepted the fact I am taking a break from my hobbies..I decided to get back to some cooking.. tried a few new recipes.. So now, I have decided to try one new recipe every weekend...something simple and different from our regular meals. So far, I am on track!

Instead of wallowing in my craft-less misery, I decided to browse the WWW for inspiration and came across a few good sites.. Here are a few links you might enjoy!

If you are DIY-kinda person interested in home decor projects, here is the site for you: Sew4Home Awesome project ideas for those who sew.

This site is for those who knit, crochet or sew! the purl bee awesome site to get inspired and create.

So, after getting inspired.. I decided to tackle the easiest sewing project on earth! Pillow cases!! I got 16X16 pillows and decided to sew cases for 'em. I had this cotton fabric print for a long time.. I made 2 circle skirts and 2 box bags out of it and still had miles of it. So, I decided to use it up for the pillow cases. I just read about the basic construction of the pillowcases and started on my own. I used my shiny new Olfa Rotary cutter to cut the fabric. Its liberating to use a rotary cutter rather than the dressmaker's shears! So, after sewing for 3 days after work, I had these pillows to decorate my living room!



Here is the front and back of the cases..






I still had enough fabric left to line the Jamaica Pouch I knitted 3 months back. The yarn was a RAK from Bebere from Ravelry. Its the softest cotton yarn I have ever worked with. The pouch is very stretchy!The size of the pouch is perfect for one small or medium-sized project. This one had been languishing for 3 months to be lined. Here is the pouch after lining:







Here is the project on Ravelry: Jamaica Pouch

I leave you with images of 2 WIPs..one on the needles and one on the hook! The first one on the needles is the Melody shawl from Morehouse Merino Farm. Its mindless stockinette knitting with a capital 'M'. I call it Stockinette Therapy! Here is my Stockinette Therapy Shawl in progress:



The next on on the hook is the Stella circular shawl.. Its like a giant doily.. I just started it 2 days back. Here it is in the beginning stages:



Hope February is a fun month for all of us!!

Ciao!

-Josie

5 comments:

  1. Those are lovely projects.Cushion covers are so neat! The on the hooks and needles projects are looking good too.

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  2. The cushion covers are beautiful. They look store-bought, you know what I mean :) The pouch is so cute. I love the colors.

    You are knitting, sewing all these lovely things and you are telling me you have lost your mojo?

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  3. Amazing work. You are really buzy!

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  4. I wish I could sew!! The fabric you've used for the covers is so pretty and the pouch is super cute. Great for carrying WIPs. Glad your mojo's back!

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