Saturday, January 30, 2010

My Sewing History...

Burr… Burr… Burr… this is what I have been hearing recently and I feel like outside weather is in harmony with this sound. My little one is trying hard to understand the language and I have been keeping tabs with all the story times at the book stores and the local libraries. I mean the stay at home mom group is phenomenal can’t believe the amount of mothers who is working hard and keeping up with this story time schedules, I mean they ROCK!

I am gradually working myself to keep up with the schedules I meant to say it is hard sometimes, but I love it. The repetition of the songs, story books, puppets, and the play group is just wonderful. The social interaction with kids and mom is awesome. I am getting the hang of this finally…

Going back to creative hands I want to blog on this project, and write a little bit about my sewing history and quilting experiences… I wanted to say I started watching how the sewing machine work when I was may be 4-5 years old. My aunt was a seamstress. I like watching her sewing. The continuous sound the sewing machine made attracts me, but I really dont know what the reason I just love watching her sew. She always join these little pieces of clothes in lines, now I understand the whole concept she was working in a factory where they were making shirts and she did part of it(shirt) either making pockets or sleeves always a part of it never saw the complete shirt but I enjoy watching it, passing time, sound of the machine, neatness, may be nothing much to do… then at home I venture towards my mom’s sewing machine can’t remember much but she had a manual one. I remember I tried to sew something and my finger got caught it was a painful memory. Later she got a Necchi machine from my dad. Well I had done many things with that machine. My first memory was trying to make pencil cases with many layers of fabrics and breaking it and leaving silently… but she knows who was the culprit…

Not very good at this sewing she enroll me at a dress making school shortly after my school, waiting for results period this was really fun, yes , I did made a dress, actually a couple and wore it and very proud of myself. Move on to higher studies and that was the end of my sewing days…

After I got married, I was introduced to my mother in law, if I sew something and pull from one end the whole piece would unravel apart, hmmm…. That was not a good intro which I was very adamant to change during the course of my life. I was going to school during this time. My mother in law loved quilting and she has taken some classes, I was a very interested in this and she was willing to teach, (I do thank her for teaching this wonderful art) I learned to make a sun glass case, table runner, teapot cover, and some pot holders.

I continue this craft and taught some techniques from books and made many quilts… the very first baby quilt I made for my son I had to give away for a lovely lady who have had help me a lot when I had my son. I made many since then. I love to do hand quilting than machine.

Anyway this project ( on the picture) I started when I was expecting my daughter with flannel now that she is growing out of her baby blankets which leaves me with no choice of a dead line I need to get it done. Since I have the top done I need to add batting and finish it which I planned to finish soon.

So this is the quilting side of me… I hope you enjoy reading this…

Saturday, January 23, 2010

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With a big sigh I am getting cozy on the bed to write something about my handmade gifts… It reminds me of a cat who is trying to find a spot to sit by turning/walking or around the same spot, yes I am like a cat even though I am not a very big cat lover. This long winter months are sometimes driving me crazy. I have been hooked with this knitting I have not done any of my scrapbook projects and I am just sitting and knitting while doing all the chores.
I have to admit I love taking my little one to the library it’s great to watch all the little kids running around, listening, singing along with the librarian I think she is doing an amazing job even though I personally like to listen to a book read by Michelle Pfeiffer for some reason her voice can take me to different world. I always wonder she will be a great kids book reader she has all that Jazz to read books. I love her voice it has something to catch you…
But the local library has been heaven for me and my little one she loves it. She enjoys the part sharing toys… She watches children taking toys from the basket, slowly approach them trying to make eye contact or to play by side. Either way she keeps herself pretty engaged. This allows me to pick books sometimes for her. Now it’s been a routine to read a book every day. Just one book same book over and over again. We both enjoy our reading time it’s a break for me from whatever I am doing some times it could be cooking, cleaning, knitting you name it anything but I drop everything and read to her. I love all the books for little ones the pictures and the stories are just simply wonderful. One day I want to write something too for the younglings but I don’t know about what… it will come when it’s time.
It was a fairly warm afternoon today it was great to see the sun shine it was low 40 but felt great I evened switched the heavy down jacket to my fleece and was comfortable. I can literally burry myself in books I not only love reading books I love making projects, learning through them. I spend some time at the local bookshop since there is no school tomorrow older one can also spend some time at the store, I know it’s a big treat for him because he loves to read books too. I guess he got that from me.
Well I bought two more books about knitting I have almost finished all the projects from the hat book running out of ideas but still like to create. One book still gives me ideas to create hats which I am looking forward to do and the other book by the same author has cool things/toys which I came to love. It’s been a challenge to adjust to the new authors writing style and following patterns but I hope to catch up soon though.
I love this hat because it has some character…
Making hats are my favorite items but I kind of enjoy making sweaters too but it has to have something like incorporating buttons or ribbons.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

It’s being a while I wrote something about my projects, Yes I have been knitting most of the time. Staying home with a 1 year old and an 11 year old is sometimes could be challenging, they consume two different spectrum of my energy. So getting time to knit is very challenging. One year old is into everything and wants to what’s going on around her most of the time.
However I cherish any moment I get to knit because I am learning something new. I was able to crochet too using a book. Have to admit some of these authors’ have done a great job creating these manuals for beginners like me.
I have to admit I love making these little hats for tiny noggins. Mainly I think I can finish this task pretty easily it only takes half a day that includes doing all the chores around the house too. Feeding little mouths, helping with homework, Boys scout activities, and other interest… I love creating these tiny hats because it’s fun to give them as gifts and see a little ones head from above. I enjoy watching kids wearing hats from all angles.
My little one has more hats than she can wear. Each time I finish a hat I run to my needles to create something new again. Now I also have to play the fare and square game if I knit a hat for little one I have to make sure I make something for my older one too. Usually older one gets a scarf’s and hats. I would love to create my own design one day that would be awesome I would say. My next project is to learn how to make mittens so I can create a set hat and mittens isn’t that just a good thing ha… ha…
I also like to mix in variety of yarn and see how it looks, there are so many beautiful yarns at the local craft store and I go crazy when I go there. I also visit the local yarn shop I love the owner she is very kind and helpful with a project or picking yarn, I dearly thank her for helping me with few projects. I can’t wait to take some classes with her.
I was speaking with the Librarian get a knitting group start and she was explaining to me there were several other inquires regarding knitting but needs a leader to lead the group. Another knitter was eves dropping and joined in to this conversation and we decided to meet at our place I cannot wait to meet her and learn some new skills. Its’ amazing to discover new knitters in this community every day, The young, middle age and the older group share this amazing interest to knit… I think it’s wonderful… I know it’s all about math counting the rows, stitches, increasing, decreasing, dividing, adding, subtracting and multiplying all the four operations in math working harmoniously to produce something beautiful. I keep saying to my little ones you cannot run away from math because it keeps following you where ever you go.
I don’t know if I want to knit during summer but certainly worth keeping the options open to knit ha … ha…

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Well it has been well over a month that I have been knitting or I would say almost two months. I love knitting hats probbably I taught it by muself. Most of the books have helped me a lot. I want to blog on this because this hat reminds me of one of the piece of clothing that was owned by my mother reminds me of this colors also this is a wonderful addition for the moody dull days specially in winter months. I absolutly love knitting flowers.

This is my second flower I have knitted so far and I absoulety love it!