I have been plugging along on my big Blue Jeans blob that you have seen here and there and now that it is almost finished I have been swatching away, dreaming of my next sweater and building a stash of yarn swatches for the yarns that I carry.
I have decided that my next sweater is going to be Marklee. It looks super comfortable and now that I know how cold it always is in the office where I work, I think it will be a nice fall sweater to wear into the winter. I swatched Airy in both a size 4 and 5 and also Dove in a size 5. Both Airy and Dove knit at the recommended gauge in size 5 and while I really love the fabric that I got with Dove, I think for this particular sweater I will go with Airy in the Violetta colorway. I just love this shade of purple.
I have also been tinkering with bags here and there when I have had free time and this is the first zipper insert I have ever done and this is what my leather bottomed totes will have for an inside pocket. I know myself, I use my zippered pockets all the time in the various bags that I own.
As you can see in the yarn picture, I have also been working on a few knitting bags. Once I get a bunch of them finished I will put them up in the shop.
Lastly, I have been contemplating sewing a few tops/dresses for myself. I used to sew all the time, especially when I was a young mom. I made all of my older girl's dresses when they were young, but it was mostly because it was the mother of necessity, not the desire to create.
I learned how to sew when I was a young girl. My mom taught me how to hand stitch when I was in the second grade. I was always sick with tonsilitis and it was a way for her to keep me busy while in bed or on the sofa. When I was in the 4th grade she sent me to sewing classes at the Girls Club. She would put me in a taxi and off I would go for a few hours. I will forever be grateful for the early gift of knowledge she gave me.
I no longer have to sew out of necessity. I am looking forward to seeing if I can still do this..ha!