Hello and Happy New Year to you!!
A lot has happened since last I posted. Fall of 2016 was busy. My family and I all submitted items to our local fair, my husband in the baking category, my 3 year old did some general crafts, and I entered my knitting. We all came home with ribbons, my Christmas stocking even got best in show in its category!
I also went to two book signings at my LYS, Knit New Haven. I had a total fangirl moment when I approached Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweeds! I got him to sign his new book, “Woolens” and one from my library “The Knitter’s List”. The other book signing was from a regular to our weekly knit night, Gale Zucker, a very talented knitter and photographer. The book is called “Drop Dead Easy Knits” and it has some beautiful designs. I have already bookmarked some of the patterns in these books to start knitting them soon.
But first, I am sewing! I’ve also taken a basic 101 class at a local studio that recently opened downtown called Sew Crafty. The sewing machine no longer intimidates me and it’s not hidden in my craft closet either. I have it out in corner of my living room and I’m using it regularly. I am in the process of starting my own craft business and sewing is my medium. I am working on the branding and marketing of it right now, once it’s ready I’ll debut it here.
Another use for my sewing machine is craftivism. I think most of the knitting community in the US has now heard about the Pussy Hat Project. I had every intention of knitting as many of these hats as I could manage, but turns out that wasn’t many. Even with bulky yarn I was only able to make one hat a day, after I made two hats I turned to my sewing machine to mass produce them for the cause. I’ve made about 8 a day! I’m planning on handing them out to people going to the Women’s March in Washington, DC or to any of the sister marches happening nationwide. I’ve gotten requests from friends in California, Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Massachussetts, New York and here in Connecticut. If you want to help me in this cause, I can still use more materials, please check out: https://www.gofundme.com/378k9reg
The march is just days away and I have no time to spare – off to make more #pussyhats!!
September 12, 2016 Woolens book signing with J. Flood
Oct. 18, 2016 – Drop Dead Easy Knits Book Signing
January 4, 2017 – made my first knitted pussyhat in a day and then moved to sewing
January 2017 – the first round of sewn pussyhats