Everything else can wait until I finish this row…

Back to School #Sewpplies

Remember a few months ago when someone suggested that teachers should be armed and educators responded with the hashtag#suppliesnotguns ? Well, it’s back-to-school season and teachers are getting their classroom in order for the upcoming academic year. I have a friend who teaches first grade in a neighboring town and she asked me for help creating chair slipcovers with pockets for her classroom. In order to accommodate the mobility needs of her pupils in her incoming class. The students’ desks, which usually provides individual storage, are being replaced with tables to open up some floor space.

One down, two dozens more to go!

This was the trial run for the chair pockets, I used a kid’s chair I have at home

I thought that the sewing machine is what intimidated me from learning how to sew, but now I remember it was really my hate for ironing. Learning to love the process.

I am volunteering my limited sewing abilities to help her out and I am sure there is a teacher out there that could use yours crafty skills too. If you don’t personally know a teacher check out it is a wonderful website that allows you to find teachers that really care about their pupils’ education but have very limited resources. I recommend doing a search with the filters “More than half of students from low income households” plus one or more of the following:

  • Warmth, Care and Hunger – often asks for winter accessories for classrooms with not heat
  • Special Needs – often needs sensory items for learning
  • Art Supplies – you’ve been meaning to clean out your craft closet, now you have a good reason
  • Projects With No Donations

Now, the website original intention is to get funding from donors, not the actual items requested. So if you’re willing to knit 30 hats or make 12 flexible seating or provide any of the requested items on a teacher’s wishlist, check the status of their request. If the project doesn’t get funded, the the classroom gets none of the items needed. Try finding a school in your state and reach out to that teacher that you are willing to contribute some handmade goods to enhance his/her learning environment. They might happily accept something made with so much care a lot more from a person in their community.

Or you can just make a donation directly through the website, at the time of this posting the lowest amount needed to complete a project is $7, but sadly the only donor is the teacher who posted the project, so I’ve fulfilled it. Teachers really shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket to do their job, but more than that, students should have a safe learning environment with the materials they need to succeed.

Now lets see if we can make this small post into a movement, use #sewpplies if you decide to make something for a teacher and share it widely in all social media outlets.

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Happy New Year!

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:

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

September 12, 2016 Woolens book signing with J. Flood

Oct. 18, 2016 - Drop Dead Easy Knits Book Signing

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 4, 2017 – made my first knitted pussyhat in a day and then moved to sewing

January 2017 - the first round of sewn pussyhats

January 2017 – the first round of sewn pussyhats


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105 Cubic Feet

That is the space of my new craft closet in our sunroom.  I am excited to get that up in working order – Pinterest has shown me so many wonderful possibilities!  I don’t know if I’ll be able to pull off the look that I have pinned like this one from Craft Storage Ideas (how perfect is that little set up?!?) but I am going to try.

Essentially that is the space I have, but a lot of it is height.  So I am going to have to find a way to arrange it in an inspiring and functional manner.


Lots of potential for crafty organization

 Besides my vast knitting stash and library, I’ve also acquired a sewing machine and table.  I haven’t even dipped my toe in that pool yet, because the machine is still in it’s box and the table is buried under moving boxes in the garage.  The challenge will be once I learn how to use it, is how to do I use it?  For my knitting I know what yarns I want to use on my next projects and which are just perfectly preserved for petting and which are just left overs for a provisional cast on.  I know what my tendencies are for that hobby, I don’t know how I will embrace sewing.

The next dilemma is the actual storage solutions.  I found an old library card catalog and a small drawer cabinet at a yard sale a few weekends ago.  I don’t know how I’ll use them, but I know they have a very specific purpose just waiting to be utilized in my future craft closet.  I have the shoe organizer that when I set it up in Virginia made me feel like I had my own personal little LYS – I should put that back to use.  I have the two bookcases that I used at our old apartment before moving here, which wasn’t very organized but it contained a lot of my supplies.  I know I want to get a peg board, because that seems like it would be useful.  I’m not sure about a chalk board, I feel like a cork board would be more practical for how I function.  And I should get a bookshelf for all my books and magazines and loose patterns.

Holy crap, there is a lot to get excited and/or overwhelmed about with all the necessities and possibilities of this space.  I am going to try and stay excited about this place, putting the rest of the house in order is overwhelming, but this is going to become my 105 Cubic Feet of Crafty Bliss.

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I’M BACK! Back in a knitting groove!

Yes, I am back! The reason for my absence? We’ve moved … again. But this time, we’ve moved in-state, to our very own home!! That is the change that I hinted at in my last post, we’re homeowners now and things couldn’t be better, or scarier, or busier.

There was a lot of nerves and anxiety and excitement until the end of the winter when we finally put pen to paper and closed the deal on our new home. We are thrilled and there has been a lot happening as we transform our ugly duckling house into our beautiful swan home. The master bath got gutted, carpet was pulled, plants were trimmed, walls were painted, and a war between myself and 1970s wallpaper is in full swing. This means that my little blog here will expand a little bit more as well, as I hope to share with you some of the transformations (we attempt) to make our home.

Despite all of that I managed to get some knitting done. I finished knitting the colorwork purse and started the second sleeve of the blue sweater! I decided that I was going to keep those two WIPs out so when I needed a break from the stress of buying a house I would have one of those projects available to work on. Despite my jitters and twitches, this helped me complete the purse. Look at how beautifully it came out:




Now, obviously I haven’t had a chance to block it or line it yet, but once I clear a few boxes and have some visable floor space, I’ll block it out. As for the lining of the purse, I plan to do it with my brand spanking new sewing machine! YEAH!! Because if anyone else needs another hobby, it’s me.

I received it in the mail a few weeks ago and it is still in its box. I still have no idea how to work it, I haven’t been properly taught to use one since 8th grade Home Economics when I made lopsided shorts. The plan is to sign up for a 101 class at JoAnn’s, have a little one-on-one time with a friend from my knit group, and maybe get a Craftsy Class too. But I do plan to be a little less selft-taught and a little bit more instructed with sewing than I was with knitting. I feel like I will need more guidance with a sewing machine than I did with the needles and hook. We shall see…

So lots more to come here at Procrastaknit. Maybe I’ll become more Procrastasew, or ProcrastaDIY Home Improvement Weekend Warrior! HA! We’ll see what happens.

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I’m definetly NOT a seamstress

I’ve been considering learning how to sew for a while now – mainly so that I can enhance my knitted bags with a lining. And so I ventured out with a friend who has a sewing machine and we gave it a try. We successfully made an “off centered” Batman bibs for our sons – which is my way of saying lopsided. Considering this was my first sewing project since 8th grade Home Ec class I’m going to keep trying to improve my sewing skills.


After that experiment, I tried lining a crochet bag by hand and got a beautiful disaster! There is no rhyme or reason to it, I didn’t follow any tutorials. I just cut, pinned and let the needle and thread guide me. I even made a very awkward pocket on the inside and added a little metal ring where I can clip on my keys.

Obviously I am not qualified to give ANY sewing advice, but I can offer one small tip. If you have a purse that you no longer use, or that has a rip in the lining, or a stain in the front, or was just a really good find at a second hand store – tear it up! Just like a car chop shop you can use the parts of something old and put it into something new (sorry I couldn’t think of an example that didn’t break the law). For the bib, I used the inside lining of my old purse to do the backside and for the crochet purse I snatched the magnetic clasp to help close it! I also managed to salvage a small zipper, two purse handles, the cross body strap and a few decorative buckles. Not sure when I will use them, but I am sure they will serve a purpose at some point in my crafting future.

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