FIBER FRIDAY


Alright, so, can we make this a thing? There are "music mondays", and "throwback thursdays", and "selfie sundays", and I even stumbled across "eggplant friday" recently (seriously, at your own risk guys... i was totally caught off-guard by this one!). Anyway, quilting, knitting, sewing, and pretty much anything that involves fiber has been an interest of mine since I was a kid. I used to sew with my mother, cross-stitch, make little gifts out of fabric and yarn I would find around the house My mother taught me how to crochet when I was pretty young and i remember making small blankets for dolls.  When I was in my twenties I taught myself how to knit, and I have been knitting ever since. I found it to be a very soothing hobby, and something that I could busy my hands with while reading textbooks for school, or tending bar when I did that for a while.  A couple years back I decided to start making quilts, and I have been really having fun doing that. A year ago my husband bought me a knitting machine for Christmas, and I was all like... what do I do with this?! It is super intimidating, but super awesome, and the most thoughtful, and ridiculously expensive, gift anyone has ever given me. It took me a year to finally figure the damn thing out, and when I say "figure it out", I mean I can only do the most basic of stitches and things with it. It is a really amazing machine, and I am hoping to use it more over the next year. 

So, yeah, I have a lot of fiber and fabric, and more pots around me than I have hands to put in them. I figured I would start blogging about what I have been working on, or something that I came across that I found inspiring,  just to document it for myself, and maybe to inspire whoever lurks around these parts now-a-days (hopefully there are some who might enjoy this kind of thing, and I am not boring my entire little blog audience).


1 / Well, this week I started working on a new quilt. I have been in love with the idea of a "God's Eye" design, and have seen some really pretty ones out there. I like how simple it is, and now that mine is coming together I am afraid it is looking a little too simple for my liking. I am thinking of adding some applique to it, which would be a first for me. I am thinking something floral... maybe in peach, or purple? I have been following Kate Oliver (the "Rock that Nap" lady), and she has been featuring beautiful purple crepe myrtle in her photos lately... which is really inspiring me and has me thinking of using the quilt as a canvas for some pretty floral applique.

2 / A really simple, bulky, color-blocked scarf that I am thinking of adding tassels or pom-poms to. I came accross this pom-pom tutorial today (through the storq newsletter of all places!). I think a couple really fun pom-poms might really make this scarf feel fun.

3 / This is some yarn I have in my stash from years ago when I had first started knitting. I was really overwhelmed by the cost of my new hobby; I had very little money to spend... yarn is not cheap, and I was really gravitating towards super-great quality stuff... all silk, alpaca, and linen. So, since I was already really into thrift-ing, I started to buy sweaters from thrift-stores, pull them apart, and recycle the yarn. I would often mix these yarns with others that I had and use them to make really big and chunky scarves. I just discovered the woolful podcast, this week. If you knit, or sew, or do anything that involves fiber, you need to check this out. It has beem so inspiring to hear people talk about their passion for fiber art. On episode 2 there is an interview with Jerome Sevilla, where he talks about recycling yarn. I need to start doing this again. I forgot how much I enjoyed the process of destructing sweaters, prepping the yarn, and then knitting something new out of something old.


Alright, so that is a bit of what has been going on with me this past week, when it comes to fiber. I hope to share a little bit each week, or most weeks. Please feel free to share what you are working on, or anything fun you came across in the comments - I'd love to hear about it! Have a great week!

2 comments:

  1. i started a scarf for my man 2 years ago but never finished... i'm a zero with all this, though i would love to make cute things. happy weekend!

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    1. scarves can be tough - they take forever! they really feel
      like a never-ending project. I have so many things I have started, and then never finished... sometimes a quick project is the way to go...

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