thrifted TIE-fighter

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I’ve had to take a bit of a break from knitting due to aching hands. It’s incredibly frustrating since I’m used to knitting while I do pretty much everything. I’m still knitting a row here and there when my hands aren’t hurting too badly but not near on the scale I normally do. Also, Christmas knitting. Wahhhhh… I was bemoaning the fact I probably won’t be able to knit the rest of the gifts I have planned when I went, wait a second. You can sew, you dummy. Duh.

So, in lieu of knitting, I did a bit of stitching today. I’m sure you know by now that I love Star Wars. This pretty little thing is a TIE fighter and I’m totally in love with it.

I found a silhouette image on the interwebs, traced it onto a piece of paper, and after a few fits and starts, got stitching. At first I was going to sew over some tissue paper but the fabric is so thick, it was shredding the paper. I found some dressmaker’s chalk and used that, which worked nicely.

Materials wise, I used an old, black felted wool sweater I picked up from the thrift store and white embroidery thread I thrifted as well. It’s nothing fancy, just a backstitched outline and some French knot stars but for being semi-freehand and stitched up in an afternoon, it turned out really well. I’m going to look for a 8×10 frame next time I pop into the thrift store. That way, it’s 100% thrifted!

jammie sewing

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No, sillies, I didn’t sew jammies today. I sewed in my jammies. 🙂 (Though I do need to make some new jammie pants, my old ones are getting a little ragged.)

I have been meaning to sew down my fabric stash since it’s gotten a smidge out of hand. So I went on a stash dive and came out with some pieces that I kid you not have probably been in my stash for about five years. The pumpkin fabric and the herb names, if you were wondering.

I spent the afternoon with the hum of Miss Singer, pretty fabrics, cloudy rainy skies, a rather splendid cough I managed to pick up over the week (grrr…), a mug of Earl Gray, and the sounds of Skillet, Mumford and Sons, folk violin and mandolin, and other lovelies. Don’t you just love the smell of Earl Gray? The bergamot is so autumnish, it makes me so happy. Cold tea when you let yourself get waaay into the sewing zone isn’t quite as nice. (PS, what do you think of my knitting mug? I got it at the thrift store and it’s huge!)

For the bags, I used this pattern. Honestly, it was so clear and so easy to follow I loved it. These are probably the nicest bags I’ve ever made. I love the pattern so much I ended up making, er, 14 bags total in two days? You can never have too many drawstring bags. I do need to get strings for said bags. I really like the gussets on the bottom. That will help with the sturdiness a lot, I think. I did run into some problems, snapping one needle and bending another. But I pottered on and now I have several bags to show for it! 🙂

I love sewing. It was the first craft I really ever got into. I can honestly say, though, that I was a bit better when I was younger, making a Disappearing Nine patch twin size quilt all by myself with just a smidgen of help from my mum. I love my quilt. 🙂

I have four or five more planned at least. I love getting my sewing mojo back. It’s a lovely feeling.

plotting. plotting like i’m planning world domination.

I’m a planner. A list maker. And a maker of many things. I also dislike darkness and lack of color. Winter is coming. Plans must be made for things to create. Yarn and fabric must come out. Bright colors must be found. And it’s going to be cold. I heartily dislike being cold, so warm woolies must be made to keep my delicate self warm.

It’s not just for the physical warmth I’m making plans, it’s also for mental warmth. I had a hard time last winter with what I now think was at least a little mild depression. I really don’t want to go through that again, so this winter I’m going to try and keep as busy as the weather will allow, and I’m going to make bright things.

Which is why I have made a list of my winter knitting plans. And if I’m being honest, I’ve already started some of these projects. I’m trying to get some of my darker projects out of the way before the light starts diminishing.

So, my list of winter projects! I don’t know how many of them I will actually get done, but I like having a plan. 🙂 Some of them are for the winter, most of them will be made during the winter.

Erebor fingerless gloves in gray.
Swallowtail Shawl in red.
The Lonely Tree Shawl in orange.
Campside Shawl in coral.
The Sea Speaks to Me in purple (already on the needles)
Erebor hat (already on the needles)
Shalom cardigan in red.
Lionberry in yellow.
Bowties are Cool in yellow.
Persuasion in green.
Echo Flower Shawl in blue.
Half Circle Chapel Veil in white handspun.
Saroyan in purple.
Various socks, including a few worsted weight ones.

As for sewing projects, the only one I really have planned right now is my Halloween costume, an Alice in Wonderland dress made from bright blue flannel. 🙂

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I don’t know how many of these will be made, and I may be getting WAY in over my head, but even if I get a few things made and stay sane during the winter, I’ll count it as a victory.

Do y’all have any winter/fall knitting plans? Please share with me! 🙂