Works in Progress

As we move into cooler weather, it is 100% crafting season. I always want to break out the knitting and the sewing machine when the seasons change.

My biggest project at the moment is what I’m calling the Clawsome Sweater, or my Ravenclaw* Quidditch Sweater.

I’m using one of Yarnia’s customer blends, combined with some solids from Knitpicks. I’m starting to get a sneaking suspicion I’m going to run out of yarn, but for now I’m still knitting. More info on that once it’s done.

In the past year I’ve gone from having only 2 knitworthy people in my life to receiving requests for a sweater and 7 pairs of socks. Okay, technically I volunteered 2 of them, so this cuff is all you get to see of it. As usual, it’s Knitpicks Stroll, with is honestly one of my favorite sock yarns.

The daughter of a family friend has recently been facing a lot of biggotry and bullying at school–at the hands of teachers and administrators–leading her parents to change to home schooling for the foreseeable future. Since my love language is knitwear, I’m making this poor kid a hat so she knows

 there are people who love her for who she is.

I started making a circle skirt out of a spare sheet shortly after we moved to Seattle, but then it was placed on hold for want of trim. I finally found the right trim in the correct quantity, so it’s moving along now. The nature of the trim (lace and velvet ribbon) means this skirt is largely sewn by hand.

Filling in the gaps between projects, I’ve started a buffalo plaid afghan, because for some reason the pattern really appeals to me. I have a ton of stuff in black and white and black and red plaid, but decided to switch things up with seafoam green and black. As you might be able to guess, this is also Knitpicks. (#NotSponsored) (#PleaseSponsorMe)

Lastly, I’m pecking away at my corset mock up. I’m at the point of attaching the bones, but have been hemming and hawing. Partially because I’m not sure of the exact placement I should use, and also because I discovered last week that an absolute idiot designed the zipper foot for my sewing machine. Neither the needle nor the foot can move side to side, and the foot has to sit to the left of the needle. This means my project has to be stuffed between the needle and the side of the machine. I attempted to sew some cording onto a pillow using this foot, and eventually gave up, sewing it on by hand instead. I suspect I’ll be doing the same thing for the corset and I’m not looking forward to it.

Either way, my machine sewing is on hold. My struggles with the zipper foot messed up something in the bobbin works. I suspect there is some thread stuck in the mechanics, so this weekend I get to carefully disassemble what a can to clean it out. If that doesn’t work…I’ll have to call a repair man and hope I didn’t actually break anything.

In other news, last week I was interviewed on Fiber Nation, a podcast produced by Interweave. You can hear Allison and I talk about SJ Hale and how she changed publishing, education, and employment for women anywhere you download podcasts.

*While this project was inspired by Harry Potter and the books still mean a lot to me, I do not agree with the author and do not support her. I’m no longer buying licensed merch. But, the idea for this sweater has been in my head for about ten years and I only recently found the right yarn for it. I want to see it to completion.

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