A friend of mine got a sewing machine for Christmas. If you knew her, you would understand why this is funny... Anyway, we chatted about the possibility of taking a class at Make Workshop, possibly together. She doesn't know how to use the sewing machine and I haven't used a real one [successfully] since the 8th grade. I have been wanting to take a class there for a while, but haven't had the chance yet. This is also funny because I have been saying that I may ask for a sewing machine (from mom) for Christmas next year, if I am still into it then.
While I have lots of knitting projects in line (and only 2 on the needles), I am enjoying looking at the occasional crafting/sewing blog instead of just my usual knitting blogs (which I love, by the way). I definitely don't want to get hardcore into crochet, sewing, embroidery, or anything else for that matter (as I have stated before) but I want to dabble in it all. This is all because I think knitting is the one that will stick long-term (i.e. I will still be knitting at 80) and I want to become a master at that (instead of a jack-of-all-trades). But the other things are fun diversions for those ruts, or long vacations (like the week and a half off from work I just had)- granted they are rare.
Anyway, I am loving the elf shoes that Cristina at String Theory made (love her new blog name, by the way). From her post, I started browsing All Sorts, where I found lots of craft-sewy stuff, like these cute scotty dogs, the elf shoe pattern, and what looks like a very clear tutorial on her Criss Cross coasters.
From there, I was brought to the Pincushion Challenge which is funny because I have it on my list to make myself one (ever since I saw the adorable felted ones at Brooklyn General that were a bit pricey). Turns out, my 2 favorite pincushions from the challenge were the two that were given and received by the same person. So, they are both shown in this post. In the "given" set, I love the ottoman-shaped cushion and the cute needle book. In the received, the needle book is my favorite part.