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3 steps forward and 2 steps back

2011 February 28
by elizabeth_admin

Or how I have been knitting and frogging almost simultaneously this past weekend.

First off, a confession: I am at a familiar crossroads yet again.  The kind where it’s time to start a new sewing project, but then procrastinate instead.  I can’t decide what to do next.  Should I do some SWAG (Sewing with a grudge or pj’s for Jack or Katie’s bday dress) ala the Selfish Seamstress?  (Oh how I miss her snarky posts!)  Or should I start something else, like making a couple of pencil skirts in more sedate fabrics (read: not faux fur fur), like a navy or black wool crepe? 

Maybe my procrastination is due to the fact that I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Simplicity 2614 pattern.  So I can muslin it and then use my Milly fabric? It’s probably that.

Simplicity 2614


So what have I been doing instead?  Working on this scarf which I believe I started in Fall 2009. 

That picture was taken in August 2010.  It is now about 4.5 to 5 feet long.  I am considering binding off now, but only have a little of the skein left, so now I feel kind of obligated to just finish it.  But can I tell you how over this project I am???  It is monotonous.  It is not a fast project.  It is very easy to drop stitches and then have to frog back several rows at a time to rectify because the lace pattern is difficult to maintain cohesion once a stitch has been dropped.  I ask you, who’s idea was this??????!!!!!! 

I worked (as in day job worked) quite a bit from home this weekend and last week.  So, there was very little time to be spent sewing which takes some dedicated and large chunks of time to be meaningful. 

I hope some of you have been able to sew…

6 Responses leave one →
  1. Marie-Christine permalink
    February 28, 2011

    Definitely don’t SWAG, what a horror! But I’d advise finishing the scarf, because 5feet is a bit short for you to really enjoy it. Can you do something stupid like listen to an exciting book on tape or something, to ramp up the enthusiasm a bit? My knitting group consistently goes home and rips, so I won’t really advise chatting, but boring work meetings are perfect for boring knitting.
    I thought I was the only one to get paralyzed by indecision :-). I think right now mine comes from the fact that the weather report is uniformly grey and cold, so I should toss out a couple more winter things, while my mind is on my longing for spring. If I wait long enough, I’ll really get a Spring worth sewing for, right? Ha.

  2. February 28, 2011

    I like that blouse pattern and I think I may have to look for that one myself! I’m thinking of making knit tops out of some of my TNT dresses, like the KS wrap dress (lengthen the bodice pieces but still wrap it) and that cowl neck dress (just shorten it to be a tunic.)

  3. February 28, 2011

    And NO sewing with a grudge. It defeats the whole purpose.

  4. beth permalink
    February 28, 2011

    I miss the Selfish Seamstress too! What happened to Elaine? Does anyone know? And BTW, absolutely, positively NO sewing with a grudge. I go through the same thing every time I finish one project and contemplate the next one. If my previous project was a success, I am afraid I will fail on the next one. If my last one was a wadder, I am terrified the next one will be too. I ruminate and stew and often cut one pattern and then decide against it. You would think I was making some kind of monumental decision! And then I try to remind myself, this is supposed to be fun, if I mess it up, I have an entire mountain of fabric, I can try again. Or not.

    Love your blog. Thanks!

  5. February 28, 2011

    I’m at a “what to sew next” pit stop myself. Sew for winter or spring, winter or spring. Got to make up my mind very soon.

  6. Lindsay T permalink
    March 1, 2011

    Whenever I take a break and sew something fast and easy, like a dress for my 6-year-old niece, my sewing machine becomes cursed and does weird things. It only want to sew for me and prefers I tackle advanced projects. Ask your machine what it wants you to do next.

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