Monday, July 24, 2006

Sew whats new?

What's new is that I've been doing a little knitting, a little spinning and a little sewing.

I like sewing bags, to me they don't seem as overwhelming as making wearable garments. I don't think I'm ready for that stage yet.

Here is a Jordy bag I made. The tutorial was pretty easy to follow except it was a mutha matching up the stripes down the middle. Overall, I really like the way it came out.

My latest sewing project is a bag I found here on crafster. I fell in love with her bag and had to make one of my own. I made one yesterday afternoon and fell in love with it. I wanted to put a pocket in it but somehow the fabric rectangles I cut suddenly disappeared. Of course I found it after the bag was completed. It was stuck under the ironing board, go figure. This is going to co-worker of mine for her birthday but I am definately making one of these as a knitting project bag. The only problem is choosing what fabric I want to use.

And on to spinning. I want a wheel. I mean reeeeeeeaaaaally want a wheel. I spin adn spin and spin and spin and all I get is this

Both of these skeins are less than 40 yards. The one on the left is some black and white roving I got from Necia that I dyed blue and red. It is soooooooo soft. I wish you could pet it as much as I do. The one on the right is spun from the roving pictured in my previous post that I dyed. This picture doesn't do the colors any justice. I like how they both came out but the only thing I can make with them is some more wrist warmers or maybe a small hat. I guess my wrist will be very warm this winter.

I've really been slacking in the knitting department. I wanted my next sock project to be a challenge so I'm knitting Baudelaire from the new knitty. I picked the wrong yarn but you know what, I'm not froggin and that's that. I think the stripes mess with the lace pattern but I like the yarn. It's Lorna's Laces in a purple stripe color that I picked up a while ago from Knitty City (hey Sahara). I can't wait to see how the reverse heel flap works out.

Did I mentioned that I finished those other socks that I was working on? Anyway, here they are. I'm pleased but I think they're a little too warm for the summer.

In other news, as many of you know Sahara and I are hosting a Sistah Friend Barbecue in Harlem on August 5th. I will be sending out directions to the park soon. All are encouraged to bring something. I'm going this weekdend to check out the park and see if there are tables available. If not, then you guys will have to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. I'll let you know by Sunday the latest. I'm going to post a list in my sidebar of things we need you guys to bring. Please email me and let me know what your bringing so I can cross it off the list. I'm really excited about this event and hopefully we can make this the first of many more.

Happy crafting!


Nettie said...

Your bags came out great. I think I may have to get the list of stores you visited in the GD, I love your fabric. I admire your spinning as well. I haven't picked my spindle back up since I got it.

Necia said...

Uh huh, that's what I'm talking abobut. I like your Jordy bag, but I love that 2nd one you made to gift. About how tall is it any ole way. Feel free to tell knit project wise. Hahahahhahaha.


Starfish said...

Love the bags, so jealous of people who have the patience to sew. Nice to find a blog from another New Yorker.

Tawana said...

I really like your bags, it makes me want to try and make one. I got to get working with my sewing machine. Soon I will be taking a workshop about sewing machines at Make workshop,I can't wait!!!

sahara said...

Hey Girl!

The stripe bag from Craftster is ON. I love the way the stripes become part of the handle. Gosh, you're hands have been busy!

One you get a spinning wheel, you'll understand why families a century ago had so many kids. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Harlem Purl! Seems like you've been busy! I love that stripe bag! It is HOT! I can't ever bring myself to sew. It's like I have two left hands. BBQ? I'm down for that! One of my knitting buddy is coming to NY that week from Ohio, and I know she would love that. Email me the details: I couldn't find your email on your blog (too early in the morning - can't really see straight :-)). Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Star said...

wow you are busy! Your sewing is fantastic. Once you get a spinning wheel, you may not make time for sewing anymore - just a warning cause it happened to me. ;)

Anonymous said...

I really wish I could attend that Sistah Friend BBQ. That sounds like it'll be really fun. The socks came out great! And you're doing a fab job on those bags.

Anonymous said...

re: your meme idea about the new things we've done in knitting--Great idea!! Of course you can use it & yes, let's keep it going.

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Rosi G. said...

That is one hot bag!! DANG! Your coworker lucky! Shoot!

Now can you tell me where the hell you and Necia storing all these bags ya'll making?