Thursday, January 30, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I stumbled onto the Uniform Project after being sucked into a Pinterest-hole (you know, when you keep clicking, finding more pages, and ending up with forty tabs open). I should be embarrassed that it took me so long to find this, but instead, I'm inspired and amazed. Check this out; not only is it incredible how many different looks she came up with, but she also raised over $100,000 to send kids to school in India.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
|Last night's black bean, sweet potato, and quinoa chili - dressed up!|
- We've each picked a number of items we'd like to make this year. My number is 24 because when we first started talking about this it was, "Knit one item and sew one item per month." I like that idea. My partner in crime (PiC) has chosen 12. I don't have to make two items a month; just at least one. I could make two or three one month and then only one the next. We're crazy but trying not to make this impossible (like the show Cutthroat Kitchen, but that's another post).
- In order for an item to count toward our total, it has to use materials we already own. Yes, we're whittling down our respective stashes! I have a caveat that I can trade stash items- still reducing stash but perhaps ending up with a more appropriate yarn or fabric.
- PiC wants to include a new recipe a month. I hate to say it, but that's pretty easy for me (see above photo). Yay!
- One cannot make the same thing twice and have it count. For example, I can't make twelve zippered pouches that are the same size. To make it count, I have to modify it in some way or another. Oh yeah, and we don't have to just make wearable items.
- At the end of each month we'll document our finished objects on an Instagram page (which means I have to upgrade to a smart phone).
Friday, January 10, 2014
In the meantime, refining is a theme for me in this new year. I'm thinking about who I am and how I want my life to be; a constant project, I know, but one that I'm more conscious of right now. As part of this I am continuing to make, mend, thrift, or - buy?! - do without?!...we'll see. First, there's plenty of making to be done.
Ysolde Teague's Mystery Knitalong. I'll be making a shawl using clues and options that are delivered throughout the next month. I haven't been a bit shawl knitter, but this feels like a great option for me. A bit of a "make your own adventure" kind of knitting.
Deer & Doe's Plaintain challenge; they have a free t-shirt pattern that they're challenging people to customize and finish by the end of the month. I'm taking the T-Shirt making workshop at the workroom on Sunday, so I feel like I might get the chops to do this.
I've already sewn a top (started it on the 1st, finished it on the 2nd - yay!), and I have the fabric to make a skirt to go with it. I'll blog about that, with photos, soon.
Anyone else challenging themselves to handmake more items this year?