What I Crafted This Weekend

1. Saroyan

This weekend, I finished my birthday present. Happy birthday, me.
Pattern: Saroyan (from feministy).
Yarn: Lonesome Stone Alpaca Worsted
Color: Shades of Aspen Leaves

Other than the Giant Chuppah of 2008, I think this is the first lace pattern I’ve really buckled down and finished. It was really nicely designed — the lace panel was so teeny, with only one repeat, so’s I could actually carry the project around. I knitted this shawl on MUNI, on the couch watching Hoarders, in the car waiting for school pick-up, and while sitting around at a taping of Mythbusters (“WHAT YOU SAY,” you say? Top secret until the episode airs, sorry).

I used blocking wires for the first time with this little scarf, and I have to say I wish I had had them when I blocked the Ginormous Chuppah instead of millions of little straight pins. Hindsight, etc.

2. Draft Snake

After recently acquiring Lotta Jansdotter‘s recent book on sewing simple and attractive projects, I really wanted to get around to sewing a draft snake. For the uninitiated, draft snakes are narrow tubes of stuffed fabric placed across the bottoms of doors or in window jambs to block drafts, making the home more energy-efficient.

They are also a cute way to use fabric scraps!!!1!

And they are impossibly easy to make. I have a big, drafty front window, so, last Saturday,  I measured and measured, cut my little pieces of fabric, and sewed the whole thing, in a total of about half an hour. Then I went to fill it with all the rice we had in the house.

It filled about six inches of the snake.

So eventually we acquired several more pounds of rice.

Still not enough.

Draft Snake 1

(I live in San Francisco for its majestic views of the ocean.)

Here is the draft snake in its finished glory.

Ten pounds of rice. TEN. Every time I look at it I feel the pride of craftsmanship/profound guilt for filling a mildly functional decorative item with ACTUAL FOOD PEOPLE COULD EAT.

Pattern: Draft Snake from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing
Fabric: Scraps — Alexander Henry 2-D Zoo, Kona Cotton, old cotton twill from MUNI driver costume

At least, if the End Times start, we will have a secret food source.

3. Mini Quilt

Mini Quilt

Pattern: Tiny Dishes by Virginia Cole
Fabrics: Amy Butler & other misc scraps from my Off-Kilter Pillow
Status: Not Done Yet And It’s Gonna Be A While

I like sewing big rectangles to other big rectangles. I do not like cutting out fussy little triangles and sewing them to other, equally fussy little triangles. I really don’t like cutting fabric at all, as it turns out. It’s always kinda wonky when I do it, as you can see.

I still have several rows of straight stitching — as well as binding — to do on this mini quilt. I am SO GLAD I did not jump into my first proper patchwork quilt. I can’t imagine having cut out two hundred triangles and then having to piece them together. The quilters of Gee’s Bend were already amazing to me, but now I think they are quilting superheroes.

4. Craft Space

My January house objective (this is a thing now) is supposed to be Extremely Making My Room Over. That hasn’t happened in its entirety, but at least there are no bicycles in my room, junk was sent away forever, and only the oldest unsorted papers are still lying around. It sucks much less.

I have this idea of gradually covering the wall next to my sewing machine with letterpress prints. I can’t do this all at once, but I did order some postcards from Etsy.
They’re reproductions of a gorgeous series (almost entirely sold out) of letterpress broadsheets about feminist heroes, by Anagram Press.

Postcards 1 Postcards 2

I really hope they don’t sell out of the Harriet Tubman and Marie Curie ones before I get around to buying them, ’cause AMAZING.