I have always thought that I was better at knitting than sewing, but now I know for sure!! Several weeks ago I bought some material and a pattern to make myself some aprons. My old aprons are looking pretty weary and pathetic. My first instinct was to knit myself an apron...I have seen patterns (Knitty's party apron and Saucy apron from Tracy Ullman's book Knit 2 Together) and they do look quite nice. I would probably have to add a bib to Saucy, but either apron would be wonderful knit with a nice cotton. I talked myself out of knitting the apron because I thought it would take too long and would it really be practical? Ok, so I went ahead made the aprons:
From a distance they don't look too bad. They will definitely serve their purpose and I'm glad I made them. I made many mistakes for sure, but by the third one I did much better. Not perfect, but a little better. I'm glad they are for me and not a gift. I would be very embarrassed to give them to anyone!
With so much fabric left over, I then proceeded to try to make a needle case somewhat like Ren's. She was my inspiration to actually pulling out my sewing machine and sew the aprons and then the case with the leftovers. Her case is beautiful! My case is ok and much better than the way I was storing my needles previously. You can see my mess here:
I had one pretty good case for my long straights and I had a zippered case for my circulars, but over all it was a chore to find needles when starting a new project. Now, the new case didn't actually end up as I had envisioned it. I wanted a case that would hold all my needles. I really tried, but the circulars just wouldn't stay put in their pockets. Every time I tried to flip that portion of the case over they all would fall out. Very messy and frustrating. I probably could sew snaps on the pockets, but that just seemed like way too much work! I think it would be ok for a few, but I have way too many. Then I came up with a solution that works out very well. I am using a three ring zipper binder with page protectors to keep the circulars in order by size.
I wish I had thought if this earlier. Now I have two cases for ALL my needles!
This is the case I made:
I now have room for all my straight ( short and long) and all my double pointed needles. The flap folds over and I end up with a pretty compact, but heavy roll:
I'm happy, but please do not look too closely at the sewing!! It's functional; it works, but is it a product of a skilled sewer?..... NO...definitely not. My sewing machine is now safely tucked away in it's case, probably for at least another year. That's enough sewing for this year and now back to my knitting. Next time I need an apron I think I will knit it....that would be a much more enjoyable experience!!
happy knitting :)