So Summer has come and is now almost gone. Naturally, my thoughts turn to the cooler Autumn days, cozy evenings, and of course Autumnal projects. But before I start posting about my Autumn projects, I’d like to share an update on my creative journey and why there’d been no post from me in the last couple of months.
I am the kind of person who never runs out of projects, to be honest. But being a multi-passionate, I jump from one craft to another. I could spend a whole month of working on, say, sewing projects and the next month my sewing mojo would not make an appearance. I have been trying to vary my projects in a month to no avail, but to be honest I am still trying because dammit I need to! I hate abandoning one craft for the other. I didn’t completely lose my sewing mojo this Summer, but I wasn’t spending a lot of time sewing either.
The last time I updated this blog was back in June when I had just finished my York Pinafore. That project was a success for me, I was happy with the result. Since then I actually made a few more garments, most of which were new-to-me patterns. Namely the Ogden Cami (actually made a couple of them), a New Look 6468 dress, Tilly and the Buttons’ Marigold trousers and also jumpsuit, Deer and Doe Myosotis, and Pauline Alice’s Rosari skirt. I shared pictures of some of these projects on my Instagram, should you wish to check them out. I didn’t write a post about these projects because, well, who needs another review of the Ogden Cami, right? This is true with the Marigold also, surely. But I do have plans for the New Look 6468 and the Rosari skirt, so watch this space.
As July kicked in, it was the World Watercolor Month and I just had to join in the celebration. I was playing with my watercolour paints everyday. It felt good, I needed that. August came along and my sewing mojo returned. Part of it came from a need; I needed more separates in my wardrobe. I love button front skirts, like my TATB Arielle but I wanted one with a different shape; more A-line than a pencil skirt. I’d wanted to try the Rosari skirt from Pauline Alice Patterns for a long time, so I bought the PDF pattern and started working on it straight away as I actually had some cotton needlecord in my stash already. I made the midi version and I loved it. As I was browsing the designer’s website, I noticed she had a few more interesting patterns I wanted to try. I purchased her Turia Dungarees and Romero trousers patterns. At the time of writing this post, I am actually halfway through working on my Turia.
In July, when I wasn’t sewing much, I actually didn’t stop stitching, only I did a different kind of stitching. I was knitting. A lot. When World Cup 2018 started (confession: I am a footie fan), I spent a lot of my time in front of the TV watching the matches. As sewing is not an option, I decided to start a World Cup knitting project as a sort of “memento” of the event. It was the Marcelle Wrap by Cheryl Toy. I finished this project during the final match. I wasn’t 100% happy with the end product to be perfectly honest, the edges roll like nobody’s business. And blocking didn’t help. But it is finished and I didn’t feel like I wasn’t being creative while being glued to the TV screen 😄 I also have another shawl on my needles and of course socks, because no knitter should be without a project (or ten!) on the needles, right?
Anyways, the reason I’m writing here about my knitting is because… well, I want to, really. I mean knitting is one of my creative outlets, and I’d like to share more about it here. It was difficult for me to talk about sewing here while my mind just thought about knitting and yarn. When I started this blog, I wanted it to be my sewing journal, exclusively about sewing. But now I realised that’s a bit too restricted for me.
So during the blog hiatus (I refer to it as my recharging phase), I put my thinking cap on. I always knew the first year of this blog was going to be my experiment; finding what works what doesn’t, and all that good stuff. I went back to my Whys. I started this blog with the mission of paying it forward. I get inspired every day from reading blogs, listening to podcasts, watching YouTube videos, etc. I owe most of my skills to those creative people who share their projects, their inspiration, their knowledge and experience. Creativity, to me, is as essential as food – after all it feeds my soul, be it being actively creating something or just absorbing other’s creative energy – so to speak. I love being inspired by everything around me and also by others. What I’m trying to say is that from now on, you will find other contents than just sewing here. I may share about my yarn projects, books, or people who inspire me. My ultimate goal here is to share inspiration, and hopefully I could inspire at least one of my readers the way I get inspired by so many others. I realise this won’t be the last change to this blog, after all I do want this little blog to grow as (hopefully) my creativity, skills, crafts also grow, and I hope you’ll stick around.
Now that the update’s out of the way, I just want to say thank you for everyone who read, commented, and subscribed to my blog. I really appreciate each and everyone of you. I know you visited for the sewing content, fear not, I will still be sewing and sharing my sewing projects with you. Thank you for hanging out with me today.