Hello World, Indeed

Howdy folks!

While this isn’t my first blog, it’s my first sewing/knitting/crafting blog and my first blog which owes its nativity to a blogging community.

I’ve been sewing and knitting off and on for decades, but never with as much engagement, thought, research, learning and plain old obsession as in the past year or so. This past summer, when I had three months to myself while my partner (the Lion) was abroad, I enjoyed an orgy of sewing the like of which I’d never experienced before. And through a facebook post I happened upon one blog, and then another, and then another . . . and I’m still discovering this vibrant, inspiring community! What a joy it is to read and learn from so many people all over the world.

Made for my trip to Italy!

Last summer I went to meet the Lion in Italy for 10 days, and I took with me . . . 4 tiger-made garments. This meant I wore me-made clothes almost every day on the trip! I used a technique from Patty (the Snug Bug) to hem the t-shirts I made. It felt so great to have a technique at hand that fit the bill perfectly!

This fall I slowed considerably, due in no small part to the addition of a small cat to our den of big cats. The kitten, Django, sometimes needs a time out when I’m sewing. But nonetheless, I made a heap of costumes for nieces’ and nephews’ Christmas presents. And again, at the end of the process (which I’d done assembly-style as per Robin’s guest post on Gertie’s blog), I found myself using a technique I’d read about in blogs and books. But this time it was without even knowing I was doing something new! I just realized, in the middle of doing it, that I was inserting my first zipper invisible-style! Thank heavens I realized in time to put the right foot on my machine.

Some of the Christmas presents of 2011

And so I realized, in late December 2011, that I had really gained a LOT from my engagement with the sewing blog community, and that I will surely be gaining more and more. I’m set to meet up with fellow San Francisco Bay Area sewists next month thanks to the Sew Weekly, I’m going to participate in a project to test-sew patterns from 1912 (Hellow Downton Abbey fetish!), and more. My life is getting ever richer thanks to this crowd.

It’s my turn, I reckon, to start sharing, challenging myself, putting a little pressure on to keep sewing and not just reading and fantasizing. I’m excited to share my knitting as well, and quite likely the odd kitty picture. It seems de rigeur ’round these parts.

So that’s what’s up with me. Hello World! I’ve been reading you for months now, and am excited to add my voice to the cocktail party.