October 22, 2012

New Skills

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I have to admit that half the reason I started Throwback Road was to make sure that all of the things I wanted to accomplish actually happened.  It is easier for me to get things done if I tell other people I am going to do them.  I am a woman of my word. 
I will never forget when I posted my 2012 Garden Plans last winter.  I pressed the publish button on Blogger and my stomach did a back flip.  I remember thinking “Julia, you may have just bitten off way more then you can chew”, but I am happy to say that my 2012 garden was one of the best things to ever happen to me.  I am hoping with my next endeavor that I will have the same experience.
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Can you guess what my next goal is….learning how to sew and knit.  I believe that gardening will always be my favorite hobby, but I need something for these hands to do during the chilly months.  I love to create and the idea of sewing my boys a cute pair of pants or knitting a gorgeous scarf for my sister truly excites me.  I have a very basic knowledge of using a sewing machine (I did get an “A” in Home Economics back in 5th grade) and I have taken a beginner knitting class at my local yarn shop.   I have high hopes!  I have some good friends in the area who have offered up their stitching experience and there is always the Internet to fall back on.
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I could not resist purchasing the book Sewing for Boys.  It is not very often that I find a book that focuses just on boy crafts.  It is filled with 24 adorable and easy patterns.  Once I figure out how to thread my machine I will dive into this book.
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Wish me luck!  I will post my creations as soon as I have something that looks halfway normal.  I was kidding with Mr. G, that if push came to shove and I had to knit him a sweater, we would have to piece together a gazillion knit squares.  I would call it his patchwork sweater….you see, I can knit a mean square wash cloth and that is about it.  I am excited for this new adventure…we will see where it takes me.  Suggestions of good websites, blogs, and YouTube videos are VERY appreciated.

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Do you have any new skills that you want to tackle this fall?

8 comments:

  1. I just taught myself how to knit along with my two teenage daughters. We have had a good time together and we all are working on something different . I am knitting dishrags, my oldest daughter is knitting a scarf and my youngest is knitting an afghan. Of course we're all still newbies and we make mistakes and sometimes cry over them ,but what the heck it's a learning process and it's worth it. All of us girls sew as well,but not as much as we should. Along with knitting our winter will include a stack of books to snuggle up and read to pass the time. I look forward to seeing your projects and wish you all the best in your new hobbies.
    Ginger :)

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  2. good for you! i know how to sew very basically, but it would be nice to have some advanced skills!

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  3. Good luck! I'd love to know what you think of the book. I made my little man a corduroy vest and matching pants using his clothes as a pattern and it turned out so cute!! The needlearts are a wonderful way to pass the time in the winter months.
    Can't wait to see your creations.

    Blessings, Missy

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  4. Your sewing area is far too glamarous!! Good luck, I've been sewing since I was little, but now the biggest thing is finding time! I recommend a local sewing class, if you can find one.

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  5. I stumbled onto your blog via Chiots Run facebook page. I was surprised to see that you live in my neck of the woods! I'm looking forward to browsing through the rest of your blog. Hello Neighbor. ;)

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  6. I hadn't seen the Sewing for Boys book until now. Thanks for showing it. I have two grandsons who I love to sew for. Sewing and knitting are such great skills to have. I wish you luck with your sewing and look forward to seeing what you make.

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  7. Julia,
    I have been following you for a while. I sort of miss your style. I hope all is well.
    Happy New year.

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