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?


  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 :)

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

  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

  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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  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.

  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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  10. This is so sad that adults need to learn how to sew or knit. If it were 1915 instead of 2015- by the time you were ten years old you had already completed your needlepoint primer and could probably cut (properly) forms for a dress, apron, and were quite handy with all of the basic stitches & maybe some complicated ones as well. By twelve, a girl had to complete an entire dress with apron in school. No girl could NOT knit & crochet. Girls learned how to sew in school - that is, pre-school age. Boys took some sewing, but not as much as the girls did. Women today would need to take a class just to learn one single skill that women knew well by the time they were in their teens, let alone several other useful skills. My grandmother told me that women had to know many useful crafts (and do them well) along with some type of college education- in case her husband lost his job or became ill, and she also had to speak well and properly so she would be able to converse say at cocktail parties or to her husband's business associates or friends. But of course, with "women's rights" I guess all those things became "slavery" or represented some sort of "oppression". Too bad- I think we've gone backward!

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