Monday, 10 January 2011

The Pile!

I've been on a bit of a sewing break this past week. I was feeling a little burnt out from sewing for craft shows and then Christmas presents. I really needed a break.

But I couldn't keep away from the fabric - not even for a few days! Sad really...

So I decided to tackle my huge "to be upcycled" pile.

Look at this mess. You can't even see out the window! Yipes!

I've been slowly taking out zippers, taking off buttons and lace and sorting what needs to be donated. Then cutting everything up - and cutting around all the various baby stains. Phew... it's been a long process.

Now it looks like this:

Holy smokes - nice neat piles. Color coded and cut into squares or rectangles.

This is all part of my preparation for my heart surgery recovery. I gotta have something to keep my hands busy while sitting around and healing. I'm not the type of person who can just sit and watch TV. Gotta be doing something. So now I have all of my favourites cut up and ready to go when I want to continue with the kids' memory quilts. I can select what I want and start hand sewing. Or I could hand braid a bunch of it and make rag rugs. At least I won't have to stand on the cement floor and cut and trim and seam rip for a week before doing anything. Already got that out of the way.

And speaking of recovery. I think I'm going to learn how to knit or crochet while laying around. Does anyone have a personal preference? Which is easier? Which is more fun? I'd like some tips and hints if you have them. :)


Veggie Gal said...

Crochet is easy to learn and really fast. It's satisfying to be able to finish a project in a short amount of time. Knitting is good too though. Most people end up learning both anyway. I'm sure you would enjoy either one since you are so crafty :)

Periwinkle Dzyns said...

I'm sure you would be able to learn either one easily, I prefer crocheting as I find it easier to freeform but have done my share of knitting too.
Either way have fun!

Aimee said...

Crochet is easier to learn & projects work up a lot faster. I prefer knitting, though, & once you pick up the basic knit & purl stitches, you can do oh, so much.