(Wasn't sure whether to post this in Creativity or Advice, but decided on Creativity in the end)
I've been thinking - partly inspired by looking at lilly's blog, DWH's costumes and watching sewing tutorials on youtube! - about trying to do more knitting and sewing after we move. I'm not sure if I should focus on one or the other to start off with, or go for both ... wondering if anyone has any opinions/suggestions.
I would class myself as an advanced beginner. E.g. I would be able to knit most things by following a chart/pattern, but still need to look lots of stuff up. And similarly for sewing, I did it for about 2 1/2 years in school, can follow a pattern, am happy using a sewing machine, have made a few garments, but still need to look lots of things up. Thoughts about knitting:
- I have lots of knitting needles - straight/circular/dpns - from MrM's Mum's old collection and charity shops plus some I've bought for various projects
- I don't have much in the way of yarn so that would be an expense; the odd bits I do have are all different weights. Maybe in future I should only use DK or only use aran or something so that the leftovers would be more useful!
- things can take ages to make (though I suppose that makes it less expensive per hour of hobby) - I don't much like the super-fast super-chunky projects
- I'm worried about knitting garments for fear they won't fit properly (I have knitted a jumper that fits me OK, but before that there were a couple of attempts at other projects that ended up being way too big despite every effort to get it right)
- ... but I would really, really love to one day knit myself cardigans/jumpers.
- it's portable, which is useful
- I'd quite like to knit some socks, which I've never done - I guess that could be a fairly easy/not too expensive one-off project?
- there is a wool shop in the town we're moving to (so within walking distance)Thoughts about sewing:
- I'm tempted to get a basic/mini sewing machine (like this one, which is £49 http://www.johnlewis.com/302379/Product.aspx
). At the moment I've done the odd bit of sewing borrowing either my Mum's sewing machine or MrM's Mum's, but as we'll be moving I won't have regular access to either of those. Also I think a small machine might be more likely to get used as it'll be easier to store / move around.
- I've got a fair bit of cotton that could be used for quilting - some bits of fabric I bought because I really liked them, some bits left over from other projects, and a couple of skirts that I don't quite like and I might either turn into something else or alter so they're better skirts. I'd need to buy lots of thread.
- I've got some other bits like dressmaking scissors/pinking shears, rotary cutter/mat/ruler, pins, etc. (I've been thinking for a few years that I'd like to get into quilting at some point, so I've got a few of these as Christmas gifts etc, as well as having pins and things for making small repairs to clothes by hand).
- a small machine would be useful for altering clothing, which would come in handy as I have a skirt that needs re-lining that I've not done anything about and in future I'm looking to buy more clothing second-hand, so the ability to alter things would be really useful (I know I can
do things by hand but I tend to not get round to it)
- projects can be completed much more quickly
- sewing probably has more likelihood of being useful for making inexpensive-to-me presents in future (like the zippered pouches Spacefem makes!) which will be useful as our budget will be rather tight
- there are at least 2 fabric shops within 15 mins drive of where we'll be living, though none within walking distance so far as I can make out.
Any thoughts, either short term or long term? (Edited to fix a sentence I left unfinished by mistake)