Sunday, January 5, 2014
Top 5 Goals for 2014
Alright, turning away from the past and looking to the future for the last top 5 post. Rather than err on the side of anything too general ("make more...of everything!"), but also wanting to avoid the entrapment of excessive specificity ("I will sew for 30 minutes every day, except on weekends, when I will sew for at least 5 hours, etc"), I've chosen to split my goals between sewing and knitting, and focus more on particular kinds of projects and techniques.
Skinny Jeans - Unless you count the faux fur flares with safety pin closures that I made in high school, I have never actually made a pair of pants. Given that I wear jeans every day of my life, this is inexcusably baffling and also a little weird. The main challenge (or so I tell myself), is lack of access to good quality stretch denim (I did check out Mood fabrics, but they wanted around $50 to ship $20 worth of fabric...is that normal for them?). However, this is the year that I will cease using that as an excuse and make myself a pair of skinnies, if for no other reason than that not having done so already has prevented me from participating in "Me Made May" since it's inception.
Bras, etc - Once you've taken care of the over-wear staples, it follows that if one wishes to have a truly self-made wardrobe, one must look to the Foundation Garments. This year in particular, I have been drawn to the diy lingerie popping up on various blogs (not in a creeper way, lol!), and have been paying more attention to bra and underwear patterns (both Jalie and Kwik Sew appear to offer some good ones). I can honestly say that the underwear I have now represent the last bastion of sweat-shoppy clothing in my wardrobe, so to replace them with homemade delicates is one of my top priorities for 2014.
DPNs - If you've read any of my knitting posts, you've probably heard me grumble and snark about double pointed needles. I have used many ingenious and laborious ways to avoid having to use them, but no more! I hereby declare that the next time I use a pattern calling for dpns, I will not shirk my knitterly duties by knitting flat and seaming, but will face the dpn challenge like a woman of courage!
Steeks - Oh god, these are so terrifying. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, steeking is a technique used to give an opening to a tube of knitted fabric. It is particularly common when working with a colourwork pattern, because it allows you to do it all in the round and not have to wrestle with the purl side. Just in case you haven't quite grasped what I mean, I'll lay it out: you knit a tube of fabric, then you slice it up the middle. You cut your knitting with scissors, aaaaaaaaaaaaah! Obviously, there are methods you then employ to secure the cut ends, but I haven't yet managed to get past the fact that you are creating hundreds of potential holes and ladders in your work. However, I really really REALLY want to make this lovely thing, and steeks are part of the package, so with a little courage and about a million tutorial videos on my side, I will hopefully prevail.
Dyeing - The last time I truly experimented with fabric dye was back in grade 8, when a bunch of my friends got together and tie-dyed all our underwear green one weekend. Since then, I have occasionally spruced up faded jeans with a bit of over-dyeing, but nothing beyond that. I have, however, always wanted to play around with some of the different shibori techniques, and last year, Sallie of "Sallie Oh" fame did a really cool and in-depth post about painted-on dye techniques that was incredibly motivating. The most challenging thing about this kind of experimenting will probably be finding ways to create something that will actually work with my pre-existing wardrobe and tastes in general, but I'm sure once I get a handle on some of the basics, I'll be able to hone in on a style or technique that works best for me.
So, there you have it: 5 goals for 2014, and the last of my top 5 lists. More importantly, I just completed 5 blog posts in 5 days!!! I've already bogged more in 2014 than I did in the last two months of 2013, ha! I want to thank anyone who has stopped by to skim through my rambling during these last few days, and especially to anyone to left a comment. And, whether you have done your own top 5 lists or not, I wish everyone success and luck with their projects in the new year :)