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Noodlehead   first sweater knitting

I’m celebrating my first knit sweater finish today! I started this project (Oatmeal Pullover designed by Jane Richmond) probably a year ago. It sat by my bedside for quite a while collecting beagle fur and dust. I finally picked it up a week or so ago and felt determined to finish it.

You see, I ran out of yarn after finishing almost one sleeve. Bummer. I know I made a ton of mistakes and probably not really knowing much, had bought the yarn a while before I actually started the sweater. I’m sure I didn’t even look at the overall yardage I needed. Ooops.

Noodlehead   first sweater knitting

I make mistakes like it’s my full-time job.

If there’s a mistake to be made, I’ll make it. Not a bad thing, but I really really learn so much by making mistakes. So if you happen to look really carefully at this sweater you’ll notice I bought one skein way after the others in a totally different dye lot. I could have frogged the sweater, but I wanted to finish, to see if I could actually knit a sweater that I could actually wear.

I even learned how to pick up stitches without making things look all crazy. And I did the sewn bind off on the cuffs, so fun, definitely like sewing, but with really thick thread.  I think now I could probably make this sweater in maybe a weeks time if I kept at it.

Noodlehead   first sweater knitting

I’ll post some of my notes on Ravelry (@noodleheadsews) today, just in case. Oh, and I’ll try blocking it too. Wish me luck!

Pattern: Oatmeal Pullover by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Puffin in Nasturtium by Quince & Co.

Noodlehead   first sweater knitting

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DIY Sling

Noodlehead   DIY Sling sewing quilting

This was definitely not a project I ever wanted to sew. Natalie broke her arm sledding on Black Friday (maybe next year we’ll go shopping instead – it’s a bit safer maybe? haha.) Of course the broken arm wasn’t a planned event, but when the doctor said she was in-between sling sizes and handed us the navy blue standard issue sling — my DIY mind set in motion.

She was in pain when we first got home but the next day I had her pick out a couple fabrics. And who wouldn’t love a Jeni original? This was made with just 3 fat quarters from Jeni‘s newest collection – Geometric Bliss.

Natalie picked her favorites and it wasn’t very long until I had it quilted and bound and back on her arm. I just wanted this to a be a little fun in her day, something to comfort her. Like a big mom hug all day long. She has since been the hit of the Orthopedics waiting room. All the nurses kept telling her how awesome the sling is. I wish I could make slings for all those little broken bones.

Noodlehead   DIY Sling sewing quilting

A couple details if you ever happen to need a super cool sling: I used the sling we got as a template, and reused it’s comfortable and adjustable strap. I used a seam ripper and removed the strap from the old sling. It was made like a quilt – quilting cotton/ batting/quilting cotton all quilted together. Then I cut out the sling shape, sewed up the elbow seam, and bound it with double fold bias tape. Lastly I reattached the strap.

Noodlehead   DIY Sling sewing quilting

Noodlehead   DIY Sling sewing quilting

DIY Sling
Fabrics: Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics
Re-used adjustable neck strapNoodlehead   DIY Sling sewing quilting

 

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The Little Spark

Noodlehead   The Little Spark sewing

Happy Sunday everyone! I was lucky enough to get a copy of the new book by Carrie Bloomston: The Little Spark. When I heard Carrie was writing a book on this topic I knew I wanted to read it. You might be familiar with Carrie‘s work, she’s an artist as well as a fabric designer for Windham Fabrics. But more than being an awesome artist, she’s a really intelligent and thoughtful person. Sometimes I love getting really introspective and thinking about the whats and whys of life. I love reading her blog and I think she has a really fresh take on creativity and how it applies to all of us.

The book is broken down into 30 chapters of different ways to fuel your creative spark. Here’s a little breakdown summary of the book from Carrie:

You were born with a creative spark inside. Do you look at yourself now and wonder if the spark has gone out? Ignite that inner fire with the 30 engaging exercises, fun activities, inspirational images, and motivating ideas in this book. Learn what your Little Spark of creative passion looks like, how to capture it, and how to make room for it in your life. Read the book cover-to-cover and use it as a month-long creative roadmap, or just dip into the exercises as your time and inclination allow. Either way, you will change your life.

I’m not sure about you, but there have been MANY times since I’ve been blogging and sewing that I wasn’t sure I had it in me anymore. It’s so hard to feel creative sometimes and you wonder what the heck you can do to snap out of it. As I read through the chapters some ideas resonated with me more than others, I figured out that I already use some techniques Carrie discusses already – which is awesome. It’s great to know that creativity isn’t something that’s just always there, sometimes you have to work through challenges to find your spark again. But then there were so many chapters that discussed new ideas and thoughts. I especially loved the workbook style sections of the book where Carrie prompts you with questions of activities to try, I think it’ll be a great place to find insight for a lot of us.

Noodlehead   The Little Spark sewing

One thing that will stick with me is the first Chapter: Just Start. It’s beautifully written and exactly something I struggle with almost daily.  Guess I’d better hop to it!

If you know a creative person in your life this book would make an awesome gift! You can purchase a copy here on Amazon or find it at your local book store.

If you’d like to win a copy of The Little Spark jump on over to Carrie’s blog and leave a comment there (and your chances are pretty good! she’s giving away 5 copies!!!)

Noodlehead   The Little Spark sewing

* I did receive a copy of the book for review, my opinions are honest and sincere.

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