Monday, April 13, 2009
I finally finished my plum tree yoke top (designed by my dear friend Rosemary of suzy smalls handmade) and am happy to wear it as the weather gets warmer.
I had really wanted to photograph the top outside but it's been so windy and everything here in New Mexico is so... brown that it was hard to get an interesting photo. So, here I am in front of the boring ol' white wall in my bedroom again.
I really liked constructing this top and even though I ran into a few small issues (my own issues, not the patterns), I learned how to correct myself and already bought fabric to make another. It's a comfortable shape and doesn't need to be too "fit" ... no zippers, darts, buttonholes or bias tape trim! wooohoo!
It's funny to think that I have been sewing for twice as many years I have been knitting. My skills with a sewing machine and fabric have not improved as greatly as my skills with needles and yarn. (Not that I am any expert knitter, but I have a lot less trouble reading instructions and completing projects with knitting than with sewing.) Perhaps there is something about the simple, tactile qualities of knitting that I just "get", as opposed to working with a machine? I know that there really isn't anything wrong with that, I have found my niche and found what I like, but I do realize that my skills as a sewer will not improve if I don't keep sewing sewing sewing! As I often tell beginning knitters, you'll only get better with practice!