Oh, that’s right I changed the name of my blog. It’s still in the same place, just a new name. I’ve been using sewcrafty as a screen name for almost 10 years on various message boards, etc., but I was surfing the blog-o-sphere last night and was amazed at how many sewcraftys are out there.
Okay, I’m not sewing as much anymore, so maybe a new name for the blog would be appropriate.
What is the source of inspiration for the name, you ask. My dear friend Jennifer, the woman I blame (yes, blame!) for my sewing and knitting addiction and by way of knitting the whole spinning thing.
When my daughter was very little, a year and a half – maybe two, she suggested I should sew for her.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kids clothes are so quick to sew, and they use such small amounts of fabric. Really, you should sew for Bug.Ã¢â‚¬Â
I already quilted so I had the sewing machine, and cutting paraphernalia, I just needed to pick up a few patterns and some fabric. I made most of BugÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s clothes until she started school.
Two years later: Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been knitting,Ã¢â‚¬Â she says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“you should knit, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so relaxing.Ã¢â‚¬Â No. Way. Not. Knitting. I still have all this fabric from when you said I should start sewing.
As you all know, I started knitting. I love knitting. Knitting is portable, knitting can be picked up and put down in a way sewing cannot, especially with kids around.
Do you see what a bad influence she is on me?
After starting to knit I met a whole new group of
enablers friends. These friends spin. They make beautiful yarn and knit wonderful items from that handspun yarn. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not going thereÃ¢â‚¬Â was my mantra for many months, until, while at Saturday morning knitting, I was talking about how I was not going to go down the spinning path. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Why, not?Ã¢â‚¬Â they asked.
I explained about the quilting stash, the scrapbooking (did I forget to mention that one?), the sewing stash (I have a serger, an embroidery machine, and enough patterns and fabric to clothe a small third world country), the yarn stash (I have a thing for sock yarn).Ã‚Â I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need a spinning fiber stash, along with the spindles, wheels, niddy noddys, etc, etc, etc, that go along with a new hobby.
This was met with a terse, Ã¢â‚¬Å“That sounds like a personal problem, not a spinning problem.Ã¢â‚¬Â Gee, you think? I caved and took the spindle class, now I own a wheel.
So, what does all this have to do with the name of my blog? One day while talking to Jennifer I mentioned the Ã¢â‚¬Å“itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all your faultÃ¢â‚¬Â thing, to which she replied, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Well, yes, but you forgot to tell me at the beginning of all this that you had a little bit of crazy leaking out.Ã¢â‚¬Â