Hello my friends, how’ve you been? Methinks it’s time to dust off around here.
I have so many things to share and don’t know where to start so I’m just going to wend my way into this post and see what happens.
I took a long, somewhat unintentional, somewhat intentional, sabbath from all things internet for the last year.*
And whoa, internet time is fast. Sooo many Watsons. Gorgeous! Much faster than the clock I live in.
So one of the many projects I’ve been working on in little baby steps is my next bra pattern. I know!
I had every intention of releasing this much earlier this year but at that time we were in the throes of an entire home renovation. A very dear and wise friend of mine reminded me that all of my mental energy was pouring into that and it was understandably hard to drum it up for other things.
Side note: Everybody tells you this, but no amount of warning really prepares you for how stressful a renovation can be on two people. There are days when you want to (and you literally can) throw the kitchen sink at each other. And then right after we moved back in, we had a sudden funeral of a dear friend. So I have had to take it easy and let go of many pressures for the the life of my relationship.
The amazing thing that came out of this past year was a renewed excitement in making. We’ve owned our tiny bungalow for 13 years and in that time we’ve worked entirely from home. It’s been even longer than that since I’ve had a work culture that was mentally separate from home. My gigs in life have been varied and mostly in creative fields but all have involved making ideas or running something from home. I’ve tried at least three times to work in a separate rented studio (because it’s soo hard squeezing a cutting table into an 8 by 8 foot 2nd bedroom!) but I keep gravitating back home.
Strangely, it was only this year that I started to identify as a homemaker. Because in some weird, odd way, that is what I “do”. I love being at home, and I love “making” in my home. Some of that work, like all work, is mundane drudgery and some of it is full of creative wanderings.
As soon as we moved back into our new-old house I went into a total nesting phase. I shopped for some new textiles but there was always just one thing about them I didn’t like. I have that problem with clothes, too. It’s so hard when you know you can make it and make it better, right?
So I started knitting and crocheting pillows, blankets, you name it. Started being a key word because many of these are still in progress. I even crocheted this cat bed, which is now a sad crumpled puddle of cat hair. (Next time, I’ll have work on getting the right combination of stiff tension and yarn thickness to get it to stand up.)
Homemaking has been a blast. And so has knitting, which I took up last year and don’t ever want to stop. More on that to come.
Meanwhile I kept working in bits and pieces on the next bra pattern. It went through 3 stages of development and I am very, very happy with the results. I’ll share some of the things I learned in the process once this pattern is out in the world. And I promise, it is coming soon!
I hope you all are having an amazing October! It is hands down my favorite month of the year, not the least of which is because it is my birth month ;). Derek just got home with a baby pumpkin to celebrate the month and now all I can think of are the first appearances of pie… so good. Hence the random title.
Odds and Ends:
– This week I’m headed off to Camp Workroom Social to teach bra making. I’m thrilled to be joining some wonderful teachers and campers for three days of go-deep sewing and camp fun. And antsy to get out of Texas to taste some real autumn!
– The students in my class will be working with my new pattern, Harriet. Here’s a very abstract preview of one in progress.
– I’m trying to flesh out my Ravelry profile to include updated projects. How is it that I missed out on the wonder that is Ravelry for the past 8 years?! Oh yeah, I wasn’t a knitter.
– Back in July I wrote a guest post on bra fitting for Heather of Closet Case Files. We consulted a bit on her Sophie Swimsuit pattern and I think it’s a total babe! The techniques in this post can apply to many bra-fitting scenarios.
*P.S. I’ve gotten so many sweet emails and questions over the last year asking me how I’m doing and if I’m going to quit Cloth Habit, the patterns or the blog. I hope this post answers some of that. And although I might meander into unexpected territory, I’m still working, teaching and supporting patterns and emails every day. When and if Cloth Habit should reach the end of its lifespan, I’ll be very clear and intended about it. Major catastrophe nothwithstanding, I promise you that because I like good endings!
P.P.S. I may, however, quit Twitter. Geesh, I totally forgot I even had an account; I think I’ve only tweeted three times in four years, ha!