Tiredness and distraction have lead to a lot of mistakes. I miscalculated the math on a knitting pattern that I'm writing for a sock yarn sweater, which necessitated ripping back 3 inches. Of sock yarn. Knit in the round (so it's more like 6 inches).
I keep making mistakes at my sewing class, too. I'm sewing the wrong pieces together, or cutting out some pattern pieces twice and omitting others. So far I haven't made any fatal mistakes, but I have wasted more time than necessary. And I value those hours in the Vancouver Community College studio -- there's a serger there, and really good irons, and giant cutting tables. Continuing ed. students are only allowed in while class is in session, so I try to make the most of the access while I have it.
So right now I'm thinking about how to manage this combination of increased creative drive and decreased time and energy. I constantly want to start new projects but I know that I should finish the huge pile of unfinished work, which includes but is not limited to:
- Green floral muumuu (sewing class project). Done except for hand-finished bottom hem.
- Grey linen skirt (second sewing class project). Can I get it done in my final class on Saturday?
- Aforementioned sock yarn sweater. I'm dying to get this done. I like the design, I like the yarn, I'm not loving knitting a million rows of stockinette on 3.25mm needles.
- Black sheath dress from Built By Wendy Dresses. Done except for the hem and the edge of the sleeves.
- the "Mary Blair" Wrap Skirt from Sew Everything Workshop. Basically done, just needs a stitch or two around the hole in the waistband where the tie passes through.
- Red Late Shift mitts for my sister. Seriously, finishing these will take about 90 minutes. But do I do it? No.
- This secret project.
- The brown gingham thrift-store makeover. Close to done. Moderately successful so far, but I think I like sewing skirts from scratch better.
- All the half-knit sweaters from 2010. There are three that I can think of.
- The first sweater I designed, which is awesome-looked but needs a button band.
- A proposal for this great sweater idea that I had last Thursday. I'd like to have it done so I can just send it out when deadlines come up, since working to deadlines isn't very practical right now.
- Get my portfolio in showable condition for May 31.
I've been thinking that I need to start setting my goals by quarters (just like we do at work!). I think I can accomplish a lot of this list in the next three months, especially if I ignore the sweaters from 2010.
To keep myself motivated, I'm going to let myself start a couple new projects, too. I'm not sure what those will be yet, but things I have been thinking about lately include
- Printing on fabric. I bought some inexpensive block-printing supplies in Portland after Lotta Jansdotter's book got me all fired up. This post from Poppytalk on making simple fabric prints just added fuel.
- Knitting with the silk mawata I purchased after seeing the Yarn Harlot's post on unspun silk mittens. I've sketch out a rough design, but unspun silk is a new medium for me and I want to give it care and attention.
(I'm also dying to break out some of the great dress patterns I bought in Portland, but those will requires muslins and pattern modifications, so the will have to wait until Q3 at the earliest!)