Posted on July 28, 2011
Tara and I have been staying with my grandma for a few days now. Tara, my mom and I went treasure hunting, looked through pressed flowers for pin back buttons and other pieces of jewelry. Next on the list: sewing.
I found a great pattern for making fold-able market bags from 1977.With a little bit of updating, they were perfect for what we wanted to make.
Tara said “They were green before it was cool to be green!” I love how no matter what the style or object, fashion is just a large circle. If you keep it long enough, it will be wearable/usable again.
Along with the market bags, we also planned to make knitting needle and crochet hook cases. These will be the first additions to our store that other knitters/crocheter may be interested in. (What knitter wants to buy another knitter’s wearable, when they can just knit it themselves?) I hope it’s at least interesting/inspiring to other knitters.
We began to scour my grandma’s cupboards for fabric to use in all of our endeavors. We found dresses from my childhood that were made of pretty fabric my grandma couldn’t get rid of, lots of denim and lots of American fabrics. My grandpa used to dress as Uncle Sam and ride his wooden horse in all of the holiday parades. So that explained the whole section of American prints.
As we dug, my grandma said with a smile, “Now, you girls are ruining my chances!”
“Chances for what?” we replied.
“Whoever dies with the most fabric wins! ” she said pointing to a sign in her stash closet. …I think she was serious. We replied again, “No grandma, you’ll still be in the running, after we clear out!”
So, we cut, threaded, aligned and sewed for two days, trying to get the stash of fabric we chose down to a smaller pile so my husband wouldn’t have to move out when I took it all home (due to a lack of space in our 1 bedroom apartment). My grandma suggested space bags, the bags that you can suck out all of the air to take up less space. “Then he won’t notice how much you bring back with you!”
Before I left town, Brian’s friend asked him, “What are you going to do when she comes home with an Aztek full of crafts?” Brian replied, like the loving supporting husband he is, “I only need my instruments, so we’ll clear more space.” And that’s what he did. When I finally took the drive back home, I came home to a clean, de-cluttered home: Ready for my 15 bags of fabric, flowers, yarn and so on….
So, to wrap up my wonderful trip back to Ohio, that makes me think I could leave my job and craft for the rest of my life, because who needs money?…or food?…or electricity….oh wait. My sewing machine does.
EITHER WAY. I had a great time spending 5 or 6 days with my grandma, Tara and my mom, Tiffin. It’s so motivating and inspiring being around so many wonderful women. Maybe someday, I can stay home and craft. Without the guilt of needing to paying bills.
Posted on July 19, 2011
No, I’m not pregnant. Just to clarify.
I was never really into making baby things until I realized, I can make the most ridiculous items that look like fun to make, but no respectable adult would ever wear. It’s not like babies get to decide what their outfit is for the day. They just lie there while you dress them up as cute little animals or vegetables or flowers and then they just don’t care! Plus I can whip up a baby hat in only 3 episodes of Fringe.
Goodbye to the days of photographing your naked baby on a animal skinned rug and hello to Auntie CourTney’s outlandish baby clothes. Remember the classic bunny suit from The Christmas Story? (if not, Google it NOW)
Damn it feels good to be a knitter.
Posted on July 16, 2011
There has always been a connection between cats and yarn. Thinking of a kitten playing with a ball of yarn isn’t such an outlandish thought. They go hand in hand.
Meet my kitty, Karma. She has a love for yarn. If I am knitting on the couch, she will attempt to sit on my arms while I’m knitting. If I leave her at home with yarn in a basket, it will soon be all over our apartment. Up the stairs, down the stairs, around the table, through the chair legs, back up the stairs, under the bed….
She’s a very supportive kitty. Many of times, I finished a project and only had Karma to show. She doesn’t judge when my stitches aren’t perfect, so it’s a good audience.
Every time I pull out the yarn swift to ball up a new yarn, she comes a running and sits and watches (like this morning).
Then one day, I began to wonder…does Karma love yarn…or does she envy yarn? Maybe she is angry at the amount of time I spend with yarn instead of her. Is she cuddling up with me and my yarn on the couch or is she trying to stop me from knitting? Is she being cute and chasing a ball of yarn or is she attempting to destroy and hide it??
That’s the thing about cats. You never really know what they are thinking.
Posted on July 4, 2011
I’m currently in a color coma. It started when i decided to knit my first vest, about 2 months ago. A nice mellow yellow. About 2 weeks into that I had to look away. I quickly knit up a rainbow neck scarf. I was over the yellow blues and ready to knit the vest again.
The next week, I was starting a KAL (knit-a-long) sketch cardigan. I bought the yarn a month earlier….Yellow. So now I have two projects going, big projects and they are both yellow. The sweater starts with 13 inches of DK weight yarn, CO at 200 stitches. That’s roughly 23,400 stitches of solid yellow, no switch up of interesting stitches. Just solid stockinette. (knit one way, purl the other.)
So now, I’m in that lull. Half way through the vest and 13 inches through the sweater.
Once I got past the 13 inches, the shaping of the sweater starts, so that means I have to pay attention to each row and it’s a little more interesting again. THANK THE KNITTING GODS. Now it’s a race. Every row of 200 gets two stitches shorter, so every row I get a little faster and a little more excited. “That’s right, only 186 stitches this row!”
So this morning, even though I have the yellow blues, I have to do my real job and all I can think of is yellow…
Posted on June 30, 2011
by CourTney and Tara
Our Etsy Store, Coffee & T, is officially open! Please visit CoffeeAndT.etsy.com and check it all out!
Why Coffee and T? Well Coffee and Chai Tea are two of our favorite drinks while crafting. And the “T”? We will let you ponder over that one.
* For all the crafters out there, the logo was made from acrylic paint treated as water color and tea bags.
The store is new so we don’t have a lot of merchandise yet, but please keep checking in!