Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Life Skills class...not as inconsequential as I thought

Her needlework both plain and ornamental was excellent, and she might have put a sewing machine to shame. ~James Edward Austen-Leigh, about Jane Austen (James was a nephew to Jane Austen and wrote a memoir about her)

She may have been able to put a sewing machine to shame, but I sure wouldn't.

You could accurately compare my sewing abilities and skills to that of a blind six year old, and I do not exaggerate. Do not think I am being shy or humble about my skills, as Lizzy said in the 2005 P&P  "I'm not afflicted with false modesty, when I say I play poorly..." and so she did play poorly and so do I, sew exceedingly poorly. I can knit, crochet a little and even cross-stitch with the best of them, but sewing is a whole different can of worms.

I passed the sewing part of my life skills class in high school by asking the teacher for help so many times she essentially did my whole project by the end of it.

Last year I knit a checkered purse and I sewed it together so that it was lined with a cloth shopping bag, I think I have a picture of it along my left sidebar. The purse is square, I had to sew 5 straight lines, thats all. It took me four hours and I broke 3 sewing machine needles in the process.  Are you starting to comprehend my abilities here?

SO when I discovered those knitting needle holders that roll up and hold all of your stuff my first thought was, where can I buy one!? Oh no, my friend Nikki says, I have invented a killer pattern that is better than those other ones. She shows me her complicated diagram complete with measurements and ruler straight lines and I drift into a flashback of the 'drafting' part of my life skills class, my teacher had crazy eyes and my lines were never straight enough eventhough I had totally used my hot pink metal ruler.

When my brilliant friend shows me the finished product two thoughts flash through my mind.
1) that is the coolest most amazing knitting needle case I have ever seen and I really really want one... and 2) there is no way on this planet earth that I will be able to make that.

She tells me how much fabric I will need to buy, I nod, write it down and start desperately devising a plan as to how I can create another 'can you help me' sewing class situation wherein I get my talented seamstress friends to make mine for me, we could do it as a Twisted Stitchers (our knitting club) project.

Enter my fairy Godmother.

The most amazing, generous, skilled, brilliant, fun, beautiful, magnificent, fantastic, wonderful woman.  I can't add enough adjectives to explain how awesome this woman is.

She got the pattern from Nikki to make one for her daughter Emily (a fellow twisted stitcher) and she made me one too!! It is the most beautiful thing I have ever beheld. The fabric she chose, so cool and sparkly, I am obsessed with it. I just sit and stare at it, roll it out look at it for a while, then wrap it up, put it away only to find a need to take it out and admire it again.

Life Lesson learned: Surround yourself with amazing people to do the stuff for you that you really suck at.

Now all I need is to find a way to use algerba in my life and I will take back all I ever said about the ridiculous nonsensical things they teach you in high school that teachers claim you will use later in life but never do.


  1. That is really beautiful!!! And check out your stash!!!

  2. it ROCKS!!! wahoo!!!! I want to make another one! I love the fabric!