Wednesday, August 25, 2010

WIP Wednesday : Slow Return of the Creative Mojo

After a couple of months of feeling too sick to create anything, my mojo is back *knock on wood* (I don't want to curse it). I am starting small so I do not overwhelm myself. I have a few big projects I started before the morning sickness hit but I am not going to pick those back up until I know for sure I am fully back.

I started out by finishing a small project K needs for school in just a few weeks - her felted mittens to match her gnomie hat. I only had to knit and attach the cuffs so it was quick and simple. I couldn't justify buying yarn to match the rainbow colorway perfectly, so I used some leftover red yarn from K's Little Red Riding Hood cape, instead. Now I just need to lanolize them to make them really waterproof and they are set to go.

Pictures taken before I washed and blocked them

Speaking of school projects, I have a few sewing ones I really need to start but am still avoiding - place mats, napkins, cloth bag to hold her extra clothes... I feel like there is more that I am forgetting. To help my sewing procrastination *ahem* I thought I would knit up some legwarmers for K to keep at school. K was gifted with a couple of dresses and tights so I thought legwarmers would help keep her warm when she's outside playing. I am going to use up the rest of my beloved Georgia Peach yarn leftover from her neighborly.

So, not a whole lot going on but I think I can say I am slowly but surely coming back around. I hope the nesting hits soon so I can really get back to work!

What are you working on? I would love some beautiful inspiration.
Happy creating!



Joy said...

Nicole! I got your message on ravelry, and I'm scouring my notebooks trying to find my printout of the legwarmers. If I can't, I can probably count stitches/rows and figure it out since they were pretty straightforward. I <3 those mittens! I saw that they were from Living Crafts so I'll have to see if I have that issue so I can make some for Finn. While he loves his tractor mittens, I don't think they'll help during the snow. :) I'm finishing up the sleeves of Elizabeth's sweater and just sent some baby-goodness to Boatbaby for her new little bean. Can't wait to see the neighborly!

renee ~ heirloom seasons said...

Ooh, I am wondering how the Little Red Riding Hood cape is coming along!

I'm not sure that I have beautiful inspiration to share this week, sorry. (Oh, I do have forest beauty to share though!) I keep wanting to sew but know that my extra time needs to be spent on homeschool planning. Yet here I am wondering if I should sew up a little set of napkins for K... (Really, do you need help?)

Glad the yuckiness is at least mostly gone!


Kara said...

So glad to hear that you are feeling better :-)

The mittens are adorable!

Best wishes, Kara

Bending Birches said...

what cute mittens! i am no where near your skill level, but I found some great yarn last night for a skinny scarf for DS. also, some legwarmers from local wool....and a needlefelted september doll:)
hope you are feeling better!! much love to you:)

melody said...

I'm glad you are feeling better! Those mittens are really sweet.

I've been working on a vest for Galen out of the yarn you sent me actually. But it's crocheted, and I'm making it up as I go along, and since I don't *really* know how to crochet, that's probably not the best plan, and I've kind of crocheted myself into a corner and I'm not sure where to go from here. I figure the best course of action is just to ignore it for a while. :)

I'm hoping to finish sewing a little dress today (I'm like you, I'm always in a grove with my knitting, but sewing is often touch and go). It's for under the second pinafore, so if I can get that done, and this rain clears up, I might just be able to post pictures of that later this week. But I think I'm going to have to wait until after the move to finish putting the pattern together. I'll keep you posted!

Plain and Joyful Living said...

So glad you are feeling better Nicole. I remember very clearly not having any creative inspiration at all during the early parts of pregnancy as well - even being in tears telling my husband that I didn't know if I would be able to go on with our business or making things for our children - but thank goodness that passed. That yarn is beautiful as is the wooden bowl holding it.
I just love how there is so much preparation going on for K's schooling... so special.
Warm wishes, Tonya

eidolons said...

My WIP is less than amazing. Not very beautiful, but it makes me proud. (:

*Michelle* said...

Putting the final touches on my longies/shorties pattern right now. :) Oh, and knitting up the sample for the adult cardigan pattern I'll be publishing next. :) Hey, can you let your readers know that Girlie Girl is now up & available? Thanks, darlin'! Glad to hear that little one is easing up on you a bit now. Can't wait to find out if you're adding to your tribe of girls or venturing into boy-land this time! :)

momma rae said...

i love those mittens! i need to finally make some for my children.

not much crafting/sewing going on here at the moment as i am in the thick of school prep....and sienna started first grade today!! yikes.

so glad that are feeling better, love. here's to continued improvements.

much love,

Niki said...

Hi Nicole,

I have been following your blog for a while now from Wellington in New Zealand. You are such an inspiring woman and I was thrilled to hear your news about blessing number 3!
I wanted to share my thoughts about WIP Wednesday - as well as your many creative projects you are also working on growing a baby which is very inspiring work indeed!

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Yah! I love seeing your knitting. It is one of the things that really draws me into your blog.

I am working on a few projects (as always) - a sewing machine cover in hourglass patchwork for a swap and a Christmas tree skirt in spiderweb blocks.


boatbaby said...

LOVE those sweet little mittens! I really need to make a bag for Zach to keep his horseback riding gear in which starts back up again soon. I have the perfect fabric, but lack the energy and skill :) I am going to appeal to my very crafty & talented neighbor for help.
I hope you stay healthy my dear! I have a little hard head in my ribs, hoping so bad for a flip-a-roo!

Julie said...

Love the mittens, so colorful!

Heather said...

I am just beginning to also come out of the the feelings of being too sick to enjoy any type of creative process. I am finding my way to my writing at the moment, and I hope that helps to bring about many more creative moments. So glad that you are feeling better as well.

Cristina said...

I'm so glad that you are back and not feeling out of sorts.
Those mittens look so soft and warm....i know they will be treasured when the cold comes.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the items you get to make for sweet Spring child #3!

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