From January 2018

Pattern Stash

Thanks to Helen at Helen’s Closet, I’m inspired to get myself organized, so I created a Trello account. I’ve never used it before, but so far, it seems to really be helpful. Helen and Caroline have discussed Trello a few times on the Love to Sew Podcast, so I hunted down Helen’s blog post about how she uses it to organize herself.

So far, all I’ve got done is my indie pattern stash (which does not include any of Helen’s patterns yet, but I really want to make a Blackwood and a Suki), and I think it will be really helpful in keeping me organized and accountable. I tagged them with what is currently in my stash, as well as if I’ve already sewn the pattern. It’ll be helpful for when I’m shopping for fabric, since I’ve attached links to the patterns in my cards, as well as photos.

I am using it as a wish list too, so I have included things that I want to sew.

If you want to see which indie patterns I have in my stash, you can view it here. I’ll be going through my paper patterns soon, and will add those as well.

Hello? It’s me…

CaptureWell. It’s been 18 months since I was here. That’s embarrassing. I have a really good excuse for abandoning this blog… I got busy with work. Yes, that work wardrobe I was working on? It gets used (although I’ve put on a few pounds and a few things aren’t fitting like they should). And yes, I do like my job, even if it does mean there’s much less time for sewing and knitting.

That does not, however, mean that I don’t sew and knit. I can frequently be seen in the lunch room with a knitting project, and I’ve even started to teach a coworker how to knit. I also sometimes manage to knit on the train on my commute, but I rarely get a seat in the mornings, so if I am knitting in transit, it’s usually in the afternoon. Sewing has taken a bit of a backseat, because I don’t have a true dedicated sewing space, and I’m so busy that I rarely get time to sew, especially given the overhead involved in setting up.

I do want to get back to blogging again though. I miss it, even if I don’t have a large readership (if you do read, I’d love to hear from you!) I’m rather inspired to get back to it this year, especially since I’m listening to the Love to Sew Podcast (hi Helen & Caroline, I love the podcast!), which has really encouraged me to reach out to the creative community and get myself more involved, even if it is only via blogging.

I am taking a break from social media for the month of January, so I’m cheating a little, but when inspiration hits you, you need to strike while the iron is hot. I won’t be posting a link on Facebook or Instagram until the end of the month, but I will be back on social media again. My Facebook is a private account, but you can find me on Instagram as @aspiringthreads and of course, I’m on Ravelry under the same username.

Anyway, I’m going to try to post once a week, to get caught up on my projects from the last 18 months, and to share what I’m currently working on. I may miss a week here and there, but if I do, it’s probably because I’m in the middle of a project and would rather work on that!

See you soon!