While Black Friday isn’t a worldwide phenomena, it has most certainly spread from the US into Canada in recent years. If you are like me and don’t enjoy the masses of people or the frenzy of advertising that takes place on a day like today, you’ll probably be holing up inside your sewing room to enjoy the process of creating rather than consuming. In case you run out of projects but don’t want to run to the store: Our PDF patterns are 50% off for Black Friday, the weekend and Cyber Monday so you can download your next project without the need to leave your sewing machine! Let the making begin!
This weekend I hope to get a start on Matt’s tailored Goldstream Peacoat – at long last – using our Tailoring Supplies Kit and some wonderful Pendleton wool. Last weekend involved all sorts of making too; Matt’s brother and his fiancee (our talented graphic designer), Sonia, were visiting. Sonia joined my Mom and I at a local Christmas craft fair called Stagnhare. It was a lot of fun and very exhausting to chat with so many people about sewing!
By the way, the screen printed bag you can see on the left hand side of the photo (that reads: Go ahead and create something exceptional) is a project that I just finished screen printing in time for the craft fair. It will be available in our shop next week!
Sonia is an avid knitter so we agreed that she would teach me to knit while they visited if I taught her how to sew. It was a great arrangement for me because my knitting lessons came with a whole team of ball-winders :P.
I’ve begun to knit the Funnel Neck Sweater from Erika Knight’s book, Men’s Knits: A New Direction. Here’s an Instagram post that I made about this project recently so you can see part of the sweater design:
I need to up my knitting game (all I can knit is dish cloths and scarves) so that I can create this beautiful menswear design from Erika Knight's book Men's Knits. That would be a perfect activity today while I sit by the fire full of a Fall cold. We carry this book in our online shop btw! #makemenswear #menwhoknit #knitting #knittersofinstagram #erikaknight #mensknits
While this is a big project to tackle for my first serious knitting project (I’ve never properly followed a pattern before), I think it’s a good choice because it is something that I REALLY like and want to see finished. I was hesitant to choose a smaller project that I was less excited about because I wouldn’t be as inclined to finish it! I’m using the Maxi Wool from our shop for this project. Sonia helped me choose slightly smaller needles since this wool is a little bit thicker than the pattern calls for. I knitted a test square and it came out exactly the right size!
I didn’t get a photo of Sonia working on her sewing project unfortunately, but you can take my word for it that she did an excellent job!
We grabbed one of the new Carry-All Bag Making Kits from our shop for her to work on. She chose the “Ready for the Next Adventure” design and tackled the project on my industrial sewing machine.
I know a speedy industrial machine probably isn’t the best suited for teaching new sewers but I thought it would be excellent practice for her because she hopes to learn how to sew on a Sailrite machine so that she can sew canvas and repair sails for their sailboat. Working with heavy sails and a finicky but powerful machine is a whole different ballgame than sewing garments and working on a domestic sewing machine. The industrial machine and the canvas bag project were a step in the right direction for her.
Have you ever taught someone to sew? This was my first time and I really enjoyed it! It felt very satisfying to provide Sonia with the skills to hem her own pants and dresses (she’s short like I am so I know just how empowering that can be!) and to start her on her way to sewing for her sailboat. She was stoked with her new bag too, so that’s a bonus :).
Happy sewing! I hope you enjoy the 50% off pattern sale!