Perhaps that title is a little misleading.
Yes, I have been crocheting many, many skulls., but said skulls are parts of crocheted shawls that are all similar patterns. So, yes, lots of them, but not much variety I’m afraid.
I have been spending time looking up ideas for adding skulls to various patterns: scarves, bags, blankets. My Ravelry list of favourites is ridiculously long. The projects will come, eventually. Right now I’m in my collector (of patterns)/obsessive (about one single pattern) phase. It changes on a regular basis but this skull shawl obsession seems to have more staying power than most things that capture my attention.
I recently spent a whole Sunday at a silkscreen workshop in Toronto. A friend and I were given an awesome 2-for-1 coupon for the workshop, held at Peach Berzerk in Toronto. I highly recommend the workshop…and I also highly recommend doing it with a friend! Much more fun that way! 🙂
I’ve always wanted to know how to silkscreen but never had the opportunity. The women running the workshop were awesome; very energetic and willing to help out, answering any and all questions, no matter how inane some of them were. They were incredibly knowledgeable about silk-screening and you could tell they had run the workshop many times before. Their props, their explanations…everything was crazy clear and easy to understand. I felt comfortable, as though I was learning along with a group of friends rather than strangers.
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Last weekend, I signed up for Basic Sewing 1 at a college near my home. It took place Friday night and all day Saturday. I skipped the Introduction course because I already know the basics when it comes to sewing. I can turn on my machine, sew in a straight line (usually), and generally create stuff.
What I’ve never done…is work from an actual purchased pattern. That’s what I hoped to get out of this course, and I did. I came home with a fun pair of pajama pants made from an honest-to-goodness pattern!
I had no idea how much alteration would be involved in tailoring a pattern to fit specific measurements. And I also have to admit that, at the end of the day, I don’t think I remember everything we did to fit it…but practice makes perfect, so I’m thinking that I’ll sign up for the Level 2 class in March.
As it is, although the crotch is lower in my new pants than I had intended, they’re still comfy and wearable. And hey, low-rise pajama pants are still in style, right?