Too Much to Choose From

I guess it’s time to get my head out of the clouds of Wai’ale’ale and back to real life! Which at this point in time revolves around my on-going job hunting (a SUPER slow process) and working at the Bobbin’s Nest online store. These things actually keep me fairly busy, but I can’t keep myself from scheming about lots of other things as well.

One of those things is cooking. I’m always looking for new things to learn, and lately cooking has come to the forefront. I can follow a recipe pretty well, but I don’t know how to throw things together and am terrible at looking at the stuff in the fridge and coming up with something to do with it. I feel that if I were better about that then I wouldn’t have to do so much meal planning and shopping-list-making in order to get dinners to work out all the time. And I really dislike the meal planning.

I just finished reading The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn. I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot of just basic non-recipe kinds of stuff. It certainly has helpful stuff about how to cook a piece of meat without having to have a specific recipe on how to do it. I’m hoping it helps!

I also can’t seem to stop my brain from planning knitting and sewing projects. Case in point – while I already have a knitting project on the needles and a lace sweater project waiting in the wings, as well as a new sewing project (more on that soon), I’m seriously thinking about two (well, or six, depending on how you count them) other sewing projects.

Ikea Flower Fabric with Bolt for backing

I’m still working on getting rid of some things from my stash. I’ve done some calculations involving some fabrics I got at IKEA three years ago, and some bolts of average solids that I got super cheap nearly as long ago.

Ikea Flower Fabric with bolt for backing

The scale of these fabrics is huge. Those are whole bolts lying on top of them. I’ve calculated if I use the solids on the bolts for backings, I can make 2 quilts out of the huge flowers, each about 55″ x 70″. And I can make three quilts out of the smaller flower print, each about 55″ x 65″. Because of the scale of the prints, they aren’t going to work very well to piece together to make something actually twin-sized or bigger in width.

At any rate, that’s a lot of quilts! I need to buy 9 yards of batting off the bolt to make them all. I’m not sure that I’m up for that much quilting. I would probably do something minimal — straight lines to mimic the green lines (stems?) in the fabric. Nothing fancy at all. Maybe I’ll start with the two quilts from the big flower and see if I can get that done.

The plan would be to give all of these away when they are finished. I really don’t need more quilts hanging around here at the moment. Not really. So, we’ll see if I get started on that. I’m very motivated to move some things out of my stash, and this would help a lot with some fabrics that I really don’t know what else to do with.

The other thing I have in mind is a dress.

Lisette pattern with possible fabrics

This is a little crazy, because I really don’t have any need to wear a dress these days. But I wore the first version of this dress, which I made a few months back, when we went to dinner for our anniversary in Hawaii, and I was struck again with how much I love this pattern.

Lisette Passport Dress

And now that it’s been altered to fit and everything, it should be super easy to put together, right? And the thought of doing it in two fabrics — the blue cotton shirting I bought in Hanoi for the top and the yellow Momo Wonderland fabric for the bottom — is really calling to me.

I honestly don’t think the dress should take that long. If I could find a couple of days to devote to it, I think I could get it done. It’s just finding the time. And I hate starting projects and then not being able to get back to them.

Stay tuned, and I’ll show you how the progress on my gigantic shawl is going!

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2 comments to Too Much to Choose From

  • yes, you should make that dress again. after all you had the pattern “professionally” fit to you! you don’t even want to know how many projects I have in the works. I wish I had your project willpower.

  • Job searching is tough, so it’s good you have other things going on! That dress you made looks so great on you, so that would be fun to make more like that. I would love to make a dress that fits so well. I love your plan for those quilts too. Big project but they will be so fun when they’re finished.

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