So far, the new year has been full of new endeavors. I am starting some classes to get an endorsement on my teaching license to teach the Gifted and Talented program. I'm super excited about this! I am now also the proud owner of a Janome DC 2010 sewing machine! I have been yearning to learn how to sew ever since my sister in law started making adorable aprons with her sewing machine a few years back. Her designs inspired me. Before that I also had the bug to sew, but was intimidated by the prospect. However, as a knitter I find that anything is possible with needle and thread. That being said, like knitting, I dove in head first! In addition to my fantastic knit nook, I created a space for my sewing nook. I bought these perfect pegboards at Joan's for my spools of yarn, and used a sewing basket handed down to me from my grandma as a place to store fat quarters of fabrics and such. A perfect little addition to my craft space!
I am also working on several projects right now that I cannot post just yet. They are belated gifts to some very special people. I also tried my hand at designing and designed a cute little headband for my grandma. She loves narrow headbands, so I figured why not just put one together myself. It was pretty simple, and it allowed me to get a start on a collection of original designs. I will be posting the pattern as soon as I've given it a few more test drives. Here is the finished headband. It's worked up in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran.
The design is a simple cable with a garter stitch edging that gradually gets a bit wider in the middle. The simplicity is perfect for my grandma's taste, but next time I will definitely design a headband with some pizzazz.