oranges and yellows

I’ve never thought of myself as crafty or, really, very creative. I can’t even make up a joke, much less draw. I think my one high point in my drawing career came in Mr. Parrot’s elementary school art class when I drew circles in the background to represent a ton of people. impressive I know. but apparently this was amazing for a third grader to figure out, or maybe it was just amazing to him. I tried to learn piano, but didn’t care for it. I learned to play the guitar, but my family eventually got pretty sick of that. I did find photography in high school and decided to go with that path.

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somehow that path led me to grad school, where I wasn’t just thinking, breathing, and eating photography, but I was delving into other crafts as well. I fell in love with embroidery and started to devour it. I couldn’t get enough of those little cotton floss packs, patterns, or stitch books. I don’t even remember what I was stitching and I can’t find anything I made since I gave most of it away. but trust me when I say I got good, so good that I didn’t need those transfers anymore. and then I moved on. I think just the fact that I own anything embroidered tells you why I gave up. there was another reason though, a sewing machine.

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If I remember correctly, I learned to knit and sew around the same time, but sewing interested me more because a)it’s so much faster, b)I wanted some skirts, c)it’s fast, d)it can be a lot cheaper to pick up (especially if you receive a free sewing machine), e)the fabric! my god, the fabric!!, and f)you use a machine, which is fast. like most people, my first few projects were skirts and some tote bags. I liked it enough, but eventually I realized that I did not have the patience for it at all. all the cutting, aligning, lining, unjamming and everything else that went with it got on my nerves. unlike knitting, where it’s you, the yarn, and the needles, in sewing I had this machine that I didn’t really understand and it didn’t want to cooperate. if my knitting tension is off, I switch needles. if my sewing tension is off, I spend an hour figuring out which way to move the dial, realizing that I should have only turned it 1mm, and then trying to get both the bottom and top threads to to play nice with each other.

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needless to say I don’t sew anymore. the doctors said it wasn’t good for my blood pressure and I have to agree with them. by the end of grad school I only had time for photography and knitting kind of worked itself in there (it’s light, portable, and I can stuff it in my camera bag unlike, say, a sewing machine). unfortunately, I haven’t really had time for the ‘art side’ of photography in a long time. forget about using big, bulky cameras and going to the darkroom to develop film and to print. I ‘sold out’ and went digital while my film sits in the freezer waiting for me. it’s pretty depressing to think about how I haven’t shot anything worthwhile in maybe a year. that is life, what can you do.
and what does all of this have to do with anything? I’ve decided to let go of a few things I know I won’t be using. maybe somebody out there will want or appreciate what I ignore, so on every monday there will be a give-away following bugheart’sgreat monday give-away‘ guidelines. I have enough to entertain me, so why not spread the love?

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  • Joelene April 28, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    I find it funny that you gave up the sewing machine, as knitting is a hand craft. Giving up the electronic “machine” in the case of sewing, but in your other art moving towards the electronic, ie the digital camera!
    I would love to see so of your prints sometime!

  • Erin April 28, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    I always love hearing about the “real” side of knitbloggers lives. Grad school, photography, OTHER CRAFTS?!? All new information for me. For some reason I’m always drawn to embroidery, but it’s so fidgety. So wee. And I am not so good at the counting. Can’t wait to see what you’re getting rid of (and others acquire!)

  • stephanie April 28, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    Oh ny gosh – I think I used a monkey fabric almost the same as that as seat covers for a set of chairs a few years ago. Funny!

  • Allegra April 28, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    Uh,will the Monday giveaways include the great green and pink yarn?!??!?!
    hee hee!

  • Leah April 28, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    What a lovely story. It’s always interesting to hear how people get where they are in life.
    I LOVE the monkey fabric!! Monkey’s are so cool!

  • Bee April 28, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    This entry was lovely. And that’s such a generous idea! Like the other commenters, I love hearing little bits about knitblogger’s “outside” lives.
    …”outside”. Hmm. Kind of makes it sound like we’re in the loony bin.

  • Jennifer April 28, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    What a great post! Sewing bad for the blood pressure, yeah I can see how that might be the case. I’ve blown my cool at my sewing machine too.
    What a great giveaway idea too.!

  • carrie m April 28, 2006 at 10:37 pm

    that’s so funny — i started being crafty in grad school, too. why is that? i had less time than ever, but i never really had hobbies before then.
    i agree about sewing. it feels too much like work and can be sooo stressful. while knitting has it’s ups and downs, there are usually no mechanical issues involved.

  • Amy April 29, 2006 at 10:36 am

    I had no idea you were such a craftmaster!

  • Wanett Lewis April 29, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    I think sewing affects my blood pressure too. I think it’s cool that you want to give some stuff away. I love photography and still haven’t “sold out” = ) but I haven’t really stocked up on the supplies for it like I’ve done with knitting.

  • Zabrina April 29, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    I’ve always sewn everything by hand, but I much prefer knitting anyway.

  • Casey April 30, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    I have a coworker who is rather annoying to begin with but really gets on my nerves when I am knitting on my lunch break (which is often). She always breaks into some monologue about how she could never knit because it’s so tedious and time consuming and sewing is so much better and faster and she doesn’t know what I see in knitting. To which I reply something like “Can you bring your sewing machine to work? Can you sew and chat with your friends at a coffee shop? No? That’s why I knit.” There’s a place for sewing but knitting is my favorite! At least for now.

  • aja May 1, 2006 at 11:21 am

    I totally agree with you about sewing!! Its just so many factors come into play, so whereas knitting may not be at all faster, its much more…whats the word?…simpler I suppose. Just the yarn and needles really. Sewing frustrates the hell out of me with the cutting, ironing, aligning. PLUS – I always stab myself with the needles at least 20 times. Don’t be depressed about your photography, you will find the time/inspiration when its right I think. Thats how it works for me at least 😉

  • Steph May 1, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    Mm, I know how you feel. Just this weekend I was looking through my photography stuff and pondering if I should spend the money to get my Rolleicord fixed or to save the money for a digital srl. But I don’t have a 24-hour access photolab (school) anymore, and even then my favorite papers were discontinued, not to mention the cost of it all. Digital is easy. But I never quite get the same pleasure from it that I feel when I look at my old prints.

  • Gracie May 1, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    Love the new blog!! I’m sorry I wasn’t over here before!

  • Caty Tota August 2, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    You guys are the 22681 best, thanks so much for the help.