I love what I do, I really really do. My favorite part of woolie crafting is cutting into the sweaters/jackets/suits. I do this at night, after all my kiddos are in bed, when the house is quiet and my thoughts are my own I take each one and spread them out on my cutting table one at a time. I have my stack of patterns to one side of me and my markers and scissors standing by. Although I am working with my personaly designed hard patterns, working with sweaters is not so cut and dry (pun intended!) Each sweater is different and unique, and each one requires careful evaluation to determine what it wants to become.
I carefully make all my cuts, recycling to the max! I cut covers, then johnnies or leggies, then hats, then shoes! Any scraps large enough to keep, go into a bin that my children regularly dive into for crafting projects My throw away is minimal, and this makes me very happy All my cut items, sit neatly in a stack, waiting untill the next morning, when kids are on the bus, and babies are fed…. When the dishwasher is running, and laundry is going, and Shaun the Sheep is playing…… Then I sit down to sew them up.
After that they either head out for a lano bath, or, if their covers, they move to a LARGE stack in the “cover” bin, where they await snaps. My snap press is my nemesis. I hate snapping! Every stocking, there is a third of my covers that don’t make it in because I can’t stand to snap anymore! I’ve learned that this is ok though, they’ll make it in the next round And at the end of most days, the cycle repeats, and I find myself standing in a quiet space, staring at beautiful wool, who’s life I get to recreate.
This brings me an amazing amount of peace.