Crafting Fail

So this has not been a good week for crafting.  I finished two knit hats this week (two!  I can't believe it!).  And apparently I'm not a super-tight knitter anymore -- because both of the hats ended up being too large.  Like, way too large. Maybe I have a freakishly small head?  They both came out really well too!  I guess I just need to find somebody with a large head. 

Then I was trying a sewing project today and that didn't work out too well either.  I'm not totally throwing in the towel, but I'm unsure how to get it back on track. 

What do you do when a craft project goes awry?

I Can Sew!

I've been wanting to learn how to sew for a long time.  When I was in junior high school, you could take Home Ec -- if you weren't in the band or choir.  I was in the band, so I never did all the fun sewing and cooking projects that everyone else did.  At the time, I didn't really care, but as I've been discovering my creativity, learning to sew has been high on my list.

So last week I finally decided to buy the sewing machine I've been eyeing for months.  It's the Brother CS6000i, which I picked up from Amazon.  I don't know that I could have found a better beginning sewing machine.  It's super easy to use; I had the machine threaded and was doing practice stitches within half of hour of unpacking it.  And it's a great value -- there are over 50 stitches and it comes with seven different presser feet, including a buttonhole foot.

I've been spending hours online searching for sewing patterns, and when I came across this pleated pouch tutorial, I knew I had to give it a try.  I suppose I should have been afraid of starting out with a project with a zipper in it, but I just decided not to be afraid of it!  A day after I received the sewing machine, I finished my first project.  Then I did another one a day later. 

My head is bursting with ideas -- can't wait to sew some more!