I feel comfortable enough with my knitting skills and obsession to be a self proclaimed "knitter", if you will. I can understand patterns, read symbol craft and yarn labels, etc. Sewing, however, is not quite the same. I have a machine and have made garments, but really, I'm very elementary. After being inspired by the Seam Allowance Club at A Verb for Keeping Warm, I had another light bulb moment. I'm still learning. I need to sew a lot of straight lines before I'm comfortable. I need to make things from patterns. I need to plain old practice! I guess I felt that I should be able to just do it without paying the sewing practice dues. I mean, not many knitters start with a fair isle yoked sweater with a steek, right! Then where does it say it is my business to decide to sew and immediately do it well. With knitting, I made a lot of scarves, a lot of scarves. So I need to just put in the sewing machine time. Once I really let all of that sink in. I felt great.
Still inspired, but also relaxed with my new self allowed room for growth, I resolved to sew simply to start. When I get to a hard part, I set it aside in the pile of "get help with the expert, aka Mom" and am OK with that. So a few nights ago, Instead of spending the evening knitting as usual, I went ahead and spend it in class. I pulled a wool scarf from the stack, dug out the quilt batting & tin of bindings and trip and started playing. Playing with color, thread, pattern, until I decided on a combination I liked and decided to make my awesome workbench stool a cushion. I used an old dress pattern piece and traced around the chair seat, allowing for about 1" of seam allowance. Then I set to work slowly sewing. I ripped out some seams, speed right through others, and at the end of my evening, I had this.