In Great Taste: A Kitchen (Drawer) Tour
October 25, 2006
Honey, what’s got INTO you? Way to stir it up! My favorite comment (so far) to yesterday’s post is from Becky H, who joins the chorus of people (me included) chanting ‘Show us your shoes! Show us your shoes!’ but adds “you can keep your top on if you want to”.
If you must, remain clothed. But do not deny shoes to this crowd.
And if this reporter person comes after you, you know I’ve got your back. Like a mama bear, I’ll rise to your defense and present your impeccable credentials as a Non Competitive Laissez-Faire Mom. I’ll tell her how free you are with the Pop Tarts, how you’ve wavered on the whole issue of trans fats, and how you INSIST on wearing that old shirt that doesn’t do a thing for you. The Mom jeans? Don’t get me started. She’ll be begging you for a play date.
What about me? I’ve spent some time with the sewing machine, trying to get some skillz. What I love about sewing is that you can make stuff that is actually useful. There is so much I don’t know about sewing that each project, no matter how small, presents a ton of new learning. Look what I made:
A wee pot holder from Amy Butler’s fab new book. Cristina has said that the instructions in this book are wonderfully detailed and useful, and they are. You can FEEL your sewing skills improving. All is linear and logical. And Amy Butler’s fabric choices and styling of the projects are joyous and inspiring. What’s not to like?
This potholder has lots of Features. One feature is a grommet, which is perhaps the coolest feature of all. As soon as I can get me some grommets, I will definitely be installing one. I even like saying ‘grommet’. Grommet grommet.
Another cool feature:
Quilted hand protectors on the back. Which, even if you are not the kind of person who protects the back of the hands when pulling a hot dish out of the oven, makes the potholder extra squishy and protective of the working side of your hand.
What I learned:
1. How to do machine-quilted diamonds that look rilly almost PROFESSIONAL. So straight the lines! I heart painter’s tape!
2. How to make bias edging. Double-folded, even! (Question: Is bias edging worth the trouble? Should bias edging have mitered corners or is that just showing off?)
3. That a new potholder can really make the drawer look happy.
4. That I really needed new potholders.
Sewing is much quicker, gratification-wise, than knitting. Just saying.
Don’t answer the door for the next couple of days. If you get any calls from grouchy reporters, sorority sisters, or disappointed Kitchen Tourists, send them to me.