It truly all started with a book. A different book, not Women’s Work. In 2005, I had a major craft attack. I was mostly interested in bookbinding and making little handmade journals, among other crafty occupations. I was having such a creative streak that I can only reconstruct what happened, because I have only hazy recollections. And a few photos.
Some time in late 2005 or early 2006, I came across a book that caught my attention. Why? I didn’t sew. I have no clue, but it did.
I became briefly obsessed with hand-sewing stupid sock creatures. I made five or six before circumstances, my mood, or both, changed, and I put the book back on the shelf.
Ninja and Valentine Joe
A bit more than 10 years later, I fall into a reading rut and don’t know what to do with myself, so I bring the sock creatures supplies out of storage and take the book down from the shelf.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
I spent the ENTIRE day obsessively making stupid sock creatures. My eyes are jumping from the strain. I finished three of them. The fourth I kept screwing up, so I quit after getting the legs wrong for the third time.
I start making creatures, but in an effort to explain what they are to someone, I inadvertently find out that there’s a sequel to the book.
Oh, no! Even more stupid sock creatures!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
I have been making stupid sock creatures like mad. There are now nine.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Still making sock creatures. Not doing much else except posting pics of cats, creatures, and spiders.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
More sock creatures. Made a Donald Trump with floppy hair.
And, boom. Just like that, I had branched out. I was making creatures of my own design. I also discovered that John Murphy had yet another book.
So, I bought a sewing machine.
(To be continued.)