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Making It Up As I Go Along

IP - Making it up

{drying wool}

Welcome to - home to my adventures in making and writing!  I wanted something good to set the tone for my first post.  I thought making it up as you go along hit the nail on the head.  As a largely self-taught maker, it's what I do with most of my creative projects.

My eldest daughter was going to a Harry Potter themed birthday party and needed a costume.  What to do?  Make it of course!  I was all set to rush off to the shops and buy some wool to knit her a Gryffindor scarf.  Luckily a little voice whispered, "check your stash first."  Like most makers, I have all sorts of bits and pieces stashed in various cupboards around the house.  I found some white wool and dye in the right colours.  Hooray, I could make it for free!

After dyeing the wool, I had absolutely no idea how to dry it.  It's not like fabric so I couldn't just peg it on the line.  I came up with that cunning arrangement you see in the picture at the top of this post. Boards balanced on a clothes horse.  I laid some plastic down so the boards didn't get soaked - they're my daughters' painting boards and I might have been in trouble for ruining them.  It was a really cunning arrangement that didn't work at all!  Undeterred, I ended up hanging the wool on the clothes horse in front of the heater to dry the wool.

I'm getting much better at making it up as I go along.  Like most people, I don't really know where I'm going or what I'm going to do when I get there.  I'm just trying to have as much fun as possible along the way!  If that sounds like you, join me as I discover all I can about making and myself.  I promise to share what I discover along the way.