I am Heather, and I am rather obsessed with making things. This is a place to record information about the various things I’m doing with my time.
I like the challenge of figuring out how things work, and then making them myself, or fixing the machines that make them. My three most common hobby activities these days are sewing, machine knitting, and baking, though I’m often to be found hand knitting as well. I can also crochet, but I don’t do it much these days. I pretend to like gardening, but I really only like getting vegetables for free; I don’t much enjoy the labour part.
I’ve recently taken up sculpting with polymer clay, which I really enjoy as it’s building on my almost-long-forgotten cake decorating and fondant sculpting skills, and I recently picked up some pencils and sketched something worth looking at for the first time in over a decade. Wow!
The sewing machines I currently have in my collection are:
- Kenmore electronic sewing machine
- Kenmore serger
- Brother 2340 coverstitch
- White Zig-Zag vintage sewing machine, converted to treadle operation and housed in a Singer 15-30 treadle cabinet
I have had up to four knitting machines at one time, but now I’m down to two:
- Singer 155 chunky gauge punch card machine with a SR155 ribber
- White/Superba 1602 double-bed 5mm gauge electronic machine with SuperbaKnit package.
And that’s it, really. I have fully achieved SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) in both yarn and fabric, so now I’m on a no fabric or yarn buying freeze unless I need something specific for a project.
I also love all things vintage – clothes, equipment, you name it. I have a couple of vintage typewriters, and a collection of vintage teacups. I do sell some of my creations, but I’m not going to link to my shop here. This is just about the process.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at heather.is.making.stuff (at) gmail (dot) com.