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Kate Davies' current club is called Knitting Season and it has a different tone from the previous ones. It's focusing not on geography, but on creativity. While I initially thought this wasn't going to be interesting to me (except it's Kate Davies, so it's always going to be good) I have found it quite a revelation - although not really about knitting. When it comes to knitting, I'm pretty confident. I know how to fix my mistakes, I know what I can live with and I've gradually built up the skills I need. Also it's knitting and you can always rip it and start again.

 I've never learnt to sew properly. I've done some, and I have a very nice sewing machine my mother gave me after I borrowed hers for 3 months to do some quilting, but I've never learnt properly. For I while now I've been thinking about learning to sew shirts. Because I'm short, and have giant CrossFit arms, being able to customise would be nice. Also, during "Me Made May" I see a lot of home sewn garments, and it seems like a special kind of magic. But I'm also pretty sure my first attempt won't be amazing, and that's always put me off. and it seems like a lot of work - which is funny, since I'm endlessly knitting 4ply jumpers. 

Kate Davies, in her essays for this club has inspired me to put aside my fears and doubts and just start. Just try. Make the first one, and then improve on it for the second. We have a long weekend, and I have the supplies -including a Craftsy class, a shirt pattern and some lovely fabric. Lets see how much of a shirt I can put together by the end of the weekend, and what I will learn form the experience.

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