Well, I did it. After a week . . . yes, that's right seven full days of reading and rereading the Molly Monkey pattern for my eleventh craft till Christmas, I finally made my first cut into the fabric. Kristin, my partner in this venture, suggested that I not read ahead. Oops too late! She received advice from a more serious sewer that you should only read the step you are working on so that you don't get overwhelmed. And although I had already kicked that horse, this advice gave me the jumpstart I needed to just start and stop being so cutless . . . I mean gutless. So last night I cut out the majority of the pieces - minus the wool felt pieces, and tonight . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . I STARTED ACTUALLY SEWING THE PIECES TOGETHER! (I hope you didn't feel like I was shouting at you, but I had to express my complete amazement somehow. I was beginning to think I would be reading this pattern seven months from now but not have even started the project.)
Of course, true to form I can't let cutting out a few pieces actually be as easy as it sounds. You see there are these crazy little abbreviations sewers like to use to drive non-sewers like me slowly insane. One of those abbreviations is RST. My oldest daughter has mastered the alphabet and knows just about as much about sewing as me, so I asked her what RST means. She came up with Rainbows, Snow and Tea Parties. Hmmm . . . interesting guess, but I thought I would get a second opinion from my youngest daughter who has recently made it about five letters into the Alphabet Song. She came up with Rinnah Have That. She actually got two out of the three letters correct, but I think that was just a good guess because I was holding a book that she wanted at the time.
So . . . it turns out RST means Right Sides Together. That would have been helpful to keep in mind before I cut the first few pieces out. Having said that . . . can you guess what is wrong with this picture? Yes, that's right, I did not cut these out right sides together. So, one of those Molly Monkey back pieces will find its way into the scrap pile to live another day.
In spite of this very minor oops, I'm glad to have Molly Monkey underway. It's not too late you join us. Kristin and I would love to have another person join the Molly Monkey journey!
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