I miss Freida.
Freida is my sewing BFF. Freida is my sewing machine, and old discontinued Fresia of the Husqvarna Viking family. She stitches most everything I ask her to. Her buttons have been fiddled with by curious little fingers. She's been adorned by my daughter's stickers. She is my partner in mediation.
She's been in hibernation for a while now...a long time for sewists like myself. I haven't sewn on her in almost a month (I KNOW!) , though I have a queue that needs to be tackled as part of Christmas presents. But I have a now-crawling-quickly-and-cruising Baby J. She is underfoot in the most rambunctious of ways. I had no choice, and Freida is covered and in the workroom until I can secure a safe place where I can set her up.
In sewing's place, I have been knitting. Freida is used to my knitting. She knows that those knitting needles will never take her place. After all, knitting is a long term commitment, while Freida can work basic patchwork doll quilt in hours! Knitting hat takes me a few days. A cardi - months!
And, never have I ever put Freida away, even while in the depths of finishing a knitting project.
But I don't think Freida will like knowing that I have been beading while she is away.
It's gives me such great satisfaction, to complete a project in one sitting. That I can work and watch Baby J, and can get up when she decides that she wants to eat the Christmas tree. I love having all of my tools within reach, in little tiny drawers I can put away quickly.
I wonder how she will feel knowing that I have checked out almost every beading book in the library? And instead of stalking new fabrics that have come into market, have been learning about different stones?
I hope she knows that while I am finding a new way to express myself, she is and will always be my first crafting love.
There's room for everyone, right?