On Sunday I set up my new sewing/crafting room. Instead of my sewing stuff sharing a space with my gym, and office and TV I now have the tiny basement bedroom to spread out in. This means I’ve got space to expand my table into the full length so I have both a sewing table and a cutting workspace. There is also room for my fabrics and my sewing basket – I was feeling so proud of my new space that I even reorganized all my pins.
I’ve already started to use my new space – my first project being a really simple set of straps to hold my crosscountry skis together. For as long as I can remember I’ve held my skis together with a pair of rubber ski holders that were always falling off. In fact, I thought I’d lost one over the years only to find it in my ski boot this afternoon. I noticed that my father’s skis (which I have borrowed for Jon to use) just had a simple Velcro strap now – any easy item to duplicate with a few pieces from my scrap fabric collection and a way better solution to holding a pair of skis.
To make the ski straps I traced the basic shape of my father’s (a MEC product) onto some red rubbery fabric. They are approximately 5.5″ x 1.5″ with one rounded end.
To thicken up the strap I sewed the rubber pieces onto a scrap piece of fleece and then cut around them.
The final step was to sew a 4.5″ strip of Velcro (the fuzzy side) along the middle of the fleece side of my straps, and then sew the matching piece of Velcro (hook side down) so that it reaches off the rounded end of the strap.
They fit my combi classic/skate skis perfectly and the rubber has just enough grip so that they don’t slide around.
It’s been almost 5 years to the day since our last crosscountry ski adventure, so my need for new ski straps was the result of me deciding that we’re taking up skiing, again, and dragging out my skis. I borrowed wax from my father and after dinner on Sunday I scraped and re-glide waxed my skis in preparation. It was a little warm in Calgary for the snow to be any good, but we went out for our first ski at the very nearby Confederation Park today and both the ski straps and my waxing proved to be successes.
There doesn’t seem to be any snow in the forecast so I don’t think that ski conditions in the city are going to improve anytime soon but since we can walk to the nearby trails we have no reason not to go again. I usually find myself hoping that it doesn’t snow anymore but now that we’re all ready to ski, a little part if me is actually wishing for a mid-February snow dump!