I am a physicist by education, and a knitter by self-education--from library books. My grandma taught me to sew when I was quite young, but I haven't gotten far beyond the basics. I have an old $3 garage sale sewing machine that only does straight stitch and zigzag.
I will be designing and sewing a "church purse" bag to hold my Bible, Hipster PDA (stack of index cards held together by a binder clip), pen, and Kleenex. I want a more graceful way of carrying these things, especially with our first little one due to arrive in October. I will probably use scrap corduroy in jewel colors from my fabric stash, in my usual spirit of "making something from nothing".
My blog is at http://crazybutable.com/zateraul/ .